Bells! (and hot mulled wine.)

This is up in the upper levels of the Regensburg Arcade, which is basically a shopping mall:

Christmas decorations in the Arcade

The outside of the building is draped with the dangling blue-white strings of lights also.  I have no idea if this is a year round decoration, or if this is a holiday thing, but it looks beautiful.  I doubt most of the people who go to the Arcade even bother to look up, but the decorations are quite lovely..

As I walk around Regensburg, its hard to miss that all the Christkindlmarkt, or Christmas Markets, have opened up.  We walked past a rather large one in the old city the other night on the way to other food and drink establishments.  There were large crowds, a carousel, and a whole lot of tents.

Last night, I went with some people from my office to a Christkindlmarkt that was held at an actual castle, Thurn and Taxis.   A castle!  There are quite a lot of castles in Germany, including the one that the traditional Disney castle was based on, from what I’ve been told.

At the Christkindlmarkt, I had a chance to try Glühwein, a hot mulled wine.  I had been warned about its potency and it’s deliciousness in advance, so I deliberately went slowly.  Still, there were many different varieties and flavors, and when it’s that cold outside, a hot mulled beverage is very easy to consume rapidly.  I stuck with the apfel (apple) flavored variety, but I may need to go back to try the blueberry sometime soon.

After the hangover from the first round is done, that is.   (Kidding!)


6 thoughts on “Bells! (and hot mulled wine.)

  1. john b

    p.s. I luuuurrrve mulled wine. You useta be able to get “mulling kits” in stores over here but that’s apparently passed out of favor. ::sniff::


    1. Steven

      I did! There will be a post about househunting coming up; I’m actually moving out of the hotel in the morning, and I don’t know when my Internet will be hooked up in the new place.


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