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Christmas Markets in the South of Germany

This is where most people picture a German Christmas, historic old towns close to the Alps, which provide a stunning winter backdrop to the season's festivities.

Probably the most famous Christmas market in the world is held in Nuremberg's main market square (Hauptmarkt) in the heart of the old quarter and is opened each year by the Christkindl (Christ Child). Over 2 million visitors soak up the medieval atmosphere and romance of this miniature town of Christmas stalls. The air is filled with delicious aromas of gingerbread, cinnamon, Nuremberg bratwurst, roasted almonds and mulled wine and stalls are piled high with traditional Christmas decorations and gifts. Children can enjoy a traditional-style carousel comes complete with an upper tier, reindeer figures and Santa's sleigh.

Munich's traditional Christmas market - whose roots go back to the 14th century - is held on Marienplatz in the heart of the city center. The justly popular Kripperlmarkt, one of the largest in Germany to specialise in cribs and other Nativity accessories, is a short walk away on nearby Rindermarkt. There is alpine Christmas music live from the town hall balcony every day. .

There is a city in Germany where Christmas can be experienced all year long - Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Romantic Road in Bavaria. It is also home to one of the most romantic Christmas markets in Germany. The town boasts some of the most impressive medieval architecture in Europe and is home to the annual "Reiterlesmarkt" Christmas market. A local specialty that shouldn't be missed is the "Schneeball" or snow ball, made from strips of sweet dough fried and covered with powdered sugar or chocolate.

With its more than 200 delightfully decorated stands the Stuttgart Christmas Market is not only one of the oldest, but certainly also one of the most beautiful and largest Christmas markets in Europe. One of the Christmas highlights is the open-air-skating area. The 1600 square foot skating rink in front of the New Palace welcomes visitors to a real winter pleasure-open-air skating in the middle of the city in a romantic, fairy-tale atmosphere.

If you have questions about Christmas markets in southern Germany or simply would like to learn more before planning your trip, feel free to Contact Us By Email, or order our current Christmas brochure from our webshop. We will be more than happy to get you additional information.

For more information on Christmas markets in southern Germany please use the list of cities on the left!