Visit one of the numerous Christmas Markets all over Germany
raditional customs are alive and well at the Christmas market in the centre of Annaberg-Buchholz, normally amid plenty of snow. One of the prettiest markets in the Erzgebirge mountains, with a huge Christmas pyramid, its traditional stalls sell Yuletide gifts of all shapes and sizes. It has a cosy Christmas atmosphere and festive treats made to age-old recipes.
Augsburg's Christmas market, one of the prettiest and oldest in Germany, has been held outside the impressive Renaissance town hall for 500 years. The highlight is the "Augsburger Engelesspiel", when music-playing angels appear above the Christmas market and the town hall is transformed into a giant Advent calendar.
Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbH
Berlin is a fairytale in lights at Christmas. It has more than 50 traditional Christmas markets with cultural events, endless shopping opportunities and unusual winter attractions. Enjoy the festive magic of atmospheric Advent concerts, or head to Gendarmenmarkt square, the historical setting for the WeihnachtsZauber – this enchanting Christmas market is regarded as one of the finest in Berlin.
Berlin Tourismus Marketing GmbH
Am Karlsbad 11
Tel: + (0)30 250025
For over 100 years now Dortmund's Christmas market has ushered in the Yuletide season. Its number one attraction is a gigantic Christmas tree creation – the largest of its kind in the world. This giant tree is decorated with thousands of ornaments and lights which bathe the Christmas proceedings in a festive glow. With more than 300 stalls, you will surely find everything your heart could desire. Followed by his entourage, Father Christmas moves into the Christmas village where children can make gifts and bake Christmas cookies.
One of Germany's oldest Christmas markets, it features traditions dating back to 1434. Here you can find the famous hand-crafted goods such as wooden artwork from the Erzgebirge mountains, blue-and-white printed material and pottery from the Lausitz region, gingerbread from Pulsnitz, filigree lace from Plauen or Advent stars from Herrnhut. However, the market's culinary attraction is the original Dresdner Christstollen. The dialect word for this, Striezel, gave the market its name. Every year, on the day before the 2nd Sunday in Advent, a festival and parade are held in its honour.
Dresden-Werbung und Tourismus GmbH
A stroll through pre-Christmas Düsseldorf is a wonderful experience. The Christmas market has an individual atmosphere in various locations, for example the Art Nouveau-Style "Engelchen-Markt" or the more traditional stalls in front of the historic City Hall, where a craftsman from Bethlehem carves Nativity figures from olive wood. The shop windows in the illuminated main shopping street, the "Kö", are decorated in festive style to put you in the right mood.
Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
When Christmas carols ring out across the capital of Thuringia, when the air is heavy with the aroma of glühwein and gingerbread, when the shops and department stores have put up their Christmas decorations and the city guides are dressed as Father Christmases and Christmas angels, then it's time for Erfurt's Christmas market. Cathedral Square is lit up by a 25-metre Christmas tree. Right in the middle, against the backdrop of St Mary's Cathedral and St Severin's Church, is the Nativity scene, with 14 hand-carved, almost life-size wooden figures, and the fairytale forest – the perfect Yuletide experience.
Frankfurt's Christmas market, one of the oldest (1393) and prettiest in Germany, attracts more than three million visitors every year from all over the world. On Römerberg and Paulsplatz squares and Mainkai quay, 200 stalls offer arts and crafts and festive food and drink. A varied programme features Advent concerts, trumpet-playing from the balcony of St. Nicholas's Church and the carillon on the 30-metre-tall Christmas tree in front of the "Römer" (City Hall).
Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
60329 Frankfurt am Main
Discover the historical, traditional and Hanseatic aspects of this fine city. Hamburg is renowned for its wonderful Christmas markets, which are staged in many of the city centre's squares. Located opposite the impressive City Hall, the most beautiful of these was established by Roncalli's Circus. It has stalls laden with confectionery, toys and crafts, and the punch is even served by circus artistes! Nostalgic carousels from Bernhard Paul's collection bring a gleam to everyone's eyes, not just the children's. A visit to Hamburg in the weeks before Christmas is something you'll never forget.
Hamburg Tourismus GmbH
Held on Kirchplatz square, the Christmas market in this medieval timber-framed town is dedicated to the legendary Doctor Eisenbart. "A fairytale Christmas journey" is the theme that links around 100 festive events to make up a truly memorable experience. Visitors will enjoy the international exhibition of chocolate Father Christmases in the Hagelturm tower, which is transformed into a 40-metre Christmas candle, a traditional tour with the nightwatchman, or a culinary experience in one of the town's restaurants.
Touristik Naturpark Münden e.V.
Rathaus, 34346 Hann. Münden
Heidelberg's romantic Christmas market is held on large and small squares around the old town. The Christmas pyramid, the festive stalls with sheep and donkeys to stroke, the historic carousel and many other things delight adults and children alike. Traditional food and drink from the region, charming gift ideas and a festive programme of entertainment will get you into the Yuletide spirit. Enjoy "Christmas on Ice" ice skating at one of Germany's loveliest ice rinks with great views of the festively lit castle.
Heidelberger Kongress und Tourismus GmbH
Cologne boasts six extraordinary Christmas markets. There are picturesque markets by the cathedral, at Alter Markt and Neumarkt, while Rudolfplatz is home to a fairytale-themed version and there is a medieval market outside the Chocolate Museum. Last but not least, a floating Christmas market is held on one of the "Köln-Düsseldorf" Rhine cruise ships. Get into the Yuletide swing with countless stalls, mouth-watering delights from around the world, evocative Christmas concerts, stage shows and Nativity displays as well as a big ice skating rink.
Leipzig's traditional Christmas market, which dates back to 1767, is held on the magnificent market square against the backdrop of the old City Hall. Annual highlights include festive concerts by the renowned St. Thomas's choir and performances of Bach's Christmas oratorio. There is also a fairytale forest and a Santa's grotto as well as a traditional merry-go-round specially for the kids, as well as the "old Leipzig" medieval market and the tower trumpeters.
Leipzig Tourist Service e.V.
The Hanseatic town of Lübeck with its historic old quarter is northern Germany's "Christmas capital". Its unique flair attracts visitors from Germany and abroad. Let us give you two tips: the craft market in the vaults of the old Hospital of the Holy Ghost (28 Nov – 8 Dec) and the "Christmas with the Buddenbrooks" literary event on 29 Nov, 5, 6 and 13 Dec, Buddenbrook-Haus museum, Mengstr. 4.
Lübeck und Travemünde Tourist-Service GmbH
Munich's traditional Christmas market – whose roots go back to the 14th century – is held on Marienplatz square. The Kripperlmarkt, a market specialising in Nativity scenes, is one of the largest in Germany. There is alpine Christmas music live from the town hall balcony every day. A free tour of the Christkindlmarkt tells you all you need to know about "Fatschnkindln", while the "Himmelswerkstatt" workshop offers creative festive activities for children.
Each year the Christ Child opens Nuremberg's ever-popular Christkindlesmarkt on Hauptmarkt square. Enjoy the medieval atmosphere and delicious aromas of Nuremberg's famous gingerbread and bratwurst. The children's market has a traditional carousel and steam train. Between the two markets is the Nativity trail, taking visitors on a tour of the city's many Nativity scenes.
Tourist Information in the "Kopfbau" building
Rotenburg a. d. Fulda
With a history going back more than 750 years, Rotenburg is a picture-perfect medieval timber-framed town, and hosts Hesse's most romantic Christmas market. Visitors come in droves to see the thousands of lights adorning the market place's façades, a huge Christmastree as well as one of the biggest Christmas pyramids in Germany
Verkehrs- und Kulturamt der Stadt Rotenburg a. d. Fulda
36199 Rotenburg an der Fulda
Schwerin's market square in the old town is the centre of the traditional "Mäkelborg" Christmas market. Its large, decorated Christmas tree and fairy land are perfect for children. There is a stage featuring regional and international music, singing and dancing acts throughout the day. By contrast, the Butchers' Market offers Polish regional craftsmanship from weavers and smiths. The aroma of Polish food will make your mouth water. Warm up with a grog or a glühwein!
With nearly 280 charmingly decorated stalls, Stuttgart's Christmas market is not only one of the oldest but also among the largest and most attractive in Europe. Its unique feature is the painstaking stall decoration, with angels, fir garlands, Father Christmases with reindeer, and Christmas presents, lights and beautiful Nativity scenes. The scent of cinnamon, vanilla and a multitude of Yuletide treats fills the air. Each year millions of people are entranced by the Christmas concerts held in the Renaissance courtyard of the Old Castle.