Christmas Markets in Germany

Nothing can warm your heart quite like the annual arrival of the German Christmas markets. Jam packed with traditional treats, sparkling lights and warming Glühwein (mulled wine), these yuletide gatherings are the best way to ring in the festive season – with every city offering something different.

To the west, the city of Cologne – Köln in German – is home to a number of Christmas markets, the largest and most popular of which is held at the city’s imposing cathedral.

With roots tracing back as far as the 14th Century, Munich’s Christmas markets are a highly traditional affair, offering Bavarian treats, intricately carved wooden toys and handmade wax candles, while the Frankfurt Christmas market is one of Germany’s longest standing, with records dating as far back as 1393.

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