Esslingen’s Medieval Half-timbered Houses are a great backdrop for their Medieval Christmas Market:
Before coming to Stuttgart, we didn’t know anything about the Esslingen Medieval Christmas Market or Esslingen town for that matter. Tony came across information about their Medieval Christmas Market by chance and so we take time out from Stuttgart to visit Esslingen.
A town full of markets
The Esslingen Medieval Christmas Market is held at the Marktplatz or market square. Even before reaching the Marktplatz we are set into a market mood. The long street from the train station to the Marktplatz is lined with stalls, and these are just the normal weekend market stalls.
Medieval Christmas Market
A green archway marks the entrance to the Esslingen Christmas Market. The Medieval Market reminds us of the Dresden Medieval Market, but it is much larger. With more than 200 booths, it is one of the largest markets in the Baden-Württemberg region.
Esslingen is a beautiful town. Taking a quick look around the Marktplatz, we can see why this town is suitable for a medieval Christmas market. Esslingen´s medieval half-timbered houses create a special and spectacular backdrop for its medieval-themed Christmas market.
What’s on at the Esslingen Medieval Christmas Market
At the Medieval Christmas Market, merchants in historical garments offer their goods for sale just as they did hundreds of years ago. Craftsmen like pewter makers, felt-makers, blacksmiths, rope-makers, basket-weavers, glass-blowers and many others demonstrate their craftsmanship at the market.
Travelling minstrels and various stage artists entertain visitors with medieval music and dances.
Kids can enjoy rides on the wooden ferris-wheel. Two attendants work very hard at the manual spinning of the wheel. There is also a merry-go-round which the kids seem to enjoy.
Medieval Food and Drinks
Today’s maximum temperature at Esslingen is only -1°C. There are plenty of stomach-warming food such as stuffed pastries, grilled pork, hearty stews, duck leg or venison goulash. Instead of glühwein, medieval hot drinks served here include a hot berry wine or honey-sweet mead, a brandy punch, or a hot spiced beer.
Very Popular Market
Esslingen’s Medieval Market is very popular with Germans. In the evening crowds flock in from the station. The people of Esslingen also enjoy this period when they can take a trip back in time. From their costumes to the goods on sale, they certainly make a great effort to promote their medieval-themed Christmas market.
Coronavirus Safety Measures
While the organizers and stallholders are very pleased that Esslingen’s Medieval Christmas Market can take place this year, the market format will be slightly different. Crowd pleasing events like the stage performances and interactive offers will be excluded. More information will be put out as the Esslingen marketing team are feverishly working through what’s required to keep visitors and stallholders safe.
Esslingen Medieval Christmas Market 2021
The Esslingen Medieval Christmas Market runs for almost four weeks. From Stuttgart Stadt-Mitte station, the S1 S-bahn to Esslingen is a 15 minute train ride.
Christmas Market Dates: 23.11.2021 – 22.12.2021
Sunday to Thursday 12:00 – 20:00
Friday & Saturday 12:00 – 21:00
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