There's an autumnal chill in the air and our thoughts are turning to how we might amuse ouirselves during the winter months. VisitBirmingham have put together a guide to the Frankfurt Christmas market which takes place from 15 November-22 December - Staying Cool at the Rotunda is the perfect place to base yourself to make the most of the market.
Here are VisitBirmingham's top tips for having a good time:
1. Eat a German Bratwurst & Brezel
German Bratwurst (white or red sausage) and Brezel are traditional German foods and are famous throughout the world. How the Bratwurst is served varies by region, but it is commonly served with a Brötchen (roll). The Brezel is type of bread and is particularly famous in South Germany and Austria. German speakers also call it "Laugenbrezel" (lyle pretzel).
2. Have a hot Glühwein (mulled
Glühwein is a traditional and loved hot acoholic Christmas drink which is usually made of white and red wine and various spices such as cinnamon, cloves, lemon slices and aniseed. It is the perfect drink for a cold winter night.
3. Indulge yourself with chocolaty Crêpes
Although Crêpes are a traditional French dessert, they are one of the various food highlights of the German Christmas market. Topped with hot chocolate sauce or filled with banana, they are a must-do.
4. Sing along with the singing moose
For the last ten years Birmingham's singing Christmas moose has become a Christmas attraction in its own right. Located directly in front of the Council House entrance, the singing moose guarantees a Christmassy atmosphere and a lot of fun for young and old.
5. Get traditional Christmas decorations
The traditional Christmas Craft Fair offers Christmas decorations and handcrafts. A wide range of candles, jewellery, Christmas tree decorations, tea, Christmas cards and much more - make it easy to find the right Christmas present for the one you love.
6. Listen to traditional Carols & Christmas
Carols in the City as well as daily bands on the Christmas market stage will create a romantic Christmas atmosphere. Enjoy a hot mug of Glühwein while listening to traditional Christmas song or great Jazz music.
7. Drink a crisp German beer
Enjoy a crisp German Beer with your Bratwurst, but please drink responsibly!
8. Take a ride on the Carousel
Take a one horse ride through the German Market on the fantastic ornate carousel. Hopefully you'll be having so much fun you'll be laughing as you go - Ho Ho Ho.
9. Get a lovely wooly hat with bobbles
"If the weather outside is frightful" get your mits on a delightful wooly hat from the market stalls.
10. Buy a nice souvenir at the Visitor Centre
The friendly, informative and multilingual staff have the know-how to offer the kind of insight and inspired advice that no guidebook can touch. From souvenirs, brochures to maps - you will find it at the Visitor Centre Christmas stall.
We're proud sponsors of Orchestra of the Swan and we have a special offer for one of their concerts next month.
If you buy two tickets or more for Tamsin Waley-Cohen plays Mozart at the Town Hall, Birmingham next month (October 17 at 2.30pm) you will receive a free Schubert CD.
June 2013Staying Cool at the Rotunda
"I liked the fact that all the food products were fairtrade/organic (excellent!). The flat was lovely, wish I had somewhere like that in London.." Kate Cater, Life & Style Editor, The Guardian
""..the Rotunda is superbly located bang in the city centre with New Street and the famous Christmas market less than 20ft from our door – perfect for dropping off those heavy shopping bags."" North Devon Journal
"Only one thing could possibly top the stylish design-led interiors at Staying Cool, and that’s the views..." Elle online