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Christmas Markets in Bavaria 

Christmas market in BavariaChristmas markets determine the atmosphere of  Bavarian cities from late November to the third week of December.

Even with your eyes closed you can picture it: The scent of steaming mulled wine and roasted chestnuts is just as typical as the sound of the jingle bells, and the live brass melodies you can hear all around.

You can buy countless gifts everywhere: Mouth blown Christmas tree decoration, wooden figures and much more ....

Even better is the particular atmosphere: a mix of nostalgia, amazement and anticipation. Especially in large cities such as Bamberg, Ingolstadt, Munich, Nuremberg, Neuburg on River Danube, or Rosenheim, the supply is abundant! 

Worth a visit are also the countless events in smaller towns, which are often less crowded. For example, in Bad Tölz, where the historic old town provides a perfect setting; in Andechs, where a living nativity scene can be seen in the courtyard of the famous monastery; or on the romantic Fraueninsel (Lady's Island) on Lake Chiemsee which you can only reach by boat.

Among the many markets you can find throughout Bavaria we have chosen 15 which are definitely worth a visit:

Guide-to-Bavaria's Top 15 Christmas Markets in Bavaria:

Christkindlmarkt Altötting

Altötting, pilgrimage destination and home of the Black Madonna, offers an additional attraction in winter: its Christkindlmarkt at the 'Kapellplatz', in the heart of the small town. It is said to be one of Bavaria's most beautiful Christmas Markets.

Opening Hours:
24. November to 16. December 2018
Mon thru Thur from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fri thru Sun from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Altöttinger Christkindlmarkt
Weihnachtsmarkt Ansbach

Each year Ansbach's Christmas Market resides at 'Martin-Luther-Platz'. It has rich and varied offers and a very romantic atmosphere.

Opening Hours:
29. November to 24. December 2018
Sun thru Wed from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thur thru Sat from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
08. December: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
24. December: 11:00 am thru 1:00 pm

Ansbacher Weihnachtsmarkt
Christkindlesmarkt Augsburg

Christmas feelings awake at Augsburg's 'Rathausplatz'! Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 06:00 pm there is a so called Angel's Play. 24 angels appear in the windows of the historic city hall which thus becomes a huge, living advent calendar (German traditional calendar with 24 so called 'doors' which are being opened from 1st until 24th of December).

Opening Hours:
26. November to 24. December 2018
Sun thru Thur from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fri and Sat from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm

Special Opening Hours:
26. November: 6:00 pm to 10.00 pm
30. November: 10:00 am to midnight
23. December: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
24. December: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Der Augsburger Christkindlmarkt
Christkindlmarkt Bad Tölz
The picturesque 'Marktstraße' in Bad Tölz is being lightened up for this Christmas Market.

Opening Hours:
23. November to 23. December 2018
daily from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Bad Tölzer Christkindlmarkt
Weihnachtsmarkt Bamberg

Bamberg's 'Maximiliansplatz', directly in the city's pedestrian area, appears all Christmasy for the occasion. There are not only the usual stalls where all kinds of saesonal articles are being sold but also the so called 'manger trail' (Krippenweg), a trail with stations at churches, museums and public places.

Opening Hours:
22. November to 23. December 2018*
Mon thru Sat from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
Sun from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

* Due to a holiday (Totensonntag), the Christmas Market is closed on 25. November.

Bamberger Weihnachtsmarkt und Krippenweg


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