Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 148
at the Rüdesheim
Christmas Market and
(below) the Cathedral
scene in Cologne.
Bring on the gingerbread and raise a
mug of glühwein during a European
BY SUSAN B. BARNES PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTIAN KERBER
V I RT U O S O L I F E
RUISE ALONG THE RHINE OR DANUBE IN DECEMBER, AND
the shore-excursion lineup is bound to feature a Christmas
market or three. The open-air spaces have been holiday-season
staples since the fourteenth century, when German towns established the first ones in honor of Advent. Across the continent today, Christmas lights blanket town squares; tents, chalets, and wooden pavilions brim
with gifts; and mulled wine flows like the river each city overlooks.