Holiday Inspiration from Steckborn, Switzerland

Two years ago I had the privilege of traveling to Steckborn, Switzerland, the home of BERNINA, to take part in the testing of the new BERNINA Q 24  and Q 20 Longarm Quilting machines.

Christmas Season in Steckborn Switzerland - BERNINA Headquarters

Steckborn is located on the shores of Lake Konstanz and has a population of approximately 3,600 people. Much of the architecture in the main part of the town dates back several hundred years.

Christmas Season in Steckborn Switzerland

It just happened that I was there in December when the town was getting ready to celebrate the Christmas Holidays. Many of the homes and business are decorated for the holidays.

Christmas Season in Steckborn Switzerland - window decorations

Window ledges sport Christmas displays.

Christmas Season in Steckborn Switzerland - Bakery

Many street level windows feature displays centered on the nativity.

Christmas Season in Steckborn Switzerland - Baked Goods

The town bakery is not to be left out of some very tasty decorations and edible treats.

Christmas Season in Steckborn Switzerland - Adventcalendar

A local store features this wonderful Advent Calendar in their window.

Christmas Season in Steckborn Switzerland - Metal Art

The florist shop features some wonderful metal work for the season.

Christmas Season in Steckborn Switzerland - Florist

The small family run hotel where we stayed had an Advent Wreath in the lobby.

Christmas Season in Steckborn Switzerland - cat

And Steckborn is no different than the USA—even their cats get into the seasonal displays.

Christmas Season in Konstanz, Germany

Konstanz, Germany, which has a population of 80,000 people, is a short train ride away. It also hosts one of the many Christmas Markets that spring up in Germany during the holidays. We took advantage of the wonderful train system and went there a few evenings during our stay. Stalls line the streets and sell a variety of food to take home, as well as some wonderful gifts for the season.

Christmas Season in Konstanz

Christmas Season in Konstanz, Germany

And there is musical entertainment. Sometimes a local brass band and in this instance a woman playing tuned goblets. Yes—each glass is filled with water so it will produce a different pitch when she strikes them. She was playing various Christmas Carols.

Christmas Season in Konstanz - tuned goblets

Many stalls featured wonderful ornaments and decorations for the season.

Christmas Season in Konstanz - ornaments

Christmas Season in Konstanz - ornaments

Christmas Season Konstanz - Ornament Displays

It is a time for families to gather and celebrate the season—and there are special rides for the children.

Christmas Season in Konstanz -Carousel Ride

And yes—there was wonderful food.

Some fresh roasted chestnuts.

Christmas Season - Some fresh roasted chestnuts

A roasted pig! (Sorry I didn’t get a picture of the wild boar being roasted)

Christmas Season in Konstanz

And of course—something to drink. This is Glühwein (mulled wine). We were able to get both red and white mulled wine and many times it might have had some “additives”—I believe in this case it was either rum or brandy and was topped off by a flamed sugar cube.

German Gluehwein

It was also wonderful to see Mistletoe growing in actual trees, and to see some being used for decoration. This one hangs in a doorway to a home.mistletoe

I hope you enjoyed this little journey to Steckborn, Switzerland and Konstanz, Germany.  And maybe if you are good—Santa will leave you a Q24 or Q20 under your tree!

Christmas Season Europe

John Kubiniec is a BERNINA Ambassador who lives in Rochester, NY.  Visit his blog at Big Rig Quilting .

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50 thoughts on “Holiday Inspiration from Steckborn, Switzerland

  1. I have had the good fortune of visiting Italy several times, but, sadly, never at Christmas. I have moved a holiday visit closer to the top of my ‘Got to do this’ list.

  2. The UK would be my choice for spending Christmas. I have many Dickens Christmas buildings, so I would like to see the old British buildings during the Christmas holidays.

  3. London, just to visit Harrod’s ornament floor

    London, just to visit Harrods, it has a wonderful seasonal department for ornaments from around the world.


    London or Stockholm

  4. I would LOVE to actually visit Germany Italy. Thank you so very much for the great post and the wonderful photos. I actually felt like I was right alongside you.

  5. I have never traveled outside of the United States.
    It would be great to go to Switzerland to see it and where Bernina is.
    Love your presentation it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Holiday’s

  6. I would love to see the Christmas markets of Dresden and Vienna. We had planned a trip this year to see the Christmas markets, but were unable to go. Merry Christmas to all!

  7. I would like to visit Norway or the Netherlands because that is the nativity of my ancestors. I have lived
    in Russia during the holidays. They don’t celebrate much the way that we do. Nativity scenes are very
    hard to find. Father Frost comes with a present on January 7. New Years celebrations are MUCH MORE
    IMPORTANT to Russians than Christmas.

  8. This looks so beautiful. I would like to go to a place just like this with all the trimmings in windows and on streets. The old worked charm is something very special. I think Italy or Germany would be my starting point.

  9. I think it would be great to visit Switzerland at Christmas time. I have been to Switzerland and Italy in the summertime for Mountain Bike World Championships to watch my sons compete. I loved both Switzerland and Italy and think it would be great to see at Christmas. Thanks for sharing “holiday inspiration from Steckborn, Switzerland.

  10. Living in Muenchen for a few years, we enjoyed the Chriskindlemakt. Having Santa retiring from the public on December 6/7 changes the whole feel of the season. I’d love to experience this time of year in Italy, France, Germany or any continental European nation with this cultural idea. It’s less stress and more joy.

  11. OH I would love to visit Bernina in Switzerland. I have never left the USA . But I have been in most of the states except Alaska. What a wonderful experience that would be.

  12. I would love to visit Israel at Christmas! It would be an amazing trip. Thank you for sharing your trip, it looks like it would be a great place to visit,

  13. There are many places I would love to go. One would be to Israel, the birthplace of our Lord. Next would be to Germany and Denmark , homelands of my ancestors.

  14. I used to think I wanted to travel to different places, and I have traveled quite a bit considering my work schedule. But now, I think a couple of quiet days at home during the holidays is preferable. Since I normally work anywhere from 16 to 22 hours a day, a few days alone with my sewing machines sounds like heaven. lisajcowell(at)cs(dot)com

  15. My next Christmas trip will be to the Vanderbilt Mansion in the good old USA. They have different décor and trees all over the mansion and I hear it’s spectacular.

  16. I would love to visit England. We live in South Africa and Christmas seems strange in all this heat! So I would love to be in a country where it snows at this time of the year.

  17. Norway. I love candlelight in the windows, sparkling white snow, music by the Christmas tree, buttery Christmas cookies and breads, visits from Norwegian tiny trolls, red and white decorations, and round red cheeks!

  18. I know this comment is a bit (1 year) post dated but, I have to tell you your pictures are wonderful. I so enjoyed looking at them as I always feel that I travel through others adventures. Thank you again.

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