I’ve heard stories from my parents and friends about how lovely it is in Lübeck, and how beautiful the Christmas market was. When I suddenly spotted a gap in my calendar in December I quickly made the decision that now was the time to experience the city for myself. The drive from Holbaek where I live in Denmark is about 4 and a half hours – they flew by, probably because I was rocking out to Pink Floyd all the way down. There’s nothing like a long, solo drive to listen properly to some of the old favs..
I arrived in the afternoon with still a little bit of time left before sunset. The first Christmassy sight was this little arcade in front of the St. Jakobi church.
There are also markets right next to the Marienkirche, further down the main street. One of them had a medieval theme which was kind of fun.
There was a little stage where two guys dressed up in medieval clothes were playing the drum and the bagpipes. It sounded horrible to me but they still had a good audience.
No visit to Lübeck would be complete without a visit to the Niederegger marcipan café. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas and absolutely filled to the brim with all kinds of marcipan sweets.
There was also a little place called the Sternenwald (star forest) with a bunch of pine trees and some stalls in between. Really very cute. The Germans sure do know how to elevate something from ordinary to wonderful..!
Anywhere you are in old town Lübeck you will be able to see some church or other. I think there are at least 5 big-ish churches in the relatively small area that makes up old town Lübeck.
The main Christmas market is in the courtyard behind the Rathaus (council house). Now, this is my first German Christmas market so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but surely this must be one of the prettiest?! I did have some expectations to what it would be like, and the market here in Lübeck absolutely fulfilled those expectations.
I thought the lights over our heads were brilliant. There were lots of people, and so many stalls offering all those mysterious German foods that smell good but you don’t really know what it is.. Muzen, anyone?
Snowballs, yes, but what are they made of?? I didn’t try them as they looked soo heavy and I was already pretty stuffed from some Bratkartoffeln (pan fried potatoes) I had got at another stall.
No Christmas market without a special Lübeck cup and some hot alcohol. I got Apfelpunch instead of Glühwein..
Almonds to your heart’s desire..! I didn’t try these either – I had just stuffed my face with a crepe with Nutella and bananas.. Soo good!
I love how they made starry skies in the drinking and hanging out area.
Is this charming or what?!
I really liked how the entire city was just embracing Christmas, with stars hanging over the market next to the Marienkirche..
Stars in the windows over the main shopping street..
Or this lone Christmas tree I found at a lookout point over the canal.
All in all, I enjoyed myself so much at the Christmas market in Lübeck. That is most certainly not the last time I drive south in December to experience some German Christmas antics. Have you been to a German Christmas market? Where? Comment below.