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The most beautiful Christmas markets in the world - and the deeper encounter with the Merry Christmas


A special travel season is started in the beginning of December by the numerous Christmas markets on this world. Whole squares and districts are adorned with candlelight and christmas trees. The smell of cinnamon, mulled wine and baked apples blowing through the streets and the sounds of Christmas music float above the markets. Last but not least, traditional craftsmanship and various gift ideas are presented to the Christmas market visitors and everyone is delighted by the pre-Christmas atmosphere.

The deeper meaning of Christmas, however, is quite different. It is not about the great gifts of the loves and also not about the limitless enjoyment of the food. No, on the contrary, we wish each of you to be able to get involved in the deep meaning of this days. Because Christmas is a chance to get calm and to fill the soul. Because Jesus is born as our Savior. God fill you with new strength, love and life. (With Bonhoeffer in the Advent)



Germany


Aachen


One of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany is located in front of the historic backdrop of the Aachen City Hall. The decorated stalls, which are scattered in the streets of the city, attract countless visitors to the "Printemarkt" every year. In addition, the hungry Christmas buyers will be served specialties such as pies, fries and mulled wine. (Read More...)


 


Traditional Christmas Market in Bad Wimpfen

 

Tradition, historical backdrop and much more As early as 1487 Emperor Frederick III. The former imperial city Wimpfen the privilege of holding a market before Christmas - the former Katharinenmarkt. This makes the Bad Wimpfen Christmas Market one of the oldest of its kind in Germany. Every year on the first three weekends of Advent, the sweet smell of brioche, mulled wine, tannins and gingerbread reminds you that it is not long before Christmas Eve... (Read More)


© Copyright Kultur & Tourist-Information Bad Wimpfen


Bad Tölz


Delicious baked apples and tasty Tree-Cake entice the visitors with beautiful brass music on the Christmas market of Bad Tölz. In the middle of the city, on the Marienbrunnen, a nostalgic steam carousel turns around 50 small wooden huts, and chocolate lovers can admire the cast-iron art right there and, of course, also Schnabieren. The market street is wonderfully decorated and sinks into a small sea of ​​lights. Have fun in Bad Tölz!

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Berlin: Charlottenburg Palace / Bückeburg Palace / Gendarmenmarkt


The Christmas market in Berlin is presented in the historic Charlottenburg Palace. Let yourself be seduced by 250 international providers in a unique ambience. In Biedermeyer, you will be able to experience a variety of handicrafts and tasty treats for everyone. From 24 November to 4 December 2016 the castle courtyard of Bückeburg opens its doors and invites its guests daily from 10am to 7pm for a feast and toast. This Christmas market takes place on the beautiful Schlossgelände, where a part of the income is donated to different aid projects. On the Gendarmenmarkt you can find a successful mixture, between a traditional and artistic Christmas market. Show, animation, photographs, wood sculptors, painters, stone artists, girdlers and craftsmanship are the focus of the scenery. International cuisine is served at various stands - look forward to Christmas in Berlin.

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Chiemsee - Christkindlmarkt on the Woman Island

A Christmas market of the other kind opens its gates on the Woman Island in the Chiemensee. The mountain scenery of the Alps and the beautiful lighting of the market make it a special highlight in the pre-Christmas period. The following dates: 25 - 27 November and 2 - 4 December 2016; Friday 2 pm - 7 pm, Saturday / Sunday 12 am - 7 pm

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Coburger


The romantic Christmas market of Coburg builds its Christmas bunnies directly between the historic town hall and the old ducal chancery. At the weekend, the visitors can ride through Coburg's inner city with a carriage and the tense Freiberger Rossen.

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Dresden - Strietzel Market


The Striezelmarkt in Dresden is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, since it has been held on the Altmarkt in Dresden since the 14th century. Culinary delicacies are the Dresden Christstollen. The Strietzelmarkt begins, on Thursday before the first Advent, with an ecumenical service in the nearby Kreuzkirche. (Read More...)


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Eisenach - Historic Christmas Market on the Wartburg


The Christmas trip back to the Middle Ages is nowhere as intense as in the Wartburg castle courtyard. The palate is also seduced by the best meats, bratwurst, waffles, almonds, mulled wine and hearty ritterspeis. Every year, Christmas concerts take place in the Grand Hall of the Wartburg and turn the visit into a special experience.   Dates: 26./ 27. November, 3./4. December, 10/11. December and 17/18. December, 10th, 10am - 7pm

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Erfurt Christmas Market


During the Advent season, the annual Christmas market takes place at the Cathedral Square, in the background of which the Erfurt Cathedral and the Severinkirche perched. Basically, the market runs through the entire inner city and smaller offshoots are located at the fish market, the Schlösserbrücke and the Anger. 200 cottages offer Christmas accessories. Delicious and one of the specialties is the Thuringian bratwurst and the Erfurt hamlet - the Christstollen. Highlights of the market are the 25 meter high fir, the eight meter high Christmas pyramid and the life-size Christmas crib with 14 hand carved figures.

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Esslingen - Middle Age Market


In an earlier period, the jugglers, marketers, tin-makers, scoundrels, broombucks, fire-fighters, fairy-tellers, musicians and glassblowers. All craftsmen offer great gift ideas in their huts and children can enjoy themselves with archery or with other wooden toys. Dates 22.11.-22.12.2016; Opening hours: on the opening day from 17 to 20.30, then daily from 11 to 20.30, on the last market day from 11 to 18 hours

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Frankfurter Christkindchesmarkt at the Römer


The birth date of the Christmas market in Frankfurt can be dated to 1393. Thus, the market in the Romans belongs to one of the oldest Chriskindl places in Germany. In the past, church mysteries were held, where typical bakeries such as "Brenten", "Bethmännchen" and "Quetschemännchen" are sold today. Highly recommended are also the fancy delicacies such as green sauce crêpes with oxen breast or a delicious handkäs fondue. Frankfurt Christmas Market from 23.11. - 22.12.2016; Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10 am - 9 pm, Sun 11 am - 9 pm; Exception: Sun. 25.11. (Totensonntag) 15 - 21 Uhr (Read More...)
 

©Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main © Holger Ullmann


Füssen


The Christmas tree auction for a good cause, the "auctioneer" Stefan Fichtl on the last evening, is one of the highlights of the Advent market in Füssen in the Allgäu every year. It will be held this year from 2 to 4 December and from 9 to 11 December in the romantic courtyard of the former Benedictine monastery St. Mang. (Read More...)
 

© Füssen Tourismus und Marketing / Helmut H. Kroiß


Cologne - Christmas Market at DOM


"Every year again" is a splendid one on the Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral Christmas tree built - traditionally the highest natural Christmas tree of the City and all over NRW! The impressive tree is the centerpiece of the Christmas market, a visible recognition feature of the market and of course always an attraction. For both the Cologne and our international visitors.

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Leipzig

 

Welcome to the Leipzig Christmas Market, whose origins date back to the 15th century. You will be surprised by the numerous culinary offers, such as the hearty coal pot and special meatballs. The highlight of the Christmas market is the Erzgebirge mountain parade that runs through the city. In addition, there is the largest free-running Christmas calendar in the world and a colorful world of waddles, which make the children's eyes shine. (Read More...)


© by Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH / Andreas Schmidt


Ludwigsburg


On the Ludwigsburger Barock Christmas market, the weeks before Christmas become a winter dream. The market square is bathed in golden light: majestic angels spread their grand, sparkling wings over the lovingly decorated stands. Thousands of sparkling lights spill over the roofs of the little Christmas town. The baroque churches glow in festive splendor. (Read More....)


©Tourismus & Events Ludwigsburg


Maulbronn - Monastery Christmas Market


On the second weekend of Advent, the courtyard of the UNESCO monastery of Maulbronn is filled. Almost everything on this Christmas market comes from the immediate surroundings, the Kraichgau-Stromberg nature park - a delight experience (3.12 - 4.12.2016). Concerts by candlelight in the grand monastery church and guided tours complete the sensual as well as reflective program. (Read More) © STAATLICHE SCHLÖSSER UND GÄRTEN BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
 

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Nuremberg - Wonderful Christmas market


On the whole, and definitely worth a visit, is the traditional and old Christkindlmarkt of Nuremberg. Since the 16th century the market festivities have been held in the inner city, where, at the opening, Christkind speaks of the prologue from the Frauenkirche gallery. Delicacies of the market are the "Nürnberger Zwetschgenmännle" and the "Nürnberger Gingerbread". Dates: 25.11. To 24.12.2016, opening hours: 25.11 .: 10:00 - 21:00 clock; Monday to Sunday: 10am - 9pm 24.12 .: 10 am - 2 pm

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Regensburg - Christkindlmarkt at Thurn Castle and Taxis


In Regensburg there are two wonderful Christmas markets to visit. On the one hand the Christkindlesmarkt, which was voted last year as the most popular Christmas market in Bavaria. This is located around the Neupfarrkirche in the old town of Regensburg and takes place from 21.11. - 23.12.2016 instead. It is also worthwhile to visit the romantic Christmas market at Schloss Thurn und Taxis, which is also open daily from 23.11. Until 23.12 is open. Every year in the courtyard of the castle a new Christmas village is being built, in which Kerzenieher, Krippenbauer or Herrgottschnitzer show their crafts. (Read More...)

Chrismas Market in the Old Town© Regensburg Tourismus GmbH


Castle Thurn & Taxis © Regensburg Tourismus GmbH


Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Reiterlesmarkt


Every year the medieval Rothenburg turns into a winter fairy tale, and the winding alleyways and squares around the town hall become the playground of the romantic equestrian market. Since the 15th century the festive Advent season has been accompanied by a wonderful Christmas market, (Read More...)

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Solingen - Castle Grünewald


 

 

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Stuttgart - Christmas market at the market square


The Stuttgart Christmas market enchants its visitors with a festive atmosphere and presents its Christmas goods to more than 290 stands. The Stuttgart Christmas Market will open its doors from 23rd November to 23rd December 2016. In recent years, the antique market on Karlsplatz has also become an integral part of the Stuttgart Christmas market. In the heated antique tent, many traders place numerous rarities and curiosities on their shelves. (Read More...)

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Best international Christmas markets


Austria

Vienna

More than 120 wooden huts are built around the town hall square, where glass art, crafts and many bee products can be admired. Among the special highlights is the reading of the Christmas story of actors on the sky stage. Dates: Open from 12.11. Until 24.12.2016 Opening hours: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 - 21:30; Friday - Saturday 10am - 10pm; 24. 12.2016: 10:00 - 19:00

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Switzerland

Basel

Basel is located in the heart of Europe, in the middle of the Dreiländereck of Germany-France-Switzerland and thus directly in the center of one of the most exciting Christmas regions in Europe. The cultural city unfolds its very special charm during the pre-Christmas period. Those who stroll through the old town, the lovingly decorated houses and the festively decorated shop windows are enchanted by the sensuality of this city. The wonderful Christmas market and the cultural offer make a visit to Basel an extraordinary experience. Other traditional Christmas cities can be visited in less than one hour from Basel: Strasbourg, Colmar, Freiburg etc. are easy to reach and make Basel the perfect starting point for a European Christmas adventure. More information about the Basler Weihnachtsmarkt.

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Zurich

You will find an enchanting Christmas atmosphere in different places all over the city. The most beautiful markets can be found in Niederdorf, the oldest market in the city, or in Winterthur and Rapperswil, which are among the most romantic. At the Christmas market at the railway station, a fir tree over 15 meters high is set up and decorated with a beautiful light chain.

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USA

New York

However popular German Christmas markets are, for many, however, it is a dream to experience the festivity in New York. With one of the most famous markets is the Grand Central Holiday Fair, which is located in New York's main station in a warm and covered large hall. From 18 - 24.12.2016, more than 70 exhibitors will be offering their goods, including home furnishings.

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Sweden

Stockholm

One of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Stockholm is Gamla Stan. This is located in the old town of the metropolis. Here, especially in the Christmas period, the houses of the Stockholm are festively decorated, which invites you to a walk through the cobbled streets. The Scandinavian mulled wine - Glögg.

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Czech Republic

Prague

The Christmas market on the Old Town Square, the film screening "Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella" and the traditional dishes such as carp with potatoes, "Trdelník", roasted chestnuts and delicious Maiskolben represent the Czech Christmas season. Thousands of visitors are eagerly awaiting the spectacular commissioning of the fairy lights on the giant Christmas tree, and in the various churches of the city handcarved cribs are set up which invite to a beautiful church round trip.

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Poland

Wroclaw

In Poland the visit to the "Jarmark Bozonarodzeniowy" in Wrocław is worthwhile. Small disguised dwarfs offer all sorts of delicacies, such as the typical Oscypek hard cheese, fish and the Hungarian cola. Dates: 18.11. Until 22.12.2016; Opening hours: daily from 10am to 9pm  .



Belgium

Brussels

The Brussels Christmas Market "Plaisirs d'Hiver" on the Grand Place is located in the city center of Brussels. A special highlight was a huge skating rink, a ferris wheel and a Christmas tree from Wallonia.  

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France

Paris

The most famous French Christmas market is on the Champs Elysées. In mid-November, more than 160 huts will be set up in the romantic world metropolis. The French cuisine, with oysters and chestnuts, makes for a taste-blowing experience among the visitors and the entertainment is provided by ice sculptures and giant bicycles. Upstairs in the gondola they have one of the best views on the Christmas ensemble. The light play along the Avenue, which is opened by actors such as Andre Toute, is impressive.  

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Strasbourg

The so-called "Christkindelsmarik" is the oldest Christmas market in all of France and is built in the streets of the inner city with over 300 huts. On the Adhesive Square, a fir tree about 30 meters high and festively adorned is placed, which attracts the admiration of the guests. In addition, typical Alsatian Christmas biscuits, such as the "Bredle" and the chocolate "Bûche de Noël", are offered at different stalls. Dates: the market is open from 25.11. until 31.12.2016

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Croatia

Zagreb

The beautiful Christmas market of the Croatian metropolis takes place around Josip-Jelačić Square. Here, local craftsmen offer various products, while at the same time the guests are served with the traditional Licitar hearts, a kind of gingerbread. The highlight of the Christmas market is the Lantern Festival Kapulica & Lampioni. Hundreds of small lanterns are sent with good wishes into the Heaven.

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