Christmas markets in Germany

The Christmas markets in Germany provide shopaholics with a stunning choice of gifts, festive decorations, live music, handicrafts and of course, a gallon or two of mulled wine.

There’s no better place to experience the lead up to Christmas than in Germany. And there’s no better way to do it than with a Christmas tour that highlights traditional Christmas markets.

The Germans gave us the Christmas tree, the handcrafted wooden smoker, Christmas chimes, Christmas music and traditional blown glass Christmas ornaments.

However, the Christmas market was one of Germany’s best inventions. Despite this, even after hundreds of years, Christmas markets are still barely known outside Europe. These wonderful markets dot the country from north to south from late November through the end of December. But with such a huge number to choose from, how do you pick the best?

The Christmas market in Dresden and the market in Nuremberg are two of the oldest, going back to the 14th century. These are among the best European Christmas markets, and any Christmas tour should include at least one of them. Others include Regensburg and Leipzig. Visit us online for more background on the wonderful history of these markets.

Try markets in towns such as Bamberg, Lauscha, Quedlinburg, Kulmbach, Schneeberg and the Erzgebirge region. Many of these places are in areas where toys, folk art and Christmas decorations are actually made. The shopping is good. You’re buying local products, and the selection is often better.

It’s possible to visit Christmas markets in Germany on your own, of course. But even if you’re not normally the tour type, consider a Christmas tour package. You’ll enjoy the comfort, you’ll experience more and you won’t have to deal with hassles like weather, driving on the autobahn, or trying to reach remote towns and villages on the train or bus.

You won’t want to do exactly the same thing every day, and you will want to visit more than just one or two large cities. So be sure to pick a guided Christmas tour that offers great shopping, local traditions and a choice of activities. Don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that any good Christmas tour includes such as a chance to meet artisans, see special exhibits, enjoy gourmet food of the season or hear local Christmas choral concerts.

A German Christmas market is something you have to experience with all your senses. Avoid signing up for a large tour group if you are worried about being rushed from venue to venue and if you want to be sure to see the nooks and crannies. Small-group travel is often more flexible and rewarding. If you want to visit distinctive villages and other stops that large groups overlook and if you would like to have a guide who stays with you for the entire trip, a small tour group is usually the best choice.

There’s no better place to celebrate all things Christmas than right in the heart of Germany. Book a Christmas market tour in Germany and make the most of your stay.