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Taste and tour Mainz Christmas Market

market visit

Taste and tour Mainz Christmas Market

9 reviews
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English
market visit

Taste and tour Mainz Christmas Market

market visit

Taste and tour Mainz Christmas Market

9 reviews
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

New to the Mainz Christmas market? Make the most of your time here with this tour combining tasting and touring. With me as your guide, you'll enjoy sample-size portions of 12 of my favorite Christmas market dishes including hearty and savory mains, warming beverages and sweet treats. To work up hunger between courses, I'll take you to sites of interest in and around Mainz’s stunning market square. Steps away from the mighty Rhine, in the shadow of a thousand year old cathedral, this 2.5 hour tour will acquaint you with the highlights of Mainz's vibrant past and shed light on why it’s such a great place to live today. You’ll learn how the history of the city can be summed up in four hats, and why the locals celebrate the anniversary of their cathedral twice. You’ll discover why the focal point of Mainz’s Christmas market, a five-tiered wooden pyramid, features a jester, a runner and a bespectacled cartoon character. We’ll sample not only the most beloved treats available at Christmas markets widely across Germany, but also those typical to Mainz, including mulled wine produced by a local winery, succulent grilled pork, and Dinnele-Fladen, a Middle Ages forerunner to the pizza.

Your host

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Karen

As a freelance columnist covering events and travel destinations since 2004, I take pride in both my local and "big picture" knowledge of all things Europe. I've lived in Russia, Denmark, and Italy, and used each as a springboard for extensive regional exploration. For the past decade, I call an idyllic wine village south of Mainz home. As a certified "culture and wine ambassador" of the local Rheinhessen wine-making area, I’m up on the history of my adopted region and eager to show you what makes it so special. Years of experience as a tour manager in east Europe means you're in good hands.

What's included

Food
I will purchase the hearty main dishes, hot beverages and sweet treats to be sampled, along with dishes and cutlery.

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Where you'll be

Many lists of Germany’s best Christmas markets rank that of Mainz in their top picks; this tour brings you to the stands of vendors with the most delicious and tradition-rich culinary offerings. Between tasty bites and warming beverages, I’ll unpack how landmarks in our midst from towering spires to a hidden fox retell Mainz’s history in a nutshell. And for those in search of the perfect gift for friends back home, I know just where to go...

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Warm, waterproof, comfortable shoes and an appetite!

More tips

As we'll be outside in cold December weather most of the time, please dress warmly. The tour involves a considerable amount of walking; thus comfortable footwear is highly recommended.

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Taste and tour Mainz Christmas Market
9 reviews
£41/person
9 reviews
£41/person