The Most Wonderful German Christmas Markets – Berlin, Munich, Dresden

Germany has the most incredible Christmas markets in the world, the way I see it. Weihnachtsmaerkte in Germany remain unique. If you’re tired of commercialism taking over festive season and would like to see a real traditional and romantic Christmas Market you might want to consider heading to Germany in December, where Christmas gifts are not mass-produced but craftwork of real quality (at least the majority of them). There are more than 2600 Christmas Markets opened across Germany, and each single one of them appear special among the others. Perhaps it is about the people and the festive atmosphere or maybe it is the mulled wine, but December is my favorite month of the year and I am incredibly grateful I get to spend it in Germany!

 

Dresden – The Striezelmarkt

Dresden has the largest number of Christmas markets in the eastern part of the country and is one of the cities that are able to lay claim to the title of being the oldest seasonal event in Germany. The Striezelmarkt had its beginnings back in the 15th century, and people do everything in their power to underline this fact! I like Striezelmarkt because it allows you to explore the whole city, and believe me – it is something worth seeing during the festive time. The market is placed not too far away from the major attractions and from the river – available within walk-able distance ( perfect walk with the mulled wine). As for the food – usual German Glühwein (mulled wine), sausage stuffing, red cabbage and potato dumplings. Dresden has also got some Russian-inspired ideas, such as famous Soljanka soup – it would make a perfect warm-up meal, especially for the long festive sight seeing. Apart from that you can buy heart shaped gingerbread with the beautiful ornaments as a souvenir and hang it in your house for the festive time. Ah, and don’t forget about the famous Dresdner Stollen ( delicious fruit loaf), which is probably the best known German dessert served for over the Christmas period.

Is it worth coming here from far away? Well no – it isn’t just for this particular market. It is worth coming to Dresden from the other side of the world for the experience. I think seeing the beautiful ornaments and feeling the festive vibe of this beautiful German city would undoubtedly make an unforgettable reliving!

 

 

 

Munich – Winterzauber auf dem Viktualienmarkt

Viktualienmarkt is one of the most popular markets in Germany in general, but in December it is all dressed up for Christmas and the atmosphere of the place is just incredible! Why do I think it is so special? It IS a market with some great traditions, dating back to the 19th century ( Viktualienmarkt was previously placed in Marienplatz). What was quite surprising is that it appeared empty in compare to the other European Christmas markets I have been to – does it mean it is not as fabulous? I simply assumed people couldn’t be bothered to go out at the end of November, and it will get super crowded at some point.

I figured this particular Christmas market is different to the rest of them in terms of the Christmas shopping purposes. You can obviously get some lovely Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Bratwurst or Kartoffelsalad, but Viktualienmarkt is so much more then that. We found some super delicious honey, Swiss cheese and super fancy festive Crocks (great gift idea!). Apart from that, there are some lovely Christmas trees, dried fruit, olives, pizza (I know :P), wine, more wine and some wine. This place has a soul!

 

 

Berlin – Weihnachtsmarkt am Gendarmenmarkt

As for me, THIS IS THE MOST MAGICAL Christmas Market I have been to. And the busiest as well, unfortunately. Gendarmenmarkt is Berlin’s most beautiful square. It is the site of three impressive buildings : The German and the French Cathedral and Schinkel’s Konzerthaus. To me it looks incredible during all four seasons of the year, but Christmas makes it totally magical. It looks like a fairy tale, with all the beautiful ornaments, music, Christmas tree and Glühwein. For the ones coming to Berlin for a brief visit, Gendarmenmarkt is located just stone’s throw from the Brandenburger Tor and Unter den Linden. It has goat loads of world class restaurants on every corner, but you probably won’t need them – get some super delicious German festive specialties on the Market.

Get a little Gendarmenmarkt mug as a souvenir – simply order some Glühwein and keep the mug ( it’s not a theft as you will be asked to leave 1€ Pfand).

 

Photo – http://kultur24-berlin.de/39-weihnachtsmaerkte-berlin/

Photo – https://www.bz-berlin.de/weihnachten/weihnachtsmarkt-am-gendarmenmarkt

 

Berlin – Ku’damm City Weihnachtsmarkt

Unlike Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market, the one on famous Ku’damm is not the most beautiful, nor it is the most unforgettable. I think, however, this particular square is the heart of Berlin. It is so lively, so ‘cool’ and located in the most strategic place in the city. I like stepping by, even in the summer, to just sip red wine and watch people passing by. In December it is even better – with the mulled wine and the beautiful Christmas lights the world looks unrealistically astonishing, especially in Berlin.

Also – my favorite shopping mall in the world, Bikini is just opposite the market. There are some great concept stores ( Bikini is the largest concept shopping mall in the world), featuring some of the most creative Christmas ornaments I have ever seen. In 2017 you are able to see ( for free) super colorful Christmas figures.

34 Comments

  • Kelly / Tiny Trips & Tips December 9, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I’m a big fan of Christmas markets, and your pictures makes it that much more enticing to visit those 3 German ones!

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    • Claudia December 9, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      You would defo love them xx

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  • Alice December 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Christmas markets in Germany look like so much fun! I’d love to go next year!!

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    • Claudia December 9, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      True <3

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  • Helena December 9, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I really enjoy Christmas markets but not been to one in Germany yet, would love to go! Reckon Berlin would be my cup of tea, love the city.

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    • Claudia December 9, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      That is for sure <3 Visit Berlin!

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  • Kiara Gallop December 9, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    My mum’s actually just returned from a tour of several of Germany’s Christmas markets, and it sounds like she had a wonderful time! A social experience as much as a shopping one, Christmas markets are a great way of getting you in the festive spirit 🙂

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    • Claudia December 9, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Oh there is no better European country to go to in December <3 amazing!

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  • Annie December 9, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Aww I always wondered how the real Christmas markets compared to the ones we have in the UK, thanks for telling us all about them! They do really make it sooo festive.

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  • Gabriela December 9, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I’ve heard about German Christmas markets but never had a chance to visit them! Looks so much fun 🙂

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  • Richelle December 10, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Wow this looks awesome! I’ve always wanted to go to a German Christmas market, but living in Asia has made it hard to get over to Europe. Maybe next year will finally be the year.

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  • Purpurowy Ksiezyc December 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Christmas markets in Germans Cites look very beautiful.

    Christmas markets in Germany look like so

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  • bianca December 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Beautiful! Germany is renowned for its Christmas markets. I have yet to visit Munich and Dresden’s markets. Need to add these to my list.

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  • JENNY December 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Toller Bilder. Love it!

    Liebste Grüße aus Hamburg,
    Jenny von http://changeable-style.com

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  • Melissa December 10, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to a German Christmas market!

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  • Vanfa December 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I’m definitely saving this for next year, especially the one in Munich! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  • Vanda December 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I’m definitely saving this for next year, especially the one in Munich! Thank you for sharing ?

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  • Keri December 11, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Omg this looks so festive and fun!!

    Enclothed Cognition

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  • Rosegal December 11, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Wow! Such a beautiful place. You look also beautiful. Merry Christmas dear:) Kisses
    Harry and David Coupons

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    • Claudia December 19, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Thank you guys 🙂

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  • Annabelle December 11, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I loove German Christmas markets! Have to visit one or two soon!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

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  • Agness of Fit Travelling December 11, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Wow! Each one of these Christmas markets seems astonishing, Claudia. Germany is definitely Christmas wonderland. Is the mulled wine there good?

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    • Claudia December 19, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Yes! and they also sell the white mulled wine 🙂

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  • Alex December 12, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Ugh all these German Christmas market posts have been giving me some serious envy as I sit here in Florida heat. I’ve yet to experience a winter Christmas but if it happens for the first time in German I’ll be over the moon. These pictures are gorgeous and in one of my favorite countries in the world too 🙂

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    • Claudia December 19, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Next year you have to come!

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  • Tina December 12, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Ohyes loving my german traditions and the Christmas markets here 🙂
    lovley pics ♥
    xxx

    Tina
    https://styleappetite.com

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    • Claudia December 19, 2017 at 11:45 am

      They are simply amazing <3

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  • Jessica December 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    This place looks magical, and you two look sooo adorable out there!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    • Claudia December 19, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thanks xxx

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  • Simply Sory December 12, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    WOW que lindo todo, me encanta todo lleno de navidad y de luces, precioso.

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  • Jiya December 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Such an awesome place to shop for Christmas 🙂 Lovely pictures 🙂 Lovely post!
    rampdiary

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    • Claudia December 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Thank you xx

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  • Alex December 16, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Gorgeous! The markets in Berlin look so gorgeous!

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    • Claudia December 19, 2017 at 11:38 am

      So festive <3

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