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If there was one time of year you should come to Germany, winter would be it. Yes, it’s cold and often gloomy but with the approach of the Christmas season, comes the warmth of the holiday spirit and a warm cup of Glühwein surrounded by friends and family.

Towns, villages and cities throughout Germany deck out their city centers in the most vibrant, jolly, Christmas decorations and line up rows upon rows of adorably decorated wooden stalls filled with the most exciting Christmas gifts and goodies!

The smell of roasted chestnuts, spiced red wine with Jack Frost nipping at your nose truly bring the spirit of Christmas alive in the towns across Germany.

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Germany is one of the best European destinations to visit in the winter. We have thousands of Christmas Markets around the country, we have picturesque towns coated in white fluffy snow doubling that magical Disney-esque appeal and mountainous peaks worthy of skiing every day! 


November 24 – December 27, 2017

Located just 30 minutes outside of Regensburg, this Christmas market can be found at the Kuchlbauer Brewery surrounding the artistically, unique Hundertwasser Tower designed by the famous Viennese artist Friedrich Hundertwasser.

There is so much to do here, there is bound to be something for everyone! From horse-carriage rides to a ride on the Christmas train, live music as well as plenty of stalls offering unique artisan crafts and gifts.

After a stroll through the Christmas market and you have filled up on Bratapfel Glühwein, meander through the Kunst Haus (Art House) which is dedicated to the life of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his artwork making this Christmas market especially loved by those with children!

  • Mon. & Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m


November 27 – December 22, 2017

Germany's Magical Christmas Markets - Heidelberg's Romantic Christmas Market, Germany - Heidelberg Weihnachtsmarkt - California Globetrotter (18)

By far one of the most romantic Christmas markets in Germany, this one is bound to encourage some smooching with your lover. With 140 stalls spread out in 6 locations across the town, with the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle perched above the town, this market is likely to leave you breathless.

Just beneath  the castle at Karlsplatz is an ice skating rink perfect for young and old to relish in the holiday joy. For those who prefer to watch, they can sip on a cup of warm Glühwein near the rink or shop around at one of the many “Old World” stalls.

Or if you’re looking for a unique experience, head up to the Heidelberg Castle and peruse the Castle Christmas Market!


December 1st – December 24, 2017

Exploring Nuremberg's Christmas Market - California Globetrotter

Of all the festive Christmas markets that fill every town center in every major city throughout Europe, Nuremberg’s Christkindlmarkt is one of the most famous and if you had to choose ONE, this would be the one to visit!

With over 200 stalls, a unique Christkind opening ceremony on the Friday before the first Advent, historic Lebkuchen and Nuremberger sausages, what else could possibly be better?

The historic market sits in front of the Frauenkirche while Gold Angels watch over the market, there is an international Sister Cities market as well as a Children’s Christmas Market where you can even have your picture taken with Santa!


November 27 – December 23, 2017

Slightly overlooked by its other more popular neighbors of Munich or Nuremberg, the Regensburg Christmas Market offers plenty to entice you to come for a visit! With four different markets located throughout the town, including at the Thurn & Taxis Castle, each with its own unique character, there is bound to be something for everyone making for one magical affair!

The main market surrounding the Neupfarrkirche with St. Stephan’s Cathedral off in the distance offers the most bustling, focal point of all the markets. Here you can enjoy watching glass-blowing, live music and two children’s carousel.

Christmas music, toys, arts and crafts, Christmas decorations and the sweet wafting scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere perfect for the whole family.


December 2nd – December 23rd, 2017

For a unique one of a kind Christmas market, head on down to Lake Tegern outside of Munich for an off-the beaten path, upscale Christmas market. In this region alone, there are 6 different options to visit a market, but two are the most memorable.

Upon arrival in Tegernsee, check out the Christmas Market at the Castle which is small and quaint but offers some pretty unique gifts, such a hand carved wood figured  or ornaments.

02.- 03.12. / 09.-10.12. / 16.-17.12.2017: Christmas Castle Market Tegernsee
Sat./Sunday 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

When you’re done, hop aboard the shuttle boat which will take you to the other side of the lake to the most magical market, with wooden huts lined along the banks of the river offering posh food and luxury gifts. Here, if Glühwein isn’t your thing, sip on a glass of champagne while perusing the stalls or warming your hands at one of the open fire pits.

02.- 03.12. / 09.-10.12. / 16.-17.12./ 23.12.2017: Rottacher Advent
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.


November 29 – December 23, 2017

Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt - Stuttgart, Germany - California Globetrotter

One of the oldest Christmas Markets in all of Europe first mentioned in 1692, the Stuttgart Christmas Market is by far one of the most beautiful in Germany! It is also one of the largest with 290 beautifully decorated stalls spread throughout the entire city center offering everything from hand crafted knickknacks to a wide variety of food enchanting some 3.5 million visitors each year.

Visitors have a chance to enjoy live concerts daily, a children’s fairy tale land with carousel, a real steam engine train and so much more! It’s illuminations are incomparable to any other market and you won’t want to miss it!


November 28th – December 22nd, 2017

After you’ve visited your far share of Christmas markets, they all begin to look and feel the same, but Esslingen’s MEDIEVAL Christmas Market will raise the bar. Banners and flag, gypsies and pirates, blacksmiths and glass-makers take you back in time. Fire lit torches light up the night, warm honey mead, Glühbier or Glühwein in clay cups keep you warm as you stroll from one tent to the next. The medieval town tall and all the half-timbered houses are the backdrop of this unique Christmas market. Jugglers, street artists and musicians liven up the atmosphere as you shop through self-crafted, handmade items. 

Stay tuned as I add more Christmas Markets in 2017 to this post!

If you’re interested in visiting Germany and are looking for more information, I highly recommend using the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide or the Lonely Plant Travel Guide! Without these guides, I would be lost! These are my travel Bibles!










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  1. I love Christmas markets in Germany. I’ve been to the ones in Munich and Nuremberg but I would love to travel to Germany during the Christmas season again and explore some of these as well. #wanderfulwednesday

  2. Last year I did the closest thing I could to traveling during the holiday season … traveling just after Christmas but before the new year. I’d love to visit in December and see the markets when they are in full swing, but traveling just before Christmas probably won’t ever happen. I was glad to see a few markets (and trees!) still up when I got there last year though. It was definitely an experience trying gluhwein and roasted chestnuts for the first time! And seeing the krampus! ? ? ?

  3. One of my dreams is to visit at least one of the German Christmas markets! They just look so incredibly festive and perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit!

  4. I love German Christmas markets! (I say, having never been to one in Germany)… I’ve gone to Germany-style Christmas markets in England though. I hope that counts. Thanks for letting me relive it all!#wanderfulwednesday

  5. I haven’t been to any of the markets on your list – but I love the German Christmas Markets nonetheless! We visited Munich’s last year and enjoyed bratwurst and wine in the snow by the town hall. It was so wonderful. 😀

  6. Ooh yes, Germany has the best Christmas markets I am sure. I went to a huge one in Stuttgart some years ago and it was so much fun. We even had a little flurry of snow and I think that makes the experience extra special. Thanks so much for sharing the fun on #FarawayFiles Lolo!

    1. I also went to the Stuttgart market a few years ago and hope to go back this year and really explore it as last time I was helping a friend move there and barely saw anything! And yes, when it snows the magic really comes alive!

  7. I LOVE Germany around the holidays! It’s so festive and fun. You’ve gotten to see so many great markets and reveal some of the smaller lesser known ones! Really getting me in the Holiday spirit 😀

  8. I do think Germany has some of the world’s best Christmas Markets. Great that you’ve picked some of the lesser-known ones. I like the sound of the one at Tegernsee. Thanks so much for linking this up to #FarawayFiles

  9. Tis the Season! They are setting up the Christmas Market here in Glasgow just now but I’m sure it’s nothing in comparison to Germany! Every year I say I will fly over in December just to see the markets. May this will be the year! #FarawayFiles

  10. Now this has put me in a festive mood. Gluhwein, pretty towns and smooching – what’s not to love. I really must ‘do’ a Christmas market. We have some in the UK but I keep telling myself that a German one would be so worth going to.

  11. I used to sell Christmas holiday packages to Germany all the time and have been seeing all the different Christmas markets that my clients can find there on our brochures. I feel so jealous of them. It’s in my bucket list. 🙂

  12. Love the German christmas markets! This has added quite a few to my list. Nuremberg is my favorite for sure. Heading to Colgone and Brussels this year for the markets. #farawayfiles

  13. This post makes me so nostalgic! I visited my first German Christmas market in Heidelberg last year, and I fell head over heels. I had never felt so much Christmas spirit before! I wish I were back there this holiday season! I’d love to hit up all the places you wrote about 🙂

  14. I’ve never been to the Christmas Market in Germany, but I hope that changes this year. Fingers crossed. 🙂 #WanderfulWednesday

  15. This is something that I’ve always wanted to do! Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten the chance to go to Germany yet. Love your pictures and pinterest graphic, definitely pinning for later 🙂

  16. I’d love to visit Stuttgart christmas market someday. This year though, I am excited that I will be visiting the Frankfurt christmas market in Birmingham.

  17. I always tell myself I’ll go to Heidelberg for the Christmas market, but somehow, I never make it. Maybe this year will be different! All the markets definitely make the cold, dark days of winter in Germany much more warm and cozy.

  18. I always wonder of each of these markets is pretty much the same with some small differences — this one has stöllen everywhere and that one has pfeffernusse, etc. So nice over view of what each one offers and which are more unique.

  19. I really thought this year would be the year I finally visit a German Christmas market, but unless I get some surprise plane tickets, it doesn’t look that way 🙁

  20. This is one of my dreams: to go visit some of Germany’s Christmas markets. I’ve only been in Munich for Christmas, but as your post reflects, there are so many other charming markets across Germany. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  21. This really helps me get in the Christmas spirit. I can’t believe its that time of year already. Maybe one of these years I will be able to make it to one of the Christmas markets in Germany.

  22. Would love to see some of the Christmas markets in Germany some time, I really enjoyed the Austrian and Czech ones I went to last year. Fantastic shot of Heidelberg there too with the castle in the background. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  23. This is a great round-up with some amazing pictures.
    We’re heading to Bruges next month for the Christmas market but after reading this I feel a new Christmas tradition coming on and Germany is next on the list for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  24. There really is nowhere like Germany for Christmas Markets- I have very fond memories of wandering around them with gluhwein during the year I lived there. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  25. Have you been to the one on the island at Chiemsee, if not, definitely definitely go to that one, it’s beautiful! If you are really organised, I would book to stay on the only gasthof there for the night so you can make the most of your time there and enjoy it! I will miss the markets when we move on! 🙂

  26. Lovely post. I loved your photos, especially the one in Heidelberg framing the castle. I have just spent a few hours in Cologne and agree that German Christmas markets are brilliant. My favourite however is in Salzburg – similar in many ways to Heidelberg. #CityTripping

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