Germany is known to have some of the best Christmas markets within Europe. Even inspiring others outside of the country like Birmingham (known for being the biggest authentic German markets outside of Germany). Getting into the Christmas spirit has never been easier thanks to Germany’s strongly rooted traditions. So, whether you’re heading to Nuremburg, Dresden or Berlin, the sight of festive huts and bright lights will no doubt have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Tasty food and lovely handcrafted bits and bobs are just some of the reasons why Germany’s Christmas markets are some of the best, not forgetting to mention the joyous atmosphere. Nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ better than a city break to one of Germany’s top Christmas markets, so check out our top picks!
Starting off with Germany’s capital, Berlin is home to a staggering number of Christmas markets. Over 60 to be precise! So, it comes as no surprise than many choose to spend their time hunting around for special gifts and soaking up the festive ambiance in Berlin.
Berlin has a wide variety of attractions and entertainment on hand for its visitors to enjoy. This includes fairs which host artists and musicians, a range of vendors selling the tastiest foods and amazing lights and decorations.
Since there are so many Christmas markets in Berlin to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Winterfeldtplatz in Schöneberg provides a traditional market and Gendarmenmarkt between Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom is perhaps one of the best to visit.
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Dresden’s Christmas market has been around for a long time, in fact, it dates back to nearly 600 years ago. So, as it stands, Striezelmarkt is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany and still going strong.
Dresden’s market has a certain charm about it which continues to entice more and more visitors. With an amazing 230 stalls filled with delightful gifts like wooden toys and ornaments, there is plenty to look at and buy here.
Moreover, the phrase ‘the bigger the better’ runs true in Dresden, as it boasts the tallest Nutcracker and the tallest Christmas pyramid. Festivals are also celebrated here throughout the Christmas period including the Stollen Festival and the Pyramid Festival.
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Many of Germany’s Christmas markets are some of the oldest, biggest and most enchanting around. But, Frankfurt’s traditional markets just might take the crown. They’ve been held since the 14th century and take place in the historical old town.
A trip to Frankfurt’s Christmas markets has you in for a treat. If you enjoy festive goodies like mulled wine, roasted nuts and gingerbread, in Frankfurt, there is plenty of that to go around.
Aside from that, there are over 200 traditional stalls selling a wide range of arts and crafts. Not forgetting, choirs singing Christmas carols to get you into the Christmas spirit.
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We couldn’t forget to mention the birthplace of mulled wine! Cologne’s Christmas market is one of a kind thanks to its effortless blend of the traditional and the modern. For a truly gorgeous experience, a visit to the Cathedral Christmas Market will have you wandering around outside of the city’s Gothic Cathedral. With 160 stalls dotted around the area, there’ll be a vast selection of trinkets and crafted items.
On the other hand, there are plenty of other choices when in Cologne. The Harbour Christmas Market gives off a unique vibe, thanks to its location on the waterfront. As it’s near the Chocolate Museum, it’s not a bad place to visit during the Christmas period!
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Perhaps one of the most well-known markets in the world is held in Nuremberg. Christkindlesmarkt creates a fascinating winter wonderland, filled with wooden huts and stalls, spinning carousels and beautiful decorations.
Nuremberg’s Old Town plays host to this Christmas market, boasting traditional garlands and homely scents of gingerbread and roasted almonds. Nuremberg prides itself on top-quality gifts, so many of the gifts which can be bought here aren’t known to break easily.
You can expect the same standards for the food and drink available here. Whether you find yourself snacking on gingerbread or sampling one of Germany’s traditional bratwursts, Nuremberg’s Christmas culinary experience is one of a kind.
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