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The Christmas Markets in 1 day: the must-see highlights
Start your day at Strasbourg’s biggest and oldest market at Place Broglie: the Christkindelsmärik. The market boasts around 100 chalets, where you’ll find fairy lights, wooden crib figures and baubles in every colour imaginable – perfect for decorating your festive table or Christmas tree.
Next, head along Rue du Dôme until you come to the Christmas market at Place de la Cathédrale. Stroll at your leisure among the small wooden chalets selling attractive handicrafts such as wooden toys and blown-glass candles. And don’t leave without admiring the view of the Cathedral from Rue Mercière.
The Alsace Christmas food market at Place du Marché-aux-Poissons and the Palais Rohan terrace is a haven for foodies, serving up delights such as bredele cakes and local foie gras. And if you’re still hungry, tuck into a tarte flambée on Rue du Maroquin or a bretzel at Place de la Cathédrale. If you have more adventurous tastes, you can sample Icelandic specialities at the 2017 guest-country village at Place Gutenberg.
Next, head along the Grand’Rue until you reach the Petite France quarter. At Place Benjamin-Zix, you’ll discover the Market of the Magi (Marché des Rois Mages) – the perfect place to unearth a souvenir of Strasbourg, a miniature half-timbered house or a glass bauble. Then take a stroll among the half-timbered houses along the water’s edge until you reach the Vauban Dam, where you can soak up one of the best views of the city.
As night falls, head over to Place Kléber, which houses Strasbourg’s sparkling and imposing Christmas Tree. Round off your evening with a sumptuous dinner at one of the many “winstubs” in the Carré d’Or quarter. And don’t leave before you’ve sampled some sauerkraut!