The holidays are drawing closer and a special atmosphere is spreading through the city. The scent of roasted almonds, mulled wine and gingerbread fills the Mannheim air and increases anticipation of the festival of love. But there is more to experience than the standard menu of mulled wine and sausage stands. Anyone looking for something special will find what they are after at Mannheim’s Christmas markets – whether handmade gifts, time-proven favourites or something completely alternative.
Traditional Christmas market at the “Wasserturm”
Its landmarks are the 18-meter-high walk-in Christmas pyramid, seductive scents of winter treats and thousands of bright Christmas lights. The Christmas market at the “Wasserturm” is one of Germany’s oldest and largest Christmas markets. 200 festively decorated stalls offer everything the Christmas heart could desire, from kitsch to art. One stall is particularly enchanting. On Welda Heinen’s Christmas market stall, the gingerbread hearts hang in their hundreds from the ceiling. The grande dame of sweet seduction has been enchanting visitors to the market for 40 years. The most famous treat is Welda’s “Kletzenbrot”: dates, almonds and figs, with nuts, dried pears and raisins. You simply have to try it.
Our tip: When choosing a snack at the Christmas market in Mannheim, don’t go for the usual sausage, but try a “Saumagenbrötchen”. Completely classic, filled with pork, potatoes and spices, the original Palatine Saumagen is a delicacy that is popular far beyond the immediate region.
Further information: www.weihnachtsmarkt-mannheim.de
Original Christmas market on the “Kapuzinerplanken”
Imaginative arts and crafts and unique pieces as far as the eye can see – that’s what you’ll find at the special Christmas market on the “Kapuzinerplanken” in the heart of the city’s squares. Around 80 exhibitors offer demonstrations in traditional crafts, works of art, original gift ideas and culinary specialities. Because many exhibitors change their goods weekly, it is worth visiting this Christmas market several times: you’ll discover something new every time. Until the 23rd of December, you are guaranteed to find the ideal gift here – as a present for someone else or simply for yourself.
Our tip: Delicious hot fruit wine and “Feuerzangenbowle”, a mulled wine variant reinforced with a generous measure of rum. Both are a welcome alternative to classic mulled wine. You’ll find the stands located at opposite ends of the Christmas market.
Further information, impressions and programme flyer: www.ep-ma.de/weihnachtsmarkt
Fairy-tale theme on the “Paradeplatz”
Fairy-tale characters come to life, lovingly designed huts, storytellers and hundreds of real fir trees transform Mannheim’s “Paradeplatz” into a magical landscape. Every Sunday in December, Santa Claus also makes an appearance with his reindeer in the fairy-tale forest.
Our tip: Enjoying a mulled wine under the singing moose is a cult experience. After that, be sure to visit Egon, the talking tree. He tells stories from the collection of the brothers Grimm.
Handmade gifts at “Merry Messplatz”
Mannheim’s Neckarstadt district has created its own Christmas market. The “Merry Messplatz” with its alternative Christmas market concept is different from the others. Small and cosy, it features delicious organic mulled wine, regional food, unique handmade objects and live concerts. The stalls change every day and offer unique Christmas presents made by local artists and designers for your loved ones, or just for yourself.
Our tip: Free live concerts offering something very different from Wham! and Jingle Bells (starting daily at 19:00). Why not end the evening with a concert at Merry Messplatz?
Important: Merry Messplatz is only open from 6 December until 16 December 2018.
Further information: www.facebook.com/merrymessplatz