Planning a trip to the Bavaria Christmas markets? Here’s what you need to know.

During the month of December, Europe is booming with magic.

Every city centre is lit up by the magic of Christmas markets, mulled wine is the drink of choice, and chimney cakes are sprinkled with sweet cinnamon in wooden stands.

The smell of smoked sausages fills the air, traditional music plays in the background and everyone is in a jolly mood. 

Even though every European city is filled with holiday magic during December, there is something extra special about the Bavaria Christmas markets.

The German region of Bavaria is located in the south of the country.

It features storybook villages, stunning alpine mountains, medieval castles, beautiful nature and an authentic culture.

If you want to have the best Christmas market experience in Germany, you cannot miss out on visiting Munich, Nuremberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber in the Bavarian region. 


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Getting to Bavaria, Germany:

The best way to get to the Bavarian region of Southern Germany is by flying into Munich and starting your journey there. From Munich, you can take the train from the Munich Hauptbahnhof.

Within Germany, you could ride the Regional Express, which connects regional destinations with larger cities.

The Regional Bahn links all local German towns and are much slower than other trains in the country.

The InterRegional trains connects throughout all of Germany’s regions. S-Bahn, which are suburban trains, are a network that operate within most large cities such as Berlin and Munich.

The InterCity trains operate domestically and internationally. 

Another great way to travel around Bavaria is by taking a FlixBus. This convenient and affordable bus service runs throughout Europe and allows passengers to easily purchase low cost tickets and get to their destination in a short time.

What is great about taking a FlixBus is that each bus has comfortable seating, spacious leg room, onboard entertainment, beverages and snacks, free Wi-Fi and power outlets. 

You could discover the best ways to travel around Bavaria, Germany by using Rail Europe, Omio and Rome2Rio


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The Best Bavaria Christmas Market Towns: 

Advent season in Europe begins in late November and leads up to Christmas Day.

If you are planning on visiting the German Christkindlmarkts (Christmas markets), it is highly recommended that you travel between that time frame.

Most of the Christmas markets around the country – including the Bavaria Christmas markets – will close shop the day before Christmas Eve. 


Munich Christmas Markets:

Munich, also known as München in German, hosts one of the oldest Bavaria Christmas markets.

It is in this beautiful capital of Bavaria where you will find classic wooden stands that are decorated with lights, eye-catching ornaments and other stunning décor.

Artisan crafts, handmade trinkets, Christmas village houses, jewellery, apparel and so much more are what is sold at the markets.

These lovely stands are also where you could purchase glühwein, which is a hot spiced wine, as well as other delicious and comforting German foodie staples like sausage, pretzels, potato pancakes, gingerbread cookies, strudel, baked goods and more. 

The main Christkindlmarkt in Munich can be found in Marienplatz, which is the main square of the city.

This stunning market takes place in front of the beautiful Neues Rathaus, which is the town hall that hosts the city government including the council, offices of the mayors and administration.

There is also a gorgeous Christmas tree in the centre of the square. 


Munich has one of the best Bavaria Christmas markets
Munich is home to one of the oldest Bavaria Christmas markets

Another beautiful Christmas market in the city of Munich is the Residenz Christmas Village. This magical market offers a wonderful selection of different vendors where you could purchase food, trinkets, crafts and more.

If you have the time, it is recommended that you also walk through the Residenz palace, which is the former royal palace of the Wiitelsbach monarchs of Munich.

It is the largest palace in the city and it features stunning rooms and décor. 

Rindermarkt in Munich also has Christmas market stands and it is situated right off of Marienplatz. This market features festive decorations and it is a little less crowded than the other markets in Munich. 

In addition to enjoying all of the cheerful Munich Christmas markets, it is recommended to wander throughout the Old Town and visit some of the local stores, bakeries and historical sites.

In addition to glühwein, beer is also a staple in Germany and Munich boasts the famous Hofbräuhaus, which is the largest biergarten in the world and it is also where the famous Oktoberfest event takes place every fall.

Another wonderful site to visit is the Theatine Church, which is a gorgeous Baroque Catholic church. 


Where to Eat in Munich:

Where to Stay in Munich: 

Luxury: Hotel Bayerischer Hof

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Hotel Laimer Hof

Budget/Hostel: Euro Youth Hostel


Nuremberg Christmas Market:

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria and it also boasts the largest Christmas market in Bavaria (and Germany!). It is known as the Christkindlesmarkt.

When you visit Nuremberg, you will be completely awestruck by how impressive the Christmas markets are!

There are countless wooden stands all around that serve delicious foodie items such as decorative hearts and cookies, Nuremberg mini bratwursts, roasted almonds, homemade chocolates, pretzels of all kinds, potato pancakes and applesauce, roasted mushrooms, raclette, spätzle and currywurst.

No matter what you get, everything is absolutely delicious! 

Of course, you could will not have a problem finding the traditional and heartwarming glühwein anywhere at this amazing market.

Other popular German Christmas drinks you should try in Nuremberg are Eierpunsch, which is similar to eggnog made with egg yolks, white wine, spices such as cinnamon and cloves, vanilla and citrus juice.

There is also Heibe Schokolade, which is a spiked hot chocolate made with rum or Amaretto.

Lastly, I recommend also trying glühbier, which is mulled beer with spices. Everything is so delicious and will ensure you are kept warm as you enjoy the markets. 


Christmas in Nuremberg Germany

Just like in Munich, Nuremberg’s Christmas market stands sell adorable trinkets, beautiful homemade crafts, decorations and artwork.

They also sell beautiful Christmas village houses that resemble the timber wood houses of Bavaria.

In addition to the main Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, there is also a Children’s Christmas Market with more stalls serving bratwursts, frites (French fries), sugary treats and non-alcoholic hot punch.

The Children’s Christmas Market also has a carousel, Ferris wheel and other fun rides and games for kids to enjoy. 

Another memorable thing to do in Nuremberg is visit the Imperial Castle. Nuremberg was once the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the city played a role in royalty.

The Imperial Castle is where you could get a more informed history lesson of Nuremberg during the Middle Ages.

Another great activity to do during your time in Nuremberg is climb the Frauenkirche, otherwise known as Church of Our Lady located in the centre of the Christkindlesmarkt. 


Bavaria Christmas Market in Germany

Where to Eat in Nuremberg:

Where to Stay in Nuremberg:

Luxury: Le Méridien Grand Hotel

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Hotel Elch Boutique

Budget/Hostel: Five Reasons Hostel


Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Market:

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, otherwise known as Rothenburg, is one of the most beautiful villages in Germany. This lovely Bavarian town means ‘above the Tauber River’ in Germany.

It is a timber wood small town located along the Romantic Road and it is the perfect location for a fairytale Christmas market.

You will find the iconic wooden Christmas market stands all throughout the Marktplatz, which is the main Market Square as well as in the Grüner Markt and Kirchplatz. 

Just like at the other Bavaria Christmas markets, you will find glühwein, German wursts, warm crêpes, gingerbread and more.


Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market in Bavaria Germany

Something to note about the Rothenburg Christkindlmarkt is that the Reiterle will make a random appearance on certain days during the Advent season.

Similar to Krampus, Reiterle is another feared character contrast to Santa Claus for young children who have misbehaved throughout the year. 

One of the top places to visit and take a walk through is Käthe Wohlfahrt, which is the official Christmas store of Germany.

The head office of Käthe Wohlfahrt is based in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and they have a magical museum to check out.

Throughout Käthe Wohlfahrt, you could find beautiful village houses, decorative ornaments, nutcrackers, home décor and so much more. It is a true Christmas wonderland!

Another wonderful place to see in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is St. James’s Church – a Lutheran Church that serves as a place of worship along the Bavaria pilgrimage route on the Camino de Santiago.

The Burggarten is also a beautiful spot in Rothenburg to stroll through along with the town walls that feature 2 miles of walkways and views. 


Where to Eat in Rothenburg ob der Tauber:

Where to Stay in Rothenburg ob der Tauber:

Luxury:

Hotel Herrnschlösschen

Mid-Budget/Boutique:

Hocher Hotel

Budget/Hostel:

Youth Hostel Rothenburg o.d.T


About the author:

Taylor is the millennial, boutique travel blogger, writer and content creator behind Brown Eyed Flower Child.

Originally from New Jersey, outside of New York City, Taylor enjoys traveling all over the world and showcasing everything she experiences “through her eyes” on both her blog and social media.

Along with travelling and blogging, Taylor’s hobbies include being active and going hiking, skiing and ice skating as well as doing yoga and dancing. She also loves to read, visit wineries and discover hidden food gems.