Location: Germany

Christmas markets in Germany

The towns and cities along the Rhine and Moselle valleys provide an idyllic setting for a romantic Christmas Market break.   Half-timbered buildings are festively lit and the aromas of mulled wine out of the local vineyards and cinnamon permeate the air at traditional Christmas markets. Guests can snuggle up at cosy hotels and the Christmas shopping is friendly and relaxed. The region’s beautiful cities captivate visitors with their rich history, labyrinthine old quarters, mediaeval market squares and striking cathedrals.

Buildings steeped in history are illuminated by thousands upon thousands of fairy lights, while the aroma of gingerbread wafts through the air. The Christmas markets in Trier, Koblenz and Mainz are particularly famous and are quite large. If you want to visit the smaller Christmas markets, those in Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem, Rüdesheim, Worms, Speyer and Ahrweiler are highly recommended.

Although a relatively small market, Worms located on the Rhine, boasts a ‘Living Nativity scene’, whilst Speyer, also located on the Rhine, offers the additional attraction of an ice rink. Trier, which is Germany’s oldest city tracing its origins back to Roman times, hosts a charming Christmas Market in the Hauptmarkt Square with the cathedral providing an impressive backdrop.

You’ll be spoilt for choice, but one thing you can be certain of is an unforgettable experience when visiting some of the best Christmas Markets Germany has to offer in the cities and towns in the Rhineland/Pfalz region.

Please note the information on and dates of the Christmas Markets in Germany are subject to change.

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Aachen Christmas Market

Being the closest Christmas Market in Germany to the UK, with travel time approximately 4 hours by train, the Aachen Christmas Market has become one of the most sought after for UK visitors.

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Aachen
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Augsburg Christmas Market

Dates: 27 Nov 2017 – 24 Dec 2017

Enjoy Swabia’s most beautiful Augsburg Christmas market with its unique atmosphere and surrounded by historical scenery

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Augsburg
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Bamberg Christmas Market

Situated on seven hills, Bamberg Christmas Market is located at the very heart of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bamberg in Northern Bavaria.

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Bamberg
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Bayreuth Christmas Market

Dates: 24 Nov 2017 – 23 Dec 2017

Historic Bayreuth provides the backdrop for Bayreuth Christmas market

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Bayreuth
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Bernkastel Traditional Christmas Market

Dates: 19 Nov – 21 Dec

The Bernkastel Christmas Market is one of the most popular on the River Mosel. Some visitors to the Christmas Market in Bernkastel will cruise the Rhine.

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Bernkastel
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Bonn Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market)

Dates: 18 Nov – 23 Dec

Gingerbread, burnt almonds and Glühwein – Bonn Christmas Market conjures up a festive atmosphere in the City Centre

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Bonn
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Bremen Christmas Market

Dates: 21 Nov – 23 Dec

Bremen Christmas Market, with a historical setting, romantic lighting and festive;y decotared booths creates a special Christmas atmosphere every year.

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Bremen City
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Christmas in Potsdam (near Berlin)

Dates: 21 Nov to 28 Dec 2016

Visit Potsdam, one of the most beautiful historic cities in Germany. The unique traditional Christmas markets are surrounded by breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Cochem Christmas Market

Dates: 25 Nov to 18 Dec 2016

Cochem Christmas Market is as beautiful as the town, with festively decorated wooden stalls offering anything you could possibly wish for.

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Cochem
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