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Christmas Markets in Germany

By Viator, November 2014

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From sipping cups of hot Glühwein and munching fresh Lebkuchen, to browsing handcrafted gifts beneath a canopy of glittering fairy lights; there’s no better place to soak up the festive atmosphere than at Germany’s Christmas markets. As the home of the original Christkindlmarkt, Germany’s markets are among the best and most visited in Europe, and there are over 150 Christmas Markets dotted throughout the country. Most German Christmas markets start towards the end of November and run until December 23rd or 24th, with some of the bigger options featuring pop-up ice rinks, fairground rides and live entertainment.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing where to spend Christmas in Germany, but Berlin comes alive over the festive season and with the capital hosting well over a dozen Christmas markets, you’ll find everything you need without having to venture outside the city limits.  Take a walking tour of Berlin’s Christmas markets and discover some of the most spectacularly situated markets in the country, located in the grounds of Charlottenburg Castle, in the medieval center of Spandau and beneath the iconic ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

A close contender to Berlin is the Bavarian capital and a walking tour of Munich’s Christmas markets takes in some of the city’s 20 Christmas markets, including the central Medieval Market and the Christmas Village held in the Royal Palace Courtyard. Other popular markets include Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt including a Kinderweihnacht, or Children's Market; Cologne’s markets, one of which is overlooked by the magnificent façade of the UNESCO-listed cathedral; and the traditional markets of Hamburg and Stuttgart. Or why not combine the best of central Germany’s Christmas markets with a 4-day Christmas tour taking in one of Germany’s largest Christmas markets in Leipzig, the famous Striezelmarkt in Dresden (Germany’s oldest Christmas market) and even stopping at some of Germany’s traditional toy-making villages.

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Munich Christmas Markets Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Get swept up in the festive atmosphere of the Christmas markets in Munich, Germany, on this family-friendly tour. Your guide will explain the history and ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.05

Berlin Christmas Lights Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 25 Reviews

Spend a relaxing evening touring Berlin and see the city illuminated in festive Christmas lights! With your knowledgeable guide, visit Berlin’s highlights ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.24

Rhine River Christmas Afternoon Cruise from Rüdesheim

Cozy up on this festive cruise along the Rhine River, listening to Christmas music as you admire castles, churches and vineyards on the shores of the river. ...  Read more

Location: Rudesheim, Germany
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.94

Christmas Market Visit and Traditional German Christmas Dinner Experience from Frankfurt

Celebrate the festive season with a visit to a Christmas market and a traditional Christmas dinner on this 5.5-hour small-group tour from Frankfurt. From ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $261.96

Berlin Christmas Markets Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Get into the spirit of the season by visiting three of Berlin's Christmas markets on a walking tour. A dazzling array of handcrafted goods, traditional food ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.24

Four Day Christmas Delight - Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience Germany's traditional Christmas festivities on this 4-day tour from Frankfurt to Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen. Visit Eisenach's Wartburg Castle and ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $666.82

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