Regensburg’s Christkindlmarkt is especially romantic. I’m so glad I get to call this place home! What makes Regensburg special is that there are 5 markets spread throughout the town.
The main Christmas market snuggly wraps itself around the 500 year old Neupfarrkirche, with the cathedral dominating the skyline, over looking the markets and there are tons of stalls for good food, lots of Glühwein and knickknacks to buy for gifts!
Open from Nov 25-Dec 23rd
Here, you can find one of two carousels for the little ones to ride around on, not far from a Glühwein stand that also offers Eierlikor which is similar to an alcoholic version of Egg Nog!
In this market you can find hand blown Christmas ornaments and figurines while watching the artist work his magic! I could stand here forever in awe and watch him work – not that that’s creepy or anything!
The allies are lit up with romantic Christmas lights, stringing their way around town making for en evening stroll with a loved one incredibly memorable as you make your way from one market to the next.
Kohlenmarkt & Haidplatz
In a small square near the Rathaus (city hall) is the Kohlenmarkt Christmas market. Between these two markets, craftsmen and women set up their own stalls and sell their handmade goods. It’s here that you can find Glühbier. It’s warm malted beer with an interesting taste. I believe it is possibly produced and available every other year. A friend and I stumbled upon it once in 2013, but in 2014 it wasn’t there. This year, the Glühbier was available. I would say it’s definitely worth a try, especially if you’re not big into drinking wine!
Afterwards, stroll up towards the Rathaus, for a great photo op in front of the big tree before heading to the Haidplatz Christmas market.
Once you reach Haidplatz, you will have arrive in one of the most beautiful squares in Regensburg with each building a different color and styles. The small market here, also known as the Lucreziamarket, is the extension of handmade Christmas knickknacks stalls. Here you can find a delicious snack called a Baumstrietzel which is a oven roasted yeast dough covered in cinnamon and sugar.
After you have hit up several of these markets, it’s worth it to head over the Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge) to Spitalgarten, which during the summer is a thriving biergarten. Now, come the holiday season, it is turned into another special Christmas market with lots to offer!
Not only does the Spitalgarten Christmas market have your traditional gifts and Glühwein, but it has much more to offer than other markets throughout Regensburg. Right off the bat, you can enjoy a Feuerzangenbowle which is a Gluhwine with a sugar cube and rum lit on fire! Definitely worth a try if you’re looking to go wild! While also here in this market, you can find Schoko-Churros! As a Californian who grew up with a Mexican influence in food, I was quite excited to find Churros at this market with unlimited chocolate refills for dipping!
One last special qualities of this market is that it offers a great view of the Regensburg Cathedral off in the distance lit up in the night! Oh an of course, you can also find some “Liebezauber” aka Loooove Potion if you need a little help in the romance department!
Schloss Thurn & Taxis Weihnachtsmarkt
The last Christmas market in Regensburg to check out is the Thurn & Taxis Weihnachtsmarkt, if you have some extra time! If you go during the day time, the prices are a bit higher, later in the evening the prices drop, great for those on a budget! Which still gives you 2 hours of walking around! This is a unique feeling Christmas market as you walk around with torch lit walkways and different things to snack on and try. You might even get to see Princess Gloria from Thurn und Taxis and her family like to mix with the guests at this event!
Opening times and Prices
Sunday to Monday – 12:00-10pm
Thursday to Saturday – 12:00-10pm
Monday to Friday – 6,50 Euro
Saturday and Sunday 8,50 Euro
Children (6-16) 2 Euro
Night Time Prices
Sunday-Thursday from 8pm – 3,00 Euro
Friday-Saturday from 9pm – 4,00 Euro
Now, for the grand finale!
If you made it to the end of this blog, then I’ll let you in on a little local’s secret. At the main Christmas market in Neupfarrplatz, there is a large shopping center called Galleria Kaufhof. If you go inside and take the elevator/escalator all the way to the top floor, there is an outside restaurant patio. Go outside and you will enjoy a wonderful view over the entire Christmas market.
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