Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas Markets of the Rhine

This time last week we were in Germany, It was very early start on the Friday morning to get down to London and park the car, but staying overnight in London the night before wouldn't have saved us anymore time really, and the car parking was much cheaper than a hotel.

This was my first visit to St Pancras station and lovely it is too, but very very busy.

(These were taken on the Monday we arrived back)

We set off on the Eurostar at 9am and arrived at the hotel around 5pm, a long day travelling.
We couldn't fault the hotel, (Hotel Pinger, in Remagen, right opposite the railway station), very clean, staff were really friendly and the food was good.  You would have thought that it would have been noisy being right by the railway, but we didn't hear a thing.

(dining room below)

Loved the seating outside

Remagen has quite an interesting history, if you feel the urge to find out more, just type The bridge at Remagen into Google, there is a 1969 war film of the same name, which I have never seen but which has now gone on my 'to watch' list. 

The town is so quiet and peaceful and everywhere is dressed for Christmas, beautiful.

On the Saturday our first market was Koblenz, this I have to say was my least favourite market, we arrived quite early so a lot of the stalls were still closed.  Although the town it self had plenty of shops it was rather spread out, a little disappointing really.

We had a walk down to the river which looked very pretty as the morning mist was still hanging around.

On Sunday we had a trip on the Vulkan Express which was great fun, and Santa boarded the train at one stop

Saturday was Linz and it's Christmas market.
The town was very pretty, lovely painted building but strangely not many of them were occupied as shops.
This lovely green building below was an amazing craft shop

Our last market, and the best one of the three was at Ahr set in the Ahrweiler Valley.
We didn't have nearly enough time to explore this lovely town, everywhere was festive and all the shops were decorated beautifully, I could have spent a whole day there!

I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by Germany, I didn't expect it to be so pretty, it's definitely somewhere I would like to visit again sometime.

Next week is going to be a hectic one for most of us, and in this house of course Christmas just magically  happens, at least that's what Mark believes, ha, ha, ha.

 I still have a couple of gifts to buy, I know what they are It's just If I can muster up the courage to brave the shopping centre.
I do have 2 days off work next week so that should ease some of the pre Christmas panic.

I wish you all a good week and hope that you manage to get everything crossed off your lists.

Until next time


Vickie said...

Thank you for sharing Maggie. Gorgeous and so very interesting!

Barb said...

This was a great post. We spent Christmas in Germany 13 years ago so the post was like a trip down memory lane. Thanks for sharing.

Jo said...

It looks fabulous. I've never been to Germany but it's somewhere I've always fancied, especially to the Christmas markets. The architecture is wonderful, such beautiful buildings. I've still got gifts to buy too, I'm hoping to brave the crowds today and get things finished off.

Miriam said...

All very beautiful! Thank you for the se pictures.

Karyn said...

Thank you for sharing those wonderful pics, such beautiful decorations everywhere.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Beautiful pictures. My daughter said Germany was really pretty at Christmas also. Merry Christmas

Desiree Ehleiter said...

I was lucky enough to visit Germany many years ago. Thank you for reminding me how lovely the towns and buildings are. Good luck with those last few gifts. Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Oh, thank you for sharing these delightful photos, Maggee--no one does Christmas like they do in Germany! I so hope to visit the Christmas markets one of these years :)

Julie said...

Your trip looks fabulous Maggie. Linz looks like a model village on a train set!
Have a lovely Christmas x

Lowcarb team member said...

It was so lovely looking at all your photo's you've shared with us.
Thank you

Here's to the last few days we have for last minute preparations ...

All the best Jan

Penny said...

Your pictures are just beautiful, Maggie. I would love to get over my fear of flying over the ocean - so many lovely places to visit in the world. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.