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Best Christmas markets in Germany for 2022

Best Christmas markets in Germany for 2022

Christmas will soon arrive in town! Discover the best Christmas markets in Germany with the most picturesque locations. In one of the top Christmas places in Germany, take in their Christmas decorations, their lovely Christmas trees, and the best spot to discover unique Christmas gifts for the entire family.

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Aachen

From 18th November to 23rd December 2022

Before Christmas, every year, the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral and the town hall in Aachen change into a wonderland of bright lights, joyful music, and alluring aromas. Both young and old are captivated by the magnificent fair in Christmas City, which was built with great care and heart. The vast selection of unique, fashionable, and priceless objects fulfills both modest and significant aspirations. It is no surprise that the Aachen Christmas Market has evolved into a “must-see” event for both Aachen residents and enthusiasts alike.

Aachen Christmas Market
Aachen Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 18th November to 23rd December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Maastricht (30 min) or Cologne (50 min).
  • Where to stay:  “Mercure Hotel Aachen Am Dom”. located in the historic center of Aachen.

Baden-Baden

From 24th November 2022 to 6th January 2023

Visitors can find little lanes of festive kiosks at the start of Baden-world-famous Baden’s green corridor, the Lichtentaler Allee, where the romantic ambiance is heightened by thousands of glittering Christmas lights. The entire experience is topped off with a diverse entertainment schedule that caters to both young and old alike.

Baden-Baden Christmas Market
Baden-Baden Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 24th November 2022 to 6th January 2023.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Baden-Baden, Stuttgart (1h15), or Basel (1h30).
  • Where to stay: “Hotel Alte Laterne”. Stay in the heart of Baden-Baden.

Berlin

From 21st November to 31st December 2022

This holiday market in Berlin West has a lavish backdrop provided by the baroque Charlottenburg Palace. The market, the castle, the trees, and the ornamental fence are all illuminated in a lovely glow by a complex lighting design. In front of the palace’s main entrance is a pyramid that serves as the market’s focal point.

A festive mood is made of wooden huts and marquees that are completely covered with natural materials. These structures not only provide a huge variety of crafts but also an outstanding array of gastronomic options. Along with the customary Christmas market vendors offering hot chestnuts, crepes, or Hungarian langos, numerous hotels and restaurants from Berlin and Brandenburg provide gourmet dining under heated tents.

Berlin Christmas Market
Berlin Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 21st November to 31st December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Berlin.
  • Where to stay: “Motel One Berlin-Tiergarten”. One of our top picks in Berlin.

Cologne

From 21st November to 23rd December 2022

Christmas markets open during Advent, and Cologne is no exception. The city will be beautifully decked for the holidays from November 22 to December 23, 2021. Numerous Christmas markets with variously themed decorations will beckon tourists to wander, purchase, and explore as the scent of cooked apples, cinnamon biscuits, and mulled wine wafts through the alleyways.

Every year, millions of people travel from all over the world to the Christmas markets in Cologne. You too may enjoy the distinctive ambiance of this Rhine-side city at this particular time of year.

Cologne Christmas Market
Cologne Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 21st November to 23rd December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Cologne.
  • Where to stay: “Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom” located directly opposite Cologne Cathedral.

Dresden

From 23th November to 24th December 2022

You’ll adore Dresden if you enjoy the holiday season. Eleven diverse Christmas markets, ranging from the never-Dark Ages to the après-ski appeal of Alpine Huts, provide delightfully difficult choices. The city is alive with holiday sounds. Dresden’s churches are bursting with holiday insider information, including the numerous oratorios, Advent, organ, and gospel events.

Dresden Christmas Market
Dresden Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 23rd November to 24th December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Dresden.
  • Where to stay: “NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt”. Situated in the real heart of Dresden.

Dusseldorf

From 17th November to 30th December 2022

Mid-November, when the St. Martin’s parade has passed through Düsseldorf’s streets, Christmas preparations begin. The busy city center of Düsseldorf is home to several venues where the typical Christmas market is set up. Extensively planned theme worlds are positioned all around Königsallee to guide guests on a true discovery journey.

For five weeks, the city is transformed into a winter paradise for the whole family to enjoy with more than 200 cottages decked out in Christmas splendor. The Düsseldorf Christmas market offers tourists one of Germany’s most exquisite holiday shopping experiences.

Dusseldorf Christmas Market
Dusseldorf Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 17th November to 30th December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Dusseldorf or Cologne (50 min).
  • Where to stay: “Hotel Sir & Lady Astor” is placed in the real heart of Dusseldorf.

Rüdesheim

From 21st November to 23rd December 2022

Weihnachten, or German Christmas, stands out as the season’s high point and guiding light during the gloomy European winter. The market community of the Rüdesheim Christmas Market of Nations has been celebrating Advent and Christmas by the River Rhine in a very distinctive tradition for more than 20 years:

More than 15 countries representing six continents bring and offer their wares, specialties, traditions, and seasonal celebrations: Good and considerate products, presents, and treats from Asia and Europe, as well as from outside.

Rüdesheim Christmas Market
Rüdesheim Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 21st November to 23rd December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Frankfurt Airport (45min by car/public transport).
  • Where to stay: “Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss”. This family-run hotel offers a traditional restaurant.

Essen

From 12th November to 23rd December 2022

The Essen International Christmas Market has resumed when warm mulled wine warms your hands, the aroma of freshly roasted almonds fills the air, and a festive glow blankets the whole Essen city center. Enjoy one of the biggest and most beautiful marketplaces in the nation from November 12 to December 23. It will add even more beauty and charm to the pre-Christmas season.

You may easily move from square to square in the city center because of the Christmas market’s extensive coverage. The Kennedyplatz is the focal point. Here, you may leisurely wander by the booths while being inspired by the wide range of things. As implied by the name, the dealers are from about 190 different nations. African handicrafts, Israeli Christmas decorations, and Baltic jewelry are all included.\

Essen Christmas Market
Essen Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 12th November to 23rd December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Dusseldorf Airport (30 min by car or public transport).
  • Where to stay:  “Hotel Essener Hof” Stay in the heart of Essen.

Trier

From 18th November to 22nd December 2022

The Trier Christmas Market, now in its 40th year, will once again be among the most charming in all of Germany. The 95 beautifully adorned stalls provide a great setting for this lovely event, located on the historic Main Market and in front of the majestic Trier Cathedral.

The family-friendly programming now features virtually daily changes, ranging from historical puppet theater to star singers and songsmiths. Travel planners frequently cite the Trier Christmas Market as being “romantic with beautiful ambiance.”

Trier Christmas Market (2)
Trier Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 18th November to 22nd December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Luxemburg Airport (30 min) or Frankfurt (2h).
  • Where to stay:  “Limehome Trier Nikolaus”. One of our top picks in Trier.

Braunschweig

From 23rd November to 29th December 2022

Every year, the areas surrounding St. Blasii Cathedral are turned into a lovely holiday market with tasteful lighting and a joyous ambiance. A striking historical background will serve as the backdrop for 150 craftsmen and traders opening their meticulously adorned booths. They provide a wide variety of presents, including lit Christmas stars, leather products coated with fur, and wooden toys and jewelry. During the holidays, people frequently enjoy culinary specialties from the area and throughout the world.

The Braunschweig Christmas Market is one of Germany’s most appealing and ethereal holiday marketplaces because of its 500-year history. It draws several hundred thousand tourists yearly.

Braunschweig Christmas Market
Braunschweig Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 23rd November to 29th December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Braunschweig or Hannover (50 min by car/public transport).
  • Where to stay:  “Magni Boutique Hotel”. Perfect for a 2-night stay!

Stuttgart

From 23rd November to 23rd December 2022

The Stuttgart Region is enveloped in a distinctive holiday radiance throughout the weeks leading up to Advent. Visitors are drawn to the almost 300 vintage Christmas markets to take a leisurely tour around.

The Stuttgart Christmas Market, is one of the most charming in Germany and one of the oldest and biggest of its type in Europe, with 287 booths and a history spanning more than 300 years. Each year, a jury awards a prize to the owner of the most exquisitely adorned booth at the Christmas Market as compensation for their labor of love.

Stuttgart Christmas Market
Stuttgart Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 23rd November to 23rd December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Stuttgart.
  • Where to stay: “Motel One Stuttgart-Mitte”. Couples particularly like the location.

Nuremberg

From 25th November to 24th December 2022

At the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, an attractive fragrance of gingerbread mulled wine, and grilled sausage permeates the air. It was first recorded in 1628, but its origins most likely date to Luther’s era, when the custom of giving Christmas presents to children developed. Since then, 180 wooden kiosks covered with red and white canvas have been selling customary goods including handcrafted Christmas decorations and food items. Discover the magic of the special ambiance by strolling along the alleyways between the booths that are festively illuminated.

Nuremberg Christmas Market
Nuremberg Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 25th November to 24th December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Nuremberg, Munich (1h45 by car), or Stuttgart (2h).
  • Where to stay: “Astoria Apartments”. Situated less than 1km from Old Town.

Würzburg

From 25th November to 23rd December 2022

The early 19th century saw the beginning of the exceptionally picturesque Christmas Market in Würzburg. The traditional “Gluehwein,” a well-known hot spiced red wine, is traditionally enjoyed by visitors from all over the world as they meander around 100 wooden stalls enjoying wonderful Christmas sweets and roasted almonds.

The Christmas market sells handmade socks, gloves, scented candles, ceramics, embroidered items, wooden toys, jewelry, teas, spices, and traditional Christmas decorations. The Town Hall’s courtyard is festively adorned, and every Saturday and Sunday throughout Advent, some 40 craftsmen sell their products there. Here, handcrafted goods that are difficult to get elsewhere are the main focus.

Würzburg Christmas Market
Würzburg Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 25th November to 23rd December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Frankfurt (1h by car, 1h30 by public transport).
  • Where to stay: “Zur Stadt Mainz”. Situated in the real heart of Würzburg.

Leipzig

From 22nd November to 23rd December 2022

The first Christmas market in Leipzig was held in 1458. Its six sections are meant to complement Leipzig’s central historical setting. Leipzig’s Christmas market is one of the largest and oldest in Germany, with more than 250 sparkling stalls seamlessly blending into the city’s historic center. Visitors have a wide range of festive treats, such as several gastronomic delights and the city’s typical medieval market.

Marketplatz, the primary location of the Christmas market, is where tourists may marvel at a 20-meter-tall Saxon spruce Christmas tree and take in a variety of acts on the stage there.

Leipzig Christmas Market
Leipzig Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 22nd November to 23rd December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Leipzig.
  • Where to stay: “INNSIDE by Melia Leipzig”. Stay in the heart of Leipzig.

Rothenburg

From 25th November to 23rd December 2022

The historic village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber changes into a winter paradise every year. The joyous week before Christmas has been accompanied by a charming Christmas Market ever since the 15th century. This beautiful market has everything you could possibly want, from mulled wine to the typical Christmas delicacies.

Rothenburg Christmas Market
Rothenburg Christmas Market
  • Opening dates: From 25th November to 23rd December 2022.
  • How to get there: Book your flights to Nuremberg (1h15 by car) or Stuttgart (1h30).
  • Where to stay: “Hotel Reichs-Kûchenmeister”. This 4-star hotel offers spa facilities and on-site parking.

For the majority of individuals, Christmas is a significant family tradition. A little over one-fourth of Germans attend church on Christmas. The Christmas Eve midnight service is a tradition that many people would prefer not to miss. So, here is a list of the best Christmas markets in Germany for 2022 that you can attend and enjoy with your loved ones.

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