Last Friday, a few of my friends and I were burnt out from studying and decided to take a well-deserved break to go to Heidelberg for the Christmas market. And, as always, I had my camera. (Yes, I have become “that girl who takes a lot of pictures,” a title I am proud of. I’m making memories here, people!)
The Heidelberg Weihnachtsmarkt was beautiful and a lot of fun. One interesting thing about Heidelberg’s Christmas market: there were several smaller Weihnachtsmarkt sections instead of one or two large main sections. Once my friends and I got some food or did some shopping and finished walking through the aisles of stands in one section, we would get to the end of that section and notice the glow of more Christmas lights a bit further down Hauptstraße, where yet another section of the Weihnachtsmarkt was set up!
This particular Markt had a lot of food, at least in comparison with Darmstadt and Frankfurt’s Christmas markets. A bit disappointing to not find many Heidelberg-specific souvenirs for sale, but the food was good.
For dinner, I had traditional Weihnachtsmarkt foods, including a bratwurst and a Nutella-Banana-Coconut crepe. Here is my friend A trying to block my picture of the crepe stand.
I also got some roasted cashews, which were delicious. Many snack foods in Germany are served in paper cones such as this one, which my cashews were served in. The top of the cone can be left open for larger, bulkier snack foods (such as french fries) or can be folded down over the food for smaller/easier to drop foods, such as my cashews.
This is the giant electric candle pyramid/Christmas pyramid in the main portion of the Heidelberg Weihnachtsmarkt. I think this is a Weihnachtsmarkt tradition no matter what city you go to. Not that I’m complaining! They’re beautiful. And some of them, such as this one, have Weihnachtsmarkt stands built in. This one sells Glühwein.
There were a few carousels, which also seem to be a Weihnachtsmarkt staple. The artwork on this one was beautiful! (As a side note, carousels seem to spin much faster here in Germany than in the USA. I didn’t ride it for fear of not having an appetite the rest of the night. I did not check to see whether the carousels here have seat belts, but at the speed it was turning, it might well need them!)
This being the spectacularly beautiful city of Heidelberg, the decoration was nothing to sneeze at. On Hauptstraße, the main street in the Altstadt (the old, more pretty part of the city), these star lights guided visitors and residents between the different sections of the Weihnachtsmarkt.
A lot of the statues in Heidelberg were decorated to the nines. I saw several like this, with a giant lit-up wreath circling the base. Much more tasteful than, say, putting a santa hat on the statue’s head. 🙂
There was a giant Christmas tree at this Weihnachtsmarkt as well, but it was completely dwarfed by the cathedral.
As you may know, Heidelberg has a beautiful castle near the edge of the city. The last Weihnachtsmarkt section was set up with an amazing view of the castle walls, as you can see here through the decorated trees.
The Heidelberg Weihnachtsmarkt was one of my favorites, in a large part due to the amazing scenery and the already-beautiful city being made even more pretty with the Christmas decorations. There wasn’t as much shopping to do as there is at the Darmstadt or Frankfurt Weihnachtsmärkte, but I’m not complaining; I’ll cherish the memory of this particular trip to Heidelberg for a long time to come! I hope you enjoyed the tour!