Enter into a storybook world where Christmas markets come alive in grand tradition. Half-timbered buildings are festively lit and the aromas of mulled wine and cinnamon permeate the air. Travelers can snuggle up at cozy hotels and the Christmas shopping is friendly and relaxed. Buildings steeped in history are illuminated by thousands upon thousands of fairy lights, while the aroma of gingerbread and roasting sausages waft through the crisp air.
Places like Trier, Koblenz, and Mainz are most famous and quite large, and then there are the smaller villages like Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem, Rüdesheim, Worms, Speyer, and Ahrweiler; regardless of size, they will captivate you with their rich history, labyrinthine old quarters, medieval market squares and striking cathedrals.