German Christmas Markets Itinerary

Christmas is a time for magic, love, warmth and hot wine, which tastes the best in… German Weihnachtsmarkt – Christmas market. A home country of the famous Nutcracker, Germany is the place to be for the pre-Christmas fever even if the chances of seeing any snow are pretty low. It’s the spirit which matters after all!

Baden-Baden – the Most Original

Because Baden-Baden looks like everything but German town. Actually it is a resort city based on the thermal springs and for decades had been a compulsory holiday destination for the aristocrats from various parts of Europe. That’s why its architecture was more as a tribute to the trends of 19th century rather that authentic German style. Still the Christmas Market was as good as in any other place. With the biggest food selection and friendly atmosphere.

Germany, Christmas Markets, Baden-Baden

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest
Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

What next? 

A real Baden-Baden experience is going to the Friedrichbad and relaxing in mineral waters in a gorgeous building… being dressed in nothing. :D Absolutely! But don’t worry, there are separate days as well as mixed. As an alternative – going to Casino and losing a fortune like Dostoyevsky.

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

 

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest
Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Strasbourg – the Most Beautiful

Self-declared Christmas Capital on the French side keeps the tradition of Christmas Markets after long common history with Germany. And it’s a real fairy-tale. BUT. Apparently it is also a huge pilgrimage spot for the half of the world, which is a bit too much for Strasbourg city centre. It’s sooo crowded that you have to move with tiny steps in an endless flow of people being unable to turn in any direction. The food is expensive and plain, and the tower of Strasbourg Cathedral is closed for the visitors as a safety measure. Disappointing. It was our fourth time in Strasbourg and… well, keep it for the summer.

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Strasbourg

What next? 

Once you get out of the Christmas markets, have a walk in the Petite France area, check the Barage Vaubond and stroll along the amazing canals.

Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest
Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Strasbourg

Gengenbach – the Most Authentic

Probably you have never heard about this town, but if it’s on your way – would be a shame to miss. It’s a tiny fairy tale place with paved streets, typical houses and absolutely charming old town. And the most important – no foreign tourists spotted! Only Germans who travel here to enjoy the spirit and admire the biggest Advent Calendar on the town hall. :)

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest
Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest
Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest
Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

What next? 

Explore every passway of Gengenbach – it won’t take long.

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

You can also pass by Offenburg on the way back – another cozy German town.

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

 

Freiburg – the Loudest

Cozy Christmas market full of multilingual crowds of children on the school excursion. Lively and happy place.

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Freiburg

Freiburg

What next? 

Explore the city center and then climb the hill Schlossberg for a stunning view of the Freiburg with a wall of Schwarzwald (Black Forest) surrounding it. Breathtaking – nothing more to add.

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Freiburg
Freiburg
Freiburg
Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Heidelberg – the Most Christmassy…and Delicious!

Probably due to the famous Christmas store opened a whole year round (which must be damn ridiculous in summer), but Heidelberg looks indeed like the most Christmassy place and looks like one big Weihnachtsmarkt with tones of treats to try!

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest

 

Germany, Christmas Markets, Black Forest
Strasbourg
Heidelberg

What next? 

Heidelberg also happens to be a town quite popular with tourists, but good news! In winter the streets are much less crowded, than what it is in summer. Definitely go to see the Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) and take the Philosopher’s Walk (Philosophenweg) following the steps of hundreds of students graduated Heidelberg universities which brought to the world the biggest number of Nobel laureates.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

Personal archive touch: Memmingen – the first one for us.

A nostalgic memory from the far 2012, before the blog, before even being married. We spent 4 amazing day in a little town of Bavaria under a thin layer of snow drinking hot wine in the Christmas Market with a strong smell of the wood.

Christmas Market

Christmas Market

What next? 

A gorgeous though a bit cold trip to the Neuschwanstein Schloss. A winter fairy tale.

Neuschwanstein Schloss

Neuschwanstein Schloss

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German Christmas Markets Itinerary

2017-10-17T17:32:06+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

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  1. Garry Roper Monday October 16th, 2017 at 06:13 PM - Reply

    Double dog Frenchi

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