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  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas. 

    Festively decorated stalls radiating golden light. The scent of mulled wine, cinnamon and candied almonds wafting through the air. And happy children, whose eyes light up as they take it all in.

    Christmas markets really are wonderful. Here are five recommendations for the most beautiful and atmospheric markets in Germany, plus tips for your visit.

  • Nuremberg Christmas Market. 

    The Nuremberg Christmas market is world-famous - and rightly so. 

    “You men and women, who once yourselves were children, be them again today, happy as children be, and now the Christ Child to its market calls, and all who come are truly welcome.” Every year, the “Christkind” (Christ Child) personally opens the Christmas market with these words, as she stands high up in the gallery of the Church of Our Lady. Since 1948, a young female resident of Nuremberg has traditionally taken up this role. From Tuesday to Friday the Christkind visits the Christmas market at 3 pm. She chats with visitors and even takes a few selfies with them. These days, there are many Christmas markets you could visit, but the one in Nuremberg is the real deal.

     

    Our Tip 

    Trying the famous small Nuremberg sausages (or “Drei im Weggla”, as the locals call three of them in a bun) is an absolute must. We also highly recommend Nuremberg gingerbread, which has been made here for more than 600 years. How can you tell if it’s the tastiest gingerbread? Our insider tip: look out for a red heart with a castle on top – the logo of Lebkuchen-Schmidt. You can find more information on the Nuremberg Christmas market here.

  • The WeihnachtsZauber Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. 

    The stalls and white marquees on the popular square boast a magnificent backdrop: the Konzerthaus (concert hall) as well as the “German Cathedral” and the “French Cathedral”. What happens when quite possibly the most beautiful square in Germany is transformed into a Christmas market? It’s a no-brainer: everybody wants to go. So visitors need to overcome a little hurdle: this Christmas market is so amazing that it costs €1 to enter. The proceeds pay for the stage show and go to social projects in Berlin. A good investment, as there is plenty happening on stage: ballet, acrobatics, choir singing, jugglers, fire performers and so much more.

     

    Our Tip 

    Free entry from Monday to Friday between 11 am and 2 pm (certain days excluded). It is worth noting that dogs are not allowed in, nor are large rucksacks for security reasons. You can find out more here.

    Huts and white tents transform Berlin into a magnificent backdrop.
  • Heidelberg Christmas market. 

    From the Christmas market you have a perfect view of Heidelberg Castle.

    The Christmas lights of around 140 stalls bathe the historic town centre of Heidelberg in a lovely, warm light. Wherever you go, you can smell mulled wine and candied almonds. On its throne overlooking the town is Heidelberg Castle, a Renaissance structure whose ruins still stand, parts of which date back as far as 1214. Heidelberg has one of the most atmospheric Christmas markets with the most delicious mulled wine in Germany.

     

    Our Tip 

    Heidelberg’s ice rink on the Karlsplatz square at the foot of Heidelberg Castle is large and wonderful – we highly recommend it. For more information, click here.

     

  • The Christmas market at the Chinese Tower in Munich. 

    The most beautiful Christmas markets usually have one drawback: they are so popular that they attract huge crowds. This, however, is not the case at the Christmas market at the Chinese Tower in Munich’s English Garden, as the grounds are so spectacularly vast. There is a fascinating show to take in every day between 4 and 7 pm here, when a brass band plays Christmas carols from the Chinese Tower, adding a magical feel to the festivities.

     

    Our Tip 

    The market at the Chinese Tower is even more beautiful when it snows. Genuine Munich horse-drawn carriage rides can be taken from here. The old-fashioned children’s carousel is a highlight for families, although this is one of the few places where it may get a bit crowded. Another attention-grabber is Bavarian curling, a fun winter game for up to 10 people. For more information (in German), click here.

    The beautiful Christmas market is located in the middle of the English Garden.
  • The Striezelmarkt in Dresden.

    The Dresden Stollen Festival is definitely not to be missed. 

    When a Christmas market has been going for nearly six hundred years, you can expect it to be well-organised. The people of Dresden do not disappoint: they have been upholding this lovely tradition since 1434. So this year, Germany’s oldest Christmas market will be held for the 585th time in the city of Dresden. At the heart of the market is a 14-metre tall Christmas pyramid. People of all ages will find fun things to do every day here. You can tell from the many elaborate details and jam-packed schedule of events that the people of Dresden are fiercely passionate about their Christmas market.

     

    Our Tip

    The traditional Dresden Stollenfest will be held on 7 December. This is where local bakers and confectioners celebrate their famous Dresdner Christstollen® with a procession, stage show and guests from all over the world. The Striezelmarkt is a great place for families with children. Kids will be amazed by the children’s railway, fairytale forest, Christmas bakery and gingerbread house. For more information, click here.

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