Thursday, November 27, 2008

German vs. Swiss Christmas Markets

According to many Germans I have talked to, Swiss Christmas markets are really lame compared to those in Germany. So far, my only experience at a Christmas market in Germany was in Waldshut, which is a tiny town on the Swiss-German border. It was festive and much cheaper than its Swiss counterparts of similar size.

The German claim of superiority in all things celebration I will be testing myself as I head to Stuttgart soon to find out just exactly how to celebrate the holidays German style. According to one German friend, Christmas is just another excuse to build a month-long festival centered around that favorite German pastime—drinking. Silly me, I thought I was going for the ambiance and Christmas items.

Oh well. Happy Thanksgiving. My third one spent at the office.


Jessica said...

I hope you enjoy Stuttgart! I am off to the Einsiedler Weihnachtmarket this Saturday. Let me know if you are interested in tagging along... :)

Chantal said...

Would love to but will still be in Germany. Have fun!

Jul said...

Having lived in both Germany and Switzerland, I have to agree that the German Christmas markets are vastly superior. Christmas is one of the Germans' strong suits.

Chantal said...

Yes, totally agree. The German markets are awesome. Totally recommend Stuttgart and Esslingen. I now have an extensive mug collection.

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