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Looking for German Christmas Markets?

Note that all the dates mentioned below have been updated for Germany’s 2015 Christmas markets.

German Christmas markets are some of the best in the world, but there are so many to choose from! Where do you start trying to find the best ones to visit? We found this great German Christmas market website well worth checking out. On the right-hand side of the home page, you can see a map detailing all the Christmas markets in Germany.

You can zoom in on any of the regions and then click on the icons to see additional information about the Christmas market you’re interested in, you’ll see the name of the city/town, what dates/times the market is on and additional websites to check out for that particular Christmas market.

This is a very quick and easy way to plan what markets to visit and see what they have to offer before you arrive!

Hamburg Christmas Markets 2015

So what does a typical German Christmas market have to offer?  Let’s take Hamburg as an example and see what’s on offer. Firstly, when are the Christmas markets on in Hamburg?

19th November 2015 – 6th January 2015

Historic Christmas Market at Rathausmarkt
Town Hall Square
23 Nov-23 Dec 2015

Christmas on Fleetinsel
23 Nov-23 Dec 2015

Winterwald Christmas Market at St Peter’s Church
Mönckebergstraße & Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz
23 Nov -30 Dec 2015

Closed on 25-26 Dec 2015

Hanseatic Christmas Market on Gänsemarkt Square
23 Nov-23 Dec 2015

White Magic on Jungfernsteig
24 Nov 2015 – 6 Jan 2016

Closed on 25-26 Dec 2015

Santa Pauli on the Spielbudenplatz
19 Nov-23 Dec 2015,
Mon – Wed 4pm-11pm, Thurs 4pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 1pm – 1am, Sun 1pm – 11pm

Hamburg Winter Dom Fair (Heiligengeistfeld):
6 Nov-6 Dec 2015

Check out this great video that highlights the places to see when in Hamburg;

So once you’ve landed in Hamburg, where in the city can you find the markets? One of the best markets is beside St. Peter’s Church on the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz. Easily accessible by the U-Bahn yellow line, the nearest station is Mönckebergstraße, which is also one of the main shopping areas in Hamburg.

One of the highlights while you are there, especially if you’ve brought the kids, is the parade through the city centre every Saturday morning during Advent and waiting for the arrival of Santa who shoots into the sky above the Christmas market every day at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.


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Finally, where to stay?

Hamburg offers many quality hotels, we’re going to recommend two, one 4 star and one 3 star. The Hotel Hamburg Mitte, a three-star, centrally located hotel which is ideally located for exploring the city. The Novotel Hamburg Alster, a four-star has some received some great reviews on Trip Advisor, ‘nice family hotel, kid-friendly’, ‘Clean hotel in quiet location on the doorstep of the city’

Munich Christmas Markets 2015

If you want to head a little further south in Germany and experience a Bavarian Christmas market, Munich is the city to explore.  You can check out the official website for the Munich Christmas markets here. The market, locally known as the Münchner Christkindlmarkt, is located at Marienplatz in the centre of the city.  There are several ways to get to Marienplatz, by underground and suburban train, there is a station at Marienplatz, bus numbers 52 and 131 and finally by tram no. 19. You can find more transport information at the following websites, Info: www.mvv-muenchen.de , www.mvg-mobil.de  and www.bayerninfo.de

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The markets run from the 24th November until Christmas Eve and are open from 10am – 9pm Mon – Sat and 10am – 8pm on Sunday. On Christmas Eve or Holy Night as it’s called locally, the markets are open from 10am into 2pm.

Check out the video below to get a flavour of what it’s like to be in Munich at Christmas time to experience the markets.

So two German Markets to check out this winter season. We hope you enjoy whatever city you travel to and remember to tell us about your experiences when you get back! What about your travels plans this winter? What cities are you planning to visit?

So if all this talk of Christmas markets has whet your appetite, check out ClickandGo’s Christmas Market package deals and start planning your winter getaway.


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