17 Amazing German Christmas Markets

Germany is one of the best places to visit in Europe over the festive period because every village, town, and city across the country hosts its own unique Christmas Market.

In Frankfurt, modernity meets tradition, while in the Ravenna Gorge in the heart of the Black Forest, you can revel in a Christmas market set in the great outdoors.

To inspire your Germanic getaway, here are the best Christmas markets in Germany to visit.


The first Christmas Markets in Germany is thought to be the Vienna Dezembermarkt (December Market) that dates back to around 1296.

A Brief History of German Christmas Markets

Santa has a huge bundle of gifts while Krampus has a huge bundle of birch sticks meant to swat naughty children.

A Note About Krampus in Germany

1. Marienplatz, Munich

The Christmas market of Marienplatz is one of Munich’s best and is voted year after year as one of the best traditional Christmas markets in Germany.

2. Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

The German capital, Berlin, is well known for its iconic Christmas markets, and the city is home to some of the best in the country.

3. Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg

This is one of the most impressive Christmas Markets in all of Germany and it did not disappoint when we visited it.  It was like something out of a fairy tale.

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