For European Christmas markets that really stand out from the rest, Germany is one of the best winter destinations. Whether you are looking for a romantic Christmas market getaway in a village or a vibrant full-blown festivity across a city, Germany has it all. Stock up on gingerbread, bratwurst and mulled wine and explore the twinkling streets. German Christmas markets don't do anything by half, so expect an incredible atmosphere mixed with more unique and authentic stalls than you could ever hope to see in just one visit.
There are hundreds of Christmas markets that can be found all over Germany but three of of the biggest are located in Berlin, Cologne and Munich. When planning your holiday to Germany, see if you can pay a visit to more than one. This way you can double the amount of festivities, mulled wine and unique Christmas gifts. The Christmas markets in Berlin are plentiful. Over 60 individual markets are dotted across the vibrantly lit city. In Munich, the Christmas markets stick to their 14th century roots while Cologne Christmas markets are guarded by folklore goblins to ensure that there are no mass produce goods in sight. Don't forget about Düsseldorf and Hamburg too – the choices really are endless.
Most German Christmas markets start in the third week of November. Dates may vary depending on the day of the week but typically begin any time between the 21st and 24th. The ending date of the Christmas markets are different in different cities. Most finish December 23rd, while others, such as the Berlin Christmas market, stay open right through until New Year's Eve.
Every stall on a German Christmas market is brimming with traditional and handmade goods for sale. However, these European Christmas markets aren't just about unique gifts. In Berlin you can ride on one of the longest toboggan runs in Europe while in Munich you can enjoy a Christmas concert given from the town hall's balcony. Cologne's main markets are themed and visitors are enticed across the city by stilted street performers.
In any German Christmas market it is impossible to resist the sweet smell of gingerbread and the smoke from grilled sausages. Wherever you are in the country, make sure to sample as many of the local delicacies as possible. If you're looking for some unique Christmas gifts to take home, take a look at the traditional wood carvings in Munich or the authentic embroideries in Berlin.
In Germany you are spoilt for choice with the Christmas markets on offer. Whichever German Christmas markets you decide to visit, booking with easyJet holidays lets you choose a flexible deal that suits you. Book with a brand that you can trust and save extra money by organising the flight and hotel together.