During the winter months, the streets of Germany come alive with bustling Christmas markets. The outdoor festivals commence the Friday before Advent and showcase everything from German delicacies to local goods and gifts. Zip up your parka, tie your wool scarf, and shine your finest Glühwein mug. Let’s explore the famous German Christmas markets!
Each year, The Stuttgart Christmas Market attracts 4 million visitors from all over the world. The market is so large it’s spread across several squares including Schlossplatz, Schillerplatz, Marktplatz, and Karlsplatz. With over 280 stalls tucked between Stuttgart’s palaces and castles, the market is a must-see for first-time travelers.
The Nuremberg festival thrives on custom. Visitors delight in a 700-year tradition of miniature rostbratwurst (bratwurst) and Nürnberger Lebkuchen (gingerbread cookies). The market is opened each year with the Nuremberg Christkind, a prologue written by a local playwright. Despite a few minor changes, the prologue remains the same each year. It ends with the following stanza, welcoming all to enjoy the Christmas market:
You men and women, who once yourselves were children,
Be them again today, happy as children be,
And now the Christkind to its market calls,
And all who come are truly welcome.
The Frankfurt market dates back to 1393, and it’s traditionally the most medieval of the German markets. Stroll through the German city, listen to live music, drink hot mulled cider, and bite into a local marzipan cookie. The market is located at The Römerberg, in the center of Frankfurt’s Altstadt.
Several markets appear in Berlin during the winter months, but the most popular takes place in central Potsdamer Platz. Visitors can participate in the Winterwelt, an outdoor center that features ice skating, a toboggan run, and Bavarian curling. The Potsdamer Platz attracts more than 3 million visitors each year!
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