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Christmas Markets in Germany

By Viator, November 2016

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From sipping cups of hot Glühwein to browsing handcrafted gifts beneath a canopy of glittering fairy lights, there’s no better place to soak up Germany's festive holiday atmosphere than at one of the country's many Christmas markets. As the home of the original Christkindlmarkt, Germany hosts some 150 of them, most of which begin toward the end of November and run until December 23 or 24.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding where to spend Christmas in Germany, but Berlin is a top option. The capital city comes alive over the festive season, hosting well over a dozen Christmas markets that can be visited on a city walking tour.

A close contender to Berlin is the Bavarian capital of Munich, where a walking tour of the city's 20-some Christmas markets will lead travelers to the central Medieval Market and the Christmas Village held in the Royal Palace Courtyard. Other popular markets in Germany include Nuremberg's famous Christkindlesmarkt and Kinderweihnacht (Children's Market); Cologne's markets, one of which is overlooked by the magnificent façade of the city's UNESCO-listed cathedral; and the traditional markets of Hamburg and Stuttgart. It's also possible to combine the best of central Germany's markets with a four-day winter tour that stops in at the Leipzig market; Dresden's famous Striezelmarkt (Germany's oldest Christmas market); and some of the country's traditional toy-making villages.

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Cologne Christmas Sunday Brunch Cruise, Cologne, null
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Cologne Christmas Sunday Brunch Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Capture the Christmas spirit as you cruise along the majestic Rhine River through the grand old city of Cologne and indulge in a decadent brunch buffet. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.98
Munich Christmas Markets Tour, Munich, Christmas
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Munich Christmas Markets Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 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 $18.59
Berlin Christmas Markets Walking Tour, Berlin, Walking Tours
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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 $15.31
Four Day Christmas Delight - Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen, Frankfurt, Christmas
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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 $601.47
Berlin Christmas Lights Tour, Berlin, Christmas
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Berlin Christmas Lights Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 27 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 $14.22
Christmas at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin: Christmas Concert And Dinner by Berlin Residence ... 
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Christmas at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin: Christmas Concert And Dinner by Berlin Residence Orchestra

Enjoy an advent evening at the Great Orangery in Berlin during a Christmas concert including dinner within the festive period. The Berlin Residence Orchestra ...  Read more

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

From USD $88.58
Berlin Residence Orchestra Christmas Concert at Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Christmas
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Berlin Residence Orchestra Christmas Concert at Charlottenburg Palace

The Great Orangery welcomes you to an atmospheric advent and Christmas concert during the festive period. The Berlin Residence Orchestra will present an ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.05
Düsseldorf Rhine River Christmas Dinner Cruise, Düsseldorf, Christmas
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Düsseldorf Rhine River Christmas Dinner Cruise

Capture the Christmas spirit on this Rhine River cruise from Düsseldorf as you listen to a DJ playing Christmas music and indulge in a sumptuous buffet ...  Read more

Location: Dusseldorf, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.52
Christmas Market Visit and Traditional German Christmas Dinner Experience from Frankfurt, ... 
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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 $225.55
Private Christmas Markets of Munich Walking Tour, Munich, Christmas
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Private Christmas Markets of Munich Walking Tour

Enjoy a private 6-hour walking tour and experience the Christmas Markets of Munich. This wonderful tour will bring you to three separate markets within the ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $231.84

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