Christmas Markets is certainly the thing to do during Christmas. Every single European is in love with Christmas market. It is the place to be, the thing to do, the food to eat, the alcohol to consume and the favourite festival of the year. There is no better place to be than a Christmas Market!
Christmas markets typically spring up at the end of November till Christmas. They are usually held in cities, towns and villages throughout European countries but have now spread across the globe. There’s a magical ambience that traditional Christmas markets create and it is indeed enchanting.
Traditional Christmas market tradition started in Germany and Austria. So, I’m going to share the best Christmas markets in Germany! You can find all types of Christmas items like traditional crib figurines, woodcarvings, and lambskin shoes to place under your Christmas tree. What’s hard to resist is the warm mulled wine that your freezing fingers wrap around and drink on the cold winter nights.
Here’s a few Christmas Markets you should certainly hit when in Germany.
Munich Christmas Market: Christkindl Markt
They offer traditional Bavarian gifts like wood carvings, Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and unique glassware from Bavarian Forest.
Address: Marienplatz, 80331 Munich.
Metro station: Marienplatz
Special Event: Traditional Christmas concerts every day, at 5.30pm at Munich’s Town Hall. Picture Credits
Berlin Christmas Market
With 60 over Christmas markets in Berlin, the MUST-GO one is at the historic square Gendarmenmarkt, close to Friedrichstraße. It’s unusual, but you have to pay 1 Euro for each entrance. However, my friend in Berlin, Emily, assured that it is the BEST Christmas market in Berlin. In addition, it is open on Christmas eve and extends till after Christmas!
Address: Gendarmenmarkt 1, 10117 Berlin
Nearest subway stop: Franzosische Strasse (line U6)
Kids under 12: free. Rest: 1 Euro
Special event: Ice rink in the Christmas market, handicraft market along Alte Potsdamer Straße and the largest mobile toboggan run in Europe: 12 metres high and 70 metres long! Picture Credits
Cologne: Neumarkt Christmas Market
The Cologne Cathedral is one of UNESCO’s Heritage, like the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The Christmas market is directly in front of it and has one of the biggest Christmas tree in the region.
Address: Right next to the central railway station of Cologne
Metro Station: Dom/Hauptbahnhof Picture Credits
Christmas market in Bonn is like any other, but the key difference is the 280-square-meter ice rink at Friedensplatz. Well, even if there isn’t a white Christmas, I’d be happy ice skating around the Christmas market in Bonn! Credits
If you’re in love with fairytales and the magical goodness, Kassel is a place you must not miss. Kassel Christmas Market has a different theme annually, relating to the fairytales written by the Grimm Brothers.
Address: Königsplatz and Friedrichsplatz squares Credits
This is the first Christmas market I’ve heard, thanks to Valentin. It is one of the very famous Christmas markets due to the warm ambience. There is a carousel for kids, mulled wine for adults and traditional food. There, you have to eat the local specialty, Aachen Printen, a type of gingerbread. The food come straight from the oven and taste even better. Other delicacies include “Domino Stones”, gingerbread, “Spekulatius” and marzipan bread. Credits
Another Christmas market with an outdoor ice rink, the Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz is where you should go this Christmas. You can ice skate there for free and there’s also childcare facilities. The Christmas market is in front of the historic town hall with lots of traditional food and stores.
Schadowplatz is a family-friendly market with XXL Santa Claus hats, beautifully coloured huts and reindeers. Don’t miss the famous Königsallee when you’re there too!
Dresden: Striezel Markt
The oldest Christmas market, Striezel Markt is where the first market ever happened, in 1434. It has the world’s biggest nutcracker, a giant pyramid and a 45 feet high wooden carousel with life-sized angels. You can even climb onto the upper levels of the Christmas pyramid to have an overview of the market. It’s a place to buy traditional toys, puppets and wood carvings.
Place: Heart of Dresden’s Baroque Old Town
Special Event: Santa Claus visits Dresden Christmas Market everyday at 4pm and hands out small gifts to children. Credits
Nuremberg Christmas Market
It’s an open-air Christmas market that features 180 wooden huts. There, you have to eat their famous Nuremberg Bratwursts, small charcoal-grilled sausages, and its “Lebkuchen”, gingerbread cookies. Or rather, eat everything you see. Another famous souvenir you can buy is the famous little figurines made out of dried plums.
Events: Opening celebtation, where the Christmas Angel, played by a local girl, reads out a prologue from the balcony of the Nuremberg Cathedral.
Important: Most Christmas Market starts in the last week of November till Christmas Eve or a few days before. They open everyday from 10am to about 9pm. A public holiday “Totensonntag” is a Remmeberance Day in Germany. It falls on the fifth Sunday before Christmas and Christmas markets might be closed on the day.
Have yourself a merry Christmas this year!
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