On Saturday, we purchased a Schönes Wöchenende train ticket and visited the Christmas markets in Münster, about an hour and half away by slow train. It was incredibly crowded, but there is a much better selection of stands than in other markets we’ve visited (and perhaps even the one in the town that we live, ahem).
Pictures are lacking because it was too cold to have my hands outside of my pockets for very long, but we did have some Reibekuchen and roasted peanuts, in addition to Krakauerwurst, Glühwein and hot chocolate:
Münster is the perfect setting for a Christmas market. Beautiful buildings and churches everywhere.
If you’re thinking of going to Münster for the Weihnachtsmarkt, there is a brochure explaining the five different areas here. As you can see from our photos, we were not there during the magical evening, mostly because the magical evening would have been even colder (if possible) than the magical, cloudy daytime. Plus, we had yet another market to check out in Bielefeld that night.
For information about all of the Christmas markets in Germany, see this aptly-named site.