My favourite German Christmas markets

Growing up Christmas was the most special time of year.

Filled with family time and the magical decorations turning our house into a winter wonderland. One of my favourite things to do in the run up to Christmas is visit the Christmas markets.

There are loads around me locally in the uk. But There is nothing like Christmas in Germany, the tradition of Christmas markets dates back to the 1300s, and today’s markets still echo the charm of this.

There are loads to chose from but I’m going to tell you about my favourite German Christmas markets.

festive holiday season kicks off at the end of  November and runs up until the beginning of January, and includes traditional cookies and cakes such as Lebkuchen and Pfeffernüsse sold in shops and markets, decorative trees and wreaths filling public spaces, and picturesque old towns given the fairy-tale treatment with twinkling lights and glowing candles placed in the windows.

 

my favourite German Christmas markets

 Munich

A spectacle of lights, traditional markets, that take celebrating Christmas to a whole other level. Themed markets in Munich are some of the best Christmas markets in Germany and offer a different take on the traditional celebrations. More than 3,000 lights adorn the 5.3-ton fir tree, the Marienplatz market’s centrepiece. and Advent music is performed live every evening at 5:30 p.m.

BERLIN WEIHNACHTSZAUBER

Location, location, location. The 13th-century German capital has about 60 Christmas markets, but the WeihnachtsZauber draws nearly 60,000 annual visitors to the white-top tented stands. They are surrounded by a trio of historic buildings: the Französischer Dom (or ‘French Cathedral’), the Konzerthaus (which houses the German orchestra

Leipziger Weihnachtsmarkt

Centred around the historic Marketplatz, around 300 stalls, dwarfed by the bulk of the Old Town Hall make up the  market the second oldest in Germany, dating back to 1458. The thick of the market thins out through the adjoining streets with a bombardment of lights, music and parades streaming through it all.

Cologne

Cologne is the winter home to seven Christmas markets, and perhaps the most famous of them can be found directly outside the impressive cathedral on the Roncalliplatz, its 150 seasonal stands serving all the festive fare you could hope or wish for. Some of Cologne’s more memorable locations for markets include Hafen Weihnachtsmarkt, which not only sits on the banks of the Rhine but also, happily, in the grounds of the Chocolate Museum, and the Stadtgarten, which resides in the beer garden of this popular park of the same name.

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