German Christmas

Christmas is a feeling - remembrance and anticipation in equal measure. In Germany, this sentiment is celebrated for a period of over four weeks called…
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Germany's magical Christmas season
Experience a magical pre-Christmas season of festive sounds and twinkling lights in Germany! Some of the best Christmas markets in Germany are the Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt and Dresden's Striezelmarkt. An insider's tip is the romantic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Market, with its medieval setting and famous "Reiterlesmarkt". Plan your festive journey through Germany! #germanytourism
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Cold-water swimming – boost your health!
Cold-water swimming is a deep-rooted tradition in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. It’s thought to be an effective, revitalising ritual to boost the immune system and provide a sense of euphoria. So, are you brave enough to jump in the water during the traditional cold water swim in the Baltic spa resort of Binz? After this invigorating adventure, you can warm up again in a sauna. #germanytourism
The snow-covered Christmas market in the old quarter of Annaberg-Buchholz Germany Travel, Xmas, Romantic Christmas, Winter Adventure
Romantic Christmas time
During the festive season, many German towns and cities are transformed into winter wonderlands. And the many amazing Christmas markets offer a magical atmosphere. Annaberg-Buchholz in the Erzgebirge mountains is known for its artful wooden figurines, while Lauscha is famous for its delicate glass baubles. A particular highlight is the Christmas Striezelmarkt in Dresden, with its festive atmosphere and traditional Dresden stollen cake. #germanytourism #GermanChristmasMarkets #GermanyXmas
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Take the train to Christmas
The convenient and stress-free route to Christmas magic! Dive into the spellbinding atmosphere of Nuremberg’s Christmas market. In addition to all the festive stalls and the alluring aroma of roasted almonds, you might even have the opportunity to meet the Christkind, Germany’s traditional Christmas gift-bringer. For the most comfortable and convenient journey to Nuremberg, take the InterCityExpress train. #germanytourism #GermanChristmasMarkets #GermanyXmas
Treats at German Christmas markets
Treats at German Christmas markets Every German Christmas market offers its very own local specialities, from fluffy kaiserschmarrn in Munich and traditional stollen in Dresden to honey printen in Aachen and frankfurter sausages in Hessen. All that’s missing for the perfect festive feast is some mulled wine or hot chocolate! #germanytourism #GermanChristmasMarkets #GermanyXmas
Experience Christmas in Germany and discover the most magical Christmas Markets - Germany Travel
Is it the many sweet treats or the regional dishes on offer? Do you enjoy the gentle up and down of the old-fashioned carousel or do you find yourself singing along to Christmas tunes old and new? Whatever you prefer, join in with the festivities and revel in the build-up to Christmas! #germanytourism #stayalittlebitlonger #GermanChristmasMarkets #GermanyXmas
Experience Christmas in Germany and discover the most magical Christmas Markets - Germany Travel
The ‘leb’ in ‘lebkuchen’ is said to come from the German words for ‘life’ or ‘body’. Legend has it that the exquisitely spiced Nuremberg lebkuchen was invented by a master baker looking to restore life to his ailing daughter. The irresistible mix of honey, nuts and exotic spices makes this a deliciously unique sweet treat. And the best bit is, you can even bake them yourself! Fill your home with the warm aroma of a German Christmas! #germanytourism #GermanChristmasMarkets #GermanyXmas
Winter Pride in Hamburg
A sparkling, rainbow-coloured Christmas: at the LGBTQ+ Christmas market in Hamburg, members of the queer community gather together with friends to enjoy glühwein, music and seasonal refreshments in an open and inclusive atmosphere. Many other German cities also host LGBTQ+ friendly events to enable people to congregate and experience the true spirit of Christmas in the festive season. Come and join the celebrations! #germanytourism #stayalittlebitlonger #GermanChristmasMarkets #GermanyXmas
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Advent, Advent, a little light is burning
German Christmas traditions: What do you do in the run-up to Christmas? The festive season in Germany is brim full of special traditions – from candle-lit wreaths and advent calendars to the baking of Christmas cookies. Then there are the many Christmas markets open from late November. Come and experience a magical festive season in Germany! #germanytourism #GermanChristmasTraditions #GermanyXmas
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It’s never too early for Christmas
It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. If you love German Christmas traditions, then head to the Erzgebirge mountains. Throughout the year, authentic wooden decorations are made here the same way they were a century ago. You can even watch the artisans at work. Follow that up with a spot of culture and shopping in Dresden and you’ll be ready for Christmas. #germanytourism
Winter outdoor activities in Germany
Germany’s more than 100 protected landscapes offer all manner of outdoor activities in winter too. From cross-country skiing and romantic walks to sledging with the family, there are many ways to enjoy Germany’s scenery in the low season while minimising your impact on the environment.
Winter fun in Germany
Germany offers all kinds of winter experiences, from leisurely to action-packed. And they can all be enjoyed sustainably. How about water sports in winter scenery, snow shoe hikes through snow-dusted forests or relaxing days on long, quiet beaches? Who says winter can’t be fun?!
German Christmas customs
Germany has many customs and traditions. They vary across the country and are as colourful and diverse as the regions themselves. Experience German Christmas traditions for yourself – whether outdoors in the snow or inside in the embrace of a warm welcome.
German Christmas Magic
Germany is home to a whole host of centuries-old customs, and Christmas is a particularly good time to discover them. There’s feasting on the traditional Christmas goose, for example, and historical festive customs that are still practised by families today. Watch woodcarvers as they make wooden figurines and Christmas pyramids the traditional way. Germany’s festive magic will bring a sparkle to anyone’s eyes. 🥰
Christmas in Germany’s major cities
Christmas markets in Germany’s major cities conjure up images of magical illuminations and mulled wine, decorations and delicious treats, and all kinds of carvings and artisan crafts. This year, many markets have made the switch to energy-saving lighting. Much like Germany’s big cities themselves, each Christmas market has its very own character, offering the perfect opportunity to combine festive shopping with a visit to captivating cultural highlights.
Romantic Christmas in Germany
During the festive season, small towns across Germany are transformed into beautiful Christmas wonderlands. A visit to these traditional markets is a real delight. Festively decorated streets and stalls provide an inviting backdrop to browse and buy organic products and try the many irresistible treats. Excellent public transport links means that virtually all the markets can be reached quickly, conveniently and in the most environmentally friendly way possible. 🥰
a christmas market with people walking around it and the words season's greetings from germany
Season's Greetings from Germany