(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|
|Nuremberg||90403||Hauptmarkt||Nov 26 – Dec 24||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
|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
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 –
|Zirndorf Castle Gut Wolfgangshof||90513||Weitersdorfer Str. 22||Dec. 3 – Dec. 19
(Fri, Sat, Sun only)
|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
|Nov 24 – Dec 23||free|
|Castle Koenigstein||01824||Downtown||Nov 27 – Dec 19 (Sat & Sun only)||9€ –
children under 6 are free
|Local Christmas Markets|
|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|
|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|