My Christmas Market Wish List

9 Nov

With no major holidays to come before Christmas in Germany, holiday treats and decorations are already popping up everywhere!  Germany is famous for its cozy Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindlesmarkt in German), which are open during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

In anticipation of the festivities to come, here is a quick list of the Christmas Markets I hope to visit.  It might be a little ambitious, but I do have almost a month to get to them all!  Pictures and highlights will follow!

1.  Nuremberg’s Christmas Market

This is one of Germany’s biggest and most famous Christmas Markets and it is just a short train ride away!  I’ll miss the opening ceremony on November 26th, but it is said to be one of the highlights along with a lantern procession with over 1,000 local school children from the Fleischbrücke bridge to the castle on December 9th.

2.  Berlin’s Christmas Markets

Berlin seems to have something for everyone, and a lot of Christmas markets to choose from.  Some of the well-known spots include the WeihnachtsZauber at Gendarmenmarkt square, the Alexanderplatz Christmas Market, as well as a fairly new one at the Charlottenburg Castle.

3.  Bamberg’s Traditional and Medieval Christmas Markets

The Traditional Christmas Market is held on Maximiliansplatz with a Medieval Christmas Market held in the old town, near the Geyerswörth castle.  A “Nativity Trail” also links over 30 public buildings and churches throughout the city.

4. Forchheim’s Advent Calendar and Christmas Market

The medieval city of Forchheim boasts “the most beautiful Advent calendar in the world!”  With a slogan as good as that, I definitely need to check it out!  During the Christmas season the Town Hall is turned into an Advent calendar, and an angel opens a window every night at 6:30 pm.  To top the experience off, Christmas market stands also fill the square  in front of the Town Hall.

5. Regensburg’s Christmas Market

Regensburg’s main Christmas Market is held on the Neupfarrplatz in front of the city’s beautiful cathedral.  Last time I went to the city I visited the major sites, but did not have the time to relax and just enjoy the city itself.  The Christmas Market seems like the perfect excuse to head back!

6.  Augsburg’s Christmas Market

Augsburg’s Christmas Market in front of the Renaissance style Town Hall is said to be one of Germany’s oldest and most famous.  Like Forchheim, the building is transformed into a giant Advent calendar.  The unique tradition of the “Angel Play” (Engelesspiel in German), can be seen every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. from the windows of the Renaissance Town Hall.

7.  Würzburg’s Christmas Market

Würzburg’s main Christmas Market is held in the center of town on the Market Square (Marktplatz).  This is one of my favorite cities so far and being there for the Christmas Market will certainly be an added plus!

8.  Erlangen’s Christmas Market

Last but not least is my new hometown.  Although this may not be a very famous Christmas Market, it will hopefully spice up life in the city’s tiny downtown for a few weeks.

*As a rule of thumb, most Christmas Markets open around the last weekend in November and close on December 23rd or 24th.   Opening Hours often fall between 10 or 11 am until 8 or 9 pm.

If you know of any other cozy Weihnachtsmarkt, or have already visited some of the ones I have listed, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences!

 

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3 Responses to “My Christmas Market Wish List”

  1. Karl November 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Very well written. Informative and interesting; good photo. Now I cannot wait to see some of the future blog pieces about the various markets.

  2. andi November 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    I would recommend the Christmas Market in Dresden: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Striezelmarkt

    • bavariaundercover November 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

      Thanks for the suggestion! I have heard Dresden is a beautiful city and the Christmas Market looks really cozy in the pictures. I will see if I can fit it in!

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