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Christmas Markets Breaks in Germany

Christmas time is coming to town! Discover the best Christmas markets breaks in the most beautiful destinations in Germany. Enjoy their Christmas decorations, their beautiful Christmas trees, the best place to find original Christmas gifts for the whole family in one of the best Christmas destinations in Germany

 

We have selected the best Christmas Markets in Germany for a perfect Christmas holidays at the best price with our booking tool that compares all the major hotel & booking sites and provides you with the best deals for a perfect Christmas holiday in Germany

 

 


Christmas market in Aachen, Germany
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Aachen

From 18th November to 23rd December 2016

Every year before Christmas the squares and streets round the Cathedral and the Aachen Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells. The glorious fair in the Christmas City, which has been erected with great care and sentiment, fascinates both the young and the old. The enormous choice between original, stylish and precious goods makes small and big dreams come true. It is really no wonder why the Aachen Christmas Market has become an absolute "must" for all people of Aachen and Aachen fans as well.


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Baden-Baden

 From 21st November to 30th December 2016

Christkindelsmarkt Baden-Baden:

 

Situated at the start of Baden-Baden’s world-famous green corridor, the Lichtentaler Allee, visitors will encounter small streets of festive stalls, where the romantic atmosphere is heightened by the thousands of shimmering Christmas lights. The entire experience is capped with a choice program of entertainment, catering for both young and old.

 

As one of the region’s largest and prettiest Christmas markets, it invites you until 30th December to marvel, browse and shop. Around 100 stalls await you with a selection of arts and crafts, Christmas decorations, handcrafted nativity scenes and much more. Younger visitors can look forward to tasty Christmas treats, a children’s bakery, merry-go-rounds and a program of Christmas entertainment on the open-air stage.


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Berlin

 From 21st November 2016 to 1st January 2017

The baroque Charlottenburg Palace is a sumptuous backdrop for this Christmas market in Berlin West. An elaborate light installation bathes the market, the palace, the trees and decorative fence of the palace in a romantic glow. The pivotal point of the market is a pyramid in front of the palace's main entrance.

 

Wood huts and marquees, decorated entirely with natural materials, provide a festive atmosphere and offer not only a wide range of crafts but also an impressive selection of culinary choices. In addition to the traditional Christmas market stalls selling hot chestnuts, crepes or Hungarian langos, many hotels and restaurants from Berlin and Brandenburg offer fine dining in heated tents.

 

The Winterwald (winter forest) in front of the small orangery offers magical attractions for children, including a nostalgic carousel, an air swing and a small railway. In the Märchenzelt (fairy tale tent) organised by the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, the little ones can try their hand at arts and crafts.

 

A visit to the Christmas market in front of Charlottenburg Palace is wonderfully combined with a tour of the palace or a leisurely walk through its garden.


Cologne Christmas Market ©Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner-Altstad t- Best City Christmas City Breaks in Europe - European Best Destinations
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Cologne

 From 21st November to 23rd December 2016

Advent is the time for Christmas markets, and Cologne is no exception. From 23 November to 23 December 2015, the magic of Christmas will be felt throughout the festively decorated city. The aroma of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and mulled wine will waft through the alleys, and many differently themed Christmas markets will invite people to stroll, shop and explore.

 

The larger Christmas markets are held in downtown Cologne, but Cologne’s smaller Christmas markets also have plenty to offer.

 

Cologne’s Christmas markets attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. You too can savour the unique atmosphere of this metropolis on the Rhine at this special time of year. You’re sure to be enchanted!


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Dresden

 From 24th November to 24th December 2016

If you like Christmas, you’ll love Dresden. A grand total of eleven completely different Christmas markets, from the by no means Dark Ages to the après ski charm of alpine huts, makes for wonderfully conflicting decisions.

 

Holiday sounds fill the air throughout the city. From the many oratorios, Advent, organ and gospel concerts, Dresden’s churches brim with festive insider tips.

 

Christmas tales also come to life in the city’s theatres whilst museums host special exhibitions and boats bejewelled with lights glide along the Elbe. If only Christmas could last more than just a few weeks…


Christmas in Dusseldorf- European Best Destinations
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Dusseldorf

 From 17th November to 23rd December 2016

Once the St Martins parade has made its way through the streets of Düsseldorf in mid-November, the city gears up for Christmas. The traditional Christmas market of Düsseldorf is staged individually at various locations throughout the bustling city centre. Around the Königsallee elaborately designed theme worlds are set to lead visitors on a real discovery tour.

 

For five weeks, over 200 huts decorated in Christmas splendour transform the city into a winter wonderland for the whole family to enjoy. As one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany, the market in Düsseldorf provides unique experiences for visitors.


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Leipzig

 From 22nd November to 23rd December 2016

Leipzig Christmas market dates all the way back to 1458. Its six areas are set in chime with the fascinating historical scenery of the Leipzig city centre. With more than 250 twinkling stalls embedded harmoniously in the historic centre, Leipzig Christmas market is not only one of the oldest but also one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. Visitors are offered a multitude of festive delights: indulge in numerous culinary delights or explore the city’s traditional medieval market.

 

Traditionally, the main area of the Christmas market is Marktplatz (market square) where visitors can marvel at a Saxon spruce Christmas tree as high as twenty meters, and enjoy a wide variety of performances at the market square stage. On Augustusplatz square a 38-metre-high ferris wheel offers seasonal views from a lofty height.


Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany. It is one of the large christmas markets in Germany
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Nuremberg

 From 25th November to 24th December 2016

The enticing aroma of gingerbread, mulled wine and grilled sausage hangs in the air at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. First mentioned in 1628, its roots probably go back to the time of Luther, when the tradition of giving children presents at Christmas evolved. Ever since then traditional wares such as handmade Christmas decorations and culinary treats have been offered by the 180 wooden stalls, decorated with red and white canvas. Take a stroll through the festively lighted lanes between the stalls and discover the enchantment of the unique atmosphere. 

 

The "Christkind" with blond curly hair wearing a golden crown and golden white gown opens "its" market traditionally on the Friday before the first Advent. "You men and women who once were children, be young again“, proclaims the "Christkind" when she welcomes guests to the Nuremberg Market Square. And she is right - because with a bit of childish enthusiasm over the Christmas tree decorations, tinsel angels, wooden nutcrackers, cribs and colored stars, you enjoy walking through the romantically lit Christmas Market twice as much. 


Christmas in Rothenburg - European Best Destinations
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Rothenburg

 From 25th November to 23rd December 2016

Once a year, the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber transforms itself into a fairytale winter wonderland. Ever since the 15th century, the festive time prior to Christmas has been accompanied by a delightful Christmas Market. Looking back on over 500 years of tradition little has changed over the years and the historical customs have been closely followed.

 

Everything your heart desires can be found at this charming market, may it be the traditional Christmas pastries or the mulled wine. Gadgets and treasures as well as lovingly crafted Christmas decoration can be found in a variety of booths and are sure to serve as a token of appreciation for loved ones at home as well as a welcomed reminder of your time spent in Rothenburg.


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Stuttgart

 From 25th November to 23rd December 2016

During the weeks of Advent the Stuttgart Region is bathed in a special yuletide glow. Nearly 300 nostalgic Christmas markets attract visitors to enjoy a leisurely stroll around. 

 

With its 287 stalls and a tradition of more than 300 years, the Stuttgart Christmas Market is one of the loveliest in Germany and one of the oldest and largest of its kind in Europe. Ornately and lovingly decorated the stallholders are rewarded for their pains with a prize awarded each year by a jury for the Christmas Market's most beautiful stall.

 

During Advent, Stuttgart's town hall is transformed into a gigantic Advent calendar. Each day a "door" is opened, revealing by degrees the coats of arms of Stuttgart's boroughs.


 

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