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5 of the best Christmas markets in Germany


The run up to Christmastime is one of the best seasons to visit Germany. Most of the cities hold Christmas markets from late November till Christmas, and sometimes longer. These are 5 cities in Germany that will transport you into a Christmas fairytale and really put you in the Christmas spirit.


1. Berlin (November 21st – December 31st 2016)

German Christmas Markets

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Berlin, as the capital city of Germany, holds a large lively urban style Christmas market. Gendarmenmarkt takes place in one of Berlin’s more affluent areas – home to some of the most glamorous hotels and restaurants. Throughout the season, the ice rink is open and you can enjoy skating in a warm Christmas atmosphere. After having a workout, treat yourself to cinnamon spiced gingerbread or grilled sausages.

2. Munich (November 25th – December 24th 2016)

German Christmas Markets

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In Munich, the tradition of “Krampus Run” has been retained for over 500 years. Locals dress as the Krampus or Perchten, wear elaborate costumes made of goat and sheep skins, masks, and headdresses topped with antlers and horns. Make sure you visit Munich on December 11th and 18th to experience this event firsthand. If you prefer to stick to a traditional style, Christmas music is played every evening at 5:30 pm from the balcony of the Town Hall at Marienplatz.

3. Cologne (November 21st – December 23rd 2016)

German Christmas Markets

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Cologne’s awe-inspiring cathedral provides the perfect backdrop to the city’s main Christmas market. Weihnachtsmarkt am Kolner Dom, takes place just beneath the cathedral. On the other hand, if you prefer to try something with difference, there is a “Christmas market on the water”. With its modern and stylish atmosphere, mulled wine is served on board the large timber sailing vessel, while mulled beer and fire punch are available at the lighthouse. The culinary choices on offer here are exquisite, diverse and authentic. If you get tired of having sausages, you can also opt for some fish specialties here.

4. Dresden (November 24th – December 24th 2016)

Striezelmarkt Dresden

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The Christmas market in Dresden is renowned to be the oldest in Germany. The roots of Striezelmarkt go back as far as 1434. Standing a whopping 14 metres tall, here you will find the world’s tallest Christmas pyramid. Moreover, you can taste the original version of Germany’s now popular Christmas cake, Stollen. The rich taste of fruit and nuts with festive spices will have your taste buds dancing with delight.

5. Nuremberg (November 25th – December 24th 2016)

German Christmas Markets

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I saved the best for last: The Christmas market in Nuremberg is arguably the most famous and magical in Germany. The main market is called Christkindlesmarkt. If you go upstairs and atop the Church of Our Lady, you can take in the view of the entire market, with red-white colored booths, twinkling lights, and people strolling around the stalls. There is also a Children’s Christmas market nearby, where the younger ones can enjoy a ride on the merry-go-round and a selection of other attractions at the park. At Nuremberg, you will be able to enjoy the true tradition of a German Christmas.

With so many Christmas Markets around Germany, you are bound to find your favorite one this Christmas time. So why not try something different and explore Germany this Christmastime?


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