Whether you love Christmas or not, a trip to the German Market in Birmingham City Centre is bound to get you in the festive spirit!
Here are my top 5 tips to enjoy the German Market in Birmingham this Christmas…
First of all, the German Market cannot be experienced properly without tasting the delights on offer. From bratwursts, schnitzels and pretzels to garlic bread, crepes and chocolate covered strawberries. My personal favourite is deep-fried chilli peppers and cheese – very indulgent, but hey it is Christmas! There’s a huge choice for every taste. Hence a repeat visit or two is definitely needed to sample the full range on offer!
Nothing says Christmas like a Gluhwein (mulled wine) or Weissbier (wheat beer), to wash down the tasty treats the market has to offer. If you’re not a fan of mulled wine or beer, there are numerous alternatives for a tasty tipple on a cold evening! Cider, Pimms with hot apple juice, hot chocolate & Baileys or (if you’re feeling really naughty!) a shot or two of Jagermeister are all available! But if you’re driving or not in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, the hot chocolates are amazing!! All drinks stalls sell soft drinks too so there are plenty of options available.
The German Market is full of a variety of stalls selling hand-crafted items. Christmas decorations, jewellery, toys and musical instruments in addition to winter favourites including hats and scarves. Consequently, there’s so much to browse whilst looking for that ideal gift for a loved one or simply treating yourself to a little something!
Another one of my favourite things about the German Market is the entertainment. There is a range on offer that suits the whole family. You can show off your skills at the outdoor ice rink, look at the views of Birmingham from a seat on the big wheel or feel like a big kid on the traditional carousel! Not forgetting live music from the bandstand where you can dance to Christmas classics. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the spirit of Christmas!
Finally, timing your visit. Saturday afternoons / evenings are always guaranteed to pull in the crowds – therefore if you’re looking for a more relaxed time to visit, a Saturday or Sunday morning is a great time to wander around before it gets really busy. The market opens at 10am daily. Weekday evenings are also a great time to go – a little reward for completing that after work Christmas shopping!
In conclusion, we are lucky to have the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany! And I hope these tips help you get the most out of the German Market this Christmas.