This post is updated to the 2022 season 🙂
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The Nuremberg Christmas market (aka “Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt”) is known far beyond the national borders. Every year, especially at Christmas time, it attracts many visitors. I’ve lived here for five years, and I understand why it’s one of the best European cities to spend Christmas.
I look forward to the Christmas season and meeting my friends at the Christmas market every year.
This Guide will give you a more detailed overview of the market, the best stalls, and experiences to ensure a great and stress-free visit!
Opening Hours 2022
Tips for visiting the Nuremberg Christmas Market
1 | How to get to the Nuremberg Christmas Market
Depending on your starting point, Nuremberg can be easily reached by car, train, bus, or plane.
2 | Where can you find the official Nuremberg Christmas market?
The entire Christmas market is located in the middle of the old town and consists of several parts. The main Christmas market with the most stalls is situated on the main market square called “Hauptmarkt.”
A few steps further in the direction of the Kaiserburg, you will reach the “Original Regional” area and the “Markt der Partnerstädte” (Nuremberg’s sister cities market).
The “Kinderweihnacht” (special children’s market) is located at Hans-Sachs-Platz and is an absolute must if you travel with children. I’ll tell you more about this area later in this post.
Finally, there is my favorite place: The longest Feuerzangenbowle in the world at Fleischbrücke. You will find it a bit away from the crowds, idyllically situated on the water.
Local Tip: The primary market is where you will find the most tourists, as this is the center of the market. To enjoy the atmosphere away from the crowds, my friends and I love the area of the Feuerzangenbowle. Of course, there is also a lot going on here - especially in the evenings and at weekends - but you are more likely to be among the city residents who are sipping hot drinks with friends and colleagues and not pushing through the stalls.
3 | What to eat and drink on the market
What would a visit to the Christmas market be without the delicious food? On the “Christkindlesmarkt,” you will find a wide range of stalls selling culinary delights for everyone. My particular favorites are:
4 | Other booths you should check out
The Nuremberg Christmas market is huge, so it’s easy to lose track of which booths you’ve already seen and which ones you haven’t. The variety of products like handmade Christmas ornaments or characteristic german decorations is wide! Here are the booths that I think you should keep an eye out for, as they’re either absolutely iconic or just plain gorgeous:
5 | Visiting the Nuremberg Christmas market with kids
The Nuremberg Christmas market is an absolute paradise for children and the entire family. A lot is going on at the “Kinderweihnacht,” which you will find not far from the main Christmas market on Hans Sachs Platz. This children’s market area offers stalls with various delicacies, a swing boat, a steam train, and a steam carousel.
The unique hands-on booths are an excellent option for a visit with kids. Children can paint pictures together, bake gingerbread, or craft figures. Of course, there is also a tiny house where you can meet Santa.
To make your visit even more unique, you can meet the “Christkind.” It invites the kids to a free ride on the carousel daily and meets you in front of the Church of our Lady at 3:00 p.m.
Good to know before you go
Other things to do during the Christmas market season
Suppose you are looking for more experiences after strolling between the stalls and mulled wine. In that case, you might like the following activities:
Got some more time to spend in town?
If you visit Nuremberg for a couple of days, you could see the other Christmas markets in the city or region. For example, in the neighboring town called Fürth, you will find a charming Christmas market, which is particularly popular for its medieval market. It is also a bit quieter and less touristy here.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is also not far, which is why a day trip would be ideal. In the well-known city, you have a romantic Christmas market and the famous Käthe-Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum.
In Regensburg, in addition to the markets in the old town, you can also visit the romantic Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle. This famous Christmas market is one of my favorites in the area!
I hope your time in Nuremberg will be fantastic and you will enjoy the Christmas spirit. Let me know in the comments if you’ve been here before and, if so, what you liked the most. Also, if you have already visited more german Christmas markets, let me know which ones you consider to be the best Christmas markets!
Have fun in this beautiful city!
As always, stay happy and healthy!
See you soon,