We began our 2014 Christmas Market Crawl in Hannover, Germany, after a train journey that mainly involved Holly doing this:
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from Hannover, let alone its Christmas markets. It’s somewhere that I’ve heard mentioned countless times, but not in relation to the festive period. In fact, on said train journey the conductor even said to us “You’re going to Hannover for its Christmas market?! You know they have big ones in Dresden and Nuremberg, right?”
Yes, Mr Conductor, we do. But that’s exactly why we were going to Hannover and the 9 Cities region of Saxony. Because people always flock to the big name markets and forget that there are other just as worthy parts of Germany that deserve to be seen. And besides, we already went to Nuremberg last year and didn’t like the atmosphere – it was too crowded and touristy for our liking.
So, after a relatively calm train journey (only relatively because we had a major panic attack at having forgotten Holly’s pet passport, which we were never asked for anyway, thank the Lord), we arrived in Hannover, ready to drink some gluhwein and get festive.