The German Market is an Edinburgh Christmas institution. Situated of Princes St by the Gardens every December, wooden huts and stalls are opened selling an array of goodies. Some are better than others with good quality arts and crafts mixed in with a bit of naff.
The markets can get over-whelmingly busy at the weekends but it's a great spot for some late-night shopping and mulled wine mid-week.
Having enjoyed visiting the German market in previous years, I was disappointed to hear it had been replaced by a European market, and had changed hands. However I went with an open mind and... my worst fears were confirmed. All atmosphere and quirkiness has been sucked out of the market. Fancy a Schneemann Punsch or Fire Punch to warm up? You're out of luck - these stalls have been replaced by half a dozen identical 'hot apple toddy' stalls, all run by the same company, and look very commercial and branded.
The ice rink has been moved from the bottom of Princes' St gardens to a spot near the Scott Monument, creating a bottleneck where the crown grinds to a halt, and is possibly dangerous and definitely a pickpocket's paradise. Other parts of the market had few people walking around when I was there on a normally extremely busy Saturday afternoon. Ironically there was also a bottleneck in the area where the hot drinks stalls had been in previous years, presumably from people heading there expecting them to be there.
To end on a positive note, the stalls at the bottom of The Mound have been spread out slightly more than in previous years, creating more space, but all in all, it's nowhere near as good as in previous years. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
If you ever find it hard to get your christmas cheer one there German market is they place to go. It normal starts the last week in November and packs up on Christmas eve.
They are all manners of goodies here. Traditional wood toys, hand painted decorations, Pretty glass wears, Gemstones, Traditional sweets, Candles, Tin toys and a food stalls that have the most temping wonderful smells.
This runs 27 November - 24 December. Sun-Wed 1000 - 2000, Thu-Sat 1000 2200
That is the German side of the market. There is usually 2 half's. The other half consist of Scottish crafts, Hand knitted items, noverty x mas stuff, Artist stalls you get the idea.
27 November 4 January. SunWed 1000 2000, Thu-Sat 1000 - 2200
This is the place to go even just to be stuck in by the atmosphere.
This German winter market-themed attraction stands in Princes Street gardens during the colder months, and I guess it is pretty cool and fun, though a little bit gimmicky. Some of the toys and stalls are fun, although I'm guessing most of it was produced in Taiwan.
I really like the food and drink though. Gluwein and pretzels go down well. It's really warm here as well, which combined with the booze can make it a satisfying interlude in the punishing winter months.
Always a must at Christmas time! This market has lots of gift and food & drink stalls! Can be a bit pricey but lots of novelties on offer too! Can get really crowded so try to go off peak if you possibly can! Was amazed at the number of buggies and wheelchair users in the crush! Not saying they shouldn't go there but for their own sake off peak a must so they can at least see some of what's on offer!! Love the German beer!
The German Christmas Market a must go place during Festive Period in Edinburgh. Very popular attraction, where you can buy some of your Christmas presents, mostly affordable prices. The best thing is the food and drinks, like mulled wine, which goes well with the cold weather typical for winter season in Edinburgh.
Was hesitant after I learned that organizing had switched hands this year, but the essence of the festival is still there. Classic favourites like crepes, cookie stalls, meat and pretzel stall, and the ornament stall was still there. There did seem to be a lot more stalls this year; but many of the stalls were repeats (I counted 4 of the same coffee stalls, and way too many mulled wine stalls all from the same company). There were way less rides, and the skating rink was in an awkward position and smaller, so that it made it very congested to try and get to the stalls. Saddest moment was when I realized the candy nut place was missing. I will admit that it was much more difficult to find bespoke stalls, instead of corporate stalls, which is the whole reason why I go to the Christmas market... Sound like a bit of a Debbie Downer, but my favourite stalls were still there, so I'm giving a good rating.
The German Christmas Markets are a whole lot of fun. Staffed primarily by native Germans, the markets are an extremely popular attraction in the lead up to Christmas and the new years celebrations. Bringing all it's produce from Germany, the market has an authentic ring to it. It's a great place to hang out, grab a steak or some fried potatoes, a mug of mulled wine, and maybe a German sausage or two before purchasing that trinket your aunt wanted last year for Christmas
Every year at the end of December, the German Christmas market comes to Edinburgh. There are lots of little wooden huts selling an array of Christmas goodies. There are also huts selling steak sandwiches, bratwerst and mulled wine.
I love the idea of the Christmas market but it does tend to get so busy it is just an effort to try to maneuver around the place. The stalls sell a lovely selection of sweets, wooden toys, ornaments, candle holders and things, but it is also quite expensive to buy things here, but the things you can buy are so unique and do make lovely gifts.
It is a lovely place to get into the Christmas spirit. however I do wish it wasn't so busy.. but I don't think that's going to change!
This is definite;y a must-see at Christmas time. The smell alone should be enough of an attraction. The stalls are a great place for picking up an unusual Christmas gift, or you might just want to wander around and soak up the festive atmosphere. There's a great selection of continental treats and mulled wine to be sampled. Be warned, it gets very busy at peak times, but it's definitely well worth a visit. I hope this Edinburgh tradition continues for many years to come.
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