Sankt Wendel Christmas Market

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.

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Spargel and Spargelzeit

It’s coming up to Spargelzeit in Germany, a wonderful time of the year. What exactly is Spargelzeit? Well, the term translates as “asparagus time,” and from mid-April to about mid-June, asparagus shows up everywhere, from roadside produce stands to restaurants featuring seasonal dishes.

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