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German Christmas Markets

The origins of celebrating Christmas with street markets throughout Advent can be traced back to the 14th century in German speaking parts of Europe, with the first mention of such a fair in Munich in 1310.

These markets offer wonderful local produce and crafts typical of the surrounding areas. With festive music, the aromas of roasting chestnuts, gingerbread, and other tempting treats that are so much a part of a traditional German Christmas. For you and your students, this is an ideal opportunity to find some wonderfully original Christmas presents, as well as experience an integral part of German culture to complement a language visit.

A large part of the joy of Christmas Markets is the atmosphere. There is great camaraderie, festive music and good cheer. It is often the seasonal meeting place after work and families will regularly wander through the markets for quality time together. You’ll also find that everyone mixes together at the traditional long drinking tables, which is a great opportunity for your students to interact with German people.

You can share in this enjoyment and learn about German culture by taking a short break between the end of November and Christmas.

Western and Northern Germany

Aachen - (Click for more information)

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The border town of Aachen (known also locally as Aix la Chapelle) is usually the first German Christmas market British people encounter as they enter Germany. It is always popular, busy and successful.

Rhine And Mosel Valleys - (Click for more information)

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There are Christmas Markets held in many of the towns along both the Rhine and the Mosel, so just choose your favourite area from our regular Rhine and Mosel page.

As most of them are relatively small, it is necessary for us to check opening dates and times for when you are planning your visit. We are more than happy to do this, so we can plan the best tour around your travel dates and what is available.

The larger markets pose no such problem as they are open throughout the season of Advent. You can easily visit any of the following:

Cologne - (Click for more information)

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Cologne Christmas Market is one of the biggest because it is so wide spread. There are five major markets in the city centre and one of those includes a skating rink. Many more are dotted around the fringes of the centre and by the river. There is lots of choice and lots to see.

Koblenz - (Click for more information)

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Koblenz Christmas Market is more compact but still fills six squares within the old town. Being pedestrianised, the environment here is much more manageable for teachers supervising their students. At the same time you lose none of the atmosphere and live music performances take place most days.

Ask us about your school choir or musical group contributing to the festivities.

Rüdesheim - (Click for more information)

The Rüdesheim Christmas Market offers something different, as the 120 stalls spread around the town represent 12 different countries and bring an international flavour to the traditional German festivities.

Hannover - (Click for more information)

Culture History General Tourist Attraction

There are several different markets throughout the compact city centre to enjoy. History students will also gain insight into the historical connection between the House of Hannover and the British royal family. A visit to the palace and award winning gardens of Herrenhausen will bring this connection to life.

Hamburg - (Click for more information)

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The delightful city of Hamburg is Germany’s largest port, with the city centre right next to the glorious Alster Lake. The 14 magical Christmas Markets turn the city into a fairy tale that delights visitors and residents alike.

All our usual Rhineland and Mosel accommodations are available to you at this time of year, so take a look at our Rhineland accommodation pages.

When visiting the Aachen markets, the youth hostel in the town is the easiest place to stay. As a result it is very popular, so needs to be booked early.

A recent opening in Aachen is the privately run A & O Hostel. This is a widely respected group of hostels throughout Germany; their quality and service are always of a high standard. The Aachen hotel and hostel is conveniently located by the main railway station.

Whilst these are the most common Christmas Markets for students to visit because of their easy accessibility by coach, there are other options.

Eastern And Southern Germany

With many low cost flights to cities across Germany, why not consider somewhere further afield that may allow deeper studies in a wider range of subjects?

The following airports are served directly from the UK and offer access to many different Christmas Markets, whilst allowing further historical, geographical, or cultural studies.

Berlin - (Click for more information)

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There are many different markets spread across the city to choose from. These can enhance studies in 20th century history, architecture, economics, art, or technology.

Munich - (Click for more information)

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The Bavarian capital has many Christmas Markets to choose from that reflect its status and location. Munich offers so much in terms of art, history and technology as well.

Dresden And Leipzig

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Whilst both airports are served from the UK depending on your departure point, it is easily possible to visit one or the other by using the excellent German rail service. Dresden and Leipzig Christmas Markets offer a wide range of goods and crafts more typical of Eastern Germany.

Whilst in Dresden you cannot miss the phenomenal reconstruction of the Frauenkirche cathedral, as well as the world famous art gallery and the Semper Opera House.

Leipzig is full of history and with its museums, concert halls and rich musical heritage, the city has much to offer music students. Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner and Bach all worked in the city and you can attend a concert in the St Thomas Church where Bach is buried. It was also in Leipzig that the events leading to the collapse of East Germany and the reunification of the whole country began in St Nicholas Church with weekly prayer vigils.

Nuremburg - (Click for more information)

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Nuremberg’s Christmas market is one of the oldest markets in Germany and the historical value that accompany a visit to Nuremburg are a big draw.