Here are the 10 best German Christmas markets in Germany. No one does Christmas quite like Germany. From traditional handicrafts and quirky ornaments to local delicacies and sweet-scented mulled wine, there’s absolutely nothing you can’t find in a German Christmas market, whether you choose to wander the most popular ones or visit those hidden in some quaint medieval villages.
1. Rothenburg ob de Tauber Christmas Market
Why we love it: Home to the Christmas Museum, Rothenburg is a magical place to spend the festive season. Surrounded by imposing town walls, steep-roofed gable houses line narrow cobbled streets, creating a romantic and festive atmosphere.
When: 30th November – 23rd December
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2. Berlin WeihnachtsZauber
Why we love it: Berlin is the capital city of the German Christmas Markets. With more than 60 Christmas markets dotted throughout the city.
When: 26th November – 31st December
3. Munich Christmas Market
Why we love it: Munich’s Christmas Market – whose roots go back to the 14th century – offers traditional Bavarian and unique Christmas gifts, including wood carvings from Oberammergau, gingerbread (Lebkuchen) from Nuremberg, and notably some exquisite glassware from the Bavarian Forest.
When: 27th November – 24th December
4. Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market
Why we love it: the city that gave birth to the delicious mulled wine. There are 7 markets around the city, the most impressive one being the Christmas Market at the Cologne Cathedral. Every year these wonderful four Christmas Markets attract almost 2 million visitors.
When: 26th November – 23rd December
5. Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt
The Nuremberg Kinderweihnacht is the children’s market and has an old-fashioned carousel, a Ferris wheel, and a steam train, this is why we love it. The Nativity scene trail runs between the two markets.
When: 30th November – 24th December
6. Dresden Striezelmarkt
Why we love it: Dresden’s Christmas Market is Germany’s oldest Christmas Market with a very long history dating back to 1434.
Most traditional Christmas gifts, toys and decorations have been invented hundreds of years ago in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains), when the supply of ore run out. The Erzgebirge is located only a few kilometres outside Dresden, near the Czech border. Today most of the Christmas Markets in Germany are still being supplied from this region – Germany Christmas Market
When: 29th November – 24th December
7. Dusseldorf Christmas Market
Why we love it: As with all the larger German cities, there are several markets, many concentrated around the Königsallee (Kö), a designer-store-packed boulevard that shines beautifully under its Christmas illuminations. Schadowplatz is particularly family-friendly with a merry-go-round and special activities for children.
When: 22nd November – 30th December
8. Frankfurt Christmas Market
Why we love it: There has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt for over 600 years. The Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of Germany’s oldest and most popular Christmas markets in Europe.
When: 26th November – 22nd December
Why we love it: With 280 stalls, Stuttgart Christmas Market is one of the oldest and the largest Christmas markets in the whole of Europe.
When: 28th November – 23rd December
Why we love it: The historic market square with its Gothic Chapel of St Mary and its abundance of Baroque architecture provide a scenic backdrop for almost 120 wooden stalls.
When: 30th November – 23rd December
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