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Travel through a world of Christmas Magic in Germany

As Christmas approaches, Germany reveals its most atmospheric side. Over 2,500 Christmas markets in wonderful settings invite you to share in the joy of the pre-Christmas season and enter into Germany’s special festive mood.

The first ever Christmas market, Dresden’s Striezelmarkt, recorded as far back as 1434. In those days, Christmas markets lasted no more than a day or two and tended to confine themselves to the area around the main church.

Nowadays, Christmas markets usually start before the first weekend of Advent (around the end of November) and go on until Christmas Eve or thereabouts. Some do not finish until Epiphany on 6 January.

Christmas markets in Germany’s rural areas are no less attractive than those in larger towns and cities, though some only take place on weekends.

Still have Christmas presents to buy for friends and family? Why not combine a Christmas market visit with some shopping at Germany’s larger stores? Their Christmas displays are a sight to behold and there are plenty of attractive offers. Christmas shopping in Germany’s major cities such as Berlin, Düsseldorf or Munich is an exciting experience.

Main shopping streets will be especially festive, with fabulous Christmas decorations and illuminations.

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