Six Most Popular German Christmas Markets 2017

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Best Christmas Markets in Germany 2017

German Christmas markets delight people in the pre-Christmas time with traditional foods, drinks and Christmas gifts. Originally, the churches hoped to attract visitors by setting up markets near the houses of worship. Soon, people came to the German Christmas markets mainly because of the nice atmosphere. Until today, many German Christmas markets have kept their traditional concept. Many of them are considered as one the best Christmas markets in Europe and in the world. 

When do Christmas markets start in Germany? When do Christmas Markets in Germany open? Traditionally, most German Christmas markets start in late November/ early December and are open until December 24th.

What to buy at a German Christmas market? Sweetened almonds, lebkuchen, hot chestnuts, German bratwurst (sausage), potato pancakes with applesauce, mulled wine, handicraft or Christmas tree decoration.

Where are the best German markets at Christmas? What is the best German city for Christmas market?

Nuremberg Christmas Market – Christkindl market

The Nuremberg Christkindlmarket is one of the most famous Christmas markets in Germany. It is traditionally opened with the prologue of the Christ Child. Here, visitors can buy the traditional plum guards from dried plums, Nuremberger rib steak sausage and Nuresmberger lebkuchen. The biggest Christmas market in Bavaria is also one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany with more than 160 wooden stalls.

Where is the Nuremberg Christmas market (Christkindl market)? Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nürnberg.

Nuremberg Christkindl market opening dates: December 1 – December 24.

Stuttgart Christmas Market

The German Christmas market in Stuttgart takes places in front of the famous Stiftskirche. Most of the roofs of the 300 wooden stalls are decorated with angels and Christmas figures. One of the main highlights: the Christmas concert in front of the Old Castle in Stuttgart. Typical souvenirs for visitors are nutcrackers in different forms and sizes. 

Where is the Christmas market in Stuttgart? Marktplatz, 70174 Stuttgart.

Stuttgart Christmas market opening dates: November 29 – December 23.

Dresden Christmas Market

The Dresden Stritzlmarket started in 1434 and is considered as the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. Every year, around 2,5 million people visit the Christmas market in Dresden. Special Christmas sweets such as the Dresdner Christstollen and traditional craftsmanship can be found at the more than 200 stands. A special attraction is the huge Christmas pyramid, which rises eight meters into the sky and is decorated with life-size wooden figures.

Where is the Christmas market in Dresden? Altmarkt 23, 01067 Dresden

Dresden Christmas market opening dates: November 29 – December 24

Berlin Christmas Market

Berlin offers many big Christmas markets. The Berlin main Christmas markets take place near Alexanderplatz and Gendarmenmarkt. The most popular, the Berlin Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt, offers craftsmanship as well as many show and stage animations.

Where is the Christmas market in Berlin Gendarmenmarkt: Gendarmenmarkt 2, 10117 Berlin.

Berlin Christmas market opening dates Gendarmenmarkt: November 27 – December 31.

Munich Christmas Market

Covering an area of ​​around 20,000 square meters, the Christkindlmarkt in Munich yearly takes place in downtown Munich. Its beginning dates back to the 14th century. Until today, the organizers take great importance to old traditions. Vistors can mainly buy handicraft. The Christmas market is accompanied by heavenly festive music.

Where is the Christmas market in Munich (Christkindlmarkt)? Marienplatz, 80331 München.

Munich Christmas market opening dates: November 27 – December 24.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Market

Due to its long history and middle age buildings, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a very famous tourist city in Germany. The Christmas market in Rothenburg ob der Tauber has the reputation of being one of the oldest in the country and started in 15th century. People can find many old German Christmas cookies and “white” mulled wine, which gets offered in the streets around the town hall.

Where is the Christmas market in Rothenburg ob der Tauber? Altstadt, 91541 Rothenburg o.d.T.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market opening dates: November 30 – December 23.

Related image (cropped): Christkindlesmarkt NürnbergRoland Berger Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 3.0


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