The top 5 best German Christmas markets

Euan Robb

As the winter chill sets in and twinkling lights adorn the streets, Germany transforms into a festive wonderland, home to some of the world's most enchanting Christmas markets.

For those planning a Yuletide adventure from the UK, there's no better way to immerse in the seasonal spirit than by exploring the German Christkindlmarkts. And with FairFX's Currency Card, your holiday spending is sorted, ensuring you have more time to indulge in the festive cheer.

Here's our guide to the best Christmas markets in Germany, promising a blend of traditional charm, delightful crafts, and seasonal treats.

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The best Christmas markets in Germany for 2024:

1. Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt: A time-honoured tradition

Nuremberg’s Christmas Market is arguably the crown jewel of German Weihnachtsmärkte. With roots dating back to the 16th century, it epitomizes the traditional Christmas spirit. As you wander through the Hauptmarkt, the central square, let the aroma of roasted almonds and Nuremberg sausages tempt your taste buds. Don't forget to pick up some Lebkuchen, the famed German gingerbread, perfect as a sweet souvenir.

2. Dresden Striezelmarkt: A feast for the senses

Dresden's Striezelmarkt, named after a type of cake now known as Stollen, is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. This historic market offers a visual feast with its awe-inspiring Christmas pyramid and the world's tallest nutcracker. The highlight is the Stollen Festival, where a gigantic version of the traditional fruit bread is paraded through the city.

3. Munich Christkindlmarkt: Bavarian festivities unfold

Munich's central square, Marienplatz, hosts a Christmas market that beautifully blends Bavarian traditions with festive fun. The sound of Christmas carols fills the air as you explore stalls brimming with handicrafts and seasonal goods. Be sure to climb the steps of St. Peter's Church for a panoramic view of the market's sparkling lights.

4. Cologne Christmas Markets: A picturesque celebration

Cologne offers not one but seven Christmas markets, each with its unique theme. The market in front of the imposing Cologne Cathedral is the most impressive, with the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland. Each market is a short walk from the next, making it easy to experience the variety of festivities.

5. Rothenburg ob der Tauber Reiterlesmarkt: Medieval charm

Step back in time in Rothenburg, where the Reiterlesmarkt brings a medieval flair to Christmas celebrations. This small town, with its well-preserved architecture, provides a storybook backdrop for a market that has been welcoming visitors for over 500 years. It’s the perfect place to find rare, handcrafted gifts that evoke the Christmas of old.

@goneforalittle 📍Rothenburg ob der Tauber Bavaria, Germany This stop on the famed “Romantic Road” in southern Germany is so unique! Especially dreamy during Christmas 🎄 ❄️ #germanchristmasmarket #holidaytravel #travelinspo #froheweihnachten #merrychristmas #rothenburgobdertauber ♬ Carol of the Bells from Home Alone Christmas Movie - John Williams

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Maximising your Christmas market experience with FairFX

Germany's Christmas markets offer a treasure trove of sights, sounds, and tastes. With FairFX's Currency Card, you can dive into this festive escapade with one less thing to worry about. Whether it's sipping Glühwein in Nuremberg, marveling at the craftsmanship in Dresden, or singing carols in Munich, your holiday spending is seamless and straightforward.

Embark on a festive journey with FairFX

So, as you plan your festive journey to the German Christmas markets, let FairFX's Currency Card take the hassle out of your holiday spending. Get your card today, and get ready to embrace the magical German Christmas market tradition with the perfect travel companion in your pocket.

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