Mulled Wine: The Most Popular Drink at German Christmas Markets

Mulled wine is the most popular holiday drink at German Christmas Markets.

gluehwein (mulled wine), a popular holiday drink in Germany I had only vaguely heard of mulled wine (Glühwein in German) while living in Canada and I associated it as a drink that only old people drink.

Then I moved to Germany and everything changed.

gluehwein (mulled wine), a popular holiday drink at German Christmas markets
Some people collect the various Gluewein mugs from the various German Christmas Markets.

It’s red wine served warm with a dash of cinnamon, cloves, orange and sugar added.  Social events revolve around Glühwein during the holiday season.

Friends bundle up and catch up over a mug of Glühwein at one of the many Glühwein stalls found at My Favorite 3 Christmas Markets in Munich or My Favorite European Christmas Markets.

The German Christmas Markets just started last week and I’ve already lost track of the number of Glühweins I’ve consumed.

Although never more than one or two at a time.  Glühwein is to be consumed slowly and the intense flavours savoured.

It was not a love at first taste for me and Glühwein, I found it assaulted my taste buds, but with one Glühwein season under my belt, I have acquired a taste for it.


Just don’t ask me to choose between Glühwein and a Starbuck’s Gingerbread Latte.

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel. She's passionate about getting outdoors as often as possible and helping travellers do the same on their vacation in a sustainable way. She's Canadian and grew up in the Canadian Rockies but now lives in Munich, Germany. You can find her skiing or hiking in the mountains most weekends, hanging out with her cat or with her nose in a good book.


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