Make sure you look after your baubles on your journey home though – my friend accidentally smashed hers! Throughout the whole year, you can find traditional German festivals calling crowds from all over. 2020 Frankfurt Christmas market info: Planned for November 23 – December 22; hours are 10 or 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. | Credit: … Wow! 2020 Passau Christmas market info: Planned for November 25 – December 23; hours are 10 a.m.-8 or 9 p.m. daily. There were Gluwein stalls and a few Christmas craft / gift stalls open in the days leading up to the official opening of the market which was great as once the market opened the place was absolutely heaving. The Nuremberg Christmas market is the number 1 market to attend in Germany. In the event of any new information, it will be published here. There are a few things however that make the Passau Christmas market stand out from all of the rest. Don’t get the two mixed up, though, or you’ll be talking to bark and pine needles that won’t answer back. Sign up here to get exclusive travel tips, deals, and other inspiring goodies delivered to your inbox. 2020 Baroque Christmas market info: Planned for November 24 – December 22. The old medieval walls still run around the town and all the buildings are ancient, too. The Speyer Christmas Market is cozy and festive, and the entire city center sparkles with twinkle lights after dark. Basel Christmas Market consists of nearly 200 wooden stalls … You'll just have to attend to find out! I’d argue it’s one of the best, too. If you're looking for a Christmas market (or 10) to visit in Germany this holiday season, here are some of the oldest, prettiest, and most unique markets to add to your list. You’ll also find a place for kids to dip their own candle in a variety of colors among other crafts. 2020 Kassel Christmas market info: No official dates/times have been published yet. The Christmas Market is small and cute but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the trip. Passau, Germany, is a small town of 50,000 people that comes to life during the holidays. 2020 Bremen Christmas market info: Planned for November 23 – December 23; hours are 10 or 11 a.m.-8:30 or 9 p.m. daily. – Submitted by Annika of The Midnight Blue Elephant. Events have been cancelled and public life has been shut down as much as possible. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. But this market is found in a deep gorge with a train bridge running straight over top. It is also a Coronavirus nightmare. I aim to inspire people to find ways to fit more travel and adventure into the lifestyle they already have. I’m always a little bit envious of those cute little European towns with so much history. 2020 Berchtesgadener Christmas market info: Planned for November 26 – December 31 (closed Christmas Day); hours are 11 a.m. or noon-8 p.m. daily. Also, if it happens to snow like it did when I was there then it’s even more magical! Some of the markets we visited seemed very similar in style with traditional German fare, a few rides for the kids, and lots of different products to purchase. Schönwald Christmas Market: The Schönwalder Weihnachtsmarkt (which bills itself as the highest Christmas market in Germany) has been officially cancelled for 2020. But I still think Germany does them best. The town only has one Christmas market, located on Maximilianstrasse in front of the Old Mint. Instead of one, large market, Regensburg has upwards of 6 markets throughout it's picturesque, easy-to-walk streets. Christmas Markets with Viking River Cruises: What's It Really Like. RELATED: 5 Things You Must Do at a German Christmas Market. Thank You. - Thurs. There are pilgrimages every year that bring thousands of people on foot to this chapel, which belongs to the Shrines of Europe and ranks in the same league as Fatima, Loreto or Lourdes. Last year I went on a road trip trough France and Germany on the hunt for the best Christmas market, and my favorite by far was Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This Christmas market specializes in traditional wooden gifts from Saxony; stallholders can talk you through the fascinating process of how they are made. It’s not all about the food however, Potsdamer Platz also offers a brilliant ice-skating rink to swirl around on. The Christmas market on Nuremberg's Main Market Square can be traced back to documents first mentioning it in the year 1628, but Nurembergers believe it dates back even further. 2020 Berlin Christmas market info: Planned for November 25 – January 5; hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. There's a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt held right in the 1,200-year-old Old Town market plaza – a UNESCO World Heritage site – selling treats like Gluhwein (hot mulled wine), Feuerzangenbowle, and Reibekuchen at the foot of the gorgeous, towering Rathaus. Personally, however, I would travel the extra few miles to Köln or Düsseldorf. Can’t wait! Your email address will not be published. However, Esslingen was special because it combined a beautiful German town dating back to 1000 B.C. As an Airbnb Associate and Amazon Associate, this site earns from qualifying purchases. They're known today for festive stands selling regional treats and crafts, and for exuding all sorts of Christmas-y cheer. 2020 Nuremberg Christmas Market info: Planned for November 27 – December 24; hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. You'll find classic fare like roasted chestnuts and sweet Eiserpunsch with gingerbread cookies, plus delicious mulled Elvesfire wine. Enjoy it in a handcrafted pottery mug and if you like the mug, keep it for a nice memory of the market. There were special winter markets mentioned way back in the 1300s! After a marathon of exploring the Christmas Markets of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, last winter, I came away with one clear favorite: the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market. Other booths sold holiday gifts and crafts. … – Submitted by Carol-Anne of Dream Big, Travel Far. As a Frankfurt local, I can confirm that it is just as grand as it is rumored to be, but there is much more to it than meets the eye. The GERSTACKER stall has been a fixture of the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt for more than 35 years, and the blueberry mulled wine is a unique twist on the traditional glühwein. The page is already bookmarked, and the next season I’m heading to Germany for Christmas markets experience. Definitely visit the Passau Christmas market with an empty stomach. The name comes from the “Striezel,” which is an old name for Christmas stollen bread. 2020 Rüdesheim Christmas market info: Planned for November 23 – December 23; hours are 11 a.m.-8 or 9 p.m. daily. Site by Performance Foundry, Travel looks very different right now depending on where you're from and where you're going. Hi Amanda, thanks for the lovely collection and inspiration. A favorite in our family was the gluhbier, hot spiced beer. 2020 Hamburg Christmas market info: No official dates/times have been published yet. Even the wooden stalls themselves are made of regionally sourced spruce, and at least 30 of the wooden huts themselves were originally constructed in 1890. There are ample food options to lure you as you wander around, from slow cooked pork to roasted corn and meat pockets. The Christmas Market in Goslar is definitely one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany. We are from the U.S.(Oregon). Other than stuffing your face at Christmas Markets, there are plenty of things to do in Bremen in the winter: be sure to spend a day exploring the hidden alleys in Old Town like the Museen Böttcherstraße and the Schnoor; go chocolate tasting at Hachez Chocolate; and visit the home of Beck's beer. Christmas Markets: Are generally open from the beginning of Advent until 24 December 2021. It’s probably one of the most popular markets in Berlin, with a whopping 2.5 million people visiting a year. I love Christmas markets! Dresden Striezelmarkt, Dresden. In others you find huge selections of aromatic candles and incense. There’s just something about bundling up and strolling among the festive stalls with a cup of Glühwein to warm your insides… it evokes all the holiday nostalgia you could ask for! Note: Due to the constantly changing incidence of infection, this information is subject to change. That is the perfect Christmas food for me. Tis the season! 2020 Leipzig Christmas market info: Planned for November 28 – December 23; hours are 10 a.m.-9 or 10 p.m. daily. On the neighboring square, every year an artificial Christmas Forest is built out of real pines. Then after visiting the SudTiroler Dorf Market for another slice of Europe, we headed to the Medieval Market, where castle and tavern provided all the Glühwein and entertainment we could drink in. One of our favorite Christmas markets is in Konstanz at Lake Constance. The following is a light-hearted, unprofessional short Christmas story submitted by one of our readers. Every year about 2.5 million people come to visit this historical Christmas market and enjoy a hot cup of Glühwein. Christmas markets bring people together, the glühwein flows, the smell of Gebrannte Mandeln is everywhere, and Germans are at their jolliest. However, it's the city's Christmas Markets that make it truly a must-visit, especially for anyone looking for memorable Christmas Markets. Keeping the tradition is important, and the majority of stalls selling their wares sell things that are all made regionally. Christmas +++ Coronavirus: Unfortunately, due to the potential risks with regard to the Corona pandemic, the well-known Cologne Christmas markets can’t take place this year. Germany is currently in lockdown yet again. That must have been lovely! Elves, angels, gnomes, and reindeer make their way through the city center, bringing festive cheer to the city. The market is also within sight of the Speyer Cathedral, which is recognized by UNESCO as being “one of the most significant examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe.”. Think of the setting of A Christmas Carol from the '60s and you’re just about there. There are no shortage of great markets there – I need to go back and visit more of them! Music in Leipzig is everywhere, too, so you'll likely find a singing Santa livening up your festive visit. A Dangerous Business is a participant in several affiliate programs. Look for the stand with a wide variety of fruity mulled wine, and order either Elvesfire or Dragonsfire – they’re the best. There are even ones on top of buildings overlooking the city! One of my favorite things to do is get lost along the cobble lanes and in the boutique shops. Munich is the place to be for Christmas in Germany as there are markets spread around town, each one a bit different from the next. Sometimes it's the smaller Christmas markets that leave an impression on you. That will be amazing, and they will be so easy to get to if you’re living in the UK! The little chapel in the center of the town square houses a statue of the madonna that is said to do wonders for everybody who prays to her. Dresden becomes Germany’s so called ‘capital of Christmas’ starting at the end of November and lasting until Christmas Eve. We have some nice Christmas markets here in the US, but they just aren’t the same since none of our cities have as much history as European ones! No matter which market or how many you choose to go to in Regensburg, one thing is for sure: you'll be in the holiday spirit in no time! Journey to Dresden. Deep in the Black Forest you'll find the Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market. The coronavirus pandemic has left little untouched in 2020, but this is the first time since World War II that the Nuremberg Christmas market has been canceled. 2020 Ravenna Christmas market info: No official dates/times have been published yet. Berlin is bursting with brilliant Christmas markets. But the impulse is understandable. We enjoyed gluhwein, hot cocoa, and all sorts of pastries. This charming market is held in the Marktplatz dominated by two Baroque churches on either end of the market square. – Submitted by Jennifer of Luxe Adventure Traveler. Here is an up-to-date overview of which markets have already been canceled and which ones might take place after all. Must do. Illuminated lights at the Christmas market at the Rathausplatz in Vienna, Austria. Heidelberg's Christmas market is spread all across the Old Town, with every square filled with wooden huts and the scents of holiday food. There are eight other Christmas markets around the city, from the Chinese Tower in the English Garden to the Viktualienmarkt, and each one has something that sets them apart. A local speciality is the “Sterntaler,“ a crumpet in the form of a star. Pinned! The most well known is Striezelmarkt, celebrating its 586th year in 2020 – making this the oldest recorded Christmas market in Germany. But once the city is decked out in twinkle lights and pine trees, its charm factor goes off the charts. The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, or Nuremberg Christmas Market, is arguably Germany's most famous Christmas market. Grab a wine and stand by one of the many fire drums to listen to some traditional music and take in this location. This town has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. Read the site’s full Privacy / Disclosure policy here. The Christmas market is a warren of stalls featuring an eclectic assortment of authentic handmade goods. I hope to make it back to Europe to visit more of them in the next year or two! Basel Christmas Market, Switzerland. Until recently, Germany was still looking good in terms of running Christmas markets in 2020. – Submitted by LeAnna from Well Traveled Nebraskan. Be sure to check local restrictions and be willing to adhere to any and all safety regulations before planning a trip to any of the places you may read about on this site. This was definitely true in the town of Speyer, an historic city on the Rhine River. Recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine have been fraught with dangers and consequences. Since 1434, this market has spread its beautiful charm every single year over the Altmarkt (old market square in the historic center of Dresden), becoming a big attraction for both locals and tourists alike. Another unique but maybe surprising feature is that this is the only Christmas market I have heard of that charges and entry fee. But there’re so many and I can’t miss them! With its location on the Necker River and its historic castle on the hill, the university town of Heidelberg is magical any time of year. This is adjacent to one of the most beautiful traditional Christmas trees I have ever seen. There is still no obligation in Germany to be vaccinated against the corona virus. The main Frankfurt Christmas market is located at the main square of Frankfurt, Romer, and that is where the notable attractions and performances take place. 51 contributions 17 helpful votes. Here's a map of all the markets included on this list: And now, on to the best Christmas markets in Germany! RELATED: Christmas Markets with Viking River Cruises: What’s It Really Like? By Imanuel Marcus On Sep 4, 2020 Christmas is almost four months away. Musicians perform carols, stalls offer up glühwein and holiday treats, and vendors sell everything from candied nuts to paper stars. Christkindlmarket 2020 goes virtual after German Christmas event canceled due to COVID-19 ABC7 Chicago Digital Team 11/2/2020 Powerball Results, Numbers for … This project aims to improve the social status of LGBT, especially female couples in the world, as many campaigns and... Rome, Italy is a popular holiday destination. While there is plenty to buy at the toy alley, most of the things on offer are real handicrafts instead of plastic stuff, like carved toys from Tirol and other unusual things that make for great presents. What makes this market so unique is not what it sells but its amazing location. 2020 Heidelberg Christmas market info: Planned for November 23 – December 22; hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. You'll find 180 wooden huts selling everything from the traditional Prune Men that decorate Nurembergers houses at Christmastime to the Original Nuremberger that can only be named as such if they are produced within the city limits and weigh precisely 23 grams. And with a bit of luck, Hamburg's the kind of place where a White Christmas doesn't only occur in dreams. This year, COVID-19 has caused most of the Christmas markets in Germany to close. I love them, too! Now if you think I'm biased because I lived in Heidelberg, then you're absolutely right. It is a relaxing place to keep the Christmas party going even after the holiday itself. Bring 3.50 euro in change to get in. Join the ADB Community! It’s the perfect spot to get into the mood of Christmas, especially since they play Christmas music on a loop. However, no matter where you walk here all streets seem to lead back to the main square, home to arguably the finest Christmas market in Germany. Like many larger cities in Germany, Cologne doesn't host just one Christmas market. Many cities, organisers and also voices from the world of politics were clearly in favor of a 2020 Christmas market season. 4 of us went last November and we were not disappointed. 2020 Altötting Christmas market info: Planned for November 27 – December 20. This is a rich cake with lots of dried fruit that needs weeks to develop its flavor. – Submitted by Cailin of Travel Yourself; check out her tips for visiting European Christmas markets. August 30, 2020, 7:30 AM EDT ... Christmas markets. Health Insurance in Germany is compulsory and sometimes complicated, not to mention expensive (see here for our PKV Cost comparison tool). I visited Koblenz, Trier and Nuremburg in December 2019. The old city is car-free and easy to walk around. 2020 Rothenburg Christmas market info: Planned for November 27 – December 23. Three times per day Santa arrives from the skies on his sleigh and tells the story of Rudolf the reindeer for the children at the market. Wow, I am sure gonna visit germany in christmas. I won’t lie, it’s amazing! Christmas Markets with Viking River Cruises: What’s It Really Like? This year, it is expecting almost 3 million visitors, making it one of the biggest Christmas markets in Germany. It’s a small city but has one of the best collections of original half-timbered houses in all of Germany because it avoided bombing during the wars. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Weimar before travelling to Dresden, the 'Florence … German Christmas markets look AMAZING! While many people flock to the major cities like Berlin and Munich for Germany's Christmas markets, I suggest going a little off the beaten path. There are sports games, fires, ice skating, and lots of food and drinks. It is also very popular for people from Belgium, Netherlands and France, so kind of international . 5 Things You Must Do at a German Christmas Market. It didn’t take long until the market grew thanks to salesmen and craftsmen who came from the area around Dresden. Will it be Snow White or Cinderella? response to the virus has been, by … 2020 Goslar Christmas market info: Tentatively canceled for 2020. Christmas offer in the old town planned. – Submitted by Monika from TravelWorldOnline Traveller. Germany’s . Go to Munich for the Christmas markets and you won’t be disappointed. The markets are generally held in the Town Square and each has its own unique atmosphere. Similar to other German Christmas markets, there are over 70 stalls selling everything from tasty Christmas treats like lebkuchen (gingerbread), to Christmas decorations, beautiful art made by local artisans, and a lot more. In some places, a few small kiosks have opened, and virtual markets abound online. 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. After a year of disastrous political posturing and... Old words of wisdom are never fully realized until testing times creep unexpecedly into our lives, such as the Covid-19... 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You'll want to try the Rüdesheim Coffee, which is made with locally distilled Asbach Uralt Brandy and whipped cream, and also check out the life-size Nativity scene on the market square, which is said to be the biggest in Europe. Thanks for sharing! The Bavarian Administrative Court has overturned the Bavarian-wide ban on alcohol in public places. : 11 am – 7 pm Fri. - Sun. Like most Germany Christmas markets, expect to find sweet stalls, sausages, gluhwein, and lots of happy faces! The Striezelmarkt is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. We would recommend heading to the nearby Residenz, the former home of Munich royalty. Hi, I accidentally saw this post about German Christmas markets and I was very surprised that you mentioned the one in Kassel. Obviously, you can’t leave the Goslar Christmas Market (or any German Christmas Market) without a mug of hot Glühwein. This Christmas market is sheltered from the weather as it sits in a stunning courtyard, providing an intimate atmosphere for revelers. One of my favourite Christmas souvenirs from any Berlin Christmas market is a handmade bauble for the Christmas tree, and this market is bursting with choice. Trier was my favorite because of many Roman sites in the city. The Kassel Christmas Market embraces this and chooses a different tale for the theme each year. It’s not as big or elaborate as the Christmas Market in nearby Salzburg, but it is cozy and convivial. Hamburg is incredibly festive during the holiday season, and you will find Christmas markets all over the city in December. I’m sorry to discover this post so late. Longing for the Frankfurt Christmas Market 2020 The Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board takes great pride and pleasure in organising the famous Frankfurt Christmas Market, a task it has annually performed for many, many years. This market is “run” by the Heinzelmännchen, or house gnomes. With so much history and Christmas spirit, Dresden is the place to be during Advent. At one, you might get the traditional finds of a Christmas market (ornaments, trinkets, ets) but at another it may be a local artisan market with homemade jewelry and pottery. As if this wasn't enough to entice you to visit, it's the only Christmas market that is open past December 25th! Stalls line all sides of the square and vendors offer every German craft, food and drink imaginable. If you are not a fan of those, make sure to grab one of the yummy hot chocolates sold near the Market Church instead. You have to be patient to really taste its richness. This official guide shows you exactly where to find the best mulled wine and most creative Christmas presents. Thanks for the additional suggestion! Wintertraum in Stuttgart (canceled in 2020) In Stuttgart, the city’s five main squares transform into … One of my favorite Christmas markets in Germany is not a big one – which is exactly what makes it so charming. It's always a good idea to check for new info closer to the holidays since this can change (and I'll try to keep this post updated). Nuremberg has a big Christmas market, lots of music, people, food and crafts. We didn’t see it, but apparently at a local festival called Trachtenfest, the town blacksmith will challenge you to a drink by dunking his red-hot iron into your beer, daring you to chug the whole thing. tips for visiting European Christmas markets, 23 Photos That Will Make You Want to Go to a European Christmas Market Right Now. The mountainous backdrop alone makes Berchtesgadener Advent worth a visit. Aachen’s is nice–especially because the Dom is smack in the middle of it. Kassel is the heart and soul of Germany's fairy tale route. The city is extremely easy to get around; you can get from one market to the next in just a matter of minutes. You can wander through illuminated walkways and gaze at the Christmas decorations, glass balls for Christmas trees, and nativity scenes that are displayed in many of the stalls. The market runs all day, but becomes especially magical at night when the Christmas lights really become visible. I would think its one of the most unique Christmas markets in all of Europe. It is organized by Roncalli and its motto is “Kunst statt Kommerz” – art instead of commerce. Learn how your comment data is processed. There are so many amazing Christmas markets to choose from! This was one of the few markets that I didn’t spot a single item made in China. Throughout the Advent season, there was live music and performances, making the spirit of winter come alive. At over 600km long as it runs from Bremen to Hanau, the route pays homage to the iconic Brothers Grimm fables. What I like most, however, is the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, cookies and Christmas Stollen. © 2021 A Dangerous Business. However, the most iconic one is the market in front of the old city hall. Outside the children’s area, you’ll find entertainment stages with a mix of delights, and an area where you can enjoy a nice hot bath in the middle of the market (with privacy curtains, if you choose). This has also prompted most local authorities in Germany to cancel the Christmas markets as well. If you can't manage to make it to Frankfurt until after Christmas and the main markets are gone, you can head over to Hofheim, where there's a market that stays around until early January. – Submitted by Rand of Well Traveled Mile. But the current infection figures are causing a rethink. Christmas 2018 we went to Trier, Germany and the Christmas market there was amazing. Ludwigsburg is just 12km from Stuttgart and is a 15-minute ride on the S-Bahn from the central train station. 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