The Best Christmas Markets Between Nuremberg and Rothenburg

Courtesy of ETM / Kilian Reil
Courtesy of ETM / Kilian Reil
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Nuremberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber are both popular German destinations year-round, but they are particularly lovely towards the end of the year when the Christmas markets move into the town squares. But in between these charming towns, others are worth visiting for more of the festive fun. Here are seven Christmas markets in the region to put on your list.

1. Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt


Nuremberg has the archetypical Christmas market
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In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the medieval Frauenkirche, or Church of Our Lady, towers over one of Germany’s most famous Christmas markets. Some 180 vendors move into the red-and-white wooden huts on the festively decorated market square. If you want to buy souvenirs and gifts for the whole family, you’re in the right place – whether that’s carved wooden toys, beeswax candles or handmade leather bags and purses. The food stalls focus on regional specialities – mulled wine, Nuremberg Rostbratwurst and gingerbread are a given.

Rothenburger Reiterlesmarkt

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is considered the epitome of German villages. The picturesque cityscape of winding cobblestone alleys, half-timbered houses and the preserved medieval city walls could be straight out of a fairytale. The local Christmas shop sells tree ornaments, cards and other decorations year-round. But nearing the end of November, the town transforms into a magical festive wonderland. The Christmas market has a 500-year-long tradition and offers the best of traditional handicrafts and local sweet and savoury food.

Reiterlesmarkt, Grüner Markt, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Courtesy of Rothenburg Tourismus Service / W. Pfitzinger

2. Fürth Christmas Market

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The small Christmas market in Fürth has existed for the last 30 years but is still considered an insider’s tip. The organisation of the event is a community effort, and those involved work with attention to detail. The result is a cosy Christmas village of wooden huts where artisans from the region showcase the best of their work from ceramics to glass sculptures and jewellery to wood-carved figures. Classic Christmas market food, mulled wine and a festive entertainment programme round up the experience.

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