Now that Halloween has come and gone, it's time to set our sights on another fun family holiday. While Amsterdam has it's own selection of small Christmas markets, the big must see ones are in Germany.
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German Christmas Markets offer traditional delights for the whole family. From aromas of Glühwein, gingerbread and worst to the ecstatic shrieks of delight from children running around, German Christmas markets are a festive atmosphere. Luckily for us, Amsterdam is just a short train (or plane) ride from some of the best ones. Here are our top picks for German Christmas Markets 2016.
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss
In Berlin there are almost one hundred different Christmas markets. For this reason alone it is helpful to do some research before you decide which market you want to visit. Which Berlin Christmas Market do we recommend? Well, this year we have our sights set on the Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt. While German Christmas Markets are usually free, this one has a 1 euro entrance. However, from all accounts it is well worth it. Besides having a fantastic location that is easy to reach, it also provides an authentic Berlin experience.
Cost: 1 Euro
Dates: 21 november til 31 december 2016
Opening-times: Daily from 11:00 til 22:00 (24 & 31 December only till 6pm)
Location: Leipziger Strasse 65
Hamburg has long been famous for its food markets and the second-largest city in Germany is also a must visit for its Christmas Markets. Hamburg's main Weihnachtsmarkt is held in front of the Town Hall and is easy to spot due to the large Christmas tree that marks the location.
Dates: 21 November til 23 December 2016
Opening-times: Sunday-Thursday : 11:00 til 21:00
Friday-Saturday : 11:00 til 22:00
Location: In front of the Hamburg Rathaus
Munich has one of the oldest and most traditional Christmas Markets in Germany. The Christkindlmarkt can be found in front of Munich Town Hall. This market is said to date back to the 14th century! It's also the largest market in the city with 150 stalls filled with toys, crafts, pottery and other goods. Plus, it's tree boasts 2,500 candles and is 30 meters tall.
Dates: 25 November til 24 December 2016
Opening-times: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 til 21:00
Sunday: 10:00 til 20:00
Location: On Marienplatz and the main shopping centre streets
Where will you be heading to for your Christmas Market experience this year?