Despite a large wave of illness and the energy crisis, the Christmas market operators in North Rhine-Westphalia are drawing a positive balance for the 2022 season shortly before the festival. "First of all, we are very happy that the Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral can take place again this year in its usual form . We are quite satisfied with the business,” said Birgit Grothues from the Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral.
Nevertheless, she and her colleagues felt a reluctance to consume on the markets due to the crisis. In addition, it was difficult to find "good and sufficient staff," said Grothues of the German Press Agency. And the feedback from the visitors? "Consistently positive," she said. For many visitors, the visit to the Christmas market was "a break from the flood of problems".
According to a spokesman, the atmosphere in Aachen was also “relaxed, relaxed, peaceful and friendly”. The number of tourist visitors was roughly at the level of the pre-pandemic year 2019. The sales of the stand operators were also very satisfactory.
According to a survey by the city, the visitors to the Christmas market in Münster reflected a “satisfied to good mood”. The dry and cold weather helped, which was ideal for a stroll through the markets, according to a statement from the city on Wednesday. According to the tourist information office, many day visitors from the Netherlands came to the city again to visit the Christmas market.
The markets in the state capital Düsseldorf have been well attended so far and have also brought many international guests to the city, as a spokeswoman said. Those responsible for the Christmas market in Essen also registered many visitors from abroad - especially from the Netherlands and Belgium.