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The most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany: These 7 cities are the best choice for a short trip in 2022!

After being rather quiet as far as the Christmas market is concerned for the last two years, the cities of Europe are taking off this year and Germany is no exception! It seems like the organizers want to make up for all the lost time by treating us to their unique magic. Glühwein, gingerbread hearts, cotton candy and fun rides they all have, but which markets are particularly impressive and worth a visit? We’ve fished out the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany for 2022:

The unique Christmas market in the Ravenna Gorge

Special Christmas markets in Germany - breathtaking scenery in Ravenna Gorge in Baden-Wuerttemberg

What makes the market here so special is its unique location. Around the large pillars of the Höllentalbahn and under the arches, the romantically illuminated stalls of the Christmas market, which is located in Baden-Württemberg, wind their way through. Without question, this transforms it into one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany for 2022 (and not just for this year). Conveniently, there is a direct connection by shuttle from the nearby train stations, so the 40 stalls can be reached comfortably and easily. Admission is 5 euros during the day, while after 4 pm you pay 6 euros. A torchlight walk can also be booked – admission included.

The most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany – Visit Speyer even after New Year!

There is a New Year's market after Christmas in Speyer

You can also enjoy Christmas stalls, Christmas tree, Christmas music and smell at the Christmas market in Speyer. Sounds like nothing special at first, right? If you don’t manage to plan your vacation before Christmas, you’ve also missed the chance to visit most of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany for 2022 – but not this one in the city of the Salian Emperor in Rhineland-Palatinate! That’s because right after the Christmas holidays, it transforms into a New Year’s market that you can even visit a few days after New Year’s Eve – and the beautiful towns in the surrounding area right along with it! And that makes it the German Christmas market with the longest standing time.

The beautiful old town in Bad Wimpfen

The most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany 2022 - Bad Wimpfen for a quiet getaway

Also in Bad Wimpfen in Baden-Württemberg, it is mainly the scenery that creates an enchanting atmosphere, that which makes the market one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany for 2022. The tradition of the market has existed since the 15th century, when Emperor Frederick III created the “Katharinenmarkt”. Old half-timbered houses, numerous illuminated fir trees and a variety of handicraft and art products will make sure that you will never regret the nice trip to the actually quite small Christmas market in Bad Wimpfen.

The Nuremberg market is one of the largest in Germany

Nuremberg enjoys the largest Christmas market in the country


If you prefer bigger, more imposing and exciting, you can also opt for the Nuremberg Christmas Market, which is considered the largest Christmas market in Germany, although this fact is debatable and depends on whether you consider the number of stalls or visitors. Either way, the city of Nuremberg manages to provide a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Probably the most famous Christmas market is held annually in the Old Town, opening with a prologue by the Christ Child (the symbol of Nuremberg). This Christkind is in turn elected beforehand by citizens of the city. If you want to try something traditional, then do not miss the opportunity to taste the so-called Zwetschgenmännle, as it is made from dried plums.

Potsdam near Berlin for a short trip before Christmas.

The most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany 2022 - Blue glow of lights in Potsdam

Are you looking for Christmas markets in Brandenburg for 2022, the Potsdam “Blaue Lichterglanz” is definitely worth a recommendation. What makes it one of the most special Christmas markets is also the fact that it is located near the beautiful Sanssouci Palace. A giant stollen at the opening as well as an ice rink and fairy tale stage make strolling around the stalls full of crafts and treats even more versatile and fun. If that’s not enough, why not treat your kids to a puppet show or the impressive fire show! Christmas spirit is definitely guaranteed here!

Or how about reserving a day for one of the 60 markets in the capital Berlin?

Great Christmas markets in Germany 2022 – Visit Cologne at Christmas time.

In Cologne the market at the cathedral presents itself with a huge Christmas tree


One of the top 10 Christmas markets in Germany, and also one of the biggest, is without a doubt the market in Cologne, right next to the Cologne Cathedral (there are others in other parts of the city). So, if you have always wanted to visit this impressive city, you can wonderfully combine it with this event at this unique time of the year. Most impressive is the huge Christmas tree with its remarkable height of 25 meters, which steals the show even from Cologne’s landmark. And if you plan a few extra days for your city break, you can even take a detour and visit a few of the other markets around Cologne.

Other beautiful Christmas markets in NRW can be found in Bottrob, Dortmund, Essen and Bonn.

Special Christmas markets in Germany 2022 – Rüdesheim scores with multi-culti

Multicultural Christmas market stalls in Rüdesheim am Rhein

The so-called Christmas Market of Nations is clearly one of the most interesting in Germany, as it is not quite as traditional, but versatile. In Rüdesheim, craftsmen from 16 nations (from four continents!) present their customs and goods for sale in the beautiful old town. There is no lack of Christmas atmosphere thanks to the magnificent decorations and twinkling lights.