One of the amazing things about Germany are the Christmas Markets! These are beautiful markets adorned with lights and Christmas decorations where you can listen to Christmas music, buy Christmas gifts and decorations, eat amazing German food and participate in some various activities.
While Christmas Markets originated in Germany there are tons of cities nowadays that host a Christmas Market and I have been to a bunch around Europe. The reason this post is specifically about German Christmas Markets is because if the Christmas Market isn’t in Germany, it’s not a real Christmas Market! I’m biased but it’s true. I’ve found that Christmas Markets in other European countries tend to be more carnival-like and less Christmassy when it comes to the types of things sold at the stands, especially in the UK…
If you’ve never been able to go to a German Christmas Market I’ll share with you some photos of a few markets around Germany.
One of the first Christmas Markets I went to was in Münich and the architecture of the buildings mixed with all of the lights was incredible!
Even the Cathedral was all lit up!
Christmas Markets are usually open for several hours during the day…
…but the markets come alive at night!
Köln is a great city in Germany that has an amazing Cathedral. It was actually my favorite Cathedral in Europe for the longest time until I went to Florence and saw the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, which was just overwhelming! Anyway Köln’s Christmas Market was the last market we went to in Germany.
The stalls are filled with Christmas gifts and decorations, a lot of which are handmade. Sometimes you can even watch the sellers making new items right in their stall!
A great part about the Christmas Markets is they sell Glüwein, which keeps you nice and warm while you’re walking around the stalls. It comes in Christmas themed mugs and glasses that you can choose to return to get your euro (or so) “cup deposit” back OR you can keep them as souvenirs 🙂
German Christmas Markets were my go to for buying lots of unique ornaments and decorations for our Christmas collection. If you ever get the chance to visit I highly recommend it. If you have time to visit a couple of markets thats great! If not go to one of the larger markets in Germany like Dresden (Germany’s oldest market), Köln (Germany’s largest market) or Berlin (Germany’s capital).
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