Visit Germany’s best holiday markets
By Aimee Heckel
There’s something pure magic about walking through the cobblestone streets in Germany, inhaling the rich air of roasted almonds and Gluhwein, underneath the twinkling white lights of the holiday market.
If you’re never experienced it, you don’t know Christmas yet. Santa Claus must surely be German.
Here are some of our favorite holiday markets across Germany.
This charming tourist hotspot feels like it’s been lifted directly out of a fairytale book, with its ancient, detailed buildings, pointy rooftops reaching toward the stars and quaint shops, all surrounded by a giant stone wall. You will feel like you have traveled back to the medieval ages in this small town off the Romantic Road in Bavaria.
The Christmas market itself, “Reiterlesmarkt,” is dreamy, historic and romantic — one of the oldest in Germany, dating back to the 15th century. And the celebration doesn’t limit itself to December. You can pick up holiday decor here year-round and visit the German Christmas Museum. While you’re here, make sure you indulge in a sweet powdered-sugar-covered snowball treat.
Find another one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets in beautiful Frankfurt, and it’s definitely one of the most popular. Wind through elaborate decorations in St. Paul’s Square and stand in awe under the massive, glowing Christmas tree. Throughout December, downtown Frankfurt smells like baked apples and gingerbread. You will never forget the smell of Frankfurt in December.
In fact, Frankfurt’s holiday market is so renowned that various cities across the United Kingdom hold their own spinoffs of it every year.
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