World through my eyes
Wintertime in the Upper Rhine Valley is the season for traditional Christmas markets. The beginning of Advent marks the opening of colorful and richly decorated stands that charmingly nestle in the town lanes. Visitors are tempted by hot mulled wine, gingerbread, and regional treats but also by the possibility of buying Christmas presents from the many artisans, potters, and goldsmiths. Music, singing, and nativity scenes spread the Christmas spirit. At special medieval markets, jugglers invite their audience to marvel and suckling pigs on original spit-roast grills promise hearty enjoyment.
Even Santa Claus comes from the Upper Rhine Valley: Caricaturist Thomas Nast made the figure famous. The man from Landau, who later immigrated to the USA, drew the classic Father Christmas in red-and-white clothing for the first time. His drawings were later the model for an advertising campaign that made Santa Claus in his red clothes famous around the world.
With snow-covered fir trees, frozen lakes and rivers, and powdery snow on the Alpine peaks, the Upper Rhine Valley also transforms itself into a gorgeous winter landscape during the cold season. On endless ski-runs and cross-country ski tracks, winter athletes find the ideal conditions for skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. With elevations of up to about 1,500 meters, the mountains of the tri-border area of Germany, France, and Switzerland ensure white slopes.
If you prefer a slower pace, you can enjoy a romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the wintery panorama or book a hiking tour in the snow. Whether beginners or experts, the right offers are available for every age group and all skill levels.
Discover Christmas, winter romance, and the typical regional recipes in the Upper Rhine Valley.
Magical Christmas time and winter romance in the Upper Rhine Valley