Weihnachtsmarkt in Münster

Yesterday a bunch of us made a trek out to Münster, Germany for the Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmarkt). Weather was about as good as you could hope for on the first of December, clear and about 10 C (50 F). Once we found the market we couldn’t resist one of the big attractions, the Glühwein (mulled wine) served in little boot mugs, with some nice additives available as well.

Gluhwein

Here are three of my companions over from the U.S., Ricardo & Margarita & Izzet, with their boots.

Trio with mugs

Münster itself is quite a pretty old town, with a main street lined with beautiful gabled buildings.

Gables in Munster

The market goes on well into the night, and the windows are all nicely lit.

Munster lights

The markets also offer a pretty wide range of gifts; especially nice are these big chocolate hearts!

Hearts

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  • Jim  On December 5, 2007 at 8:08 am

    Was Munster missed by World War II? The facades of the building are beautiful and do not appear to be of recent origin.

  • Curt  On December 6, 2007 at 4:03 am

    No, it apparently did sustain quite a lot of damage. From Wikipedia:

    “Thanks to its military presence, Münster was a guaranteed Allied target. About 91% of the Old City and 63% of the entire city was destroyed by Allied air raids. In the 1950’s the Old City was rebuilt to match its pre-war state, though many of the surrounding buildings were replaced with cheaper modern structures.”

    They did a great job with the Old City!

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