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Christmas Markets

Germany is the home of Christmas markets. With their festive atmosphere, mouthwatering aromas and good-natured hustle and bustle, it’s no wonder that other countries mimic the style. Strolling through a market with its lovely decorated wooden stalls and filled with the intoxicating smells of mulled wine, burnt sugar almonds and marinated steaks, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in a fantasy world of magic and wonder. The glowing lights, the unique, delectable food and the bombastic brass bands will delight all your senses, creating an experience you will never forget.

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Whatever German city you choose to visit, chances are there will be a Christmas market just waiting to be explored. Recommended markets include large historical cities such as Bremen and Dresden, with their old quarters being transformed into a winter wonderland full of choirs. Or if you prefer something on a smaller scale try Augsburg, with its magnificent backdrop of the 16th century city hall decorated as an advent calendar.

Perhaps you would prefer Lübeck, with its 500 illuminated fir trees and 21 stalls recreated in the style of a Brothers Grimm tale. Whatever you choose you can be sure they will meet your Christmas needs. For a more fairy tale like setting Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Bernkastel-Kues captures the magic of Christmas within its enchanting market stalls. And for the ultimate winter getaway, cross the border to Salzburg, which can be enjoyed alongside Munich’s nearby sprawling Christmas markets.

To visit Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt is to step back in history. After all, it is the oldest Christmas Market in Germany, with the ancient Old Town being traditionally decorated in Christmas regalia and filled with the tempting aromas of mulled wine and sweet roasted almonds.

Most German Christmas Markets take pride in their stalls. Consequently, they display the most wonderful array of food, drinks and decorations you can imagine. From Glühwein mulled wine, fat, juicy German sausages, traditional handicrafts and Christmas decorations. It really is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

Winter breaks have never been so much fun! And there is something for everyone. From tailor-made group holidays to individual pre-Christmas shopping breaks in a city or town which will suit your winter dream. We will organise the appropriate accommodation, tours and activities to suit all your festive needs.

The Christmas Markets run from the end of November up to Christmas Eve, so remember to book early because demand is high and we want to make sure you get everything you need. After all, Christmas is a time for giving and receiving.