German markets are famous around the world, and many travelling markets will tour other countries and set in a new city every week to give locals a taste of what Germany has to offer. At Christmas this is even more popular, since the country is known for its amazing traditional Christmas shops and stalls selling a wide selection of high quality festive decorations, plus amazing seasonal food. The sight, smell and taste of a real German Christmas market are unmatched, so where better to experience it for yourself than some of these places in Germany?
The capital is a great place to start, with over 60 markets to choose from in a typical festive season. Most are within minutes’ walk of each other so you can tour round to see everything that’s on offer. Some specialise in gifts, others food, and some are packed with live entertainment and music.
The grand, gothic Cologne Cathedral is the site of the city’s biggest and most popular market in the month running up to Christmas. The air will be filled with the scent of spiced mulled wine and the sound of traditional carols, plus the central Christmas tree is known for being spectacularly big!
This popular destination is spectacular all year round, but its huge Christmas market takes it to the next level! The impressive town hall is at the centre of the main annual market, and from here you can see it in all its glory. You can also visit several different markets across the city, with more traditional, medieval-themed ones to the much more modern.
Having been held in the town for over 570 years, Dresden’s Striezelmarkt is the oldest in the country and runs until Christmas Eve. There are many traditional foods and gifts available here, plus if you visit on the second Saturday of Advent, you’ll see the annual revealing of an enormous Christmas cake, which is sliced and shared out as part of an essential tradition.