Best Christmas Markets in Germany
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Germany is famous for its Christmas Markets Here are a few of the best. You are welcome to add into the Comments any others ones you have seen or been to in the previous years.
Best Time To Visit The Christmas Markets of Germany
The best time to visit Christmas Markets of Germany are between third week of November and December 25th of every year.
Aachen Christmas Market-From 22nd November to 23rd December 2019
Every year before Christmas the squares and streets round the Cathedral and the Aachen Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours,
festive sounds and seductive smells. The glorious fair in the Christmas City, which has been erected with great care and sentiment, fascinates both the young and the
old. The enormous choice between original, stylish and precious goods makes small and big dreams come true.
It is really no wonder why the Aachen Christmas Market has become an absolute “must” for all people of Aachen and Aachen fans as well. The Aachen Market has become
famous far beyond the boundaries of the Aachen region. This is due to its pleasant and familiar atmosphere. People come to the Christmas Market in order to meet
their families, friends, acquaintances and colleagues. This happens during the lunch break or after work, during the week or at the weekend.
The carousel is a must for the children as is the mulled wine for the adults. Potato fritters are eaten at all times of the day. Naturally you will find a large variety of Printen
and other Christmas cakes and biscuits, “Domino Stones”, gingerbread, “Spekulatius” and marzipan bread. These are distributed all over the world by Aachen bakeries. However in
the Aachen Christmas Market they come oven fresh and taste particularly delicious. The organisers of the Christmas Market are proud to boast approx. 1.5 million
visitors every year. Amongst them you can find guests from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom.
The tradition of the Christmas Market goes back to the seventies. Originally when it was held around the Elisa Fountain the “Printen Market” was rather small. A huge change
took place when it was moved to the Market Place and the Katschhof as well as the adjoining small streets. Not only visitor numbers have rocketed but also the number of exhibitors has
continuously risen over the last years.
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Rothenburg Christmas Market-From 29.11 to 23.12.2019
The Reiterlesmarkt of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Massive stone town walls studded with 42 towers; half-timbered houses with red-tiled roofs; cobblestone streets and flower-filled window boxes: That is Rothenburg ob der Tauber, located on the famous Romantic Road. One of Europe´s most beautiful medieval town looks like a movie set – but it is all real! The silhouette of gate and defense towers conveys the aura of a fairy tale. As you enter through one of the old gates, you will immediately feel secure within the time-honored walls of this romantic place. Rothenburg´s enchantment has prevailed over the past 1,000 years and is continuing to cast its spell onto the international visitors.
Rothenburg is a delight at any time of year, but in winter, the snow turns spires and rooftops into a living Christmas card. Once a year, the medieval town of Rothenburg transforms itself into a winter wonderland. Since the 15th century, a wonderful Christmas market has always been a feature of the festive Christmas season. This market can look back on a 500-year tradition, and since this time it has wisely changed very little from its historical origins. Numerous cultural events are held in conjunction with this market. The highlight of the market, however, is the appearance of the ‘Rothenburg Riders’, who also gave this market its name. The historical origin of the ‘riders’ comes to us from the dim and distant past. Our ancestors believed that they were messengers from another world, who floated through the skies with the souls of the dead in wintertime. But the image of this mythical character has changed over the centuries. Whereas one used to tremble in fear before this eerie figure, today, young and old look forward to his return. The wild horseman has become a friendly messenger.
Today too, the narrow and winding streets and the squares around the town hall, its archways and the marketplace are still lined with stalls where one can find everything the heart and taste buds desire: old German Christmas pastries, ‘white’ mulled wine, large or small handcrafted treasures as souvenirs or gifts. On Fridays and Saturdays until 8 pm you can enjoy the marvelous view over the ‘Reiterlesmarkt’ from the town hall tower.
And so the Rothenburg ‘Reiterlesmarkt’ is today the symbol of the peaceful Christmas market as it has grown over centuries, and the city’s decorations for the Christmas holidays lend it a truly romantic character.
Mon. – Thurs.: 11 am – 7 pm
Fri. – Sun.: 11 am – 8 pm
Berlin Christmas Markets-25 November – 31 December 2019 (Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt)
There are many Christmas Markets spread all over Berlin as you can imagine.
We picked this one:Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt,as it is Centrally located at one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin.This Christmas Market offers quality Christmas decoration, food and entertainment.
Not only thanks to its location between Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom is the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt one of the most atmospheric in the city. The market offers a large range of handmade goods crafted by artisans, Christmas food, and entertainment.
In the market’s large crafts tent, visitors can look wood carvers, belt makers, dressmakers, comb makers and other craftspeople over the shoulder. Not far away, talented graphic artists, photographers, stonemasons and painters display their works.
Culinary offerings at the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market range from unusual snacks to gourmet menus and traditional Christmas delicacies. Jugglers, fire-eaters, choirs and classical, jazz or Gospel ensembles provide a varied entertainment programme on each market day. A part of the proceeds of the admission fee is given to charity.
- Opening Hours
- 25 November – 31 December 2019
Open daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Christmas Eve 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
New Year’s Eve 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
- Admission Fee
- 1 Euro, free admission for children under 12
Free entrance from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (except 25 & 26 December)
- Useful hints
- Dogs are not allowed (except for guide dogs)
For a complete list of Berlin Christmas Markets check out their Website.
Düsseldorf Christmas Market-21st November to 30th December 2019
About this event
From November 21 to December 30 the Christmas markets of Düsseldorf transform the metropolis at the Rhine into a magical festive world. At Dusseldorf Christmas market, discover all kinds of Christmas delights at over 200 lovingly decorated huts and explore the vast array of theme worlds in numerous parts of the city. You will find glittering Christmas tree decorations, distinguished handcrafts and plenty of tasty seasonal treats offered simultaneously at seven different locations, all within easy walking distance.
Click on the Links to be taken to the various Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf
Christmas Market on Marktplatz (market square).
During the period of the Christmas market, Düsseldorf’s City Hall will be constituting a magical setting for the Christmas Market on Marktplatz (market square). A Christmas market quarter will stretch across the square at the feet of the statue of mounted Jan Wellem – Düsseldorf’s landmark – with huts modelled in colour and style of the brick building of the renaissance city hall situated at the heart of Düsseldorf’s old town. Mulled wine and hot chocolate will invite guests to stay for a while and craftmen and craftwomen working with glass blowers and as wood turners will offer their wares here. And there’s more: the craftmen and craftwomen will always be happy to demonstrate their skills to interested visitors. While on the square, a lovingly restored almost 100-year old merry-go-round will be the attraction for both young and old. Also, the hand-carved life-sized manger from the Bethlehem is always a major attraction.
“Engelchenmarkt” (“Little Angel Market”) on Heinrich-Heine-Platz
The sandstone facade of the top-class Carsch-Haus department store will set the tone for the colour scheme of “Engelchenmarkt” (“Little Angel Market”). The music pavilion on Heinrich-Heine-Platz, an art nouveau masterpiece, has been the inspiration for the market huts to be adorned with floral motifs and angel figures in wrought iron. The square will be turned into a veritable sea of lights that will reflect in the golden angels to be seen everywhere – creating a “heavenly” atmosphere. Both traditional and new culinary delights will await visitors here. The music pavilion will again be inviting people to warm themselves this year with deliciously fragrant mulled wine.
Christmas Market on Flinger Straße
Flinger Straße will create the seasonal link between Marktplatz (market square) and Heinrich-Heine-Platz. The hut facades will be modelled on Düsseldorf’s old town houses to create a unique harmonious ensemble. The traditional mulled-wine pyramid located on the adjacent Heinrich-Heine-Platz will once again be a striking and popular meeting place.
“Sternchenmarkt” (“Little Star Market”) at Stadtbrückchen
The “Sternchenmarkt” (“Little Star Market”) at Stadtbrückchen, idyllically located in the courtyard of Wilhelm-Marx-Haus, is always popular with old and young. Crystals and sparkling stars that break the light into thousands of colours will immerse the courtyard in a mysterious light. A winter landscape to dream in!
Christmas Market on Schadowplatz
The Schadowplatz this year is set to delight visitors with a fully restyled market. A village in wintry white will spread festive cheer with all the flair reminiscent of Scandinavia. The redesigned market will be set up right outside the new Kö-Bogen with its innovative architecture. The stores in the Libeskind Building with their quality offerings are guaranteed to open up new dimensions to Christmas shoppers in Düsseldorf. In 2016 the Schadowplatz promises to combine a delightful setting with a unique Christmas market experience with shopping in style.
Christmas Market at the Kö-Bogen (Jan-Wellem-Platz)
Visitors to the new “Christmas Market at the Kö-Bogen” will be able to enjoy the sight of traditional wooden huts set against modern architecture and a panoramic view of Hofgarten.
The atmospheric huts that stood on Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz in previous years now line the eastern side of the Libeskind building, extending as far as the Terrace Steps of the Kö-Bogen Promenade. Visitors can look forward to delicious treats, handmade natural products and, of course, the highlight: the ice rink with its picturesque view of Hofgarten and the Landskrone pond. For the little ones, there is a children’s carousel as well as an activity tent with an action-packed programme.
Nuremberg Christmas Market – Christkindlesmarkt Nürnberg-29.11.2019 to 24.11.2019
The enticing aroma of gingerbread, mulled wine and grilled sausage hangs in the air at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt.Every year, Germany’s most famous Christmas Market in Nuremberg opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world, right in the middle of the city, on the historic Main Market Square.
First mentioned in 1628, its roots probably go back to the time of Luther, when the tradition of giving children presents at Christmas evolved. Ever since then traditional wares such as
handmade Christmas decorations and culinary treats have been offered by the 180 wooden stalls, decorated with red and white canvas. Take a stroll through the festively lighted lanes
between the stalls and discover the enchantment of the unique atmosphere.
The “Christkind” with blond curly hair wearing a golden crown and golden white gown opens “its” market traditionally on the Friday before the first Advent. “You men and women who once were
children, be young again“, proclaims the “Christkind” when she welcomes guests to the Nuremberg Market Square. And she is right – because with a bit of childish enthusiasm over
the Christmas tree decorations, tinsel angels, wooden nutcrackers, cribs and colored stars, you enjoy walking through the romantically lit Christmas Market twice as much.
Nuremberg Bratwurst – tradition for more than 700 years
Christkindlesmarkt, gingerbread and original Nuremberg Bratwurst have made this city world-famous. In the Franconian metropolis, everything revolves around sausage—and this for more than 700 years! Only as long as your finger, but simply irresistible – that’s an original Nuremberg Bratwurst.
For Detailed Information visit their dedicated Nuremberg Christmas Market Website Here.
Frankfurt Christmas Market-Monday, 25.11.2019 at 5:00 pm, Location: Römerberg
Frankfurt has one of the oldest and largest Christmas Markets in Germany that has been running since 1393. It is a traditional winter market full of festivities, with Christmas carols and church bells ringing, and of course the giant Christmas tree, located in the scenic old town centre, decorated with thousands of lights, ribbons and bells. The market attracts more than 3 million visitors per year with more than 200 stalls to keep them busy. Many of the stalls sell classic wooden toys, rocking horses, dolls and decorations; others focus on delicious Christmas specialties like mulled wine, roast chestnuts, grilled sausages and gingerbread, filling the air with wonderful yuletide aromas. Don’t miss out on the historical merry-go-round, lit up and decorated with wooden carved horses. It starts at the end of November and carries on through December.
For more details please visit the official Frankfurt Christmas Market Website here.
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