A nice looking sign saying “The German Christmas Market” in German welcomes visitors who enter it from the north. But, even without that sign, anyone will identify this event as what it is. The unique atmosphere of German Christmas markets was transported to Sofia, and it has been here for several years now. The Bulgarian public, but also expats living in Bulgaria, do like what they find there. Visitor numbers are high, especially during weekends.
In little wooden huts, located around the central Christmas tree, they are offering potential Christmas presents, such as Children’s books, handcrafts or candles, but also Christmas decoration. Even more importantly, there is Glühwein, that red, hot wine Germans have during those freezing winter evenings, and there is a lot to eat.
In several of those huts, they offer very German looking sausages, including “Bratwurst”. And there is the most German side order anyone can eat. Ready for it? Sourkraut! In addition, they are offering something even more delicious, at the Swiss hut: Raclette cheese. There is nothing better than melted Raclette cheese. Amen. And there are those sweet dough sticks, boiled in oil. There is so much oil in that large sauce pan, Saddam Hussein would have invaded it.
A very international bunch of people was present at yesterday’s official opening. There must have been at least 40 Germans, some people chatted in English, both native and non-native, most were Bulgarians, speaking Bulgarian a million times better than some of us expats do. So, yes, the German Christmas Market in Sofia, located 1,630 kilometers from Berlin, and 100 meters from Ivan Vasov Theater, is a great place to meet, eat, drink and chat. It opened yesterday, and will be open until December 21st, 2016.
There is another German Christmas Market on Bulgarian soil, in Plovdiv, from November 28th until December 28th, 2016, located at Stefan Stambolov Square.
By Imanuel Marcus