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Cobblestone streets in Hattingen, © Sandra Glomb Hattingen Marketing

Ex­plore the Nos­tal­gic Hat­tin­gen Christ­mas Mar­ket


It's that time of year again, have you taken a vis­it to the Me­di­ev­al town of Hat­tin­gen to cel­eb­rate Christ­mas yet?

In the his­tor­ic­al cen­ter of the Ruhr Val­ley, the old town of Hat­tin­gen pre­pares their half-timbered houses and cobble­stone streets for their an­nu­al Nos­tal­gic Christ­mas Mar­ket.

As the tem­per­at­ures turn cool­er and the sunny days turn to dusk, there?s one thing that?s bound to bright­en the spir­its in cel­eb­ra­tion of the hol­i­days, Christ­mas Mar­kets.

In the his­tor­ic­al cen­ter of the Ruhr Val­ley, the old town of Hat­tin­gen pre­pares their half-timbered houses and cobble­stone streets for their an­nu­al Nos­tal­gic Christ­mas Mar­ket. This is not just any mar­ket, but a cel­eb­ra­tion that at­tracts thou­sands of vis­it­ors both loc­al and in­ter­na­tion­al every year. 

From Novem­ber 21st to Decem­ber 22nd, the streets will be filled with Christ­mas jingles, fest­ive lights and nu­mer­ous little stalls of­fer­ing sweets, tra­di­tion­al foods and Christ­mas trinkets for the hol­i­days.  

But what makes the Hat­tin­gen Christ­mas Mar­ket so spe­cial?

The Story of Frau Holle 

If you've nev­er heard about the story of Frau Holle from the Grimm Brother­'s, you might be in for quite a sur­prise when vis­it­ing the Hat­tin­gen Christ­mas Mar­ket. Every even­ing of the mar­ket, Frau Holle (or you may know her as Old Moth­er Frost) shakes out her pil­low from a win­dow high up in the town hall in the cen­ter of the town. It is said that when Frau Holle ap­pears from the win­dow and shakes her pil­lows out, it will snow. While the even­ing per­form­ances are in Ger­man, it's still quite an ex­per­i­ence to cel­eb­rate the hol­i­days.  
 

The Me­di­ev­al Charm

The Ruhr val­ley is a well-known re­gion for in­dustry de­vel­op­ment and urb­an spaces, but what makes Hat­tin­gen so dif­fer­ent? There?s something to be said about the quaint sur­prises Hat­tin­gen has to of­fer. Hat­tin­gen is a place where you can en­joy a peace­ful stroll along the cobble­stone streets and stop for a cup of steamy cof­fee with an old friend. In Novem­ber, this Me­di­ev­al charm comes to life with the Nos­tal­gic Christ­mas Mar­ket, the mulled wine and the smell of flam­mkuchen bak­ing in the stone ovens.

 

The Op­por­tun­ity to Ex­plore

If you haven?t had the chance to vis­it Hat­tin­gen, there is ample op­por­tun­ity to ex­plore, even dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son. Spend a week­end in re­lax­a­tion as you ex­plore the old town Christ­mas mar­ket and em­brace the nature along the Ruhr val­ley cycle route. Take a trip to the Hein­rich­shütte and you?ll find the old­est blast fur­nace in the Ruhr val­ley. Vis­it one of the three re­main­ing castles in the area, like the Haus Kem­nade which is a 16th-cen­tury castle built on a moat. Christ­mas, castles, and his­tor­ic­al tours, what could be bet­ter?

Take a day or a full week­end to en­joy the Christ­mas sea­son in re­lax­a­tion. Walk the cobble­stone streets of this Me­di­ev­al town, find your fa­vor­ite half-timbered house and take in the sweet smells of roas­ted al­monds and ginger­bread cook­ies as you make your way through the Nos­tal­gic Christ­mas Mar­ket of Hat­tin­gen.
 

In­form­a­tion:

Dates of op­er­a­tion: Novem­ber 21 - Decem­ber 22, 2016
Open­ing hours: Sunday - Thursday, 12:00pm - 8:00pm, Fri­day - Sat­urday, 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Loc­a­tion: Hat­tin­gen Alt­stadt (in­ner city)

Writ­ten by Jenna Dav­is | Life in Düs­sel­dorf

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