Christmas Markets of Germany

DAY 1: MUNICH

Enjoy a private transfer between Munich Airport and your hotel upon arrival.

 

For your added comfort, an English speaking assistant will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby.

Accommodation: The Charles Hotel

DAY 2: MUNICH

Walk through the heart of Munich’s beautiful old town led by a private guide. Along the way, your guide will take you on a journey through the city’s colorful 850-year-old history. You will stop at various attractions that have witnessed events, which have created regional and worldwide interest over the years. From royal scandals over great international celebrations to the rise as one of Europe’s most influential and affluent cities, Munich has experienced it all.

 

Soak up the magic of the season with a visit to dazzling Munich Christmas markets. Munich has one of the oldest and most traditional Christmas markets. The most well-known market is Christkindlmarkt, the "market of Child Jesus" located in Marienplatz, the central square in Munich. The magical atmosphere of Christmas combined with the colors of the traditional markets dates back to the 14th century. Live music is performed on the balcony of the town hall daily during the Christmas market. Just a short walk away is the Fair of Nativity, possibly one of the largest in Germany. In addition to this famous market, every quarter of the city has its own market for you to explore.

Accommodation: The Charles Hotel

 
DAY 3: MUNICH - NUREMBERG

Enjoy a private transfer from Munich to Nuremberg, traveling along the famed Romantic Road and visiting the lovely town of Rothenburg en route. Through Bavarian farmland and softly rolling hills, you’ll reach Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a town on the Romantic Road known for its medieval center, the Altstadt. Spared from destruction during the Thirty Years’ War, the heart of Rothenburg has stayed nearly the same ever since. That in mind, you can visit a town with its defensive walls still intact, complete with towers and elevated walkways. On a guided tour, uncover the town’s rich history – once one of the ten largest cities in the Holy Roman Empire. Other sites that are visited include the Christmas Museum and the Museum of Medieval Criminal Justice. Unwind during a coffee break in picturesque Dinkelsbühl, snap a few photos while passing Harburg Castle, and enjoy plenty of free time in the afternoon for exploring and shopping. Total travel time, with touring and transfer included, is approximately eight hours.

Accommodation: NH Nuremberg City Center

DAY 4: NUREMBERG

Enjoy seeing the gem that is the old, historical city of Nuremberg in the company of an English speaking Guide on a 3 hour walking tour. You will gain information on the castle, the fountains, wells, the city churches and art treasures, as well as a flavor about the city's colorful past and cosmopolitan present.

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The enticing smells of mulled wine and rum punch, roasted almonds, Nuremberg bratwurst and gingerbread fill the air. And it’s not only tiny tots who will have their eyes all a-glow as the Nuremberg Christkind appears on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady to open the holiday season. Friday before the first Sunday in Advent is the day it all begins as she opens the world-famous Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. From then until Christmas Eve, the "little town of wood and cloth" will shine in the heart of Nuremberg’s Old Town and turn it into “Christmas City”. More than 180 market stands – all decorated for Christmas with fresh greens and lights – invite you to enjoy traditional Christmas ornaments of all shapes and sizes, the local gold-foil angel, “Zwetschgenmännle” made of prunes, toys and games and delicious holiday treats to eat and drink. Come and experience this one-of-a-kind atmosphere and enjoy the magic of the Nuremberg Christmas Market!

Accommodation: NH Nuremberg City Center

 
DAY 5: NUREMBERG - DRESDEN

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and the train station in Nuremberg alongside a professional driver.

 

Settle in for a transfer by train from Nuremberg to Dresden. Approximate travel time is four hours and 30 minutes.

 

Enjoy a private transfer between the train station and your hotel.

Baroque with elements of Rococo, Dresden was for some time known as the “Jewel Box” of Saxony thanks in large to its remarkable architecture. Here, kings and monarchs commissioned some of the most impressive buildings to grace the European continent, resulting in a city-scape that leaves many in awe. Following the controversial Allied bombing of the city in World War II, much of the city was rebuilt, restoring the Zwinger and Semper Opera to their original grandeur. Today, explore the Dresden’s historic city center alongside a private guide to gain an intimate understanding of and appreciation for this incredible city. In addition to the Zwinger and Semper Opera, you will also pass by the Elbe castles, the Loschwitz Bridge – colloquially known as “the blue wonder” – and visit Dresden’s Church of our Lady as well as what is commonly referred to as “the most beautiful dairy in the world”, the Pfund Dresden.

Accommodation: NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt

 
DAY 6: DRESDEN

Dresden’s residents love their Striezelmarkt. Since 1434, the market has preserved its distinctive character despite a few changes. The world’s largest Erzgebirge step pyramid, which made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1999, is 14.62 meters tall and can be seen far and wide. More than 2.5 million people visit the romantic Altmarkt Square every year. The market’s name comes from Stollen, the well-known Christmas bread, which is also known as "Striezel" in Middle High German. Every year, the traditional "Stollen festival" is celebrated in honor of this delicacy. Every year, the ceremonial first slice of the giant Stollen at the Striezelmarkt is followed by a Stollen procession through the Baroque Old Town. Today, visitors can expect a varied assortment of culinary delicacies and traditional products. The folk art of the Erzgebirge region is an essential feature – loving craftsmanship produces miniature pyramids, Räuchermänner ("smoking men") and other small figurines. Another symbol of Dresden is the "Pflaumentoffel". These good-luck charms, made of dried plums, represent the little boys who cleaned the chimneys. 

Accommodation: NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt

 
DAY 7: DRESDEN - BERLIN

Enjoy a private transfer between the train station and your hotel.

Settle in for a transfer by train from Dresden to Berlin. Approximate travel time is two hours.

 

Enjoy a private train station transfer with private vehicle and driver.

 

Be sure to stretch your legs before setting out on this in-depth walking tour of Berlin. Alongside a local guide with an intimate and in-depth knowledge of the German capital, you’ll dig deep into Berlin's rich, if at times troubling and turbulent, history. From Prussian kings to the center of Hitler’s Third Reich and the Cold War thereafter, you’ll discover a fascinating history as you explore a range of landmarks including the location of what was once Hitler’s Bunker, the famed Brandenburg Gate, Gendarmenplatz and its remarkable architecture, Unter den Linden Boulevard, and Checkpoint Charlie, the prominent border crossing between East and West Berlin, among other sites. Spread across four hours, you’ll learn first-hand the many reasons why Berlin is considered to be among the world’s most impressive and cosmopolitan cities.

Accommodation: Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome

DAY 8: BERLIN

Discover the famous Alexanderplatz Christmas market in the company of your private guide. Experience a great variety of different artisans, festive illuminations, the Christmas tree and children's carousel.

 

Not only thanks to its location between Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom is the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt one of the most atmospheric in the city. The market offers a large range of handmade goods crafted by artisans, Christmas foods, and entertainment. In the market's large crafts tent, visitors can look wood carvers, belt makers, dressmakers, comb makers and other craftspeople over the shoulder. Not far away, talented graphic artists, photographers, stonemasons and painters display their works. Culinary offerings at the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market range from unusual snacks to gourmet menus and traditional Christmas delicacies. Jugglers, fire-eaters, choirs and classical, jazz or Gospel ensembles provide a varied entertainment programs on each market day.

Accommodation: Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome

DAY 9: BERLIN

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Tegel Airport in Berlin alongside a professional driver.

Starting from:

$5500

When To Go:

November to December

Currency:

Euro

Language:

German

Flight Time:

11.5 hours

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