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German Christmas Markets

Throughout the festive period, Germany is transformed into a winter wonderland with the majority of its towns and city’s holding Christmas markets. Here’s 10 of our favourite.

Bremen

Dates – 21st November to 23rd December

Bremen is a city in northwestern Germany on the River Weser and is the 2 most popular city in northern Germany. The Christmas market is one of the most attractive in Germany, there are over 170 festive stalls with the town hall and Roland statue in the background. There is also another market in the city, The Schlachte Magic Christmas Market which is on the River Weser embankment, you can see a real Dutch Sinter Klaas on board a pirate ship, take part in a Christmas tree expediton or enjoy some hot punch. There is a life size advent calander and every day a door is opened to reveal a surprise.

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Berlin

Dates – 23rd November to 31st December

Berlin is Germany’s capital city and is in the northeastern part of the country. There are 60 Christmas markets in the city, Winter World on Postdamer Platz has a skating rink, curling and Europe’s largest mobile toboggan run. There are numerous stalls selling food and beverages, as well as stalls selling handicrafts and gifts. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market has more than 170 stalls and a 20 metre high Christmas tree around the church in the centre of City West. Spandau Christmas market is Berlin’s oldest Christmas market which takes place in the Old Town and has 250 stalls on weekdays and 400 on weekends.

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Hannover

Dates – 25th November to 22nd December

Hannover’s Christmas market in the historical old quarter has 150 festively decorated stalls selling ornaments, craft work and more. The Christmas Village has medieval glass blowers, traditional candle makers and potters. On Ballhofplatz there is a traditional Finnish market. There is also a Wishing Well Forest which is made of real fir trees, it has the Oskar- Winter Fountain with a wishing ring which if you turn it, it is meant to make your wishes come true.

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Leipzig

Dates – 24th November to 23rd December

Leipzig Christmas market dates back to 1458 and is located in the old market square in front of the Old Town hall. There are daily Christmas concerts and there is about 250 festive stalls. It is also home to the world’s largest free standing advent calendar, where a new door is opened every day.

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Cologne

Dates – 23rd November to 23rd December

Cologne is the 4th largest city in Germany and has 7 Christmas markets, The Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral is located in front of the Cathedral and Rhineland’s biggest Christmas tree and has over 160 wooden huts selling festive handicrafts, sweets, food and more. The Christmas market on the Alter Markt is in the centre of the Old Town in front of the Old Cologne Town Hall, there is lots for children here; Santa’s grotto, a puppet theatre, a roundabout plus many more attractions. This is meant to be home to the famous ‘Heinzelmännchen’ gnomes, which according to legend are said to be responsible for observing the Christmas proceedings. The Neumarkt Christmas market is Colognes oldest Christmas market which has St.Aposteln’s Church and Cologne’s main shopping area in the background. Christmas Market on the Rudolfplatz is full of fairy tale figures and illuminations taking you to a world of brother’s Grimm fairy tales. Cologne Harbour Christmas market is located near the chocolate museum and has about 80 stalls. The Stadtgarten Christmas market is located on the edge of Cologne’s oldest park and has a great choice of attractions, arts and crafts and traditional food. Christmas Avenue is a gay and lesbian Christmas market and is locaed near the Rudolfplatz, it has cabarets and shows as well as food and gift stalls.

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Dresden

Dates – 26th November to 24th December

Dresden is located in east Germany on the banks of the River Elbe and is home to Germany’s oldest Christmas market ‘Striezelmarkt’ which dates back to 1434. It is in the city centre on the Altmarkt Square. Dresden’s Christmas market is home to the world’s tallest Christmas pyramid and world’s biggest nut cracker.

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Frankfurt

Dates – 25th November to 22nd December

The Frankfurt Christmas market has been held since 1393 and is one of the most popular in Europe. There are 200 stalls which offer seasonal food and drinks and gifts. There is also a 30 metre Christmas tree, concerts and trumpet fanfares.

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Nuremberg

Dates – 25th November to 24th December

Nuremberg is the second biggest city in Bavaria. The Christkindlemarkt takes place on the Hauptmarkt Square. There are 200 stalls selling traditional Christmas goods; candles, Christmas tree ornaments, toys, sweets, Nuremberg gingerbread and baked goods. The Nuremberg Kinderweilnacht is a children’s market which has a Ferris wheel, steam train and an old fashioned carousel. Between the 2 markets there is a nativity scene trail.

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Stuttgart

Dates – 23rd November to 23rd December

Stuttgart is the 6th largest city in Germany and is home to one of Europe’s largest Christmas markets. It takes places in the centre of town which is decorated with festive illuminations with the Old Palace in the background. There are over 280 stalls selling various items and Christmas concerts take place every day.

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Munich

Dates – 25th November to 24th December

Munich is the largest city and capital of Bavaria. Theres are 23 Christmas markets in the city. Munich Christmas market is held in the city centre and dates back to 14th century. You can get traditional Bavarian gifts and each day there is a Christmas concert from the town hall’s balcony. Krriperlmarkt is one of the largest markets in Germany which specialises in cribs and nativity accessories. Munich airport Christmas market has 50 stands selling Bavarian specialities and handicrafts. There is a 15 metre high Christmas tree and 300 real Christmas trees which surround the stands and ice skating rink.

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