Christmas Market in Weiden. (Photo by Dale Jones)

(Editor’s note: Please be aware that the Christmas markets listed below are still subject to cancelation or modification due to current COVID situations. Be aware of any requirements for proof of vaccination, recovery or negative-test or other COVID-related requirements. Additionally, look for opening and closing times and days as each market is different.)

 

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 to 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 Christmas again. You cannot find a better place to enjoy the season than a snowy winter in Germany!

 

Make the journey to a Christmas market where you will find 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 selection of Christmas markets — most within driving distance from U. S. Army Garrison Bavaria installations. 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 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, but children often get discounts or free admission.

 

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 Dec. 23 or 24 will usually close by noon on the last day.

 

Listings with * next to it have not updated information for the 2021 holiday season. This link will be updated frequently as more cities provide more information.

Large Christmas Markets
 ZIP location dates entrance fee
Nuremberg 90403 Hauptmarkt Nov 26 – Dec 24 free
Regensburg. * 93047 Neupfarrplatz TBD free
Munich 80331 Marienplatz Nov 22 – Dec 24 free
Prague 110 00 – CZ Praha 1, downtown Nov 20 – Jan 06 free
Dresden 01067 Altmarkt Nov 26 – Dec 24 free
Stuttgart 70174 Marktplatz and Schillerplatz Nov 24 – Dec 30 free
Salzburg 5020 -AT Salzburg, Residenzplatz / Domplatz Nov 18 – Jan 1 free
Innsbruck 6020 -AT Innsbruck, city centre Nov 15 – Jan 6 free
Berlin 10117 Gendarmenmarkt 1 Nov 22 – Dec 31 1,00 €
Unique Christmas Markets
Vilseck-Sorghof Waldweihnacht (forest market)* 92249 Sorghof / Vilseck,
17:00 pm meeting behind fire dept
TBD* free
Bayreuther Winterdorf 95444 Maximilianstr. 12-14 Oct 17 – Dec 31 free
Castle Guteneck 92543 Schlossberg 1 Nov 25 -Nov 28

Dec 2 – Dec 5

Dec 9 – Dec 12

Dec 16 – Dec 19

8 €

children under 12 free.

Admission is free for people dressed in the Middle Ages!

Regensburg Thurn & Taxis 93047 Emmeramsplatz 5 Nov 19 – Dec 23 (closed Nov 21) 2.50 –

10,50€

Zirndorf Castle Gut Wolfgangshof 90513 Weitersdorfer Str. 22 Dec. 3 – Dec. 19

(Fri, Sat, Sun only)

1,00 –

7,00 €

Rothenburg ob der Tauber Reiterlesmarkt* 91541 Downtown TBD* free
German-American Christmas Market Pullman City 94535 Eging am See Nov 12 – Dec. 19 Children 4-14: 2,00 €

 

Adults over 15: 12€

Tollwood Winter Festival Munich 80336 Theresienwiese

München

Nov 24 – Dec 23 free
Castle Koenigstein 01824 Downtown Nov 27 – Dec 19 (Sat & Sun only) 9€ –

12€

children under 6 are free

Local Christmas Markets
Grafenwoehr* 92655 Marktplatz TBD* free
Pressath* 92690 Schulstrasse TBD* free
Freihung* 92271 Festplatz am Harranger TBD* free
Kirchenthumbach 91281 Market Square Dec 7 – Dec 8 free
Vilseck Burg Dagestein* 92249 Schlossgasse 6 TBD* free
Vilseck / Sorghof Waldweihnacht 92249 Auerbacher Str. 16 Dec 7 free
Weiden 92637 Downtown Nov 25 – Dec 23 free
Neustadt a.d. Waldnaab 92660 Stadtplatz TBD* free
Edelsfeld* 92265 Downtown TBD* free
Hirschau* 92242 Market Square TBD* free
Amberg* 92224 Market Square TBD* free
Bayreuth 95444 Market Square Nov 15 – Dec 23 free
Neumarkt i.d. OPf.* 92318 Rathausplatz TBD* free
Garmisch 82467 Richard-Strauss-Platz 1 Dec 1 – Jan 10 free

 


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