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Christkindlmarkt, or Weihnachtsmarkt, are the German words most popularly used for the famous Christmas markets which pop up all over Germany during the holiday season (usually from the end of November through Christmas). These markets are full of stalls with anything to do with Christmas, from food and drink to artisan trinkets. You can also catch traditional folk song and dance to even further immerse you into the holiday spirit.

If you plan on heading to one of these markets it’s important to know what the most emblematic items are (you wouldn’t want to miss out on the full German Christmas market experience!). As for food and drink, try the Gebrannte Mandeln (candied almonds), Lebkuchen and Magenbrot (types of gingerbread cookies), bratwurst (type of sausage), and wash it all down with some hot Glühwein (mulled wine). As for trinkets, pick up a Nussknacker (carved nutcracker figurine) or two and some Zwetschgenmännle (figures made out of prunes).

Here’s a selection of some of the most popular German Christmas markets 2013 and their opening dates and times.

Berlin Christmas Market

berlin christmas market
Dates: November 23 – December 31, 2015
Times: Everyday from 11am to 10pm / Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, 11am-1am

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Baden-Baden Christmas Market

baden baden christmas market
image source: baden-baden.de

Dates: November 23 – December 30, 2015
Times: 11am-9pm daily / Christmas Eve 11am-4pm

Nuremberg Christmas Market

nuremberg christmas market
image by foxypar4 on flickr

Dates: 27th November – 24th December, 2015
Times: Daily from 10am-9pm / Christmas Eve 10am-2pm

Regensburg Christmas Market

regensburg christmas market
image by Resident on Earth on flickr

Dates: 27th November – 23rd December, 2015
Times: Sun-Wed from 10am-8pm / Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm

Munich Christmas Market

munich christmas market
image by heatheronhertravels on flickr

Dates: 27th November – 24th December, 2015
Times: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm / Sun 10am-8pm / Christmas Eve 10am-2pm

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Augsburg Christmas Market

augsburg christmas market
image by Bladeflyer on flickr

Dates: 23rd November – 24th December, 2015
Times: Mon-Wed 10am-8pm / Thu-Sat 10am-9:30pm / Sun 10am-8pm / Christmas Eve 10am-2pm

Erfurt Christmas Market

erfurt christmas market
image by Art History Images (Holly Hayes) on flickr

Dates: 24th November – 22nd December, 2015
Times: Sun-Wed 10am-8pm / Thu-Sat 10am-10pm

Leipzig Christmas Market

leipzig christmas market
image by Zygia on flickr

Dates: 24th November – 23rd December, 2015
Times: Sun-Thurs 10am-9pm / Fri-Sat 10am-10pm

Mainz Christmas Market

mainz christmas market
image by M+MD on flickr

Dates: 26th November – 23rd December, 2015
Times: Sun-Thu 11am-8.30pm / Fri-Sat 11am-9pm

Dresden Christmas Market

dresden christmas market
image by A.Currell on flickr

Dates: 26th November – 24th December, 2015
Times: Daily 10am-9pm / Christmas Eve 10am-2pm

Aachen Christmas Market

aachen christmas market
image by Chris Friese on flickr

Dates: 20th November – 23rd December, 2015
Times: 11am-9pm daily / 22 Nov 6pm-9pm / 23 Dec 11am-8pm

Bonn Christmas Market

bonn christmas market
image by realityfanclub on flickr

Dates: 20th November – 23rd December, 2015
Times: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm / Closed on 22 Nov 2015

Braunschweig Christmas Market

braunschweig christmas market
image by m.prinke on flickr

Dates: 25th November – 29th December, 2015
Times: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm / Sun 11am-9pm / Closed 24th & 25th Dec

Bremen Christmas Market

bremen christmas market
image by Bjorn Giesenbauer on flickr

Dates: 23rd November – 23rd December, 2015
Times: Mon-Fri 10am-8:30pm / Sat 10am-10pm / Sun 11am-8:30pm

Cologne Christmas Market

cologne christmas market
image by CGP Grey on flickr

Dates: 23rd November – 23rd December, 2015
Times: Sun-Wed 11am-9pm / Thu-Fri 11am-10pm / Sat 10am-10pm

Dortmund Christmas Market

dortmund christmas market
image by benefit of hindsight on flickr

Dates: 19th November – 30th December, 2015
Times: Mon-Thu 10am-9pm / Fri-Sat 10am-10pm / Sun 12am-9pm

Essen Christmas Market

essen christmas market
image source Weihnachtsmarkt Essen official Facebook page

Dates: 19th November – 23rd December, 2015
Times: Sun-Thu 11am-9pm / Fri-Sat 11am-10pm / 22 November 6pm-10pm

Frankfurt Christmas Market

frankfurt christmas market
image by abustaca on flickr

Dates: 25th November – 22nd December 2013
Times: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm / Sunday 11am-9pm

Hamburg Christmas Market

hamburg christmas market
image by Thragor2 on flickr

Dates: 23rd November – 23th December, 2015
Times: Sun-Thurs 11am-9 pm / Fri-Sat 10am-10 pm

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Heidelberg Christmas Market

heidelberg christmas market
image by dionc on flickr

Dates: 23rd November – 22nd December, 2015
Times: Sun-Fri 11am-9pm / Sat 11am-10pm

Koblenz Christmas Market

koblenz christmas market
image by onnola on flickr

Dates: 20th November – 22nd December, 2015
Times: Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm / Fri-Sat 10am-10pm / Sun 11am-9pm

Lübeck Christmas Market

luebeck christmas market
image by Joko-Facile on flickr

Dates: 23rd November – 30th December, 2015
Times: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm / Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

Münster Christmas Market

muenster christmas market
image source muenster.de

Dates: 23rd November – 23rd December, 2015
Times: Sun-Thu 11am-8pm / Fri-Sat 11am-9pm

Rostock Christmas Market

rostock christmas market
image by Humpalumpa on flickr

Dates: 23rd November – 22nd December, 2015
Times: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm / Fri-Sat 10am-9pm / Sun 11am-8pm

Stuttgart Christmas Market

stuttgart christmas market
image by LenDog64 on flickr

Dates: 25th November – 23rd December 2013
Times: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm / Sun 11am-9pm

Wiesbaden Christmas Market

wiesbaden christmas market
image by Kay Gaensler on flickr

Dates: 24th November – 23rd December 2013
Times: Mon-Thu 10:30am-9pm daily / Fri-Sat 10:30am-9:30pm / Sunday 12pm-9pm

Würzburg Christmas Market

wuerzburg christmas market
image by tericee on flickr

Dates: 27th November – 23rd December 2013
Times: Mon-Sat 10am-8:30pm / Sun 11am-8:30pm

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