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Christmas Markets

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Christmas Markets

Can anyone tell me the nicest Christmas Markets in Germany (or elsewhere in Europe) please. Im looking for somewhere to visit this december for a long weekend. Somewhere that has a very 'christmasy' feel about it, and somewhere that is very picturesque (photography will be a big part of the trip)

Many Thanks

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1. Re: Christmas Markets

One of Germany's largest, oldest, most visited and most beautiful Christmas markets is the one in Stuttgart ( www.stuttgart-tourist.de ; www.stuttgarterweihnachtsmarkt.de the latter only in German). It takes up a good contiguous portion of central Stuttgart, and the roofs of the stalls are probably the best decorated of anywhere in Germany as winning the competition is quite an honor. It is set by the Old Palace, New Palace and Stiftskirche (old church). The Renaissance courtyard of the Old Palace is beautiful and was used in a number of films and is where some singing events are staged during the market. Stuttgart has made excellent strides in recent years to prevent overcrowding and were quite successful in this regard as I've visited at the busiest times such as Saturday evenings and have not recently ever got the feeling of gridlock and not being able to move which is prevalent at many large German Christmas markets.

15 minutes away are two smaller large themed Christmas markets which each have over a million visitors: Esslingen ( www.esslingen.de ) Medieval & Christmas Market set in the well-preserved medieval center of this town which is one of the few larger German towns to have survived WW-II almost intact and is particularly nice in the evening when lit by torches; and Ludwigsburg ( www.ludwigsburg.de ) Baroque Christmas Market which is set by Germany' s largest perfectly preserved (all original) palace, called the "Swabian Versailles" for obvious reasons, whose English-language tours are the longest and best of any palace tour I've had in Europe. This market is also best at night when the large angels made of lights are lit up.

Stuttgart is reachable inexpensively from London (Heathrow; Stansted) by two discount airlines, www.germanwings.com and www.airberlin.com , as well as more conventional airlines.

For other things to see and do in and around Stuttgart, have a look at what I wrote in #1 of tripadvisor.com/…49932873 .

Edited: 21 September 2013, 20:29
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This might help you decide.

http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/

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3. Re: Christmas Markets

Last December we visited Budapest, Salzburg and Munich Christmas Markets. Had not been in several years. LOVED each!!

Budapest was most original, since many of their artisans were local. Salzburg is always beautiful. A combination of locality and natural beauty. Munich has several markets to visit, from the Marienplatz to Schwabing, the artsy area.

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The nicest Christmas Markets in Germany, christmasy' feel, and very picturesque? Erfurt! From all the big Christmas markets in Germany (with more than 200 stalls) Erfurt is the only city that wasn't destroyed in WW2. Most other big Christmas markets, like Nuremberg, Munich, Stuttgart or Cologne, are held on town squares with sometimes pretty ugly, concrete postwar boxes, and most of these cities are not nearly as picturesque as Erfurt, which offers one of the biggest and best preserved old towns in Germany. The main Christmas market is staged on a big square between the old town and the cathedral hill. Have a look here (click on the third panorama):

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There are also some smaller markets on the other, smaller squares.

Website of the Christmas market:

http://www.erfurter-weihnachtsmarkt.eu/

From Erfurt you can visit Weimar and Wartburg castle, which are both World Heritage Sites. Weimar is a wonderful small town with a preserved centre, several castles, palaces and parks, and a good Christmas market. Wartburg castle is one of the historically most important German castles.

Edited: 22 September 2013, 07:52
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5. Re: Christmas Markets

Sounds wonderful. Now, I would like to go back and use your itinerary.

The markets are SO unique

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Thanks for all the detailed replies, gives me lots of food for thought. Some suggestions i would never of considered so thanks again!

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