There’s nothing like the scents of hot glühwein, freshly baked gingerbread and bratwurst wafting through the air to get you into the holiday feels. The roofs are covered with thin sheets of snow and people stand around, cozied up in the winter attire we can’t quite pull off in Malta, drinking, eating and just being merry.

Germans take things very seriously and the holiday season is no exception, when Germany transforms into a land of Christmas. The streets are decked in Christmas decorations, the buildings are festively lit and there is a contagious holiday spirit all around.


The main squares of the cities fill with wooden stalls selling hot mulled wine, traditional knick-knacks and glorious holiday delicacies like candied apples and roasted chestnuts.

You’ll have to pinch yourself because you will swear you are actually in the North Pole – it’s that adorable. Germany is simply magic at Christmas time. For the perfect winter wonderland get-away visiting the most festive Christmas markets in Europe, plan a trip to any major city in Germany from late November until just after Christmas.                                                           

It’s the perfect trip for couples looking for a romantic long weekend or families wanting to give the gift of Christmas their children will never forget.

Here is a roundup of the best Christmas markets you should visit in Germany this year.

Marienplatz Christmas Market, Munich

Magic fills the air in Munich as Christmas cheer brings the stunning Marienplatz to life. Leisurely stroll through the wooden stalls window-shopping at everything on offer from beeswax candles to classic German nutcrackers. Save some room in your suitcase to bring one of those bad boys home! Munich is a beautiful city all year round, but at Christmas time it is blissful.

Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg

The Christmas market in Nuremberg is one of the most traditional dating back to 1628. Out of 180 stalls, there are 30 that have remained unchanged since 1890! Nuremberg is famous for its traditional gingerbread or lebkuchen, the “original Nuremberg” bratwursts, and of course beer. Lots and lots of beer! Nuremberg is a destination great for the whole family with a “Christmas City” for children, complete with a two-tiered merry go-
round, Ferris wheel and steam railway.

The Berliner Weinachtszeit, Berlin

In Berlin alone there are 70 markets spread across the city. If there is one market that you shouldn’t miss in Berlin, it’s the Berliner Weinachtszeit at Roten Rathaus, just a few hundred meters from the famous Alexanderplatz. Look for the 50-meter Ferris wheel, you can’t miss it. All of the stalls are decked out in 1900s fashion giving the market a very unique, very Berlin vibe. Not to mention the large 600 square meter ice skating ring where you can rent a pair of skates for only four euros.

“Christmas Avenue”, Cologne

Cologne welcomes over four million visitors during the holiday season to the many Christmas markets throughout the city. For something traditional, with a modern twist, “Christmas Avenue” is Cologne’s LGBT Christmas market, decked with pink and purple chalets. You’ll find everything from chocolate penises to pink nutcrackers and daily drag queen shows in Germany’s gay capital.

Dortmunder Weihnachtsmark, Dortmund

The Christmas market in Dortmund is one of the most famous in Germany. Join 3.5 million visitors to 300 traditional stalls and one spectacular Christmas tree at 45 meters! Dortmund’s dazzling Christmas tree steals the show and in some years has even been the tallest in the world.


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