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Christmas Markets

Within reach of Bayerisch Eisenstein are some of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.

German Christmas markets tend to be half food and drink stalls and half present/decoration stalls. They are best in the late afternoon/evening when all the lights are on. For Germans, they are more a social occasion then a shopping opportunity, especially the local ones. (Czech Christmas Markets are at the end of the list)

Starting with the daily markets in the cities: Most daily markets finish by 23rd December. Please check websites etc. before travelling to avoid disappointment

MUNICH (2 hours drive) - carfree by train

In Munich it is easy to find a Christmas market that fits you taste! 

Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz
Where: Marienplatz; S-/U-Bahn Marienplatz

Tollwood - The Winterfestival
Where: Theresienwiese

Festive Middle Age Market
Where: Wittelsbacher Platz (near Odeonsplatz), Briennerstr. 6-10

Christmas Village in the Kaiserhof of the Munich Residence
Where: Munich Residence, entrance Residenzstrasse, Odeonsplatz

Christmas Market at the Sendlinger Tor

Bogenhausener Weihnachtszauberwald
Where: Rosenkavalierplatz

Haidhausen Christmas Market
Where: Weißenburger Platz

Christmas Market Schwabing
Where: Münchner Freiheit

Christmas Market Chinesischer Turm
Where:beer garden Chinesischer Turm

Christkindlmarkt Sendling
Where: Am Harras (U6)

Pink Christmas, the gay Christmas Market
Where: Stephansplatz (near Sendlinger Tor)

Christkindlmarkt Pasing
Where: Schererplatz, in front of church Maria Schutz

Blutenburger Weihnacht
Where: Schloss Blutenburg

Manger Scene Exhibition at Zehentstadl
Where: Obermenzing, near Schloss Blutenburg, north of Verdistraße

Winter Market at the Airport
Where: Munich Airport Center, forum

Lightdrives at the Airport
Where: Check-in-counter at Besucherpark (visitor park)

Christmas Market Neuhausen
Where: Rotkreuzplatz

Christkindlmarkt Trudering
Where: cultural center Trudering, Wasserburger Landstraße 32

Christkindlmarkt Feldmoching
Where: multi-purpose hall, Georg-Zech-Allee 17

Christkindlmarkt at Mangfallplatz
Where: Mangfallplatz

Munich "Eiszauber"
Where: Stachus

PASSAU (1 hour drive) - carfree by train

On the square in front of the cathedral in the middle of the romantic old town. Lovely setting, varied stalls. Performances by musicians every day.

REGENSBURG (1 hour 30 minutes drive)- carfree by train

A 400 year tradition of Christmas markets here. Many local specialities, including berry Gluehweins from the Bavarian Forest and apple gluehwein from the Oberpfalz, local sausages (including 'half metre' sausage in a baguette!), Lebkuchen, toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts and more.

Romantic Christmas Market
 at Thurn & Taxis chateau Medieval style market
Many craftsmen demonstrating their skills and a wide range of food and drink, including a hog roast. One of our favourities, very different from any other we have been to. Less commercial than the main market.

Advent Market at Spitalgarden

Craftsmen Lucrezia Christmas Market

NUERNBERG (2 hours drive) - car free by train

The most famous Christmas market of all and one of the oldest. Plastic garlands and tapes playing continuous Christmas music are banned! 200 stalls selling traditional gifts, food and drink.
Very high quality stalls. However, more stalls also means more repetition rather than a wider selection. The main market is in the Hauptmarkt. An added bonus is a ride on a horse drawn post coach, painted bright yellow.

DEGGENDORF (40 minutes drive) - carfree by train

Voted one of the 10 most beautiful markets in Germany. Deggendorf itself has a very pretty central area and good shopping and is worth a visit.




There's an enchanting atmosphere and around 35 stalls at this charming Christmas market, not to mention mouthwatering seasonal treats, captivating concerts and a fairytale forest with individually decorated Christmas trees. It has lots of attractions just for kids, including the children's bakery, magic games, Punch and Judy shows, drumming classes and a writing workshop. St. Nicholas and his helper also make an appearance to hand out little presents. The enormous Advent calendar on the front of a grand town house is a marvelous sight, and Straubing has a fascinating Nativity trail which links 22 displays in the churches and squares in the town centre.



This intimate, romantic Christmas market outside the Church of St. Jodocus presents an array of crafts, traditional Christmas decorations and much more besides. If you follow the Landshut Nativity trail, twinkling stars and fairy lights will entice you along historical lanes to a succession of Nativity scenes spanning more than three centuries. The various locations also double as venues for Christmas concerts.

Also daily Christmas markets in Cham, Grafenau

Local weekend and 1 day markets:

Bayerisch Eisenstein - advent market - Saturday only.

Zwiesel - car free by train
Stalls are set around the local church. An excellent selection of things to buy and a wider selection of food than at Nuernberg.

Schweinhuett - forest Christmas market with the huts in amongst the trees - carfree by train

This is a special “Waldweihnacht”  with many arriving by train and making the short walk from the station into the forest area on one of the days it is held

In the forest there are traditional food, drink and craft stalls with 100’s of candles and fire illuminations. Forest ghosts, imps and then Santa Claus may be seen. Finishing with a Bavarian Christmas story performed in the market place.




Regen - car free by train. Very prettily set out on the market place in the old town. Wide range of things to buy, eat and drink.

Bodenmais - car free by train 

Frauenau - Saturday only from 1300, in front of the glass museum. Nikolaus visits at 16.00 with presents for the children. Car free by train

Bayerisch Eisenstein
11th International Christmas Market on Sunday - 17th December 2017. 12.00-19.00

The vision of Margaret Leach 11 years ago continues it's successful story so come and sample the international food and drink stalls provided by laocal people and groups.

In addition, there is Joska Crystal in Bodenmais (the glassworks on the bypass, not the shop in the town centre). They have an all year Christmas shop but also many extra displays and events for the Christmas season: Christmas tree made out of wineglasses, Christmas trees around the world, handpainting of glass Christmas tree balls, Christmas biscuits, free glass blowing for children. Open every day including Christmas Day, at least 10.00-16.00 (closes 14.00 on Christmas Eve). Go by train – about 10 minutes walk from Bodenmais station. Car free by train.


Christmas Markets
Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square also Havelske Trziste and Republicky Namesti (all within 10 minutes walk of each other). Includes a mini zoo, crib and Christmas tree from the Sumava mountains (Bohemian Forest) and choirs from around the world singing carols on the old town square.

Other events:

Mikulas Day (St. Nicholas) Old Town Square

New Year's Eve 31st December midnight
Fireworks at the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge

Plzen - car free by train
Christmas Market Mainly home made crafts and Bohemian food and drink. Less commercial than most German markets.

Klatovy - car free by train


Cesky Krumlov
Christmas Market

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