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Top Christmas markets in Germany

What could be a better way to celebrate Christmas than vacationing in Germany? This after all is the country where a number of Christmas traditions originated- decoration of fir tree being one of the most significant ones. If you are planning a Christmas vacation in a foreign country, consider Germany. The country has some of the best Christmas markets in the world.

Must see Christmas markets in Germany

Dresden

This city turns into a wonderland during the festive season. The backdrop of the River Elbe adds to the inherent charm. Dresden boasts of hosting the oldest Christmas market in the country-Striezel market. The market has been an annual affair (30 Nov – 24 Dec) since 1434. Definitely a must visit! The historic market will celebrate its 580th anniversary this December (2014). The Prune’s Chimney Sweep Cottage and Children’s Adventure World are key highlights. The Wooden Fairy Castle situated at the back of the market square is a great favorite with little ones.

Berlin

The cosmopolitan German capital is known for its national museums and parks. The main Christmas market is held near to the Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church). There are around 60 markets in and around Berlin. A lot of them are held for a month beginning in the last week of November. The Gender market is known for its great restaurants. At the Spandau Market you can find a Nativity Scene with live animals.

Cologne

The Cologne Cathedral and the area round it look quite different during Christmas. The ‘Am Dom’ Market (26 Nov – 23 Dec) is held near to the cathedral. There are around 160 stalls in the market along with the largest Christmas tree in the Rhine.

Munich

A grand market is held near to the town hall. The Kripperlmarkt is a walking distance from this market. It specializes in selling everything about Nativity. The Toll wood Market is an ideal place to be for people who like music, drama and cuisine.

This is a just a trailer, the real show can only be seen once you are here!