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Germany‘s different regions are reflected in handmade items on sale. © Bjoern Rudek

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Christmas Dream Routes

Get ready to indulge in the Christmas spirit!

Germany has along history of rich Christmas traditions that live on today through its festive holiday markets.  Spend some time exploring the spectacular ancient, medieval, and Renaissance cities on our itineraries, noteworthy any time of year but particularly special adorned in their holiday finery. Historic Highlights of Germany has compiled four regional Christmas tours of the country that will allow you to experience the best of its Christmas markets, cheerful atmosphere, and unique yuletide traditions. 

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Feeling Christmassy? Plan your Christmas trip:

Peaceful Christmas Breaks

Charming Christmas in the Black Forest and Bavaria

Traditional Christmas along German rivers

Festive moments from Germany´s heart to the Baltic Sea

Festive Season

Feel the atmosphere of traditional
Christmas markets!

Meet up with friends and family and enjoy steaming mulled wine together. Streets and squares twinkle with enchanting illuminations and the sounds of traditional Christmas music ring out - what better way to awaken your Christmas spirit?

From late November until Christmas, traditions dating back centuries are still alive there! “Lebkuchen” (gingerbread), “Stollen” (fruit cake), toasted almonds and toffee apples are some of the sweet specialties traditionally eaten at Christmas. The diversity of Germany‘s different regions is reflected in
the food and handmade items on sale – after all local color is what counts!

Nov 22 - Dec 22: Christmas Market, Koblenz

Nov 25 - Dec 22: Christmas Market, Heidelberg

Nov 25 - Dec 22: Christmas Market, Osnabrück

Nov 25 - Dec 23: Christmas Market, Freiburg

Nov 25 - Dec 23: Christmas Market, Münster

Nov 25 - Dec 24: Christmas Market, Augsburg

Nov 26 - Dec 22: Christmas Market, Erfurt

Nov 26 - Dec 23: Christmas Market, Wiesbaden

Nov 25 - Dec 22: Christmas Market, Trier

Nov 26 - Dec 26: Christmas Markets, Potsdam

Nov 28 - Dec 22: Christmas Market, Rostock

Nov 28 - Dec 23: Christmas Market, Mainz

Nov 29 - Dec 23: Christmas Market, Würzburg

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Feel the spirit of Christmas

Santa's greeting from Erfurt, Germany

It is that time of year, and that jolly man in the red suit is busy making his last rounds, talking to children the world over, before he sets off on his sleigh December 24th...

Santa's greeting from ERFURT, GERMANY from Moenby MEDIA on Vimeo.

Did you know?

Augsburg: Engelesspiel (Angel´s Play) ©Stadt Augsburg

Augsburg’s Christmas Market
in front of the Renaissance style Town Hall is said to be one of Germany’s oldest. The unique tradition of the “Angel Play” (Engelesspiel), can be seen on the Advent weekends.

That´s Germany

Christmas Decoration: The huge choice of traditional handcrafted wares is a feature of the Christmas markets.

European History

Advent Calendars: This German invention became a custom at the turn of the 20th century and has since advanced to worldwide popularity.