Christmas Markets 2017 iN the Historic Highlights of Germany

December 7, 2017 / iNSIDE EUROPE

The Historic Highlights of Germany are 17 beautiful cities across the country with equally stunning Christmas Markets.
Each played a major role in German history, sometimes also European and even world history. Historic old town centers form unique backdrops for traditional one-of-a-kind Christmas Markets.
iNSIDE EUROPE encourages travelers to take the road less traveled and enjoy the festive season iN the Historic Highlights of Germany. If you have not yet been, make sure to visit soon!

Here is a look at selected Christmas Markets, compiled by our fall intern 2017, Daniela Kammermeier.

Heidelberg Christmas Market, ©Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, photo: Jan Becke

Heidelberg Christmas Market:
Heidelberg is often called the most romantic city in Germany and is well-known for its castle ruins and renowned university. Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt takes place on five squares of the scenic old town and is very popular among locals but also international visitors. Stroll along ancient streets with over 140 booths. Treat yourself to mulled wine or other traditional foods. Visiting the open-air ice skating rink at Karlsplatz (open until January 7) and the fairytale winter ‘forest’ at Kronmarkt (ends after January 1, 2018)

Dates: November 27th to December 22, 2017

Opening Hours: Sunday-Friday: 11 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm


Lübecker Weihnachtsmarkt, Historic Highlights of Germany, Inside EuropeTraditional Christmas Market Lübeck:
Marzipan and the Holsten Gate are the first things that come to mind when thinking of Lübeck.
The Traditional Christmas Market Lübeck is located in the old town, that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marktplatz  and Breite Straße are the main locations and the stalls offer  decorations, toys and food. The Traditional Christmas Market is not the only market organized in Lübeck. More information about the other event highlights during the holiday season, including an ‘Enchanted Forest’ at St. Mary’s churchyard, can be found here.

Dates: November 27th to December 30, 2017 (closed on December 24th and December 25th)

Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 am to 8 pm, Friday-Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm (the stalls on Market are open an hour longer)


Blue Lights Christmas Market Potsdam, ©TMB-Fotoarchiv, photo: Steffen Lehmann

Blue Lights Christmas Market Potsdam:
Potsdam is located close to Germany’s capital city Berlin and is known for its castles, for example, Castle Sanssouci. The city organizes a variety of different Christmas Markets with the Blue Lights Christmas Market being the largest one. Potsdam’s Brandenburgerstraße and Luisenplatz are lit in blue lights which creates a unique ambience. The Blue Lights Christmas Market offers many events including special shopping nights and activities for children. The other markets in Potsdam are worth seeing, too. For more information, click here.

Dates: November 27th to December 28, 2017 (closed on December 24th)

Opening Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 11 am to 8 pm, Thursday-Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm, December 25th and December 26th: 11 am to 7 pm, December 28th: 11 am to 6 pm


Christmas Market Trier, ©Trierer Weihnachtsmarkt, photo: Werner Hardt

Christmas Market Trier: Being the oldest city in Germany, founded by the Romans, Trier is a perfect place to travel back in time. Pre-Christmas, experience Trier Christmas Market on the Marktplatz in the old town. 95 booths are in front of imposing Trier Cathedral and sell everything from culinary specialties to unique gift articles. Meet Germany’s only Mulled Wine Queen and taste “Original Moselle Vintner Mulled Wine”. A variety of special musical events such as performances by brass bands or gospel choirs keep visitors entertained.

Dates: November 27th to December 22, 2017

Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, Friday-Saturday: 10:30 am to 9:30 pm, Sunday: 11 am to 8:30 pm


Erfurt Christmas Fair, ©Erfurt Tourismus und Marketing GmbH

Erfurt Christmas Fair: Erfurt is the capital of Thuringia and dates back more than 1200 years. Two of Erfurt’s most famous landmarks, St. Mary’s Cathedral and Church of St. Severus serve as the setting for the city’s yearly Christmas Market. Over 200 wooden stalls are set up and around Domplatz, Fischmarkt, and Willy-Brandt-Platz. Sample iconic Thuringian Bratwurst and Erfurt Schittchen, a delicious type of stollen. Another great gift idea are handcrafted local Christmas decorations and from the nearby Erzgebirge mountains, a region known for rich Christmas traditions and one-of-a-kind holiday souvenirs.

Dates: November 28th to December 22, 2017

Opening Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday: 10 am to 9 pm (also opening day), Friday-Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm


Rostock Christmas Fair, ©Großmarkt Rostock GmbH

Rostock Christmas Fair: The Hanseatic city of Rostock is the only Historic Highlight city located on the Baltic coast. The Christmas Fair happens on several squares in Rostock’s city center . It is supposed to be the largest in Northern Germany — aside from Berlin or Hamburg — and features numerous attractions that go beyond the average Christmas Market. Wintercarneval with traditional rides including a ferris wheel plus a Fairytale World are additional highlights.

Dates: November 27th to December 22, 2017

Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 am to 8:30 pm, Friday-Saturday: 10 am to 9:30 pm, Sun: 11 am to 8:30 pm


There is much more to see and do in the Historic Highlights of Germany:  Osnabrück, Münster, Aachen, Bonn, Wiesbaden, Mainz, Koblenz and Freiburg  also host beautiful Christmas Markets.
Visit the website for Historic Highlights of Germany to learn more.  The Bavarian Historic Highlight cities Würzburg, Regensburg and Augsburg are being presented in another iNSIDE EUROPE travel tip.