Top Five Christmas Markets in Germany

1. Munich’s Christmas Market

Christkindlmarkt, the Christmas market in Munich, Germany is hosted at Marienplatz, in the center of Munich’s Old Town. The very first Christmas market in Munich was held in 1642 and rapidly became famous for its gingerbread, Christmas crackers, manger figurines and chimney sweeps made from plums and almonds. Every evening at 5:30pm the balcony of Munich’s Town Hall hosts a free concert filled with inspiring and traditional Christmas music. Inside the Town Hall, a “Heavenly Worship” for the children between the ages of 6 and 12 is held and offers arts, crafts and cookie baking.

2. Christmas Market of Dresden

The oldest Christmas market in Germany is hosted in the city of Dresden and dates back to 1434. The Dresden Market is famous for its world’s biggest nut cracker and a giant Christmas pyramid. They host a 45 foot high wooden carousel with life sized angels and breathtaking scenes from the nativity. The Dresden market is also known for its traditional Christmas cake, Stollen. The market celebrates the treat with a “Stollen Festival”, where they offer the world’s largest Christmas cake.

3. Christmas Market of Nuremberg

Nuremberg offers a unique Christmas market that takes place on the main square in the center of old town. The highlight of this Christmas market is its opening day celebration. The Christmas Angel, always played by a local girl, reads from the balcony of the Nuremberg Cathedral. The market is dotted with 180 traditionally decorated huts, that the locals call “our little town of wood and cloth.” Be sure to take a few moments and try the little Nuremberg Bratwursts and some gingerbread cookies or “Lebkuchen”.

4. Christmas Markets of Berlin

Berlin hosts more than 60 different Christmas markets and gift fairs. For those who wish a truly traditional market, the historic market at the Gendarmenmarkt, is not to be missed. Close to Friedichstabe, it is framed by the brightly lit French and German Cathedrals. You can wander through the booths and visit the heated tent where craftsman are hard at work creating toys, gold jewelry and wood crafts.

5. Christmas Markets of Cologne

The Christmas market held in front of the Cologne Cathedral is only one of the many offered by the city of Cologne but it is by far the most impressive. While strolling through the various vendors make sure to try a cup of hot Gluhwein, spiced mulled wine, and watch the artisans at work. They offer free Christmas concerts nightly in front of the Cathedral. The Market is proud to host the largest Christmas tree in the region and is a must see for the holiday season.

Photo by: Heather


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