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The most beautiful Christmas markets in Bavaria 2022

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Steaming mulled wine or punch, festive star decorations, delicious gingerbread and all this in the midst of a magnificent sea of lights - you can only enjoy this at a Christmas market. We present you the most beautiful Christmas markets in Bavaria, which you can reach comfortably and easily by train. And - the mulled wine tastes especially good when you know that you can simply get back on the train for the journey home.

One important piece of information in advance: before your visit, please check the websites of the Christmas markets for the respective Corona regulations. 3G rules apply at most markets, which means it is imperative that you bring your appropriate documents to gain entry. In addition, Christmas markets are closed on Totensonntag (November 20).

Regensburg

Discover the Christmas markets in the old town illuminated by the sea of lights.
(closest train station: Regensburg Hauptbahnhof).

­čîč Christmas market at Thurn und Taxis Castle.

Where? In front of St. Emmeram Castle
When? From Nov. 18 - Dec. 23, 2022, Monday through Thursday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Regensburg has many wonderful Christmas markets spread throughout the city. Be sure to visit the romantic Christmas market at Schloss Thurn und Taxis. The Christmas spectacle, which Countess Gloria personally hosts in the historic castle courtyard, is magical and ensures pure Advent spirit: thousands of lights illuminate the Christmas market in front of the picturesque backdrop of St. Emmeram Castle.

Adventsmarkt im Katharinenspital

­čîč Advent market at St. Katharinen's Hospital

Where? In the garden of the St. Katharinenspital
When? From Nov. 23 - Dec. 23, 2022, Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Also the Advent market at St. Katharinenspital (22.11.-23.12.) at the foot of the Stone Bridge is well worth a visit: here you can enjoy not only the classic delicacies but also the magnificent view over the Danube and of Regensburg Cathedral. Christmas atmosphere is provided not only by the festive lighting but also by a colorful program of music and artists. Treat yourself to one of the many palate pleasers of the Christmas season, such as the Spital Gl├╝hbier, and let the individual stalls inspire you with gift ideas. By the way, the small market is powered by 100% green electricity.

Lucrezia Markt 2017 Regensburg

­čîč Lucrezia Market

Where? At Haidplatz and Kohlenmarkt
When? Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2022, Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This is where the hearts of arts and crafts fans beat faster: The Lucrezia Markt,

which takes place in the heart of Regensburg's old town, first opened its doors in 1982 and is known far beyond Regensburg's borders for its diverse, lovingly crafted handicraft products. From candles to sculptures to jewelry made of silver, gold or precious stones: At one of the Christmas decorated booths you will definitely find unique gifts for the loved ones at home. A number of organically certified, vegan and vegetarian stalls will cater for your physical well-being, where you can enjoy a sustainable feast to your heart's content, while the extensive cultural program on two stages will provide entertainment.

Our tip: Regensburg has a lot to offer! So combine your Christmas market trip to the cathedral city with other activities:  

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M├╝nchen

The diversity of the Christmas season in Munich - from the Christmas Village to a large winter festival and Pink Christmas.
(nearest train station: Munich Hauptbahnhof) 

Christmas variety: Munich's Christmas markets are characterized by an abundance of the most diverse festive offerings - more than 20 Christmas markets take place in the Bavarian capital. These three are sure to delight you:

­čîč Christmas Village in the Residenz.

Where? In the Kaiserhof of the Residenz, directly in Odeonsplatz.
When? 11/17 - 12/22/2022, daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

At Weihnachtsdorf in der Residenz im Kaiserhof comes fairy-tale atmosphere: The stalls are arranged like a small peasant village. There is a huge Christmas pyramid with moving Christmas figures and - especially exciting for children - a life-size nativity scene and a fairytale forest with talking figures.

­čîč Tollwood Winterfestival

Where? On the edge of the Theresienwiese (within easy walking distance of the main train station).
When? 11/24 - 12/23/2022, Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Somewhat larger in scale is the Tollwood Winterfestival at the Theresienwiese. The winter festival is described by the organizers as an alternative Christmas market, with organic gastronomy, sustainably produced products and an annually changing sustainability motto. This year, light painting and a large fire theater create a unique atmosphere. In addition, there is a mysterious magic forest for children, curling rinks for adults and, of course, plenty of stalls for sustainable and fair-trade Christmas gifts.

­čîč Pink Christmas

Where? On Stephansplatz, near the Sendlinger Gate
When? Nov. 21-Dec. 23, 2022, Monday through Friday 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 to 10 p.m.

Also colorful is the Pink Christmas Market at Stephansplatz near the Sendlinger Tor. This Christmas market is initiated by Munich's queer community and of course welcomes all visitors regardless of their sexual orientation. Instead of wooden stalls, there are chic pagoda tents. Various artists entertain the guests, so that an exuberant mood is guaranteed every evening.

Our tip: Combine your trip to one of the beautiful Christmas markets in Munich with other activities in the state capital. We have put together some tips for you here.

 

Munich and its sights: The metropolis on the Isar with culture, tradition and genuine Bavarian humour

Versatile theatre arts, the home of renowned poets and thinkers - and all that with tradition, heart, style and a good dose of Bavarian humour! See for yourself and start your day trip with DB Regio Bayern to discover Munich's sights!

N├╝rnberg

Visit the famous Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt and taste the world's largest Feuerzangenbowle (fire tongs punch).
(nearest train station: Nuremberg main station)

­čîč N├╝rnberger Christkindlesmarkt

Where? Around the city center
When? 11/25 - 12/24/2022, Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In the Franconian metropolis, a visit to the N├╝rnberger Christkindlesmarktes a must, of course. After a two-year break, this classic event is once again taking place centrally on the main market square: Just let yourself drift and stroll between the various red and white stalls and enjoy the Christmas ambience. A fried sausage sandwich here, a gingerbread there - there are so many delicious reasons to wander from stall to stall in the Christmas city. For children, there is the Children's Christmas on Hans-Sachs-Platz and a children's cultural program in the Sternenhaus. At the end of the day, adults can warm up with a steaming cup of coffee at the biggest Feuerzangenbowle in the world

(25.11.-31.12.). It is brewed in a specially made kettle with a diameter of 2.5 meters, a height of 3.4 meters and a capacity of up to 9,000 liters at the Fleischbr├╝cke and was already enjoyed 200 years ago.

Our tip: Get to know Nuremberg from different sides before visiting the Christkindlesmarkt. We have put together a whole day trip for you in the Franconian metropolis.

 

Nuremberg and its sights: On a city tour through Bavaria's second largest city

The Franconian metropolis of Nuremberg has much more to offer than the world-famous Christkindlesmarkt. Join us on a city adventure through Bavaria's second largest city and discover Nuremberg's sights. Here, the old town, shaped by the Middle Ages, meets urban trendy districts. Discover Nuremberg by train now!

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The whole of Rothenburg is transformed into a magical Christmas town for the Advent season
(nearest train station: Rothenburg ob der Tauber train station) 

­čîč Rothenburger Reiterlesmarkt

Where? In the old town
When? Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2022, Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The most famous Christmas market in the town of Rothenburg is the Rothenburger Reiterlesmarkt in the center of the old town. On the Market Square, Green Market and Church Square you can expect many Christmas delicacies and the products of regional craftsmen, for example, decorative items or clothing. During the Reiterlesmarkt, the Fairy Tale Stroll (4.11.-31.12.) also takes place. Here, young and old can be carried away into the mysterious world of fairy tales and (re)discover them in an entertaining way. To crown it all, you can now enjoy the Weihnachtsmuseum of K├Ąthe Wohlfahrt

(open all year round) in Herrngasse. There, not only children make big eyes when they discover the origins of Christmas traditions and track down the difference between Santa Claus and St. Nicholas.

Our tip: Be enchanted not only by the Christmas market in Rothenburg, but also by the rest of the romantic town! 

 

Time travel in the old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Let yourself be enchanted by the historic flair of the old town on a walk through Rothenburg: the town centre attracts its visitors:inside with narrow half-timbered houses and numerous towers like something out of a fairytale.

Bad W├Ârishofen

Spend contemplative hours at the Christmas market in Bad W├Ârishofen
(nearest train station: Bad W├Ârishofen train station)

­čîč Weihnachtsmarkt in Bad W├Ârishofen

Where? Around the Kurhaus and Kurtheater
When? Dec. 3 - 4, Dec. 10 - 11 and Dec. 17 - 18,22 from 1 to 8 p.m. each day.

Bad W├Ârishofen also wraps itself in a Christmas robe of lights during Advent. With its long tradition, the Weihnachtsmarkt in Bad W├Ârishofen Kurhaus and in the Kurtheater foyer popular with both spa guests and locals. Delightfully designed stalls and atmospheric background music conjure up a cozy atmosphere. Also a highlight is the Bad W├Ârishofer Krippenweg

(26.11. - 06.01.2023). Here you follow the bright yellow tail star through the city center and can marvel at richly detailed nativity scenes. The Nativity Trail is a total of 2.4 kilometers long and along the way there are over 85 representations of the Holy Night from all eras and species in the windows of stores and institutions. You should not miss this festive event.

Our tip: Before or after your visit to the Christmas market in Bad W├Ârishofen, get to know the history of the Kneipp town in more detail. A visit to the Kneipp Museum is the perfect way to do this:

The Kneipp Museum in Bad W├Ârishofen

The Kneipp Museum in Bad W├Ârishofen takes visitors on a journey of discovery into the life and work of Sebastian Kneipp.

Lindau

Immerse yourself in the Christmas magic on the shores of Lake Constance
(nearest train station: Lindau-Insel) 

­čîč Lindauer Hafenweihnacht

Where? At the Uferpromenade
When? Nov. 24-Dec. 18, 2022, Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Lindauer Hafenweihnacht (24.11. - 18.12.) is definitely worth a visit, because thanks to its unique location on the lakeside promenade, you can let your gaze glide over the snow-dusted Alpine peaks and the lake, in which a thousand twinkling lights are reflected, while sipping mulled wine. If you still want to browse for Christmas gifts, the small but fine market stalls with fair trade goods and regional products invite you to store. On Advent days, this is even accompanied by different artists on the harbor stage. On the nearby Zeughausmarkt (25 - 27.11.) you can continue your shopping right away and look for artistic gifts at interesting exhibitors.

Our tip: Get a panoramic view in Lindau and get to know the city on Lake Constance better.

Lindau: the Bavarian riviera on the Swabian sea

The island town of Lindau owes its reputation as Bavaria's riviera to its blend of Art Nouveau buildings and Italian ambiance. Surrounded by Lake Constance, or the "Swabian sea" as it is sometimes called, it effortlessly conjures up a holiday atmosphere.

Augsburg

A magical Christmas hustle and bustle on the town hall square of the city
(nearest train station: Augsburg main station)

­čîč Augsburger Christkindlesmarkt

Where? In the Augsburger Innenstadt
When? Nov. 21-Dec. 24, 2022, Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Augsburger Christkindlesmarkt

(21.11. - 24.12.) calls itself "Swabia's most beautiful Christmas market". It is one of the oldest Christmas markets in all of Germany and its origins date back to the 15th century. The Christkindlesmarkt stretches across the Rathausplatz, Martin-Luther-Platz, along Philippine-Welser-Strasse, Maximilianstrasse and in front of the Moritzkirche, and the festively illuminated stalls exert a very special attraction.

Our tip: Augsburg is definitely worth a whole day trip. We have already drawn up a plan for you: 

Seeing the sights of Augsburg

A visit to Bavaria's third-largest city is like travelling back in time to the Renaissance, largely thanks to the work of master builder Elias Holl. Inspired by his travels in Italy, he turned Augsburg into a northern outpost of Italian architecture. Explore the sights of Augsburg and enjoy an unforgettable day in this city of a hundred faces.
Weihnachtsmarkt Bad Kissingen

Bad Kissingen

The city center of Bad Kissingen appears at Christmas time in a magnificent glow of lights
(nearest train station: Bad Kissingen train station)

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­čîč Bad Kissinger Lichterglanz

Where? Downtown Bad Kissing 
When? Nov. 22-Dec. 26, 2022, Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pleasure for eyes and palate offers the Bad Kissinger Lichterglanz.

True to its name, the market square and pedestrian zone of the UNESCO heritage city shine in festive splendor. Stroll through the beautifully decorated city center and enjoy the extensive gastronomic offer of the market traders, or look around for presents at the handicraft huts. A rich supporting program with music and various performances will ensure the perfect Christmas atmosphere.

Our tip: Round off your visit to the Christmas market in Bad Kissingen with some time out at the KissSalis spa: 

A minibreak at the KissSalis spa

7,000 m2 of relaxation: the KissSalis spa was designed to make you feel better than you every thought possible, physically and mentally.

W├╝rzburg

Christmas ambience at the foot of the Gothic Chapel of Our Lady
(nearest train station: W├╝rzburg Hauptbahnhof) 

­čîč Weihnachtsmarkt W├╝rzburg

Where? Upper and Lower Market Square W├╝rzburg
When? Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2022, Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The historical backdrop of the Falcon House, the Gothic Lady Chapel and the market square let on the W├╝rzburger Weihnachtsmarkt

devotional mood arises when the city is bathed in a warm festive light at Advent time. In addition to the classic wooden huts with Christmas treats and hot drinks, a diverse range of spices, carvings and countless other gift ideas from the regional craftsmanship beckons. If you've had enough of strolling through the market, you can still enjoy a ride with Santa Claus on the Christmas Express.

Our tip: Be sure to plan other activities in addition to your visit to the Christmas market in W├╝rzburg. We have compiled some tips for you here:

A day in W├╝rzburg

Drink a glass of wine on the Old Main Bridge, admire your reflection in the palace's imperial hall and enjoy a meal at Germany's oldest pizzeria.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Off to a leisurely Christmas stroll through the pedestrian zone and Ludwigstra├če
(nearest train station: Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station) 

­čîč Christkindlmarkt Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Where? Downtown Garmisch-Partenkirchen
When? Nov. 26-Dec. 23, 2022, Sunday through Friday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The ski town shines also at Christmas time in a very special splendor and invites to the Christkindlmarkt Garmisch-Partenkirchen. On Richard-Strauss-Platz in the center of town, you can get in the mood for Christmas in a contemplative atmosphere. Surrounded by snow-covered peaks, the Garmisch music band creates a special Christmas mood while you stroll along the numerous stands offering culinary delights and handicrafts.

Our tip: Garmisch-Partenkirchen is especially romantic in December. Plan numerous other activities around your Christmas market visit. You can find our tips here: 

Garmisch-Partenkirchen: mountain climbing made easy and old-world charm

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the perfect place for anyone who wants to rise above it all, but in a relaxed sort of way. Start the day by taking in the stunning views from the top of Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze. The earlier you arrive, the more amazing the experience. After your mountaintop morning, go back down to the valley and stroll around the picturesque old town with the legendary ski jump as its backdrop.