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Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg, Germany,

My Heidelberg: carousing at the Christmas Markets

I’m always happy to be back in the German university town of Heidelberg, a place where I lived and worked as a research astronomer for 2 years.

Like many times before at the Heidelberg Christmas market, I’m happily immersed under bright coloured lights; a mulled wine in hand, standing next to the giant Christmas tree at Marktplatz; swimming in the sea of smiling residents and visitors, young and old; munching on grilled steak, Bratwurst, and Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes) with apple or garlic sauce; nibbling on Marzipan, Stollen, and Spekulatius; and washing all of it down with more mulled wine …

The photos show scenes at a number of markets along the Hauptstrasse (main street). From west to east, Heidelberg’s markets along the Hauptstrasse are at:

  • Bismarckplatz (Bismarck Square, B)
  • Anatomiegarten (Anatomy Garden, A)
  • Universitätsplatz (University Square, U)
  • Marktplatz (Market Square, M)
  • Kornmarkt (Grain Market, K)
  • Karlsplatz (Charles Square, C).

Anatomiegarten, Heidelberg, Germany,

Weihnachtsmarkt Anatomiegarten

Anatomiegarten, Heidelberg, Germany,

Zuckerstübchen, Creperie: Weihnachtsmarkt Anatomiegarten

Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg, Germany,

Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg, Germany – 22 Nov 2012

Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg, Germany,

Weihnachtsmarkt Universitätsplatz

Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg, Germany,

Red blue blur, Universitätsplatz

Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg, Germany,

Stands at the Weihnachtsmarkt Universitätsplatz

Marktplatz, Heidelberg, Germany,

The Rider, Church of the Holy Spirit, Marktplatz

Christmas pyramid, Marktplatz, Heidelberg, Germany,

Christmas pyramid, Weihnachtsmarkt Marktplatz

Marktplatz, Heidelberg, Germany,

Weihnachtsmarkt Marktplatz

Karlsplatz, Heidelberg, Germany,

Purple garlands over skating rink, Karlsplatz

Kornmarkt, Heidelberg, Germany,

A star over Kornmarkt

Kornmarkt, Heidelberg, Germany,

Weihnachtsmarkt Kornmarkt

Mariensäule, Mary statue, Kornmarkt, Heidelberg, Germany,

Mariensäule (Mary statue), Kornmarkt

I arrived in Heidelberg thanks to my German Rail Pass. I made the photos above on 22 and 23 November 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

15 Responses to “My Heidelberg: carousing at the Christmas Markets”

    • fotoeins

      😉 Despite the weather, I think you both need to go back to Europe in December. I should talk: I’d love to be back there now, too. Thanks for reading and for expressing your frustration – I get it!


    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Mark! For me, Christmas markets in Germany are a great example of what it’s like to feel at “home” in the country.


    • fotoeins

      Hi, Xandré. I completely agree! Wish we could all be there now! But I think there’s something very unique about Prairie (Alberta/Saskatchewan/Manitoba) winters; even through the cold dark days of snow, it’s how people make of things that matter. 🙂


  1. Tricia A. Mitchell

    Oh, how you’re making my husband and me homesick for Heidelberg, Henry! We were married at the Heidelberg Castle, and posed for a few shots near the Christmas pyramid on Marktplatz before heading to our reception nearby. Indeed, “Ich hab’ mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren…” 🙂

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Tricia. Wow, you got married during Christmas? I don’t know many people who were married at Schloss Heidelberg, let alone getting more wedding shots at the Weihnachtspyramide at Marktplatz! It’s a huge compliment photographs can cause feelings of homesickness: it’s both good and bad! Ultimately, it’s all definitely true: uns fehlt immer die Stadt Heidelberg! 🙂 Thanks again for reading and for your very kind comments!


    • Tricia A. Mitchell

      My pleasure, Henry. Even though I’ve spent many years in Germany, I learn a lot about the culture through your posts.

      Well, we weren’t married on Christmas day but about a week before. It had snowed heavily just hours earlier, leaving a splendid dusting of snow in the castle courtyard. Our fingers and toes nearly froze during the photo shoot. 🙂

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Tricia. Given how much attention is given to the Adventskalendar and the Weihnachtsmarkt in the big D-land, that you didn’t marry precisely on Christmas Day surely doesn’t matter: you still got the experience of fresh snow on your wedding day, the chance of being photographed among those coloured lights, and getting to freeze through the entire process. Talk about all those storytelling possibilities! 🙂


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