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GERMANY:German cities show their romantic side with Christmas markets especially popular during the festive season. Who can resist the colourful lighting, the delicious scents of cinnamon, gingerbread or punch or the warming comfort of a mulled wine? Here's our guide to the most beautiful Christmas markets to visit this year.
'Twinkling Star Christmas Market' in Wiesbaden | 22 November 2022 to 8 January 2023
The 'Twinkling Star Christmas Market' in Wiesbaden, complete with a Ferris wheel and scrumptious Hessian specialities, is designed to spread the maximum Christmas spirit. The market starts from 22 November and the Ferris wheel stays up right until 8 January 8th and continues to delight visitors with fantastic views from above even after Christmas.
Harbour Christmas Market at the Chocolate Museum in Cologne | 18 November 2022 to 8 January 2023
Drinking mulled wine with a view of the river Rhine and plenty of chocolate delights to feast on should the mood take you is - the Harbour Christmas Market at the Chocolate Museum in Cologne is a chocolate lovers dream. In addition to high-quality mulled wine from various winegrowers, there are also regional and international food specialties are offered in snow-white pagoda tents and plenty of chocolatey goodness at the nearby CHOCOLAT Grand Cafe. Ride the Ferris wheel for a dreamy overview over the city and the market.
Dusseldorf’s Old Town Market | 17 November to 23 December 2022
From mid-November, Dusseldorf's old town market is transformed into a real Christmas dream, with market huts at the Altstadt Market modelled on Dusseldorf’s old burgher houses. If winter sports are more your thing, get your skates on an dhead to a large ice rink called "Kö on Ice" - on the nearby Königsallee. The rink is immersed in the middle of a sea of lights that guarantee to get you in the mood for the upcoming Christmas season.
“Werksviertel” Christmas Market in Munich | 2 December to 11 December 2022
This year, the Magical Christmas Market will once again take place in Munich's hip and happening "Werksviertel Mitte", which is also the home of the brand-new Adina Munich. A lively and creative concert, which this year has a mystical theme that is dedicated to the animal Pegasus, is a drawcard for festive marketgoers of all ages. And, when it comes to shopping, there are plenty of unique handicrafts to fill Christmas stockings and delicious snacks and drink stalls invite you to linger longer.
Christmas in the Courtyard of the Old Castle in Stuttgart | 23 November to 23 December 2022
The most special thing about Stuttgart's Christmas market is the high grade music concerts that play out in the in the inner courtyard of the old castle. Here, choirs and orchestras create a Christmas atmosphere within a stunning mediaeval setting. The town's Old Castle, the towers of the collegiate church and the baroque-style New Castle make these market an absolute standout on any visit to Germany. A window of the huge advent calendar in the Stuttgart City Hall is also opened every day and well worth a visit.
Stay and Play near the Markets
Whether you're in Wiesbaden, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Munich or Stuttgart: if you stay at one of the Adina Hotels in the pre-Christmas season, you won't have to go far to find the nearest Christmas market. So, with less than 4 weeks until Christmas Day, click here to find a little piece of Christmas spirit at one of our gorgeous Adina Hotels.