There are more Christmas Markets held in Germany than in any other European country
Like it or not, the Christmas season is approaching fast and many people like to get in the Christmas spirit by visiting a Christmas Market. There’s no doubt that some of the best Christmas Markets take place in Germany. In fact almost every major town and city in Germany will have a Christmas Market which will be well worth visiting to enjoy some traditional sights, sounds and smells, rather than the commercialised Christmas atmosphere which is hard to escape in most shopping centres in the UK.
Most Christmas Markets start in the last week of November and run through to Christmas Eve or a day or two before. They are usually open every day from 10am to about 8 or 9 pm. With so many Christmas Markets throughout Germany the most difficult choice is which Christmas Market to select. There are wonderful markets in most German towns and cities, but here are details of just a few:-
With over 60 different market sites spread across the German capital, it is safe to say that Berlin Christmas markets are a unique and significant affair. On a Berlin Christmas Market break it is worth exploring a variety of the festive sites as they all display their own distinctive charm and appeal. The market in the Gendarmenmarkt is especially popular for its unique handmade-products. There are also many special delicacies on offer including cheeses from different parts of the world. A great thing is that most of the stalls will allow you to try for free.
The market at Potsdamer Platz is another very popular market, boasting Winter World with its ice rink and huge toboggan run
Illuminated by twinkling fairy lights, the charming Munich Christmas markets enchant visitors from all over the world. The most well-known is the traditional market at Marienplatz right in front of the city’s striking Town Hall. The ambience of a typical German Christmas Market is further enhanced by the aromas of hot chestnuts, grilled sausages and other tasty snacks. Youngsters especially will love the gingerbread biscuits known as Lebkuchen, marzipan figures and other sweets.
The Leipzig Christmas market dates all the way back to 1458 and contains more than 250 stalls in the historic centre, It is not only one of the oldest but also one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. Traditionally, the main area of the Christmas market is Marktplatz (market square). Here visitors can marvel at a Saxon spruce Christmas tree as high as twenty metres, and enjoy a wide variety of performances on the market square stage. In Augustusplatz a 38-metre-high ferris wheel offers seasonal views from a lofty height. The Finnish village in Augustusplatz has become a classic over the years. The enticing scent of smoked salmon and fruity Glögi (a mulled wine made from berries) draws visitors to the Scandinavian tents and stalls.