German castle Christmas celebrations

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

We love Christmas markets. And we love castles. Put the two together and what do you get? The winning formula for an unforgettable holiday experience for the whole family. Nestled in the courtyards of many a German castle, those who seek are sure to find Christmas markets in inimitable, authentic settings. Some are organized over a single Advent weekend; others run for longer periods of time. Here are a few atmospheric picks to whet your appetite:

Bavaria

Schloss Weissenstein, Winterlust, Nov. 16-18.

Stadtresidenz Landshut, “Haferlwinter,” Nov. 23-25.

Fraueninsel im Chiemsee, Christkindlmarkt, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9. This market is on an island that can only be reached by boat.

Cadolzburg, Advent Market, Dec. 1-2.

Tegernsee, Advent Magic on the Tegernsee, all Advent weekends (Dec. 1-2; 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23). 

Burg Trausnitz in Landshut, Castle Christmas, Dec. 7-9.

Schloss Neuburg, Christkindlmarkt, Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-16.

Burg Burghausen, Castle Christmas, Dec. 14-16.

Burg Katzenstein, Castle Christmas, Dec. 15-16 and 22-23.

Baden Württemberg

Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg, Baroque Christmas, Nov. 27-Dec. 23.

Schloss Schwetzingen, Christmas Market, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13-16.

Burg Hohenzollern, Christmas Market, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9.

Neues Schloss Tettnang, Christmas at the Castle, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9.

Schloss Salem, Christmas Market, Dec. 1-2.

Schloss Kirchheim, Christmas Market, Dec. 7-8.

Schloss Weikersheim, Christmas Market, Dec. 14-16.

Hesse

Bad Homburg, Romantic Christmas Market at the Castle, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23.

Ronneburg, Historical Christmas Market, Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16.

Burg Kronberg, Christmas Market, Dec. 8-9.

North Rhine-Westphalia

Schloss Drachenburg, “Charles Dickens- A Christmas Story” themed market, all Advent weekends (Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23.)

Burg Satzvey, Castle Christmas, Dec. 8-9, includes a Middle-Aged-themed nativity scene.

Rhineland Palatinate

Genovevaburg, Advent Market, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Burg Namedy bei Andernach, Christmas Market, Dec.1-2.

Schloss Oberstein, Christmas Market, Dec. 1-2.

Cochem, Castle Christmas at the Reichsburg, Dec. 15-16. A living nativity scene is staged here too.

Saarland

Saarbrücken, Old Saarbrücken Christmas Market, Dec. 1-2.

Thuringia

Wartburg, Historical Christmas, Dec. 1-2, 15-16 and 22-23.

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