Christkind: Unwrapping Traditions in Alsace and Germany

Christkind - Richard Ernst Kepler - Im Lande des Christkinds 1903

You must have been born in Alsace or Germany to know about Christkindel, an enigmatic figure in Alsatian and German Christmas. A discreet figure, he is rarely seen at Alsatian Christmas markets… but with a little patience, you’re sure to come across him!Christkind illustrated in 1845Who is Christkind? First of all, there’s something strange about Read more…

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Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market: A Discovery Guide

Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market © Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

Under the starlight, a Christmas market emerges in the heart of a mountainous valley, gracefully extending at the foot of a majestic railway viaduct. As night falls, the Christmas lights transform this place into a true enchantment. And when snowflakes dance delicately, the gorges undergo a winter metamorphosis worthy of a fairy tale landscape. It Read more…

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Christmas in Rothenburg ob der Tauber: A Discovery Guide

Christmas in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Source:

Step into the enchanting embrace of Christmas in Rothenburg ob der Tauber as this captivating German country town transforms into a winter wonderland, seamlessly blending centuries-old customs with the magic of the holiday season. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, with its medieval charm, becomes a festive haven where time-honoured traditions meet contemporary holiday delights. Join us on a Read more…

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Dresden Christmas Market: A Discovery Guide

Dresden Christmas market. Source:

Step into a winter wonderland as we embark on a virtual journey to one of Germany’s most celebrated Christmas markets. The Dresden Christmas Market (or Striezelmarkt), with its history of over five centuries, invites visitors to embrace the enchantment of the holiday season. This market has everything from time-honoured traditions to culinary delights that tantalize Read more…

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Stuttgart Christmas Market: A Discovery Guide

Stuttgart Christmas Market. Photo by westend61 via Envato Elements

Welcome to a journey through the enchanting world of the Stuttgart Christmas Market! In the heart of Baden-Württemberg’s capital, Stuttgart, a timeless tradition comes alive every year, transforming the city into a winter wonderland.  With a history that spans over three centuries, this market is not just one of the oldest in Europe but also Read more…

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Cologne Christmas Market: A Discovery Guide

Cologne Christmas Market. Source:

Cologne, Germany, is a city steeped in history and tradition. It transforms into a winter wonderland of sparkling lights, festive cheer, and the sweet scent of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts during the holiday season. The heart of this enchanting seasonal transformation lies in its world-renowned Cologne Christmas market.  To be precise, there are not one Read more…

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Frankfurt Christmas Market: A Discovery Guide

Frankfurt Christmas Market. Source:

The Frankfurt Christmas market draws approximately three million visitors and is one of Germany’s largest Christmas markets. It starts, at the earliest, on the Monday preceding the first Sunday of Advent and consistently concludes on the 21st of December. The Römer building and its gabled façade, built on a charming cobblestone square, take centre stage in Read more…

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Munich Christmas Market: A Discovery Guide

Munich Christmas Market. Source:

When night falls, and the snow-covered roofs of the market stalls glisten beneath the radiant glow of numerous lights, Munich Christmas Market on Marienplatz reveals its most enchanting charm. The market’s signature is the majestic Christmas tree adorned with approximately 2,500 lights, which sparkles against the picturesque backdrop of the neo-Gothic town hall. The iconic Christkindlmarkt is Read more…

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Nuremberg Christmas Market: A Discovery Guide

Nuremberg Christmas Market. Source:

The Nuremberg Christmas Market is one of Germany’s oldest and undoubtedly most famous Christmas markets. You’ll find traditional Christmas decorations in the quaint wooden stalls, often handmade, and sweets like gingerbread.  Other attractions include the Children’s Christmas and Star House, the Nuremberg Twin Cities Market and the Nuremberg Children’s Light Parade. Get ready to immerse yourself in Read more…

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Heidelberg Christmas Market: A Discovery Guide

Heidelberg Christmas Market. Source:

True to its student tradition, the Heidelberg Christmas Market serves as a global gathering spot, drawing students, friends, and families together, as well as a significant number of international visitors. Notably, guests arrive from countries like Switzerland, the United States, Japan, and more recently, Brazil. Heidelberg Christmas Market. Source: The market’s enchanting ambiance is fostered Read more…

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Freiburg Christmas Market: A Discovery Guide

Freiburg Christmas Market. Source:

The festive season in Germany brings to mind twinkling streets, the intoxicating aroma of mulled wine, shimmering lights, and charming stalls offering artisanal treasures. Every year, numerous German cities transform into winter wonderlands, each with its own unique charm and Christmas traditions. In this article, we embark on a journey to explore the Freiburg Christmas Read more…

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30 Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany

The Striezelmarkt in Dresden, one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. Photo by tdyuvbanova via Twenty20

Let’s enter the joy of Christmas in Germany by discovering the Weihnachtsmarkt tradition. The Christmas markets in Germany are indeed an age-old tradition. During Advent, thousands of markets open their doors to visitors. Their stallholders sell seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats in the crisp winter air. But it’s not just about shopping. People also come Read more…

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