German Christmas Market in Dortmund: What To Eat?
Visiting Germany during Yuletide season is a must because of its world-famous Christmas Markets. Each city in Germany may it be big or small has a Christmas Market to boasts for. As of 2016, there has been 2,000 Christmas Markets across Germany. One of the most popular Christmas markets is in the city of Dortmund.
As a person that loves Christmas season I made a promise to myself that I will visit a German Christmas Market once I am in Germany. So last December 23, we went to the Weihnachtsmarkt (German term for a Christmas Market) in the beautiful city of Dortmund. It is tagged as one if the biggest and grandest Christmas Markets in Germany. It houses over 300 stalls around the gigantic Christmas tree creation that stands 45 metres tall – reputed to be one of the tallest in the world. Made up of 1,700 individual fir trees, its 13,000 lights bathe the Christmas proceedings in a seasonal glow.
Dortmunder Weihnachtsmarkt amazed me with its sumptuous German food, and let alone the Christmas spirit of everyone. Walking through just about any Christmas market in Germany, the aromas of the wide variety of enticing food offerings can be confusing and dizzying. The aromas of roasted chestnuts, freshly-baked bread, and the distinctive cinnamon-and-red-wine bouquet of Glühwein combine to create an unforgettable memory that spells Christmas time for seasoned Christmas market goers. So here are the best German Christmas food I have tried during my visit at the Dortmunder Weihnachtsmarkt:
1. Grill Schinken (Grilled bacon) im Brötchen for 4,50€ (around PHP 230). Don’t be deceived by its size because this one is very filling! I love how the pickled Knoblauch (onions) complemented with the chicken.
2. Reibekuchen mit Apfelmus (Deep fried potato fritters with apple sauce) for 3,50€ (around PHP 180). Reibekuchen are usually served piping hot in 3s. What I loved about Apple sauce is that it counters the savory flavor of the potato fritters.
3. Geröstete Mandeln (Roasted Almonds) for 3,00€ per 100g (around PHP 150). The aroma of these lovely nuts are amazing. We’re lucky enough they served the Mandeln freshly-cooked!
4. Bratwurst im Brötchen for 2,50€ (around PHP 130) NOTE: Bratwurst goes ONLY with mustard! Germany is a land of bier (beer) and wurst (sausage) so I said to myself I better try some wurst while I’m here!
5. Glühwein (mulled wine) for 4,00€ (around PHP 200) Since it’s my first time to see a hot red wine, I did convince myself to try one. The aroma is very good but since I am not accustomed to a hot red wine (Ich mag es night – I don’t like it)
Journey Freaks’ tip: You could take home the mugs from the Glühwein stall as your souvenir!
Journey Freaks’ tip: Buy a large Evian Wässer (water) at Rossmann shop before you go to the Christmas Market. This tip could save you up some euros.
There are still a lot of German food for me to try but since I am already feeling full, I gave up. German Christmas Markets is all about food and having fun. We ended our night by listening to a German band that serenaded us for hours. So if I were you, try visiting Germany around winter time and get to experience the world-famous Christmas Markets!