Two Little Alpine Christmas Markets

LauterbrunnenChristmas markets in Switzerland really help to get you into the Christmas spirit!

The Lauterbrunnen Christmas Market was on our second night after arriving. We walked down along the river with our torches, in the freshly fallen snow from the house to the town.

The stalls were lined up along the street in front of the shops. We were soon devouring some hot raclette, or chäsbrätel as it’s known here.

Cheese is melted under a hot device, the bubbling surface is scraped off, onto a slice of crusty bread in this case.

With a sprinkle of raclette spices we stood and hungrily ate it, washing it down with the accompanying glass of white wine.

This should be an Advent tradition!

chäsbrätel, ready fro scraping!We discovered our second Christmas market quite by surprise.

We woke to beautiful blue sky on the Saturday so we took the cog train up to Wengen, a small village resort 400 metres above Lauterbrunnen.

The Christmas market was on the sunny square just off the train station.

A little ring of colourful stalls selling local crafts and various food. There was seating in the middle, set round a log fire.

We gave the chäsbrätel a miss this time, I had a lovely warming cup of Glühwein {mulled wine} and Chris went for some lardon laced Rösti.

It was Wengen’s 20th Christmas Market, so some of the things had a twenty theme. The Rösti was served with savoury pastry ’20’s. 

Don’t worry, it wasn’t a complete liquid lunch for me, we had packed sandwiches!

After filling our boots with festive food we had a little wander around the village, round to the church which stands in a magnificent position on the edge of the mountainside.

The view back down the valley is breathtaking.

The village is car-free making it lovely to explore, it can only be accessed by foot, train or gondola.

Rather than taking the train, we walked back down to Lauterbrunnen.

So pretty in the snow, it was still a bit difficult in places as it was a bit steep and slippy in places. My muscles got tired near the bottom!

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The difficult walk was worth it for this view though!

We were staying with family in Lauterbrunnen in December 2012.

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  1. chef mimi says:

    Beautiful photos! Did you ever tell me what raclette spices are?

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