Kaysersberg Christmas Market

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Kaysersberg, the “Mountain of the Emperor”, certainly deserves its prestigious name. When the time of Advent starts in Kaysersberg, the beautiful half-timbered houses‘ façades are decorated and lit up for the occasion. The Kaysersberg Christmas Market is a real treat for the eyes!


Kaysersberg Christmas Market

For many, the Christmas market of Kaysersberg is the most authentic of all the Alsatian markets. 29 craftsmen have been carefully chosen by the municipality to set up the decorated stalls in the courtyard of the Town Hall and along the lane behind the church: floral art, pottery, Christmas crib figures, glass ornements, toys made from wood, rich fabrics… without forgetting mulled wine, gingerbread and bredalas.

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A “marché paysan” (rural market) is held in the square in front of the Town Hall.

The streets of the old town of Kaysersberg are decorated and lit up with care for Christmas.

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Visitors particularly enjoy the night-time view of the fortified bridge linking the Badhus to the Faller Houses with the castle overlooking the town perched atop the hill…

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… as well as the fountain of Constantin and its nativity scene in front of the church.

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Hidden courtyards can also be surprising with their rich decoration, some of them featuring a Nativity scene.

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Many cultural events are organised during the weekends of Advent in Kaysersberg: Treasure hunts, classical music concerts, guided tours of the town, the shepherds’ Christmas, workshops for children, etc.

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Open during the four weekends of Advent (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) from 25 November to 23 December 2016.

Kaysersberg is a good base to explore other popular Christmas markets in Alsace and beyond: Riquewihr, Colmar, Éguisheim, Sélestat and Freiburg-im-Breisgau.


About Kaysersberg

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The remarkable heritage of Kaysersberg goes hand in hand with famous historical personalities who have marked the region and beyond: Geiler de Kaysersberg (humanist preacher at the Strasbourg Cathedral), Matthieu Zell (the first reformer of Strasbourg, and Albert Schweitzer (Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1952).

The city of Kaysersberg and its viticulture are dominated by the castle ruins, which only consists now of a beautiful round tower. The view from its summit offers a panorama of the city, the valley of the Weiss, the vineyards and the Plain of Alsace, and beyond, the Black Forest in Germany.

Find out more about Kaysersberg.


How to get to Kaysersberg

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By train

Kaysersberg is situated 12 km from Colmar train station with train connections to Mulhouse, Strasbourg, Lyon, Basel and Paris.

By car

Situated on the road linking Colmar to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Kaysersberg is easily reached from Mulhouse (55km), Strasbourg (80 km), Freiburg-im-Breisgau (65 km), and Basel (80km) and Nancy (130km). Paris is 440 km from Kaysersberg.

By air

The closest international airports are Strasbourg-Entzheim and the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Euroairport, both at equal distance (70km), which are serviced by national and European airlines.


English-French Vocabulary 

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(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • Advent = Avent (m)
  • bridge = pont (m)
  • castle = château (m)
  • chalet = châlet (m)
  • Christmas = Noël
  • Christmas Eve = veille de Noël (f) / réveillon (m)
  • Christmas lighting = illuminations de Noël (f,p)
  • Christmas market = marché de Noël (m)
  • Christmas Tree = sapin de Noël (m), arbre de Noël (m)
  • church = église (f)
  • Father Christmas = Père Noël (m)
  • half-timbered house = maison à colombages (f)
  • holiday season = période de Noël (f), temps des fêtes (m)
  • Santa = Père Noël (m)
  • square = place (f)
  • street = rue (f)

Find out more about Advent and the Christmas season in Kaysersberg in 2013: http://www.noel-a-kaysersberg.fr/

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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