Kalter Markt – a traditional market day in winter

30 Jan

Every year, on the  last Thursday in January “Kalter Markt” (cold market) is held in Römhild, a small town in the district of Hildburghausen. It is one of the preserved traditions in Römhild. The town got market rights in 1498. Traditional markets in Römhild were animal and wool markets. In 1800 there was the first ‘cold Market’, so it´s the 213th this year. 🙂

Many years ago the market stated at 4 am, now 6 am. Thousands of people came every  year.

Nowadays you can buy toys, food, clothes, jewelry and still animals for example: rabbits, chicken, pigeons and many more. About 200 trader are there every year.

This year the cold market is on 31th of January. In Römhild  people  say, “Either you freeze or you drown”. 😉

When the market ends the people go in to the pubs, have fun and sing the song of the cold market.

by Valentin


Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Festivals, Germany


3 responses to “Kalter Markt – a traditional market day in winter

  1. vasiliki54

    January 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Great tradition gathering people and warming hearts no matter if it is a cold market!
    Enjoy and have fun in the middle of the heavy German winter!!!!

  2. Teva 6eD-France

    January 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Wow what a beautiful market! I’m sure you can find everything in there!

  3. MrsU

    February 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    What about some photos, Valenin? I know you paid a short visit to the market before going to school. 😉


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