Frankfurt Christmas Market Opened

While some German christmas markets have been called off last-minute due to the the spiralling Covid-19 infection rate, Frankfurt’s traditional christmas market was opened Nov.22, 2021. Hot alcoholic beverages such as mulled wine and hot apple wine (a Frankfurt specialty), baked marzipan mixes like Brenten and Bethmännchen and Quetschemännchen (figures made out of prunes and nuts) are sold among lots of other things. The event’s history has been traced back to the 14th century.

Vasa Museum

A view of the Vasa (or Wasa) Museum in Stockholm, Aug.24. The Vasa, a Swedish warship, sank in 1628 after sailing just 1,300 meters (1,400 yd) during her maiden voyage. She was salvaged in 1961 with the wooden hull still mainly intact and was sprayed with polyethylene glycol for 17 years… A museum was later built around the reconstructed ship that became one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions.

Christmas Market Open

Christmas Market Open

Frankfurt’s traditional Christmas market opened this week. It was first mentioned in 1393 and is considered one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. It runs until December 22, 2013. (This photo was actually taken two years ago, but it basically looks the same every year.)