Es ist Weihnachtsmarkt-Zeit iN Deutschland!
Join iNSIDE EUROPE’s virtual visit to Christmas Markets iN Germany 2017!
This overview, compiled by our intern Daniela Kammermeier, focuses on major German cities and top destinations in Germany:
Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Cologne and Frankfurt are popular year round, but here are some of the attractions that welcome visitors only in November and December. We think
Germany’s capital city Berlin is home to almost 4 million inhabitants and many Christmas Markets. An overview of all of them can be found here.
The Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz, which is one of the city’s most central squares, is arranged underneath the tall TV Tower. The centerpiece of the market is Europe’s largest Christmas pyramid. Mulled wine and other culinary delicacies are served on the ground floor while you can enjoy a panoramic view from the first floor. Please note that this market also opens its doors during the three Christmas holidays, December 24th to December 26th.
Dates: November 27th to December 26, 2017
Opening Hours: daily 10am to 10pm, December 24th: 10 am to 2 pm
The biggest city in Northern Germany, often referred to as the “pearl of the North”, Hamburg, is filled with a Christmas atmosphere almost in every corner starting in late November. The Historic Christmas Market is set up at Rathausmarkt, one of the most famous squares. This market is known for uniting typical Christmas products from different regions in Germany and beyond. For example, you can buy gingerbread from Nuremberg or wooden carvings from Tyrol. In the Spielzeuggasse (“Toy Street”), you might find a nice Christmas present for your children or you might be amazed by the flying Father Christmas who comes to visit the market with his sleigh every day at 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm. Don’t forget the other Christmas markets in Hamburg, too! More information about those, you can get here.
Dates: November 27th to December 23, 2017
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 am to 9 pm, Friday-Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm
Dresden is the capital of Saxony and has an impressive baroque old town. Dresden’s Christmas Market, which takes place at Altmarkt square, is called “Striezelmarkt” and celebrates its 583rd anniversary this year. It is supposed to be the oldest Christmas market in whole Germany. “Striezel” is another word for “Stollen”, a cake-like fruit bread that is typical for the area, and so the Christmas market was named after it. On December 9th, you have the chance to join the “Stollenfest” which honors this iconic pastry with a parade and a presentation of a huge Stollen. Stollen is very important here so definitely make sure to try a piece at one of the booths. Besides in its capital, Saxony organizes many more Christmas markets in other parts of the state. If you want to learn more about these, please click here.
Dates: November 29th to December 24, 2017
Opening Hours: daily 10 am to 9 pm
The city of Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city and offers several Christmas markets at different locations. The Cathedral Christmas Market is staged, as the name already reveals, in front of the Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous landmark. The stands invite their visitors to taste regional delicacies or to be inspired by a unique Christmas gift. There are over 100 performances that will keep you and the little ones entertained. There are lots of fun rides, for example, a carousel or a wheel of fortune. In the heart of the market, you can marvel at the over 82 feet high fir which is illuminated with 50,000 LED lights. If you are curious about the remaining Cologne Christmas markets, such as the Harbour Christmas Market, you will find interesting facts about those here.
Dates: November 27th to December 23, 2017
Opening Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 11 am to 9 pm, Thursday-Friday: 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm
The Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the largest Christmas Markets in all of Germany and dates back to the year 1393. The scenic surroundings on the Römerberg and St Paul’s Square iN Frankfurt’s city center combinedwith a huge Christmas tree create a festive holiday atmosphere. The diverse event program is music-heavy with lots of performances. There is also a nice Christmas arts and crafts market and Frankfurt also offers Christmas market tours to learn more about the history and other special features.
Dates: November 27th to December 22, 2017
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday: 11 am to 9 pm
Baden-Baden near the charming Black Forest region is one of our iNSIDER tips. The Baden-Baden Christmas Market, with over 100 stands stretches from the Kurhaus Colonnades past shops towards the famous Kurhaus building. The great variety of Christmas items from wooden toys to designer jewelry is offered for purchase not only in the streets but also in local stores. Musical entertainment including classic carols and other seasonal performances take place on the market’s event stage called “Himmelsbühne” . Nearby also the Ice Arena for skating.
Dates: November 27th to December 30, 2017
Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 9 pm, November 27th: 5 pm to 9 pm (opening ceremony), Dec 24th: 11 am to 4 pm