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Get into the festive spirit at Germany’s Christmas markets

Come Christmas time Germany’s cities just keep on giving, with traditional Christkindlesmarkts taking place up and down the country. You will find local handicrafts and delicacies on almost every street corner, and lashings of warming glühwein.

Berlin’s box of crackers

Berlin is the city that just keeps giving with no fewer than 60 Christmas markets. The magnificent Gendarmenmarkt square is a magical setting for the ever-popular WeihnachtsZauber, with Michelin-starred chefs nowadays taking their place alongside the traditional glass blowers, candle makers and jewelers.

Christmas markets in Berlin


Dresden’s icing on the cake

Dresden’s Christmas market is the oldest in Germany, but its biggest claim to fame is the annual Stollenfest. The Saturday before the second Sunday in Advent sees a giant version of the city’s Christmas cake paraded through the streets. Afterward everyone gets to have a taste.


The not-so-little town of Nuremberg

Nuremberg draws over two million visitors every winter, many of whom no doubt pass through the “little town of wood and cloth” that sits in the heart of the Old Town below the castle, where 180 stalls sell everything from gingerbread to gold-foil angels and the local Zwetschgenmännle or “prune men.”



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