There’s a market every week in Bern, most likely it’s very similar to markets across Europe, where you can find street food, herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables, cheese, hand-made crafts, knitted hats and scarves, didgeridoos and bongo drums.
But during the four weeks of Advent, markets expand into massive Christmas celebrations bringing locals and tourist out to peruse dozens of stalls, experience holiday customs and sip mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Christmas markets date back later than 500 years and have spread from German-speaking Europe to places across the globe. There’s even a tour company that arranges travel to cities hosting hundreds of markets throughout the world.
Ours isn’t the biggest one around, but it’s festive and set on on a beautiful square. I thought I’d share some pictures.