Carnival has descended on the Rhineland in an orgy of costumes, drinking and bad behaviour. Either dive-in and enjoy it to the full, or run to the hills and escape!
If you thought Father Christmas delivering gifts to the children of the world in one night was an improbably fairy tale, wait till you hear about the Christkind.
Rudolfplatz Christmas market and neighboring Christmas Avenue are well worth a visit for the standard Christmas market fare, albeit in rather different shapes, colours and sizes.
At Christmas, nativity scenes celebrating the Christmas story spring up around the city. Take a Krippenweg tour and enjoy both traditional, and somewhat curious nativity scenes.
Combine glühwein, rum, sugar and fire and you get the fabulous Feurzangenbowle. Don’t burn your lips!
The newest Christmas market in town is also the smallest and it’s also raising money for good causes. Visit the Südstadt to check it out.
In Germany, Christmas just ain’t Christmas without a few Spekulatius – another traditional cookie for you to add to the evil weihnachtsteller.