Five things American tourists love about Birmingham’s German Christmas Market
US residents Jeremy and Cara visited Birmingham’s German Christmas Market, and they absolutely loved it – and another Birmingham city center attraction
Frankfurt from Birmingham Christmas market is one of the things many of us love most about the city over the festive period – although there are quite a few Brummies who disagree!
Millions of people from all over flock to the heart of Brum to indulge in the market festivities – also known as the German Market – including from as far away as the United States.
The Birmingham event is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria; offering a wide range of traditional products and gifts and a selection of tempting food and drinks, as well as live music and a community atmosphere.
An American couple who attended this year’s market and posted a video on Youtube detailing their experiences from their first time in Birmingham and at a Christmas market in the UK – and their enthusiasm for our festive Brummie event is so heartwarming.
Jeremy and Cara from the Magic Geekdom Youtube filmed their visit to the market – here are five things they loved.
1. Walk around with Bratwurst! and German beer
The couple starts by trying some of the market favourites: bratwurst, then a German beer. The couple said: ‘We absolutely loved our visit to the Birmingham Christmas Market in Frankfurt. It is the largest German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria. There’s so much food, so many lights, and you can even walk around with your German beer and gluhwein enjoying it all.
2. Christmas carols and Chris the singing moose
Cara also enjoyed the mulled wine that comes in a little starter cup, and Jeremy enjoyed the Christmas carols on the music stage. And they gave a special shout to our Chris the singing moose Jeremy said: “I feel like a visit to this Christmas market wouldn’t be complete, with this guy – maybe the mascot? I don’t know, he has an amazing name, it’s Chris the moose, the moose head that sings!
3. Gluhwein like at home in the USA
Reviewing the mulled wine, Cara says, “Mine came in a starter mug, so I’m excited about that! it’s a tinted boot, and I’m not just talking about the trunk of a small compact car. After tasting, she said: “It’s good gluhwein, it’s good. tasty, it’s as good as my family’s back home.”
4. Best pretzels ever
Cara and Jeremy then try the camembert pretzel. The pretzel, which looked quite delicious, was well received by Cara, who said it was one of the best she had ever tried.
“I would never have thought of stuffing the pretzel with cheese and cranberry sauce, but it works!” Jeremy added: “It’s a combination I would never have thought of on my own, but it’s exceptionally good.”
5. Variety and quantity of stalls
Cara mentioned that the market has stalls and liked the variety.
She said: “There are a lot of stalls here, but we keep finding new ones, like the beer ones and some food items, but we keep finding new ones, like this place sells bread at the garlic, and I’m down with that too but I also just want another pretzel!
Tribute to the biggest Primark in the world
The couple also visited the world’s largest Primark during their night in town, where Cara got a taste of one of the country’s most beloved restaurant chains – Greggs! she was particularly fond of Primark’s croc shoes. Greggs has teamed up with Primark, opening their largest in-store cafe featuring a range of Greggs clothing.
Cara said: “I saw Primark and had tunnel vision for some Greggs crocs but they didn’t have them in there. They had other Greggs stuff, like a fanny pack which was tempting but not what I had in mind!
where to watch
For more information visit Jeremy and Cara’s Youtube channel, here.