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Christmas Markets
Starting around December 1, but often as early as mid-November, every larger city in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland has at least one Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt, Christkindlmarkt). Big cities have many Christmas markets.

On Christmas morning in 1772, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote a letter to a friend describing the Christmas market in Frankfurt am Main and his love of the season: “I love this time of year, the songs that one sings, the cold that has descended makes me completely content… As I went across the market and saw the many lights and toys, I thought of you…”

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Salzburg, Austria: The Christkindl Christmas Market
PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

Germany is the original home of the Christmas market, a custom that has now spread across Europe and around the world. One of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets is the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Germany. Dresden’s Striezelmarkt is also one of the oldest in Germany, dating back to at least 1434. There are large and popular Weihnachtsmärkte in Augsburg, Berlin (over 50!), Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Münster, Stuttgart, Trier, Vienna, Ulm, and Zürich/Luzern, plus smaller markets in many other towns all across German-speaking Europe. Germany alone now has more than 3,700 Christmas markets. (See the Christmas market Web links below.)

Berlin also features an annual Chanukka-Markt (Hanukkah Market) at the Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum) in December. (“Der Chanukka-Markt ist Marktplatz, Treffpunkt und Ausstellung zugleich.”) See the museum’s aktuell im Museum page for current exhibits.

For more about German Christmas markets (in German or English), see the links below.

MORE > Christmas Markets in Germany and Europe
MORE > Photos: Christmas in Berlin – with Weihnachtsmärkte

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