Already stocking up on gingerbread and candy canes from the grocery store? Can’t stop humming “Last Christmas”? Then chances are, you’re already in the Christmas spirit, just like us! Book your exclusive city break with our special “Wonderful Wintertime” offer now and discover some of the most stunning traditional Christmas markets near our Living Hotel Nuremberg!
Nuremberg Christmas Market (November 30 – December 24)
The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt – or Christmas Market – is one of the most beautiful and best-known in Germany. For the entire festive period, all of downtown Nuremberg is festooned with around 180 red and white wooden huts, where you can pick up traditional tasty treats such as gingerbread, fruitcake, Nuremberg bratwurst and mulled wine. At Christmas time, Nuremberg has always been known as the “little town of wood and cloth” for good reason. The stunning scene is best admired from the galleries of the medieval Frauenkirche church. Did you know that the Nuremberg Christmas Market is one of the oldest in Germany and has been well-known since the mid-16th century? Traditionally, the Nuremberg Christmas Market is opened by the “Christkind” (Christ Child), who is chosen every two years. The Rathausplatz square is home to the Christmas Market of Sister Cities, which offers international products from cities such as Glasgow, Atlanta and Shenzhen.
Our Living Hotel Nürnberg happens to be just 20 minutes’ walk from the Christmas Market.
If Nuremberg Christmas Market, with almost two million visitors each year, turns out to be too much hustle and bustle for you, you can opt for smaller, cozier markets in other areas of the city:
Christmas at the Handwerkerhof (November 13 – December 30)
Nuremberg’s Christmas market at the Handwerkerhof at Königstor starts as early as mid-November. Here, you can see the traditional craftsmanship first-hand and find out more about what goes on in this place. You can buy the masterpieces produced on premises straight from the makers or try out your own skills at exciting hands-on workshops.
And best of all: the christkindlesmarkt at the Handwerkerhof is just 10 minutes by public transport or 25 minutes’ walk from our Living Hotel Nürnberg.
The world’s biggest “Feuerzangenbowle” Christmas punchbowl (November 29 – December 31)
From late November to New Year’s Eve, the Fleischbrücke bridge becomes the most popular meeting point in Nuremberg. The Pegnitz River plays host to an entire village whose focal point is a giant copper vat with a capacity of 9,000 liters. That’s plenty of Feuerzangenbowle to pack a punch and keep you warm the whole winter long.
And if you’ve had one too many, your comfortable bed in our Living Hotel Nürnberg is just nine minutes away by subway.
Gostenhofer Adventsmarkt (November 29 – December 23)
Fragrant pomegranate mulled wine and flavorful Schanzenbräu mulled beer (“Glühbier”) await you at the atmospheric Gostenhofer Adventsmarkt, also known as “GOHO HOHO”. On the Kirchenplatz square outside the Dreieinigkeitskirche church, you can enjoy culinary specialties and even put your curling skills to the test in a game with your friends.
And if you overdo it, the Gostenhofer Christmas market is just nine minutes’ walk from the Nürnberg Living Hotel.
Christmas market at Zeltnerschloss (November 30 – December 1)
With its stunning castle setting, the Nuremberg Christmas market at Zeltnerschloss is the city’s most idyllic. Sadly, it’s no longer its best-kept secret – but despite the throngs of visitors, it’s still definitely worth a visit to enjoy the special festive atmosphere of this Christmas market. On December 1, the Nuremberg Christkind even pays a visit to the Zeltnerschloss.
It’s less than half an hour by public transport from our Living Hotel Nürnberg to the Christmas market at Zeltnerschloss.