Up for a ride in an open convertible vintage car in the freezing winter snow? If you’re a kid, that’s possible at the Sachsenhäuser Weihnachtsmarkts in the forest, just where the famous wooden icon Goetheturm was burnt down in 2017 by some maniac.
The Sachsenhäusers loved their Goetheturm and insist that even without the Tower (which will hopefully be re-constructed in the future) this is still the “Weihnachstmarkt am Goetheturm”.
It’s a bit nostalgic, even more after some snow. And I admit the market is tiny, very basic, with only a few booths, some food, some sweets, some shops. Of course the Glühwein, gingerbread, roasted sweet covered nuts and Bratwurst, Stockbrot etc are there — all the basics that make up a real Christmas market. I sometimes wonder why so many people have started making the effort to come out here from the city, by bus, walking (and too many by car, unfortunately)… What makes them come so far, if there is a famous Christmas Market downtown that is so popular, we’ve been “exporting” full-size “original” copies to Birmingham and around the UK for years?
Probably the pure originality of the Sachsenhäuser Weihnachtsmarkt makes it charming and so special, bringing back to people’s mind the real festivity of the time before Christmas…. just because it’s nothing special.
The market will be there until Dec 22nd 2019
Take Bus 30 or 36 to Hainerweg (last stop), 10-15 minutes walk through the forest (or residential area, if you prefer) or Bus 48 directly from Südbahnhof without any walking!