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20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit the German Christmas Markets

Smokers for sale at the German Christmas markets

The lilt of snowflakes, the sparkle of white lights against the darkness, the warmth and comfort of hot chocolate, and the delight of Christmas carols. Despite being a Texas girl who hates the cold, I am a sucker for winter. Add the smell of roasting nuts and the charm that emanates from every corner of the German Christmas markets, and I am a goner.

Thanks to a perfectly-timed business meeting and some frequent flier miles, we had the chance to visit the fairy tale markets of Nuremberg and Munich. We had no idea what to expect but were thrilled to find a kind of holiday spirit we’ve rarely experienced at home. Punctuated with every sight, sound, and flavor (sausage!) of winter happiness you could imagine, the markets were the epitome of Christmas cheer.

Just in case you need more reasons to head to Germany in December, here are 20 festive photos that will make you want to run and book a ticket.

Shoppers fill the aisles of the Nuremberg Christmas market

The German Christmas markets buzz with energy and festivity

Gingerbread ornaments at the Nuremberg Christmas market

Gingerbread ornaments in Nuremberg

Carousel at the Nuremberg Christmas market

Carousel in the Nuremberg snow

Sausage being served at the German Christmas markets

All kinds of delicious sausage are a staple at the German Christmas markets

Daddy and daughter eating sausage

Daddy and daughter indulging in a market snack

Children carrying lanterns at night

Young children participate in the Nuremberg lantern parade one night in mid-December

Gluhwein (mulled wine) and beer stalls are staples of the German Christmas markets

Gluhwein (mulled wine) and beer stall

Horse-drawn carriage

Horse-drawn carriage that tours through Nuremberg

Pastries for sale at the German Christmas markets

Pastries for sale

Decorations and half-tiber buildings in Nuremberg

Decorations throughout the cities

Christmas tree in front of Munich city hall

Christmas tree in front of Munich city hall

Potpourri and ornaments at the German Christmas markets

Potpourri and ornaments

Winter fruit in Munich

Winter fruit

Beer steins are everywhere at the German Christmas markets

Beer steins are everywhere at the German Christmas markets

Ornaments and figurines at German Christmas markets

Ornaments and figurines

Wooden ornaments are popular throughout Germany

Wooden ornaments are popular throughout Germany


Have you ever been to one of the German Christmas markets? What did you think?

Visiting the German Christmas markets in Nuremberg and Munich is a fun thing to do during the holiday season. Drink some gluhwein, shop for an ornament, listen to the music, and have a great time | 20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit the German Christmas Markets

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  1. Camels & Chocolate December 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Sold! I’m a sucker for Christmas and a fan of Germany, so I would love this.

  2. Laura December 7, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Love this! I want to go to the Christmas markets!

    • Carla Norris January 7, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

      Since I am physically disabled, it’s very unlikely that I’ll ever be able to see these beautiful markets in person. However, my wonderful neighbor got to go there in 2018, and brought me this charming tree ornament, which is already a treasure. Isn’t it wonderful?

      • Lance Longwell January 8, 2019 at 10:49 pm #

        That is such a beautiful ornament. We have a tradition of buying an ornament in new places and bringing it home. In Colmar this year, we bought one in the shape of the Alsace pretzel, but I think we like yours better! In Germany, we focused on buying some of the wooden smokers instead of an ornament. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Diana Edelman December 10, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Ooooh!! I want to go to a Christmas Market soooo badly!!

  4. Travels of Adam December 10, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Living in Berlin, I’ve got my fair share of Christmas Markets over the past few years…but I still want more! Your photos are great

  5. Ayngelina December 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    The crowds seem to be a bit much for me but of course you know I’d go for the food!

  6. Federico December 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    So different from the possible Christmas market I might see here…in 30C temperatures!

  7. Alex December 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Wow! I’m at the beach in Peru right now and it feels very much NOT like Christmas. This is a crazy reminder what is going on in the rest of the world 🙂

  8. Laura @ TravelAddicts December 11, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Interestingly, the crowds weren’t so bad. And we really hate crowds, so that’s saying something.

    Federico and Alex- be thankful for the warmth! We were snowed in today!

  9. Jennifer January 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    We’ve been living in Italy for 5 years and had been to our fair share of Christmas markets, but never to German Christmas markets. We remedied that with a visit to the Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt in December and it was amazing! I think all the delicious food is the best part.

    • Lance Longwell January 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      I’ve been to quite a few Christmas markets in Europe, but Nuremberg is far and away the most magical.

  10. Adrienne @ AdrienneAway August 18, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    So beautiful! I so plan to do a European Christmas one year to visit these markets!

    • Laura Longwell August 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      They are just as amazing as the look. Definitely something everyone needs to do at least once.

  11. Jenna November 26, 2014 at 1:16 am #

    I really want to visit the German Christmas markets! We will have a couple in our area this year that resemble the German markets, but I can’t imagine they will be as great as the real thing!

  12. Bernd August 13, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    The closest thing in the USA is Christkindlmarket Chicago. Make sure to stop by Fehrenbach Black Forest Clocks and say hi!

    • Laura Longwell August 13, 2015 at 11:36 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Bernd. The Chicago market is great! We’ve been at least 4 or 5 times and really enjoy it. Out of curiosity, where did you happen to find this post? We’ve gotten a huge number of visitors in the last day or so but don’t know who to thank.

  13. Milena Yordanova September 2, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    Amazing photos! I visited the Christmas markets in Berlin last year, but I have never been to Munich. It looks so beautiful!

  14. Jeff Dobbins December 16, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    Okay, you’re right. Not only do I want to visit, I want to head to the airport NOW.

  15. Ursula December 18, 2015 at 12:19 am #

    Looking at your photos, I love to go to a Christmas Market and to have a mulled wine.
    One of my favorites is the Christkindlmarkt, the Christmas market in Munich. It is the oldest Christmas market in town. If you like, have a look at my impressions http://youtu.be/4jAKyNxF_s8
    Merry Christmas!!!!

  16. Sarah December 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Love German Christmas Markets! Great pictures!!!

  17. Bell | Wanderlust Marriage December 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Love your photos of the market, they are beautiful! Nuremberg markets are amazing, as long as you’re not there when the buses roll in with the day trippers! Munich’s markets are also great and a little less packed, but we love them all and miss European Christmas markets!

  18. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels) December 22, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! I love Germany so much and have long wanted to see the Christmas markets there…. This definitely makes me wish I could get there sooner rather than later.

  19. Kristina O March 18, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    This is my favorite childhood memory. Germany is a magical place to grow up. If you want a little piece of this but can’t afford to travel to Europe, try the Kristkindl Market in Chicago. It even has the red and white striped awnings. You can get the same ornaments and food as in Nuremburg because those same businesses travel here for the Market.

  20. Nita Snyder November 30, 2016 at 12:04 am #

    On our way Saturday. Can’t wait. The pictures make me even more excited

    • Laura Longwell November 30, 2016 at 1:11 am #

      That’s great! You will have such an amazing time.

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