In Photos: The 5 Best Christmas Markets in Germany

5 Best Christmas Markets in Germany

Dresden Christmas Market. Photo: Shutterstock

Germany’s cities are filled with the glitter and aromas of Christmas. Not visiting the Christmas markets during the festive season in Germany is inconceivable. Meet up for a glass of mulled wine, some fruit punch, delicious snacks and a leisurely chat at the most beautiful Christmas markets, where you can also shop for the perfect Christmas gift.

Here are 5 of the most festive Christkindlmarkts in the country

Dresden Christmas Market

The Striezelmarkt (the main market) in the baroque city of Dresden dates back to 1434 and is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. Striezel is another name for Stollen, the classic Christmas cake from Dresden. At the Stollen Festival on 9th December bakers from Dresden bake a huge stollen weighing almost four tonnes.

Worth seeing: 14 metres high, the world’s tallest Christmas pyramid from the Ore Mountains

Must try: Dresdener Christstollen, Baumkuchen

Souvenirs: Carved handicrafts from the Ore Mountains – Christmas pyramids, nutcrackers and incense burners, for example

Dates: 28 November – 24 December 2022

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Germany’s largest and most famous Christmas market attracts more than two million visitors and tourists from around the world. Nestled between the historical buildings of Nuremberg’s old town, a little city within a city emerges for four weeks of the year: 180 wooden stalls with red-and-white striped roofs are arranged in rows, traders offer delicacies and hand-crafted wares. Visitors, if lucky, may even meet the Christkind (German Angel believed to be a gift bearer just like Santa Clause).

Must try: Nuremberg gingerbread, Nuremberg bratwurst

Souvenirs: Prune people dollies, tinsel angels

Dates: 30 November – 24 December 2022

Munich Christmas Market

Munich Christmas Market

When darkness falls and the Christkindlmarkt begins to sparkle in a glowing sea of fairy lights, it is then that the atmosphere of the Munich city centre at the Marienplatz square is most enchanting. In the festive season, a 24-metre-high Christmas tree shines out amidst 160 market stalls.

Must try: Kletznbrot, a fruit bread made with dried fruits

Worth Seeing: Kripperlmarkt in front of St Michael’s Church, Germany’s largest market for skilfully carved Christmas crib figures

Dates: 27 November – 24 December 2022

Frankfurt Christmas Market

Frankfurt Christmas Market

This is where the major banking city demonstrates its romantic aspect. A stroll round the Christmas market during the Great Pealing of the Bells on the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent is unforgettable: At precisely 4.30 p.m., some 50 bells of 10 downtown churches ring in the festive season with a performance that’s heard across the city.

Must try: Marzipan Bethmännchen, hot cider

Worth Seeing: 33-metre-high Christmas tree

Worth Hearing: The Great Pealing of the Bells

Date: 26 November – 22 December 2022

Lübeck Christmas Market

Lübeck Christmas Market

Hanseatic Lübeck’s medieval quarter (a UNESCO World Heritage site) is the perfect setting for a Christmas wonderland. To put you in a festive mood are seasonal concerts in its five brick-built churches. The impressive Brick Gothic town hall forms a stunning backdrop for the Christmas market.

Must try: Lübeck marzipan, hot rum

Worth Seeing: Maritime Christmas Market in Koberg, the historical mariners

Date: 26 November – 30 December 2022

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