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Top Christmas Markets in Germany- these are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

10 Can’t-Miss Christmas Markets in Germany

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Germany knows how to do a Christmas market right. Visit in late November or throughout December and you’ll be in the Christmas spirit within minutes of arriving, even before you start sipping your first cup of spicy mulled wine or shopping for the perfect Christmas ornament for your tree back at home.

We’ve worked with Eurail, the people that get you around Germany (and the rest of Europe) by train, to put together this list of the top Christmas markets to visit in Germany.

 

Top Christmas Markets in Germany- These are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

1. Cologne

With a super-tall tree and the gorgeous Cologne Cathedral as a backdrop, Cologne’s Christmas markets had to make this list. The city’s largest markets are located downtown, but even the smaller ones scattered around the city are worth a visit as each has its own theme, like “fairytale” and “gnomes”, and there’s even a gay/lesbian- focused market, complete with its own parties and performances.

Learn more on the Cologne Christmas Market website

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Best Christmas Markets in Germany - These are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.2. Berlin

Over 60 individual Christmas markets are scattered around Berlin starting November 26th and continuing to New Years’ Eve, each with something different to offer. Check out the Green Christmas Market, which serves up vegetarian/vegan dishes and treats, go ice skating at Berliner Weihnachtszeit, go for a 70-meter-long Toboggan run at Potsdamer Platz, or visit the market at Klunkerkranich, which is on the rooftops of Berlin— be sure to check out the views while you’re there.

Before you go, take a look at this map for some help getting around to Berlin’s various Christmas markets.

Learn more about the Berlin Christmas market on the Visit Berlin website.  

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German Christmas Markets to Visit - these are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

3. Nuremburg

Nuremberg’s Christmas market has over 180 stalls and is one of the oldest in Germany, dating back to 1682. Taking place in Hauptmarkt Square, the locals take their old-school Christmas traditions very seriously— market “police” enforce rules like “no use of plastic wreaths” and “no pre-recorded Christmas Muzak”. Because of this you’ll find a seriously un-commercialized market filled with high-quality handmade goods, Christmas treats, and more.

If you can get there on the Friday before Advent starts, you can watch the Christmas Angel appear to recite the opening speech that officially begins the market season— it’s a seriously popular site to see.

Learn more on the Tourism Nuremburg site.

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Top Christmas Markets in Germany- These are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

4. Dresden

There’s evidence that Dresden’s Streizelmarkt began around 1434, so it’s pretty obvious they know a thing or two about a good Christmas market. It’s most famous for its Streizel (or Stollen) cake, which is made with dried fruit and marzipan and is a must-try when you visit. Here you’ll also find beautiful views of the River Elbe, the world’s tallest Nutcracker, and the world’s largest Erzgebirge step pyramid.

Learn more on the Dresden Tourism site.

 

Best Christmas Markets in Germany - these are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

5. Dusseldorf

The Christmas magic will be individually staged at seven locations simultaneously. In the city centre, artistically designed theme worlds invite visitors on a trip of exploration. Seasonally decorated huts will for four weeks turn the city into a winter’s fairy tale for the whole family. More information at the website.

Christmas cheer will be spread across seven locations in Dusseldorf this year but in the city center, mainly around the Königsallee, a popular shopping street, you’ll find “themed worlds” to explore, including ones for art lovers, kids, and more.

Learn more on the Dusseldorf Tourism site.

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Top Christmas Markets to Visit in Germany - these are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

6. Stuttgart

Five of Stuttgart’s squares will put you in the Christmas spirit, with over 300 enthusiastically-decorated stalls selling food, decorations and other Christmas-themed treats. There’s also an outdoor skating rink and live music performed under the massive Christmas tree in the incredibly-gorgeous courtyard of the Old Palace each night. But, the Christmas lights alone are a sight to see.

Learn more on the Stuttgart Tourism website.

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Best Christmas Markets in Germany - these are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

7. Munich

The city becomes even more fairytale-like when the Christmas decorations are put up. Visit the Marienplatz to find some unique Christmas gifts and German-influenced comfort foods. Head to the Manger market to find everything you could ever need to make the perfect manger, send Santa a letter from the Christmas Post Office, or take a Christmas-themed tour on the Christkindl Tram.

Learn more on the Munich Tourism site.

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Christmas Markets in Germany to Visit - these are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

8. Freiburg

It’s not the largest but it may be one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. You’ll find a huge range of handmade products and gifts there, including ceramics, designer candles, hand puppets, jewellery and of course Christmas decorations, some of which you can watch being made right at the market. When you get hungry, try Lebkuchen, a ginger cake, or Nonnenseufzer, a nickname for fresh apple doughnuts. Wash it all down with mulled wine, of course.

Find more info on the Freiburg website.

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Top Christmas Markets in Germany- these are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

9. Konstanz

This Christmas market alongside Lake Constance attracts over 400,000 visitors each year, which makes sense because of its gorgeousness. It has all the usual Christmas market treats but what’s unique is the “Christmas Ship” moored up in the harbor that you can climb aboard.

Learn more on the Lake Constance tourism website.

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Top Christmas Markets in Germany- these are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

10. Frankfurt

Spread across Frankfurt’s Römerberg, St Paul’s Square and Mainkai (Main Quay), locals and visitors alike love to visit and begin their Christmas celebrations here. If you want to pick up some typical Frankfurt Christmas gifts, stop by the cozy log cabin under the market’s massive Christmas tree. You’ll find things like Frankfurt-style Christmas tree ornaments, apple wine soap, Frankfurt slippers and this year’s version of our popular glühwein (mulled wine) mug.

Find out more on the Frankfurt Tourism site.

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Which Christmas Markets to Visit in Germany - these are the Christmas Markets you should definitely visit while in Germany during November and December. Try mulled wine, other winter-themed German treats, and shop for handmade gifts and souvenirs at these top German Christmas markets.

Bonus – Munich Airport

THERE’S AN ICE SKATING RINK AT THE AIRPORT GUYS. How cool is that? You can also pick up some last-minute German treats and Christmas gifts at one of the 50 stalls surrounding the rink. Munich’s might be the best airport EVER…

Learn more on the Bavaria tourism site.

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All of these German Christmas markets can be reached by train, either with a German Rail Pass or a multi-country pass that includes Germany. Read more about traveling Germany by train (Europeans, you’ll want to travel with an Interrail pass)

Thanks to Eurail for making this post possible– our sponsors help us to keep creating great content for you.

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Jess is the Editor-in-Chief of The Abroad Guide. After studying abroad in Belgium during her junior year of college, she caught the travel bug. Her experiences include volunteering in Nicaragua, backpacking through Europe, and a year-long adventure in Italy, and she's now settled in London.


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