With the Christmas season drawing to a close, James and I made the most of the last few pre-Christmas days and visited two new markets. Yesterday we drove about an hour southeast from our new apartment to the university town of Heidelberg. The Altstadt (old town) of Heidelberg is paved with cobblestones and nestles between the Neckar River and the mountaintop castle Schloss Heidelberg. The market itself is actually made up of small market areas located in several close but disconnected town squares. Unique to this market is an ice skating rink that lies in the shadow of Schloss Heidelberg. And yes, we happened to park behind Santa Claus.
Today we stopped in Hildesheim, about three hours north of us, a halfway point on our way to visit relatives near Hamburg for Christmas. Hildesheim’s market is small and pleasantly not as crowded as the other markets we’ve visited. We tried a local food for dinner called Hildesheimer Rahmfladen. This is a dark flour-dusted bread topped with a soft cheese and thick crumbles of bacon, baked in an oven, and sprinkled with sliced green onions just before serving. It was delicious, especially paired with hot chocolate and Amaretto. I’ve been thinking about what the rest of winter in Germany will be like after the Christmas season… Cold and dark (the sun sets a little after 4 p.m. now) without Christmas markets?!