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German Christmas Markets that put you in the right mood

Every year from late November, many German towns are illuminated by glittering Christmas lights and on every street corner you’ll find local crafts and delicacies. Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere at the Germany “Christkindlesmarkt” in any of these nine delightful cities as Christmas approaches this year.

Foods and snacks are popular at the German christmas markets. Photo: ShutterstockGerman Christmas markets attract plenty of visitors each year – and they are certainly a great way to get you in the Christmas mood. You can find similar markets in many places around Europe. But this type of Christmas Market actually originated in Germany.

The markets are a significant part of the Yuletide Season in Germany. Traveling there with your partner would be a wonderful romantic start to the holiday celebrations. You can enjoy delightful entertainment, do some Christmas shopping and sip a warming Glühwein. Naturally, it's also a great idea to take the whole family – there are plenty of things for children to do and see.

Below is our list of nine Germany cities with fantastic Christmas Markets.

Broad range of markets in Berlin

You can pick and choose between a remarkable 60 different Christmas Markets in Berlin. Gendarmenmarkt is considered to have a really wonderful market, but the most impressive is probably Berliner Weinachtszeit on Alexanderstrasse. However, the Christmas Market on Gendarmenmarkt is considered to be the most beautiful and most popular market in Berlin, and runs from 25 November – 31 December.

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Stollen Parade in Dresden

The Christmas Market in Dresden may be the oldest in Germany, but it's probably most famous for its Stollenfest. On the Saturday before the second Sunday of Advent, an enormous stollen, a fruit bread with nuts, spices, and dried or candied fruit, all coated with powdered sugar, is paraded through the city streets. Everyone gets to taste a bit afterwards. Naturally, the market is well worth visiting, even outside Stollenfest. It all started here in 1434.

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Magical Christmas Market at the castle in Nuremberg

In the old square below the castle, small wooden stalls with red and white striped canopies make a picturesque sight. Nuremberg Christmas Market has some 180 stalls and attracts over two million visitors each winter. This is probably the most celebrated of all the Christmas Markets in Germany. When darkness falls, if anything, the square takes on an even more fairy tale and enchanted appearance.

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Historic in Hamburg

In Hamburg, you can find some wonderful markets with a real sense of history.The Christmas Market on Rathausmarkt is actually called “the Historic Christmas Market” and is located in the oldest part of the city. St Petri Christmas Market is held outside Hamburg's oldest church, St Petri.

Hamburg Christmas Markets

Date: 25 November – 25 December.

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Stuttgart - a market for traditionalists

The Christmas Market in Stuttgart is both very large and very popular. According to the organizers, it is the most traditional of the German markets.Christmas music, plenty of decorations and delicious food are guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.https://www.bemytravelmuse.com/best-christmas-markets-near-stuttgart-germany/

Stuttgart Christmas Markets

Date: 27 November – 23 December.

German and Finnish Christmas Markets in Hanover

The largest Christmas Market in Hanover is in the area around Market Church and has 150 superbly decorated stalls that sell Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys and other arts and crafts. There’s also a puppet theater and storyteller to entertain children. On Ballhofplatz, you can even experience a Finnish Christmas Market. As Finland claims to be the home of Father Christmas, this can appeal to families with children.

Hanover Christmas Markets

Impressive crafts in Düsseldorf

There are several Christmas Markets to pick and choose from in Düsseldorf. The most popular is probably the Christmas Market held on Marktplatz each year. The stalls have wonderfully crafted products for visitors. A perfect place to find that extra special Christmas present. If you’d like to listen to Christmas stories and see other Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf, you can book a Ho-Ho-Ho Hopping Tour with a guide who takes you round the various markets.

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Frankfurt’s giant Christmas Market

The giant Christmas Market in Frankfurt has a very long history and has been held for over 600 years. The market's hallmark is a gigantic Christmas tree in the middle of the square.The market closes on 22 December but if you are still in the city on Christmas Eve, you can experience something quite magical. At 5pm, the bells in ten of the city's churches, 50 church bells in total, ring out together.

Frankfurt Christmas markets

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Medieval magnificence in Munich

There are plenty of delightful Christmas Markets in Munich. Residenz Christmas Village is in the inner courtyard of a royal palace, which gives the whole market a genuinely magical framing.If you want to step back in time, the Munich Medieval Christmas Market is something absolutely special. Here, you can buy your own drinking horn and all sorts of different hand-made craft objects. There's even a Christmas Market at Munich Airport – perfect if you’re only changing planes there.

Munich Christmas Markets

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