The 6 Earliest Christmas Markets to Open in 2018

The 6 Earliest Christmas Markets to Open in 2018

A few months ago, Aaron and I got a killer deal on tickets to Germany over Thanksgiving week thanks to emails that we get from Scott’s Cheap Flights. We fly out the day before Thanksgiving and will be in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria for about a week - I’m so excited!!! I’m MOST excited to visit a few Christmas markets while we are there! Sadly, we will be flying back to Texas before most of the markets open. But I have been able to find some that will be open while we are there and they are most definitely on our itinerary! I’ve compiled a list of 6 of the earliest opening markets for the 2018 season in case you, like us, booked a trip that ends before Christmas market season really gets into full swing, but still want to visit a few.

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Ice Palaces, Chocolate, and Pools in Switzerland

Ice Palaces, Chocolate, and Pools in Switzerland

The rest of our quick Swiss trip was supposed to be visiting the Ice Palaces in Schwarzsee, about an hour and a half from Adelboden, another interesting experience I found on the My Switzerland tourism website. Again, with our history of building snow statues at Michigan Tech, we thought this would be really cool. And the pictures we saw of them made the whole thing look awesome! We were totally in. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite all it was cracked up to be.

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Fondue in an Igloo

Fondue in an Igloo

Before moving to Germany, I wasn't aware that fondue was a Swiss  tradition. My experience with it was limited to home made stuff where we had different types of meat that were cooked in hot oil, and the stuff from the Melting Pot restaurants. Traditional Swiss fondue though, is pretty much just a pot of cheese served with bread. When we decided to head to Switzerland for a couple of days after Christmas, we knew we had to try this Swiss specialty. What better way to try it than sitting in an igloo at the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps?

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