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  1. Pixie Points
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    I love your descriptions and photos in this post. They really capture the essence of the “Marche de Noel.” I’ve been to the one in Strasbourg, France, which has been held since 1570 (!) and has a similar feeling to the one in Mainz; I’ve also been to others that weren’t as special/memorable.

    Thanks for the great post – enjoyed reading it.

  2. Becky
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    You made it really easy for me to picture what the markets were like. Great photos and descriptions! I’ve never been to the German Christmas markets, but the one in Mainz sounded more enjoyable than the one I went to in Madrid and I otherwise never would’ve given Mainz a second thought as a potential place to visit. Thanks for opening my mind a bit.

  3. Ryan
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    Cool trip report! So far I’ve only been to one – two years ago the family and I ventured to Cologne on a day trip from Amsterdam – not just for the Christmas markets but that was part of it. What a wonderful time! There were, I recall, 3 or 4 market areas in the city, with one being primary (right beside the cathedral). We actually found some nice buys and yummy food & drink. I kept my gluhwein mug, too!

  4. Aaexplat
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    Mainz is where I grew up, where my family still lives, and where I still visit often. The Mainzer Weihnachtsmarkt is indeed one of the nicer ones because of the community spirit you picked up on. One even better Weihnachtsmarkt is the one in Heidelberg, and the one in Trier is worth seeing, too.