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There’s nothing like a visit to a Christmas market to get you in the festive mood. Europe is home to many famous and fascinating markets but few places do Christmas fairs as well as Germany. If you are heading abroad on a city break then it’s definitely worth seeing what festive treats you can pick up on your travels. So which are the best German Christmas markets to visit?

German Christmas markets

Sixty Markets in Berlin

Berlin is already a popular discount holiday and city-break destination but really comes into its own at Christmas. There are actually about 60 different markets to explore here, ranging from small arts and crafts fairs to huge traditional Christmas markets. The Kaiser Wilhelm market is one of the best known and offers everything from decorations and clothing to delightful little stocking fillers. People also come here to sample the amazing array of food and drink on offer. Sip on a warm mulled wine or eggnog whilst enjoying sweet waffles and picking up some traditional candied fruits. Head to the west of the city to the market at Charlottenburg Palace. Not only are there plenty of stalls to browse but you can also admire the splendour of the Baroque architecture, specially floodlit at night.

The Seven German Christmas Markets in Cologne

Cologne’s impressive collection of seven German Christmas markets ensures there is definitely one to suit every taste. Children will be entranced by the magical Fairy-tale Market, where there are enchanting toys to be found and plenty of colourful entertainment. Traditional chalets can be found at the Market of Angels in Newmarket, where you will find the best Stollen cake. This is the perfect place to pick up some delicious festive foodie treats whilst soaking up the charming atmosphere with a local beer or two. The Cathedral market is where you will find some stunning handmade craft gifts and, if you climb the tower, is also the place to enjoy stunning views of this spectacular city. For the ultimate in festive cheer, head to the Old Market in front of the town hall to enjoy the delights of this traditional Christmas market.

Stuttgart's Weihnachtsmarkt

The Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt is one of the oldest around, dating all the way back to 1692. The city of Stuttgart is utterly charming and over 300 hundred stalls can be found crammed into its winding streets. This is the place to pick up some traditional artisan craft gifts from the region, whilst enjoying the magical open-air concerts that take place throughout the fair. All the stalls are beautifully decorated, adding to the festive atmosphere of this delightful market.

Combining a pre-Christmas shopping trip with a city-beak is a great idea, and there are plenty of utterly magical German Christmas markets to choose from.
 

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