11 Magical German Christmas Markets Set in a Castle

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The pre-Christmas season is approaching, and in Germany that means festively decorated wooden huts will soon move onto the historical town squares across the country and enchant visitors with mulled wine, freshly roast almonds, handcrafted trinkets and cheerful song. What if you could experience an authentic German Christmas market in a castle? Well, you can. Several castles and palaces across the country open their doors for such festive events. Here is a list of 11 magical Christmas markets to add to your list.

Satzvey Castle, Mechernich


© Mike Göhre / Burg Satzvey

Bensberg Palace, Bensberg


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Katzenstein Castle, Dischingen

Katzenstein Castle, Germany
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Hohenzollern Castle, Bisingen

Historical Landmark

Two people dressed as statues in a crowd of people outside Hohenzollern Castle, Germany
© Roland Beck / Burg Hohenzollern
The Christmas market on the grounds of the Hohenzollern Castle is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Germany. As the ancestral seat of the Prussian Royal family, the castle still wows visitors with an ostentatious interior of gold, antiques, murals and frescos. In the midst of this splendour, vendors present handmade crafts, gifts and souvenirs as well as some culinary treats. Guided tours are not available, but make sure not to miss out on the treasure room and the chapel when you’re there.

Dates: December 1 – 3, 8 – 10
Fridays: 2pm – 8pm
Saturdays: 11am – 8pm
Sundays: 11am – 7pm

Cochem Castle, Cochem


Cochem Castle, Germany
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Wartburg, Eisenach


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Bückeburg Castle


Bueckeburg Castle, Germany
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Merseburg Castle


Merseburg Castle, Germany
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Drachenburg Castle, Königswinter


Drachenburg Castle, Germany
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Bad Homburg Castle, Bad Homburg


Bad Homburg Castle, Germany
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Guteneck Castle, Guteneck


Guteneck Castle, Germany

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