Christmas Markets in the Oberpfalz and Franconia

Visit the romantically snow-covered Christmas market at Guteneck Castle near Schwandorf. -- Photo Credit: Schloss Guteneck

Christmas market at Guteneck Castle

The historic and romantic Christmas market on Guteneck Castle enchants and takes visitors back to the Middle Ages on all four Advent weekends. You can look forward to a colorful, medieval market with artists and artisans, including Woodcarvers making Christmas mangers, torch makers, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, kknife sharpeners, or felt makers. Many booths invite you to look and shop. The market also features a historic camp, a live manger and a seasonal entertainment program. All kinds of Christmas delicacies and, of course, the traditional Glühwein will also be available.

Guteneck Castle, 92543 Guteneck
Nov. 26 and 27; Dec. 2 and 4; Dec. 09 – 11; Dec. 16 – 18, 2016.
Opening hours: Friday, 4 – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 2 – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a-m- – 8 p.m.
Admission: Friday, 4 Euro; Saturday, 5 Euro and Sunday, 6 Euro – Kids up to 12 years are free

Kuchlbauer Christmas market in Abensberg

This year, you can look forward again to Kuchlbauer´s Christmas market in Abensberg, held around the Kuchlbauer Tower. From Thursday or Wednesday through Sunday, many vendors will offer a large variety of goods, including the mandatory Glühwein and seasonal delicacies. An arts and crafts market will be put up in the festively decorated underground parking garage where filigrane glass art, wood carvings and much more will be offered. The Kuchlbauer Christmas Market in Abensberg will be complemented by the Niklas market in the Schloss Garden on the first two weekends of Advent.

Kuchlbaur Brewery, 93326 Abensberg
Nov. 23 – 27, 2016; Nov. 30 – Dez. 4, 2016; Dec. 7 – 11, 2016; Dec. 14 – 18, 2016
Opening hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday1.30 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 9 p.m.

Christmas market on Hexenagger Castle

“The busy castle ghosts“ open the gates of “Hexenagger Castle Winter Magical Land“ on the four weekends before Christmas to provide guests from near and far with unforgettable hours in a very special atmosphere. The sweet smell of almonds and Glühwein, more than 30,000 lights, candles and torches, Christmas music and the ambience of the historic buildings attract visitors. More than 120 artisans will put up their small wooden booths to create a romantic street of booths in front of the festively decorated castle.

Hexenagger Castle, 93336 Hexenagger
Nov. 25 – 27, Dec. 2 – 4, Dec. 9 – 11 and Dec. 16 – 18.
Opening hours: Fridays, 3 – 8 p.m.; Saturdays, noon – 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; www.schloss-hexenagger.de

Photo Credit: Mr. Bryan Gatchell (IMCOM) Carved nutcrackers are sold at many Christmas markets in the region.

Christmas market in Amberg

The romantic Christmas market in Amberg will be festively lit up again this year on the Market Square. Many vendors offer their seasonal goods in lovingly decorated booths. Culinary delicacies such as roasted almonds, gingerbread, Glühwein, punch and hearty snacks will also be available. Look forward to daily performances on the Christmas market stage. Additional highlights are the Christmas carriage and a live manger. Child care is available for small visitors. The Amberg Christmas market traditionally starts on Thursday before the first of Advent and ends on Dec. 23.

Market Square, 92224 Amberg
Nov. 26 – Dec. 23, 2016
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m; Sunday, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. www.amberger-weihnachtsmarkt.de

Christmas market in Bayreuth

Many visitors are expected again this year at the Christmas market in Bayreuth. The festively decorated booths will be put up in front of the baroque Spital church and around the Neptune fountain on the market square. Vendors will offer their seasonal goods ranging from arts and crafts to glass, pottery, gifts and much more. The longest chain of lights in Franconia is worth seeing and adds a special flair to the Christmas market in Bayreuth. There will be many performances on the stage between the passage and Schulstraße. Highlights are the visit of St. Nicholas, crafts demonstrations, fairytale reading hours, readings, concerts and much more. Lots of culinary delicacies will be available as well.

Market Square, 95444 Bayreuth
Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2016
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. www.tourismus.bayreuth.de

Bayreuth Winter Village

Visitors can look forward to a very atmospherical village, located downtown, directly in front of the “Alte Schloss” (old palace) in Bayreuth and one of a kind in the region. The Bayreuth Winter village with its five rustic huts was designed with a lot of love for details. New equipment combined with wooden elements and lovingly selected decorations provide each house with its very own charm. Sixteen hot beverages and coffee specialties and many Winter Village delicacies will satisfy everybody’s taste. Naturally, beer bratwurst with hops and malt, Franconian and Nuremberg bratwurst, and crêpes will also be available.

Am Ehrenhof / Altes Schloss, Maximilianstr. 12-14, 95444 Bayreuth
Oct. 20 – Dec. 31, 2016
Opening hours: Monday – Saturady, 10.30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 11 p.m.; Sundays at Advent, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
www.bayreuther-winterdorf.de

Christmas market in Neumarkt i. d. OPf.

The Christmas market in Neumarkt i. d. OPf. Will take place again on the Rathaus Square in Neumarkt’s old town. Seasonal goods, gifts and culinary delicacies will be sold in the lovingly decorated wooden booths. And starting at 4 p.m., Thursday thru Sunday, the large caldron with fire tongs punch will be heated up over open fire. Additionally, an arts and crafts market will be put up Thursday thru Sunday around the fountain of St. Johannes Church. Special highlights for kids are the affectionately designed manger with live goats and sheep, the children’s program on Tuesdays and donkey rides on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Other highlights of the Christmas market in Neumarkt include performances by choirs and brass bands on the Christmas market stage and the nativity play put on by Neumarkt’s kinder gardens every Saturday in Advent on the Residenzplatz square.

Rathaus Square in Neumarkt/’s old town, 92318 Neumarkt i. d. OPf.
Nov. 24 – Dec. 23, 2016
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday, 2 – 8 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 2 – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 8 p.m.

The busy castle ghosts open the gates of Hexenagger Castle Winter Magical Land on the four weekends before Christmas. -- Photo Credit: Schloss Hexenagger

Romantic Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle in Regensburg

One of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany is held at Thurn and Taxis Castle in the UNESCO-World Heritage city of Regensburg, located in the heart of Bavaria. The picturesque backdrop of the castle, thousands of lights, candles, lanterns and torches, the craftsmen’s shops and wooden booths provide the market with its unrivaled flair. A gorgeously decorated Christmas tree rises into the winter sky from the castle’s courtyard. Traditional craftsmen such as wood turners, blacksmiths, candle makers, manger builders, glassblowers, Lantern builders, or the famous “Hatter at the Cathedral” produce unique and extraordinary pieces. Time and again, Her Highness Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis and her family casually mingle with the guests and taste the delicacies offered at the market. They include wild boar roasted on a spit, smoked salmon, Upper Palatinate Christmas onions, and many types of punch and Glühwein. Musical entertainment by choirs, orchestras and bands adds to the contemplative, yet happy holiday atmosphere. Children will enjoy the visit of the Christ Child and the performances by the Punch Theater.

Thurn und Taxis Castle, 93047 Regensburg
Nov. 23 – Dec. 23, 2016
Opening hours: Sunday – Wednesday, noon – 10 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, noon – 11 p.m. — Admission fees: Monday – Friday 6.50 Euro, Saturday and Sunday 8.50 Euro; children, ages 6-16, 2 Euro.

Reiterles Market at Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Every year, the medieval city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber turns into a winter wonderland. Since the 15th century, a market has been held in town during the holiday season, and not much has changed regarding the historic origin of this more than 500-year-old market. Glühwein, roasted almonds and old-style Franconian pastry are available to hungry visitors. The Reiterles Market also features a variety of cultural events. However, the performances of the “Rothenburg Reiterle” (horseman), who distributes presents to the kids, are the highlight of this Christmas market and give it its name.

Alleys around town hall and market square, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2016
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday/Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Internet: www.rothenburg.de

Weiden Christmas Market and Advent Calendar

The Weiden Christmas Market will be held again this year along with the giant Advent calendar in front of the Old Town Hall. Starting Dec. 1, St. Nicholas and two school kids, dressed as angels, will open a door of the calendar. Apart from the Advent calendar, the Christmas market also features a children/‘s carousel, the fountain manger on the Upper Market, the Christmas Pyramid from the town of Annaberg-Buchholz and many more seasonal attractions. Weiden’s Christmas Market dates back to the year 1576 and, thus, is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Bavaria.

At the Old Town Hall, 92637 Weiden in der Oberpfalz
Nov. 24 – Dec. 23, 2016
Opening hours: Monday – Thuesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturaday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Additional Christmas Markets in Northern Bavaria

Christmas market in Sulzbach-Rosenberg
Luitpoldplatz, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
Nov. 24 Nov. – 18, Dec. 2016; Thursday/Friday, 4 – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 – 8 p.m.

Lucrezia Christmas market of the artisans in Regensburg

Haidplatz und Kohlenmarkt, 93047 Regensburg
Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2016; Sunday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Christmas Market in Regensburg

Neupfarrplatz Square, 93047 Regensburg
Nov. 21 – Dec. 23, 2016
Sunday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
www.christkindlmarkt-regensburg.de

Advent Market in the Katharinen Hospital in Regensburg

Katharinenspital in Stadtamhof, 93059 Regensburg
Nov. 24 – Dec. 23, 2016
Montag – Friday, 4 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Rawetzer Advent Market

95615 Marktredwitz
Nov. 24 – 27; Dez. 1 – 4; Dez. 8 – 11; Dez. 15 – 18; Opening hours 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Romantic Christmas below the Castle

Ebermannsdorf Estate, Kirchberg 8, 92263 Ebermannsdorf
Dec. 3, opening hours 5 p.m.; Dec. 4, opening hours 2 p.m.

Advent Market “am Sand” in Bamberg
Elisabethenplatz Square, 96049 Bamberg
Nov. 25 – 27, 2016
Friday, 4 – 8.30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Romantic Christmas Market at Wolfgangshof Estate in Zirndorf

Wolfgangshof Estate, 90513 Zirndorf-Anwanden
Nov. 25 – 27, Dec. 2 – 4, Dec. 9 – 11, Dec. 16 – 18, 2016
Opening hours: Friday, 3 – 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 8 p.m.
Admission fees: Adults and youths, ages 15 and up, 5 Euro; kids, ages 6 – 15, 1 Euro www.gut-wolfgangshof.de (German only)

Christmas Market in Pottenstein

In and around the Bürgerhaus, 91278 Pottenstein
Nov. 27, 2016; opening hours 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; www.pottenstein.de (German only)

Christmas Market in Pegnitz

Main street in front of Bartholomäus Church, 91257 Pegnitz
Nov. 26, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Nov. 27, 10.30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Christmas Market at Burgtreswitz Castle in Moosbach

Schloss Burgtreswitz, 92709 Moosbach
Dec. 3 and 4, 2016
Saturday, 3 – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 7 p.m.
Admission fees: Adults, 1.50 Euro; free admission for kids up to the age of 12
www.schloss-burgtreswitz.de (German only)

Winter Magic at Traunsitz Castle in the Valley

Burggasse 2, 92555 Trausnitz
Nov. 25 and 27; Dec. 2 and 4; Saturday, 1 – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Admission: 7 Euro, Kids up to 16 years free.

Romantic Christmas Markt Burg Dagestein in Vilseck

Schlossgasse 6, 92249 Vilseck
Dec. 3 , 4.p.m. to 9 p.m. and 4, Dec. From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
www.burg-dagestein.de (German only)

Wildenreuther Castle Winter Fairytale

Wildenreuth K3, 92681 Erbendorf
Dec. 3 and 3, Dec. 10 and 11, Saturday 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday noon – 8 p.m.
Admission fees: Kids, ages 6 – 15, 2 €, adults, ages 16 and up, 5 €
www.wildenreuther-wintermaerchen.de (German only)

Christmas Market ‘Bergwerksweihnacht auf Maffai’

Nitzlbuch 27e, 91275 Auerbach
Dec. 3 and 4; Saturday 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Admission: 3 Euro, Kids up to 16 years free; www.bergwerksweihnacht.de (German only)

Advent Market at Kultur-Schloss Theuern in Kümmersbruck

Kultur-Schloss Theuern, 92245 Kümmersbruck
Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and 11, from 2 – 6 p.m.
www.kultur-schloss-theuern.de (German only)

Additional Christmas Markets in Southern Bavaria

Christmas Market with Winter Fairytale Forest in Straubing

Theresien- and Ludwigsplatz Squares, 94315 Straubing
Nov. 24 – Dec. 23, 2016
Monday – Wednesday and Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 8 p.m.

Christmas Market in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Richard-Strauss-Platz Square, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2016, daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Seasonal Schloss Market in Tegernsee

Schlossplatz Square, 83684 Tegernsee
Dec. 3 and 4, Dec. 10 and 11, Dec. 17 and 18, from 2 – 9 p.m.

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