iNSIDE EUROPE introduces a series about Christmas Markets and holiday traditions as part of our iNSIDE EUROPE SCOOP — with a special emphasis on Germany, homeland to a myriad of these festive celebrations.
Join virtual visits to favorite German Christmas Markets iN major cities and smaller, off the beaten path gems: Munich and Frankfurt, Berlin or Hamburg are the starting points followed by celebrations in the Historic Highlights of Germany. There will also be a focus on Christmas Markets iN Bavaria. This is the home state of iNSIDE EUROPE intern Daniela Kammermeier. Daniela will share also her favorite Christmas experiences. And last, but not least, we’ll introduce culinary highlights you shouldn’t miss during a visit!
Germany is primarily a Christian country, composed mainly of Protestants and Catholics, making Christmas the most important holiday of the year for the majority of Germans. Over the centuries, a wide range of regional Christmas traditions and customs have developed across the country, with the Christmas Markets being an essential part. These celebrations known as ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’ or ‘Christkindlsmarkt’ are held pre-Christmas, during the advent period which is the latin word for “arrival”. Advent traditionally begins four Sundays before Christmas Eve (December 24th) and so do the majority of Christmas markets. Most are held from late November until Christmas Eve, sometimes closing already on 12/23. There are also exceptions to the rule. Sometimes a Weihnachtsmarkt turns into a Neujahrsmarkt (New Years Market) continuing on after Christmas, some ones may take place on one particular weekend only. Hundreds of Christmas Markets welcome visitors, usually at least one in every German city. In major cities, such as Munich, several markets are being offers, not just in the city center, but also in other neighborhoods.
It is not too late to experience Christmas Markets iN Germany this year. German airline Lufthansa offers special prizes from major US getaways to German holiday destinations. For example, you can travel from Atlanta to Nuremberg starting at $826. There are also new routes just for the winter as recently featured in a story on Conde Nast Traveler titled “Hello, Christmas Markets”. Ready to go? iNSIDE EUROPE recommends contacting our colleagues and preferred airline partners at Nonstop Travel via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (phone +1-800-949-6362) or your local travel agent to make flight and other arrangements.
Can’t go this year, but would love to experience Christmas Markets iN Germany with family and friends? That’s where iNSIDE EUROPE comes in! One-of-a-kind travel experiences for like-minded people are our specialty. We look forward to hearing from you, either directly or through your local travel agent. Contact us via email@example.com to request a truly personalized journey to these and other beautiful destinations iN Germany and across Europe.
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Photo Credits: Picture 1 by Hamburg Marketing GmbH, photo: Jörg Modrow, Picture 2 Pink Christmas Munich, photo: Agentur Grenzgänger