Würzburg at Christmas offers markets and more

Würzburg Christmas Market | Photo by Stadt Würzburg
Würzburg Christmas Market | Photo by Stadt Würzburg

Würzburg at Christmas offers markets and more

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

With each and every one of Germany’s hundreds of Christmas markets offering its own special brand of charm, it would be difficult to select a bad one to visit. While Würzburg’s market garners less attention than that of its more famous Franconian neighbor Nuremberg, it too is well worth a visit in the run-up to the holidays.

Visitors to this city framed by rolling hills and bisected by the Main River will enjoy exploring a Christmas market set in a stylish square overlooked by the Gothic Chapel of St. Mary and the rococo Falkenhaus. This atmospheric venue serves as the seasonal holiday home to some 140 wooden booths selling items for gift-giving and decoration alongside tasty seasonal treats. Those who care to venture outside this charming space on certain dates can reap additional rewards.

Artisan’s Market: on the four Advent weekends (Nov. 30-Dec. 1; Dec. 7-8; 14-15 and 21-22), about 30 craftspeople sell their handcrafted wares in the inner courtyard of the Town Hall. Items on sale include gold and silver jewelry, knitted woolen goods, holiday wreaths, ceramics, dolls, glassware, paintings, wooden carvings, natural soaps, candles, baskets and numerous other articles.

Nikolaus Tram: on Advent weekends only, an old-fashioned tram painted with holiday scenes whisks visitors through the decorated streets along a route running from the main train to the suburb of Sanderau. Rides cost 2 euros for adults and 1 euro for children.


 Würzburg Christmas Market | Photo by Stadt Würzburg 

Other city markets: a pair of short-spanned markets offer a more funky, youthful and unconventional atmosphere. The Bürgerbräu Weihnachtsmarkt takes place on the premises of a former brewery and offers an artist’s market and live music Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 (Frankfurter Str. 87). The Waldschänke Dornheim offers the creations of young artisans and bonfires for gathering around with friends. (Talavera).

Venture into Franconia’s wine country: smaller communities often host their Christmas markets over just a single weekend. Their fleeting nature and an assortment of non-commercial goods give such markets a homespun and authentic flair. Visit markets in the towns of Volkach (Nov. 30-Dec. 1); Marktheidenfeld (Dec. 5-8); Karlstadt (Dec. 5-8); Iphofen (Dec. 7-8); Marktbreit (Dec. 7-8); Bad Mergentheim (Dec. 12-15); or Ochsenfurt (Dec. 14-15).


 Würzburg Christmas Market | Photo by Stadt Würzburg 

Music: as students of the city’s music school sing traditional German and Franconian Christmas carols, the public is invited to join in. In cooperation with Würzburg’s partner city of Bray, Ireland, a few songs will be sung in English as well. The sing-along takes place in the courtyard of the Town Hall from 6 p.m. Dec. 22.

Essential information: The Christmas market takes place at the Upper and Lower Market Squares from Nov. 29 through Dec. 23. Opening hours are 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sundays. Click here for more on Würzburg during the Christmas season.

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