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Christmas Market in Weiden. (Photo by Dale Jones)

 

 

By Johanna Lohwasser

 

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While the seasons change and leaves start to fall, imagine Medieval castles illuminated by Christmas lights and small stalls offering everything from traditional food, candy and drinks to handmade local tree decorations, candles and hand-crafted wooden toys like vintage merry-go-rounds.

 

Germany is home of the ‘Christkindlmarkt,’ or Christmas market. These festive markets offer traditional delights for your senses. Aromas of Gluehwein (spiced mulled wine), Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and sausage fill the air as you wander through the cold markets, soaking up the festive atmosphere of the Christmas season again. You cannot find a better place to enjoy it than a snowy winter in Germany!

 

Go ditch the mall, and make the journey to a Christmas market, where you can exchange crowded department stores for lovely wooden chalets and experience a down-to-earth holiday cheer. Some of these street markets date back to the late Middle Ages and can be found throughout Germany — both in big cities and small villages alike. Traditional and popular elements of the holiday season are combined and topped with a good number of regional highlights.

 

Below you can find a hand-picked selection of Christmas markets — most within a three hours’ drive from Grafenwoehr. It includes some of the largest, oldest and most beautiful markets in Germany, as well as Austria and the Czech Republic. This list also includes local markets in Grafenwoehr’s neighboring communities and some very unique markets, such as the one around Auerbach’s iron ore mine. Some of the markets held in castles or other special locations charge admission fees. Children often get discounts or free admission, and some might offer discounts for soldiers or DOD affiliated personnel. Just be sure to ask.

 

If you are interested in smaller and local markets, pay attention to the dates.  Some are open for a single day or weekend only. Most markets are open from noon until approximately 8 p.m. Some Christmas markets may have longer opening hours on weekends. Larger markets that run until December 23 or 24 will usually close by noon on the last day.

 

For more Christmas markets locations, visit the German listing site, and look for the A to Z drop-down menu on the left side of the page.

 

Large Christmas Markets
 ZIP location dates entrance fee
Nuremberg 90403 Hauptmarkt Dec 1 – Dec 24 free
Regensburg 93047 Neupfarrplatz Nov 27 – Dec 23 free
Munich 80331 Marienplatz Nov 27 – Dec 24 free
Prague 110 00 – CZ Praha 1, downtown Dec 2 – Jan 01 free
Dresden 01067 Muenzgasse Nov 29 – Dec 24 free
Stuttgart 70174 Marktplatz and Schillerplatz Nov 29 – Dec 23 free
Salzburg 5020 -AT Salzburg Nov 23 – Dec 26 free
Innsbruck 6020 -AT Innsbruck, city centre Nov 15 – Jan 6 free
Berlin 10117 Gendarmenmarkt 1 Nov 27 – Dec 31 1,00 €
 
Unique Christmas Markets
Vilseck-Sorghof Waldweihnacht (forest market) 92249 Sorghof / Vilseck,
17:00 pm meeting behind fire dept
Dec 16, 5:00 pm free
Auerbach Iron Ore Mine 91275 Cherrystrasse, follow signs, bus shuttle P+R Dec 09 – Dec 10 3,00 €
Bayreuther Winterdorf 95444 Maximilianstr. 12-14 Oct 19 – Dec 31 free (special days with admission)
Castle Guteneck 92543 Schlossberg 1 Nov 25 – Dec 17

(Fri, Sat, Sun only)

4,00 – 6,00 €
Regensburg Thurn & Taxis 93047 Emmeramsplatz 5 Nov 29 – Dec 23 2.00 – 9,50€
Zirndorf Castle Gut Wolfgangshof 90513 Weitersdorfer Str. 22 Nov. 24 – Dec. 17

(Fri, Sat, Sun only)

1,00 – 6,00 €
Kuchlbauer’s Tower Christmas Abensberg 93326 Römerstr 9 Nov 24 – Dec 22

(Wed.-Sun. only)

free
Rothenburg ob der Tauber Reiterlesmarkt 91541 Downtown Nov 30 – Dec 23 free
German-American Christmas Market Pullman City 94535 Eging am See Dec. 15 – Dec. 17 5,00 €
Munich Pink Christmas Market 80337 Stephansplatz Nov 24 – Dec 23 free
Tollwood Winter Festival Munich 80336 Theresienwiese

München

Nov 23 – Dec 23

(Nov 26 closed)

market is free
Castle Koenigstein 01824 Downtown Dec 2 – Dec 17 (Sat & Sun only) 8,00  €
Garmisch-Patenkirchen 82467 Richard-Strauss-Square Nov 25 – Dec 23 free
Local Christmas Markets
Grafenwoehr 92655 Marktplatz Dec 9 free
Pressath 92690 Schulstrasse Dec 3 free
Eschenbach 92676 Downtown Dec 3 free
Freihung 92271 Festplatz am Harranger Dec 2 free
Kirchenthumbach 91281 Market Square Dec 9 free
Vilseck Burg Dagestein 92249 Schlossgasse 6 Dec 9 – Dec 10 free
Vilseck / Sorghof Waldweihnacht 92249 Auerbacher Str. 16 Dec 16 free
Weiden 92637 Downtown Nov 30 – Dec 23 free
Castle Wildenreuth 92681 Downtown Dec 9 – Dec 17

(Saturday and Sunday only)

2,00 – 5,00 €
Neustadt a.d. Waldnaab 92660 Stadtplatz Nov 26 free
Schnaittenbach 92253 Rathaus Dec 2 – 3 free
Edelsfeld 92265 Downtown Dec 10 free
Hahnbach 92256 Pfarrplatz Nov 26-27 free
Hirschau 92242 Market Square Dec 3 free
Königstein 92281 Downtown Dec 2 free
 Kemnath  95478  Stadtplatz 38 Dec 8  free
Amberg 92224 Market Square Dec 1 – 23 free
Sulzbach-Rosenberg 92237 Luitpoldplatz Nov 30 – Dec 23

(Thursday – Sunday)

free
Bayreuth 95444 Market Square Nov 24 – Dec 23 free
Neumarkt i.d. OPf. 92318 Rathausplatz Nov 30 – Dec 23 free
Garmisch 82467 Richard-Strauss-Platz 1 until Dec 23 free
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