If your looking for a unique change of pace to the traditional market check out the Underground Wine Cellars Christmas Market in Traben-Trarbach, Germany! We went last year and luckily it snowed for us making it even more magical! Experience shopping the vendors placed throughout the historic wine cellars in the village. There is no entrance fee to any of the cellars, and there are a few so make sure you check them all out! It’s a quick drive from Spangdahlem and not real far from Ramstein either.
This year (2015-2016) it runs on the weekends (Fri, Sat, & Sun) from 11 am to 9 pm from Nov. 27th to Dec. 20th. Then it’ll run daily from 11 am to 9 pm from Dec. 21st to Jan. 3rd, 2016. Note it is closed on Dec. 24th, 25th, & 31st.
Parking is free and there are several parking areas. If you go to their site HERE and download the PDF file under Parking coaches at the bottom it’ll bring up a map with all the parking areas. This is a great tool to have ahead of time as parking can be tricky if you don’t know where to look! Also follow the blue P signs as well.
If the tourism office is open (closed on Sundays) then you can get a map with all the cellars and figure out how to get there. If not you can do what we did and stop and ask someone to point you in the right direction. All of the cellars are within walking distance of each other. Two are really close and one is over by the skating rink.
There are also handy maps posted around the village, note not all of them are cellars/markets.
The cellars (kellers) are marked so you can follow those signs as well.
Cellar (Keller) #3
You find many types of vendors from decor to clothing and some food.
Cellar #2, note you have to open the door and go down the steps.
Once inside your transported to a magical Christmas Market setting.
You’ll even find a little bakery inside one!
If you get the chance to visit this village when it’s snowing, then do so! It’s so lovely covered in snow and really adds to the experience.
Ruins rising from above the snow clouds, it doesn’t get better than that!
Snow covered vineyards, check!
Have you been to the Underground Wine Cellars Christmas Market? If so what did you think?!
Know Before You Go
What: Underground Wine Cellars Christmas Market – Traben-Trarbach, Germany
How To Get There: It’s about 38 mins from Spangdahlem, and 1 hour 18 mins from Ramstein. GPS addy: Am Bahnhof 5, 56841 Traben-Trarbach, Germany (this is for the tourism office, so we just looked for the blue P signs and found an area along the river).
Parking: Parking is free you just have to find a spot to park, we parked near the tourism office.
Cost: Free to walk around, bring Euro to shop and eat.
Traveling with little kids: These are really not stroller friendly with multiple sets of stairs and some narrow passages, best to baby wear here.
How long: Plan on at least 2 hours to check out all the cellars, more if you want to wander the town and get something to eat.