There are between 3000-5000 Christmas markets in Germany.
Berlin alone has 60 markets; in Frankfurt they have a ‘pink’ Christmas market and guided Christmas market tours for the blind and visually-impaired.
Lauscha, a town in the southern Thuringian Forest on the Rennsteig ridge trail, is considered the birthplace of Christmas bauble. Tourists can visit the Kugelmarkt or ‘bauble market’ to marvel at this traditional art form.
The Engelkemarkt or ‘Christmas Angel market’ in Emden combines a festive atmosphere with the maritime flair of an East Frisian sea port. Visitors to the market will find further seasonal fun on board the festively lit museum ships and historical sailing ships – on some it is even possible to stay overnight.
The history of German Christmas markets goes back to the late Middle Ages and today, Christmas Markets are a place where visitors can buy quality and hand-made gifts; discover typical culinary delights such as gingerbread, Christstollen (Christmas cake), roasted nuts, Bratwurst and mulled wine.
The markets also provide entertainment where children and adults can enjoy ice-skating, nativity plays or concerts.