German Christmas Markets All Travelers Should Visit (…But Probably Don’t)

Every year, hundreds of Germany Christmas Markets are open doors for visitors from all over the World.


But there are four classics every tourist should visit minimum one time in life.


Each of these four markets has had a profound impact on me and many people, and once you visit them, I think you’ll see why.


Let’s start with…


Nuremberg Christmas Markets

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Nurnberg Christkindlesmarkt

The world-famous Christkindlesmarkt Christmas Market in Nuremberg southern Germany lies right at the heart of it with its more than 400 years of tradition. The Child Jesus opens the famous Nuremberg Christmas market held in the Hauptmarkt in the old town. Immerse yourself in the Christmas atmosphere among the aromas of spicy gingerbread, grilled sausages and mulled wine.

Opening: 30 November – 24 December 2018



Children’s Christmas Market

The Nuremberg Children’s Christmas just around the corner from the Christkindlesmarkt is a child‘s fairytale dreamland with a magnificent two-tiered nostalgia carrousel with reindeer and Father Christmas sleighs, plus a mini Ferris wheel, a steam railway, and a small merry-go-round. Santa Claus listens to the children’s wishes and poses for photos with the little ones. Many decorative little stalls invite the children to join in handicraft activities: Christmas baking, candle-pulling, glass workshop, wood burning, handicrafts stall, children’s post office and the active playhouse. The Nuremberg Christmas Angel visits regularly the Children’s Christmas and invites all the children to a free ride on the nostalgia carrousel and the Christkindlesmarkt.

Opening: 30 November – 24 December 2018


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Munich Christmas Markets

Christmas markets are an age-old tradition. Over time, winter markets throughout Europe adopted a more festive atmosphere. Numerous Christmas markets take place in Munich between the 1st advent and Christmas Eve. The city has upped its holiday celebrations every year, making Munich a top winter destination with some of the most iconic Christmas markets. The most famous one is the Christmas market at the Marienplatz.

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The Christmas Market at Marienplatz

This is the oldest and the largest Christmas market in Munich with more than 150 wooden houses with toys and crafts.

Opening: 27 November – 24 December 2018

Opening Hours: From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00. On Sundays from 10:00 to 20:00. On December 24, from 10:00 to 14:00.

Location: On Marienplatz and the main shopping center streets



Medieval Christmas Market

This market recreates the atmosphere of what the original Munich Christmas markets must have been like, with music, handmade stalls, and stallholders dressed in clothing from the Middle Ages. So if you want to step into a time machine and popped out back in the Middle Ages, welcome to this Market.

Opening: 26 November – 23 December 2018.

Opening Hours: Every day from 11:00 to 20:00. On November 26 it opens at 17:00.

Location: On the Wittelsbacherplatz



Christmas Village in the Munich Residenz

This Christmas Market is held in the courtyard of a palace. You’ll find here a fairytale village which children will love a lot.

Opening: 23 November – 22 December 2018.

Opening Hours: Every day from 11:00 to 21:00.

Location: In a courtyard of the Munich Residenz



Tollwood Winter Festival

Tollwood Winter Festival is technically not a Christmas market. However, it’s often recommended for those who enjoy the holidays, because it’s a seasonal celebration of festivities. In true festival spirit, Tollwood adds exhibitions, live music and theater shows into the mix.

Opening: 23 December – 31 December 2018.

Location: Theresienwiese, 80336 München



Schwabing Christmas Market

Schwabing Christmas Market is known for its artisans and unique handicrafts. The market has an Art Tent, where works of art are displayed, and over a hundred one-person stands where vendors sell handcrafted works. This market is charming with hanging lanterns scattered throughout.

Opening: 30 November to 24 December  2018.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday : 12.00-20.30 Saturday – Sunday : 11.00-20.30

Location: This market is located in the city’s former Bohemian quarter, just next to the Münchener Freiheit U-Bahn station.



Christmas Market at the Sendlinger Tor

This Market has 40 decorated stalls situated at one of the southern gates to what used to be the fortified walls of the city in the Middle Ages. This smaller market has been going since the mid-1990s.

Opening: 26 November – 22 December 2018.

Opening Hours: 10.30-21:30

Location: At the Sendlinger Tor



Christmas Market at the Chinese Tower

The popular beer garden around the Chinese Tower in the English Gardens public park is the location for this Christmas market.

Opening: 29 November – 23 December 2018

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 12.00-20.30

Saturday – Sunday: 11.00-20.30

Location: In the English Gardens



Forest Christmas Market

This market takes place in the Cosimabad in the eastern district of Bogenhausen. More than 40 wooden houses crowd the forest of Christmas.

Opening: We are waiting for the 2018 dates.

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday from 3 pm to 9 pm; from Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.

Location: Bogenhausen.


Christmas Market in Pasing

This market located in the western part of Munich, in Schererplatz.

Opening: 1 December – 2 December; 8 December – 9 December;   15 December – 16 December;   22 December – 23 December 2018.

Opening Hours: open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 13:00 to 19:30.

Location: Pasing.


Christmas Markets in Rothenburg

Rothenburg is amazing at any time of year, but in winter, the snow turns spires and rooftops into a living Christmas card. Once a year, the medieval town of Rothenburg transforms itself into a winter wonderland. Rothenburg is on the Romantic Road in Bavaria and its Christmas Market is one of the most romantic Christmas Markets in Germany. The narrow and winding streets and the squares around the town hall, its archways and the marketplace are lined with numerous stalls offering Christmas goods, crafts and dishes: old German Christmas pastries, ‘white’ mulled wine, large or small handcrafted treasures as souvenirs or gifts. On Fridays and Saturdays until 8 pm you can enjoy the marvelous view over the ‘Reiterlesmarkt’ from the town hall tower. The Christmas market has a long tradition and gets its visitors into the mood for the festive season.


Location: Germany / Bavaria / Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Opening: 30 November – 23 December 2018

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Friday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm


Berlin Christmas Markets

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Christmas Markets in Berlin

Anyone who wants to experience the incomparable charm of WinterMagic has to go to Berlin!

Whether you prefer a contemplative and magical Christmas Market or a lively and urban one, Berlin offers you a choice of sixty Christmas Markets. In keeping with the city’s largely contemporary feel, the largest features jewelry, paintings, textiles and sculptures from cutting-edge designers and artists, as well as more traditional gifts.


Christmas market in Spandau

This is the largest Christmas market in Berlin. There are more than 250 wooden chalets which are waiting for visitors to offer them their Christmas products. Here you can find a beautiful nativity scene with live animals in Reformationsplatz, concerts and other events. Every Wednesday here takes place a medieval procession.

Opening: 26 November – 23 December 2018

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 – 20:00
Fri 11:00 – 22:00
Sat 11:00 – 22:00
Sun 11:00 – 20:00

District: Spandau


Christmas Market in Gendarmenmarkt

It is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Berlin with handcrafted Christmas sculptures in wood and stone and culinary delights. The market is animated by jugglers, acrobats, and fire-eaters. There are also performances of gospel choirs and jazz.

Opening: 26 November – 31 December 2018.

Opening hours: Every day from 11:00 to 22:00. December 24 (Christmas Eve) from 11:00 to 18:00. 31 December New Year’s Eve from 11:00 to 01:00.

District: Mitte.


Christmas market at Alexanderplatz

A big Christmas market in Ost-Berlin, with numerous wooden chalets between Alexanderstrasse and Alexanderplatz.

Opening: 26 November – 26 December 2018

Opening hours: from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00. December 24 from 10:00 to 16:00.

District: Mitte


The World Winter at Potsdamer Platz

Christmas market along the Alte Potsdamer Strasse with gift items and delicacies of Berlin food. Activities lovers will find an ice-skating rink and a toboggan 12 meters high and 70 meters long.

Opening: 21 November – 26 December 2018

Opening hours: every day from 10:00 to 22:00

District: Mitte


Christmas Market of Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

It is one of the most popular markets in Berlin with over 170 stalls and a beautiful Christmas tree lit placed in front of the church.

Opening: 26 November 2018 – 06 January 2019

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 to 21:00. Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 to 22:00. December 24 from 11:00 to 14:00. On 25 and 26 December from 13:00 to 21:00. 31 December from 11:00 to 01:00. On 1 January from 13:00 to 21:00.

District: Charlottenburg

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Dresden Christmas Market

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The oldest Christmas Market in Europe is taking place in Dresden. It is called Dresdner Striezelmarkt. The Christmas market in Dresden includes a path, over a kilometer, between Prager Strasse and Hauptstrasse, which is full of traditional market stalls.

Opening: 28 November – 24 December 2018

Opening Hours: every day from 10:00 to 21:00. On November 28th, opens at 16:00. On December 24th from 10:00 to 14:00.


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