Get ready to indulge in the Christmas spirit!
Germany has along history of rich Christmas traditions that live on today through its festive holiday markets. Spend some time exploring the spectacular ancient, medieval, and Renaissance cities on our itineraries, noteworthy any time of year but particularly special adorned in their holiday finery.
Historic Highlights of Germany has compiled four regional Christmas journeys of the country that will allow you to experience the best of its Christmas markets, cheerful atmosphere, and unique yuletide traditions.
Peaceful Christmas Breaks
A special attraction of Osnabrück’s Christmas market is the largest Christmas music box in the world. Atmospheric bright lights illuminate the Old Town as a lovingly restored children´s merry-go-round from 1907 turns and festively decorated stalls offer craftworks, wooden toys, or sweets. St. Nikolaus visits each day to open a window on the huge Advent calendar in front of the “Rathaus” (City Hall) where Osnabrück’s treaty of the Peace of Westphalia was signed in 1648.
When the “Prinzipalmarkt” (Principal Market) is bathed in a golden light, shops and museums are subtly illuminated, and the entire city center is festively decorated, the city’s Christmas markets open their doors, marking the beginning of a magical time in Münster. There are five different Christmas markets, all just minutes away from one another by foot. Do not miss the “Rathaus” (City Hall) with the historic “Friedenssaal” (Hall of Peace) and the magnificent “St. Lambertikirche” (St. Lamberti Church).
© Image Rights: Header – Joachim Viertel, Aachener Printen – ATS, Christmas in Freiburg – FWTM/Schoenen, Christmas Market Augsburg – Regio Augsburg/Wolfgang B.Kleiner, CocolArt Tübingen – Handel- und Gewerbeverein Tübingen/Alexander Gonschior, Christmas Market Trier – TTM – Shooting Star Christmas Market Wiesbaden – WICM, Christmas Market Erfurt – ETMG