This is a helpful guide all about how to explore Hamelin German Christmas market. (In German: Hamelin Weihnachtsmarkt.)
As part of the #CitybreakGermany the idea was to discover four Christmas markets around the region of Niedersachsen over a long weekend.
Hamelin Christmas market was the fourth and final stop on the long weekend tour and we travelled from Hildesheim Christmas market as part of the weekend trip.
Before we get started, Hamelin Christmas market opens on the 25th of November and carries on until the 23rd of December (2016). Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 20.00 hours and
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10.00 – 21.00 hours, Sunday: 11.00 – 20.00 hours.
How to travel to Hamelin German Christmas market
As part of the trip we travelled by train to Hamelin Christmas market from Hildesheim Christmas market and the journey time was around one hour.
You can easily connect many Christmas markets around the region of Niedersachsen as they’re all only a short travelling distance away.
If you plan on travelling direct to Hamelin you can fly into Hannover airport which will take you just under two hours of travel time by train to the city.
As this was our last stop of the tour, we stored our bags in lockers for the day and departed early evening directly to the airport from Hamelin train station.
Go on a legendary walk with the Pied Piper of Hamelin
It’s hard to escape the Pied Piper on a visit to Hamelin. After all, it is what gives the city its magical fairytale-like feeling.
This magical fairytale element does add to the wonder of the festive Christmas season on our Germany Christmas market tour.
In fact, you can book a guided tour with the legend himself, the Pied Piper from the tourism information office and go on a short wandering walk around the city of Hamelin.
I couldn’t imagine a better introduction to Hamelin than going on a guided walk with the Pied Piper as the city starts to make more sense as it wouldn’t be clear straight away if you were to go alone.
Hamelin is a part of the fairytale region of Germany and going on a guided tour with the Pied Piper simply has to be done on a visit to Hamelin.
The city of Hamelin has gratefully adopted him as the city mascot and you can start to see that on almost every corner.
Explore the Christmas market of Hamelin
Once you’ve had a grand tour of the city with the Pied Piper, it’s time to explore and have a walk around the Christmas market.
Hamelin has charming cafés to enjoy
If you happen to be all walked out after spending time with the Pied Piper, why not head to one of the many cosy cafés to enjoy an apple strudel.
I can highly recommend Stadt Café Älja located in the city to put your feet up for a bit and keep warm.
Walk about the Christmas market of Hamelin
Let’s go on a photo walk around the German Christmas market of Hamelin.
Sadly, we departed that evening and didn’t hang around for the sun to set. More reasons to return to Hamelin in the future.
Enjoying the Christmas market food
One aspect that I’ve enjoyed from the German Christmas market experience has been trying all the different foods you can find.
As our tour guide expressed to us rather clearly, you simply can’t prepare these dishes all the same back home and when the Christmas market comes back to town you get excited about trying all your favourite foods again.
Above was a grilled curry-garlic mushroom sauce with cream and bread. It tastes rather delicious and didn’t break the bank either.
Another fun reason to visit the Christmas markets in Germany.
Collecting a Hamelin glühwein Christmas mug
Yes! Another Germany Christmas market of course means yet another glühwein mug to add to our collection.
This would be our farewell glühwein as it would be the last of our Germany Christmas market tour.
It’s nice to collect them and take them home as souvenirs to remember your time exploring the markets and if you want to make glühwein at home for friends and family, well, now you have the mugs to make it more authentic.
End the day with homemade pancakes at Pfannkuchen
Enjoy homemade oven pancakes at Pfannkuchen. It is the perfect way to end your day looking around the Christmas market.
Located in the old city district you will find the restaurant in a traditional German house with a wonderful cosy setting.
All the pancakes are made to order. You can enjoy them either sweet or savoury. I can recommend the one with bacon and wild berries, was a tasty treat for sure.
This was a perfect location to finish the tour by a nice cosy fire and setting.
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