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There are few towns or cities in Germany which managed to survive the Second World War practically unscathed and Regensburg is one of the lucky ones. The town is already incredibly picturesque with small winding alleys zigzagging every which way and a glorious cathedral dominating over the city making you feel like you’re stepping back 2,000 years in time.

Yet, when Christmas comes around, the town becomes even more remarkably beautiful with Christmas stalls snuggled up against the Neupfarrkirche with their red and white stripped roofs and twinkling lights shining brightly. Best of all? Regensburg’s Christmas Market won the “Best Christmas City” for Christmas lights in 2017, making it for sure, one of the best Christmas Markets in Germany!

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What makes Regensburg special is that there are 4 markets spread throughout the town. Visit the more traditional and most popular market in the main square or stroll through Lucrezia Markt for handcrafted items. If you’re looking for a special market with a plethora of unique items and gifts, consider a visit to the Thurn and Taxis Christmas Market for an unforgettable experience! But, don’t forget to do your fair share of sightseeing in Regensburg while you’re here! Stop by the impressive Regensburg Cathedral, one of the main things to see in Regensburg, and admire the unique mismatching features on its facade! Santa showed up while I was walking around!

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Regensburger Christkindlmarkt Neupfarrplatz

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! The market here was first mentioned as far back as 1791 and was recently voted the most popular Christmas market in 2015! The sweet sweet smell of roasted chestnuts, gingerbread cookies and warm mulled red wine wafts through the air and the laughter of children fills the air!

Opening Dates: November 29th – December 23rd, 2018

Neupfarrplatz is the place to be, especially in the evenings when children choir groups perform on the small stage to a crowd of thirsty Glühwein drinkers, usually between 5-6pm. On special days, especially December 6th which is St. Nikolaus Day, you may see St. Nikolaus and Knecht Ruprecht walking around town. 

I was particularly excited to find Glühgold this year! It’s a mixture of white wine, spices and tiny pieces of gold! When I saw it, I knew I had to try it and I must say it was gooood! Too bad it didn’t make me rich though, but it is without a doubt one of the best things to drink at a German Christmas Market!

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Strolling around the Neupfarrplatz market, you’ll find many traditional gifts and souvenirs such as Räuchermann (Smoking men) in different outfits such as Santa, a Bavarian man, cooks and more, as well as other items like ceramic half-timbered houses, Christmas ornaments and decorations, which are all some of the most traditional German Christmas souvenirs you can get at a market!

If you’re wondering what to eat at a German Christmas Market, you’ll also find many wooden stalls which cater to hungry Christmas market goers with a variety of sausages, fish sandwiches, sweet desserts and of course, a plethora of Glühwein stands. Take a stroll around and decide which stall has the prettiest cup if you plan on keeping one as a souvenir! My personal favorite is the cute little boot cups! But don’t stick to just one stall, each one here has a different cup and there are many to choose from!

There are also two carousels for the little ones to ride around on. A smaller carousel for the little little tots and a slightly larger and more elegant one that every adult wishes they could ride on but can’t.

**Special Tip: After you have strolled around the Neupfarrplatz Christmas market, head to the Galleria Kaufhof. Head to the top floor to their restaurant which has a balcony on the rooftop for the most amazing view not just over the Christmas Market but even a great full frontal view of the majestic Regensburg Cathedral. For the first time, beginning in 2017, you can now enjoy a cup of Glühwein while enjoying the view from the top!

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. I personally think we have some of the sweetest Christmas lights in Germany!

Lucreziamarkt at Kohlenmarkt & Haidplatz

Opening Dates: November 30th – December 23rd, 2018

In a small square near the Rathaus (city hall) is the Kohlenmarkt Christmas market, also named the Lucreziamarkt. Between these two markets, craftsmen and women set up their own stalls and sell handmade Christmas gifts.

It’s here that you can find Glühbier, one of the most unique things to drink at a German Christmas Market. It’s warm malted beer with an interesting taste. Glühbier is definitely one of those things that you either love or hate and it’s certainly not everyone’s cuppa tea! But I do love it!

Afterwards, stroll up towards the Rathaus, for a great photo op in front of the big tree before heading to the Haidplatz Christmas market. The tree is its most beautiful in the evening when the lights are turned on! 

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. All gifts sold here are high-quality self-designed items by the merchants.

Krampus in Regensburg

One of the less romantic bits of the Regensburg Christmas Market is when Krampus come to town! They are predominately found in the southern state of Bavaria and their sole purpose is to frighten the sh** out of you while walking around town, stomping their feet and coming up behind unsuspecting people. Krampus are half goat, half demon who, during the Christmas Market season, punishes children who have misbehaved as part of a tradition that dates back to pre-Christian times. Luckily, it’s only once a Christmas season they make an appearance in Regensburg!

Advent Market in the Katharinenspital

Opening Times: November 26th – December 23rd, 2018

After you have hit up several of these markets, it’s worth it to head over the Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge) over the Danube River 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 Glühwine with a sugar cube and rum lit on fire! Definitely worth a try if you’re looking to go wild and one of the coolest things to drink at a Christmas Market! 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!

Romantic Christmas Market at the Schloss Thurn & Taxis 

Opening Times: November 28th to December 23rd, 2018

The palace is still home to a noble German family and therefore it’s not often that visitors can stroll through the palace grounds freely, however there are a few times a year it does open to the public. The most magical time to visit the Thurn and Taxis Castle is during the Christmas market season when the grounds are turned in a romantic playground for hopeless romantics.

You will have to pay a small fee to enter, but trust me, it’s worth it for the unique gifts you can find here that you won’t find anywhere else! While here, enjoy a the Champagne Pavilion where you can even find Bulleit (a Kentucky Bourbon) mixed with apple juice and cinnamon, take a stroll through the park with twinkling lit paths or even admire the llamas. 

On special occasions, Princess Gloria from Thurn and Taxis will make an appearance, either by opening the market or by doing a special reading of a Christmas story.

Fit pits are sporatically located throughout the market either the stand around and warm up or sit down and have a chat by the fire. Either way, you’ll leave smelling like my favorite winter smell! You’ll find that the market spreads to every crevice of the castle, all the warm to the far back tower and into the inner courtyard. 

OPENING HOURS

Sunday – Wednesday 12pm – 10pm, Thursday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm

PRICES

  • Monday 4€
  • Tuesday – Friday 7 €
  • Saturday – Sunday 9,50€
  • Children & disabled 2,00€

If you’re able to stay in Regensburg later in the evening, consider visiting the market between 9-11pm and the entrance fee drops to 2€ and the crowds are less making for a more intimate experience. 

Having lived here for several years and having had quite a few friends and family come for a visit, I know all the best hotels for the best stay!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Eurostars Park Hotel Maximilian – By far the most impressive hotel in Regensburg with a soft yellow and white stucco facade, the hotel offers absolute comfort and class in the heart of the Old Town!

⭐⭐⭐⭐- Hotel Bischofshof am Dom – Located just feet from the Regensburg Cathedral, you’ll be right in the heart of the city center. With large and luscious beds, you’ll have a comfortable sleep! We loved it so much, we decided to have our City Hall Wedding lunch here!

⭐⭐⭐ – Star Inn Hotel Regensburg Zentrum, by Comfort –  an affordable and comfortable stay, near the Main Station and only a 5 minute walk from the city center!

⭐⭐ – Brook Lane Hostel – Don’t let the stars turn you away from this comfortable hostel, down a small alley in the heart of the city center. I stayed

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

 

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Replies to Regensburg’s Christkindlmarkt

  1. I have only been to Christmas markets in NY and I love them. Hope to visit some in Europe at some point. The Christmas decorations in your pictures are so lovely. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  2. Another charming German Christmas market Lorelei! You’re definitely spoilt for choice aren’t you! Wonderful photos. Frohe Weihnachten 🙂 #TheWeeklyPostcard

  3. I love a Christmas market. We are in the UK at the moment and there is one down the road from where we are staying! Mulled wine please!! #theweeklypostcard

  4. No one does Christmas markets like the Germans, right! I have visited quite a lot of German Christmas markets over the last few years and absolutely loved them all, without exception (I think Hamburg and Hannover were my favourites). This one looks spectacular too!!
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  5. So pretty with the snow, but oh my goodness it looks cold. The Krampus tradition is bizarre, it seems more suited to Halloween that Christmas to me but I find it fascinating hearing about other culture’s ways of celebrating the same period. #citytripping

  6. A Christmas market set in a 500-year-old town sounds amazing! Your pictures make me want to drop everything and visit. It looks so cosy, with so much cool stuff to see. I grew up in Australia where it’s always boiling hot at Christmastime, and we’d watch cartoons and movies about Christmas in the snow and wonder what it would be like. I think I need to get myself to Regensburg! #CityTripping

  7. Germany’s Christmas markets are so wonderful but this sounds especially tempting – particular the gluhbier, never come across that before. The Krampus I have heard about and it is a very weird and slightly freaky tradition! Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  8. WOW! Four Christmas markets in one town! Do you have a special place for all the mugs? Do you bring one with you if you go twice? I’m not sure about that Krampus figure, and I know my boys would HATE that! I’m not even going to tell my younger about that. He’s become more “popular” in recent years. There was even a horror movie about him a few years ago. I can see why! Apparently, NO ONE does Christmas like Germany! #farawayfiles

  9. I love all your posts about the German Christmas markets. They bring back so many memories when from I spent Christmas in Munich almost a decade ago! #farawayfiles

  10. I am so jealous. I love all things Christmas Markets. I must make it over to Europe at Christmas one year to partake in all the fun! What better way to get in the Christmas spirit?

  11. These markets look so cute and festive! I have made it to a single Christmas market this year 🙁 don’t know where the time has gone! Hope to get to one in London next week! #farawayfiles

  12. There are so many things to check out in the market. I like the drinks lit on fire. Are those the love potions? How they taste? I would not like to be scarred by Krampus. I am pretty sure he gets some people. I would be like “what is going on in here?” #FarawayFiles

  13. Do you ever pinch yourself that you live in a fairy tale town? It looks beyond charming in the snow. I love how the German Christmas markets have the special mugs – that snowman one is adorable! AND KRAMPUS. Gah! That is freaky! Thanks for sharing this special market – fun to see it from a local! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
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  14. This looks fabulous, Lori. FOUR Christmas markets in one pretty little German town! Germany sure knows how to do Christmas properly, doesn’t it? I love the traditional stalls here and will be remembering your tip about heading up for the best views. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  15. I would so love to visit Regensburg. First as you can see from my last name, my heritage is German and it is possible some ancestor lived in or near Regensburg, hence the family surname? Being there especially at this time of the year to fully enjoy the Christmas market and all the fun would just be the cherry on the top. Great photos and tips, thanks for sharing.

  16. I’m a huuuuge christmas lover and Regensburg definitely looks like a place I absolutely have to visit next year during christmas season!!! I just hope I won’t meet a Krampus there – I’m absolutely terrified of them! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  17. I love your pictures especially the ones with snow. That’s the true Christmas atmosphere. When I see the market stalls covered with snow. I guess you were there last weekend, right? We were in Dresden Christmas market last Sunday and then it starts snowing. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  18. I think Germany has the most charming Christmas markets in Europe. There is something about their atmosphere that I find very attractive. Besides, the goodies they sell there are so irresistible. I tried some Glühgold at some friends here, in California, believe it or not. Have a Merry Christmas, Lolo!

  19. Oh, what a great surprise! I stayed in Regensburg some years ago for a summer course at the Regensburg university and I have very good memories from the city. Would like to go back someday. The Christmas market looks so nice! Thanks for sharing #TheWeeklyPostcard

  20. This is so amazing! This is the first year I’ve started hearing about these incredible European Christmas markets. Adding to the bucket list for sure! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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