The Winter Market (em luxemburguês, Wantermaart; em francês, Marché d’Hiver; e em alemão, Wintermarkt) is one of the great Christmas attractions in the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (in Luxembourgish, Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg; in French, Grand-Duché of Luxembourg; and in German, Großherzogtum Luxemburg).
Luxembourg (in Luxembourgish, Lëtzebuerg; in French, Luxembourg; and in German, Luxemburg) celebrates every year the “Winterlights”, a Christmas festival that transforms the city into an authentic “Winter Wonderland”. And the Winter Market is one of the main Christmas markets, with food chalets, souvenir stalls, themed attractions, and lots of activities for the whole family!
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- How to Get to the Wantermaart (Winter Market)
- What to Do at the Wantermaart (Winter Market)
- What to Drink at the Wantermaart (Winter Market)
- What to Eat at the Wantermaart (Winter Market)
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How to Get to the Wantermaart (Winter Market)
The Winter Market takes place on Place de la Constitution, one of the most central squares in the Luxembourg capital and a few meters from the iconic Notre-Dame de Luxembourg Cathedral.
If you’re in another part of Luxembourg and you want to travel by public transportation to this Christmas market, you can opt for the tram or the bus. The nearest stop to the Wantermaart is about 450 meters away and is called Hamilius (but there’s another tram stop just over 550 meters away, named Place de Metz).
The Winter Market opened on November 19th, 2021, and will remain on Place de la Constitution until January 2nd, 2022. It’s open every day (except on December 24th and 25th) from 11 am to 10 pm (Sunday to Thursday) and from 11 am to 11 pm (Fridays and Saturdays).
Access to the market is free, but due to the current situation, it’s mandatory to show a COVID-19 Certificate before entering the venue. The three types of certificates recognized by the European Union are accepted: Vaccination, Testing, or Recovery.
After carrying out the health check, you’ll receive a colored bracelet, which is valid for the rest of the day and allows you to enter all CovidCheck zones of the “Winterlights”. To find out more about CovidCheck, check out the Ville de Luxembourg official website.
What to Do at the Wantermaart (Winter Market)
Like the other two “Winterlights” markets I’ve already mentioned in my blog (St Nicholas Market and Luxembourg Christmas Market), the Wantermaart has a Christmas Tree (in Luxembourgish, Chrëschtbeemchen; in French, Sapin de Noël; and in German, Weihnachtsbaum).
Nicknamed simply “Sapin Doré”, this “Golden Pine” reaches 13 meters in height and is decorated with lights and ornaments in shades of red and gold.
You can find it in a more secluded part of the Winter Market, next to a viewpoint with panoramic views over the Parcs de La Pétrusse (ie Parks of the Pétrusse – a river that runs through the city) and the Adolphe Bridge.
The Luxembourger Pyramide (or Luxembourg Pyramid) is one of Wantermaart’s main attractions and occupies a prominent place in the center of the Place de la Constitution, right next to the Gëlle Fra (a war memorial).
Structured on four platforms and crowned with a helix, this pyramid reminds me of one I saw at the Christmas Market of the Tuileries Garden – which proves that Christmas Markets in Central Europe have many elements and characteristics in common!
Interestingly, the Luxembourger Pyramide serves as a roof to one of the Winter Market’s many wooden chalets! The attraction is in constant rotation and changes its lights and colors to the sound of traditional Christmas carols.
Even if you don’t get to enter the Wantermaart and you’re just strolling through the historic center of Luxembourg, it’s hard not to notice the Grande Roue: after all, it’s 32 meters high!
In addition, this Ferris Wheel is made up of 35,000 LED lights… Yes, you read that right! The attraction is an authentic spectacle of light, color, and movement!
Due to its popularity, you’ll almost always find a considerable queue for riding in the Grande Roue (especially in the late afternoon / early evening, which is when the Winter Market gets more visitors).
Mon Beau Sapin
At first glance, the “Mon Beau Sapin” looks more like another Christmas Tree that gives life to Wantermaart. But actually, “My Beautiful Pine Tree” is a carousel destined for children!
While the balls on the highest branches are purely decorative, the first row of ornaments has been transformed into revolving cabins where the youngest can ride with their families.
The Winter Market also includes another children’s attraction called “Jungle Tour”, the typical carousel of animals that is usually seen at popular fairs.
In 2021, the Wantermaart has 41 wooden chalets, the vast majority of which sell winter items and/or Christmas decorations.
Here, you’ll find everything you can imagine for the Christmas season: decorations and lights for the Christmas tree, nativity scenes, snow globes, candles, Nutcracker figures, plushies, toys, musical instruments, jewelry, winter hats, gloves, scarfs, wool socks… Guess that the difficult part is choosing!
However, there’s one wooden chalet that stands out from the rest: the Hunde-Bäckerei. This is because its name, translated from German, means “Dogs’ Bakery”! In this stall, you can buy healthy cookies in different shapes and flavors, and give your four-legged friend an original gift!
What to Drink at the Wantermaart (Winter Market)
Just like the Christmas markets in other European countries such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czechia, Austria, or Switzerland, the Luxembourg Christmas markets are very popular because of their festive beverages.
Here, you can taste the famous “Mulled Wine” – better known as “Vin Chaud” or “Glühwein” (the French and German terms, respectively).
Or the “Feuerzangenbowle” (literally, “Fire Tongs Punch”), a kind of German punch, made of rum, red wine, and fruit juice, and which is served hot and flamed! And, if you prefer a non-alcoholic drink, you can always opt for the traditional Hot Chocolate!
When you buy a hot beverage at the Winter Market, you have to pay a deposit for the mug (around €2-€4). But you can also keep the mug as a souvenir. I did that and ended up getting a special memento from “Winterlights” and Luxembourg!
What to Eat at the Wantermaart (Winter Market)
As you would expect, the Wantermaart (or Winter Market) is not just about drinks and cocktails. In fact, one of the great attractions is the hundreds of European delicacies on sale!
Cookies, nuts, candy, chocolates, popcorn, and “love apples” (very popular on Halloween) are just some of the sweet options. If you prefer hot dishes or savory snacks, you have soups, hamburgers, the famous raclette, and these special recommendations:
- talian sausages and cheeses (on the left photograph) – this wooden cottage sold numerous delicacies from the Tuscany region (in Italy). Among others, there were “salame al tartufo” (salami with truffles), “salama de sanglier” (wild boar salami), “lardo” (a type of Italian charcuterie made with pork fat), “finocchiona” (a variety of salami with fennel), as well as Pecorino and Caciotta cheeses
- Flammlachs (on the right photograph) – well, this is a Finnish specialty I’ve never seen in my life! Basically, “Flammlachs” consist of halves of salmon, which are attached to wooden planks and cooked vertically, leaning against the embers of a wood stove!
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