European Christmas Markets

The Show: Bernkastel

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First we visit the wine town of Bernkastel-Kues on the Mosel River. The town hall is decorated as an advent calendar, with each window ready to open as a new December day approaches. The town is colorfully decorated for the holidays.

We drink some Gluhwein, the favorite beverage at the Christmas markets, and learn of its ingredients: wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, laurel leaves, sugar and oranges. We enjoy the storybook town tucked into the Riesling vineyards, the historic, half-timbered buildings with their slate roofs, the narrow cobblestone streets, and the Christmas Market snuggled within.