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Germany is known for its extravagant and super beautiful Christmas Markets.  Fairytale experiences all over, no matter where you go.  It is incredibly difficult to choose between them as they are all showered in the Christmas Magic Atmosphere.  No matter which Christmas Market in Germany you go to, you will get that Magical-Christmas-in-Germany-Feeling in your heart and you will want to go back again and again.

Here are a few of our favorite Christmas Markets in Germany

1. Frankfurt

This year it is taking place from 27 November – 21 December 2023.

Frankfurt Germany Christmas Market

The Frankfurt Christmas market in the historic quarter of the city around Römerburg and Paulsplatz is magical.  Normally the market is between the last week of November and the week just before Christmas.

Travel Tip

It is always best to check online before you go to any market.  Check directly with the specific markets’ website, as some of the other smaller travel websites do not always get around to changing their information on time.  This way you will be sure to get the most relevant and updated information needed for your trip

Set against the backdrops of Römerberg and Paulsplatz it is said to make Frankfurt Christmas market one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world.

Location:

Römerberg, Paulsplatz, Mainkai, Hauptwache, Friedrich-Stoltze-Platz

Opening hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

This video says it best:

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2. Cologne

Taking place from 23 November to 23 December 2023.

The Cologne Christmas Markets will definitely impress you.  The market in front of the famous Cologne Cathedral receives millions of visitors each year and the Christmas tree is usually very impressive.

On their website (link above) you will find a map to all the markets as well as information on travel, history, and the opening dates for each market.

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There are some beautiful places to stay near the Christmas Market, from where you can explore the city and enjoy late evening strolls.

Where to stay near the Cologne Christmas Market

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The 10 best hotels near the Cologne Christmas Market. Find one you love and book early.

3. Leipzig

From 28 November to 23 December 2023

The Leipzig Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in the City Centre, Marktplatz (Market Square) is huge.  The Classic Christmas Market stretches all the way from the famous Augustusplatz to Petersstrasse and is one of the oldest Christmas Markets in Germany (dating back to 1458).  Still, it never disappoints at all;  in fact the sparkle grows stronger each year.  (Video below)

Location:

The market square in the middle of Leipzig’s historic old town.

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4. Dresden

From 29 November to 24 December 2023

Dresden’s Striezelmarkt is one of the largest Christmas markets and offers a wide variety of delights for the young and the old. 

With attractions like the Stollen festival (‘Stollenfest’) and a Christmas Bakery, they capture the magic of Christmas for the children especially.

“Visitors to Dresden’s Striezelmarkt can look forward to the children‘s discovery zone – a great source of fun for the young and old, with the Wichtelhaus (‘elves’ house’), Plaumentoffelhaus and Knusperhaus, or the Christmas bakery. The themed houses are joined by a children’s railway and enchanted forest as integral parts of the discovery zone.

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On the days after the official opening, the Striezelmarkt’s Santa opens a new window of the Advent calendar every day at 4.15pm, as Christmas Eve gets closer and closer. Meanwhile, the puppet theatre, has lots of funny and exciting fairy tales and stories to tell.”

Where to stay

No matter where in the world you are this Christmas, make time and spend a while at a Christmas market.  Soak up the atmosphere and recharge your batteries with the showers of love and peace.

Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe

This hotel lies in Neumarkt square, in the heart of Dresden.

And then there is Seiffen, the hidden gem of the Christmas Markets in Germany

Known to many as “the Toy village – Kurort Seiffen”…

  • Seiffen is famous for its woodwork, particularly the intricate wooden Christmas decorations and toys. You’ll find beautifully crafted nutcrackers, pyramids, and wooden ornaments at the market. These items make for wonderful souvenirs or gifts.

  • Seiffen is particularly known for its Christmas pyramids, which are wooden carousel-like structures adorned with miniature figures and candles. These pyramids are a symbol of the region’s craftsmanship and are a must-see at the market.

While you're there, You can:

  • Tour the Toy Museum: Kurort Seiffen is known for its long history of toy making. We suggest a visit to the Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum) where visitors can learn about the region’s toy-making traditions and see an impressive collection of vintage toys.
  • The Church of St. Wolfgang in Kurort Seiffen is a lovely place to attend Christmas services or simply appreciate its architectural beauty and serene atmosphere.

Overall, Kurort Seiffen offers a delightful and authentic Christmas experience with its rich traditions, wooden craftsmanship, and festive atmosphere.  And if you’re lucky and it snows while you’re there, you’ll have all the magic of Christmas you need…

From:  December 1 – 23, 2023

Where to stay in Seiffen Germany

Where to stay in Seiffen:

There is a charming place called Pension Spielzeughof  that we can recommend, or you might want to, search for more places…

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