Nothing holds a candle to your first Christmas market, especially when it is in the charming medieval walled town Rothenburg ob der Taber!
It isn’t uncommon to be driving down the autobahn and hear someone in the car say, “Hey, there’s a castle.” Everyone turns to catch a glimpse of the structure before you zoom past it. However, it isn’t often that you stumble upon an underground castle. That is just what my family did one Saturday afternoon while visiting Saarbrücken.
Less than an hour from Kaiserslautern, in the picturesque hills of Saarland, the town of Sankt Wendel hosts what I found to be a surprisingly robust and entertaining little medieval Christmas Market (St. Wendeler Weihnachtsmarkt & Mittelaltermarkt). They really go all out in decorations: not only do they have a gorgeous pyramid in town that features small dioramas in the base, but kiosks of nativity dioramas line one of the streets. Beautiful wooden sculptures were scattered throughout town.
There are two things my son asks me at least once a week: how many days until his birthday, and how many days until we can go to the Pumpkin Festival again. I have to admit, it’s one of my favorite family outings, too.