From the smell of freshly roasted chestnuts to Christmas beer – the days before Christmas in Bavaria promise pleasure, locally influenced culinary delights and great creations from artisans. Here is some inspiration
10 x Pleasure and Shopping: Advent in Bavaria
Kempten: Long, Not Silent Night
Kempten's Christmas market takes place in the middle of the old town in front of the festively lit town hall. At the various wooden huts there are handmade gift ideas, regional specialities and different varieties of mulled wine. A colourful supporting programme accompanies the experience with alphorn blowers, fire shows and choir singing.
The Kempten shopping night on the first Saturday in Advent offers a special shopping experience: shops and the Christmas market are open until 11 pm. A special night bus service helps people to avoid using their cars.
Christmas Market: 23 November to 22. December 2022
Shopping Night: 27 November 2022
München: Ox and Donkey
Not far from the Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz, in front of St. Peter’s, the Kripperlmarkt takes place during Advent. From stable lanterns to the gifts of the Three Wise Men, you’ll find everything you need for an atmospheric nativity scene!
Artisans offer their products in the Christmas Village in the Residenz, at the Schwabing Christmas Market and at the Tollwood Winter Festival, among others. At the Tollwood Festival you can also enjoy delicious organic food!
Regensburg: Art and Sausage
During Advent, the craftsmen’s Christmas market, the Lucrezia Market, opens its doors daily on the Kohlenmarkt and Haidplatz. There you will find high-quality handicrafts, created and produced themselves: jewellery made of precious stones, silver and gold, sculptures made of different materials, musical instruments, creative and useful things made of wood, glass, metal, paper, clay, leather as well as textiles, candles, soaps and more.
In addition, there is a colourful programme with music and theatre on the stages. For refreshment, there’s the popular Regensburger Knacker (a sausage) in a roll with mustard or horseradish.
25 November to 23 December 2022
lucrezia-markt.de (only in German)
Iphofen: Prosecco, Sparkling and Mulled Wine
On the first weekend in December, the traditional Christmas market takes place in the well-known wine town of Iphofen. It invites you to stroll through the decorated market square, into the Rathauskeller (town hall inn) and the Vinothek.
In addition to handicrafts and Christmas decorations, the culinary specialities and sweet treats will attract visitors. Warm your cold fingers with a hot so called Feuerzangenbowle or Franconian mulled wine. In the vinotheque you can taste exquisite red and white wines, sparkling wines and proseccos for the festive time of the year.
3 and 4 December 2022
iphofen.de (only in German)
Günzburg: Old Town Christmas and St. Nicholas Market
Every year, the Dossenbergerhof in Günzburg's old town is transformed into a festively decorated Christmas village. There, mostly handmade goods are offered for four days.
A stage program with artists and music groups from the surrounding area round off the program. Already since the end of the 19th century, the St. Nicholas Market has been held on the market square and in the alleys of the old town, where between fifty and eighty merchants offer their goods.
Old Town Christmas: 30 November to 3 December 2022
guenzburg.de (only in German)
Berchtesgaden: Carved Christmas Tree Decorations
Berchtesgadener goods used to be considered an export hit. The rough carvings were originally intended as children’s toys and are now offered as souvenirs and Christmas tree decorations, including angels, traditional candlesticks, snowmen or the traditional “Arschpfeifenrössl” (a man riding a horse with a whistle for a tail).
You can find these little wooden decorations at the Christmas market alongside many other crafts such as pottery, handmade candles, jewellery and more. Plus culinary delights such as mountain and valley honey, crispy treats from the Oxnbraterei, pretzels and of course sweets!
24 November to 31 December 2022
berchtesgadener-advent.de (only in German)
Guteneck Castle: Felt and Lace Makers
The Christmas market at Guteneck Castle near Nabburg in the Upper Palatinate takes you back to the Middle Ages. Guteneck originates from the 15th century. The complex was rebuilt in the 19th century.
The colourful market hustle and bustle includes traditional craftspeople such as felt makers, glass blowers, lace makers, pewterers and more. Gourmets are drawn to the castle café, the Waldschänke or the castle garden tavern.
18 to 20 and 27 November, 1 to 4, 8 to 11 and 15 to 18 December 2022
Nuremberg: Gingerbread and 'Plum Man'
You should definitely try the Nuremberg Lebkuchen (gingerbread) at the world-famous Christkindlesmarkt. Nuts, honey and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and cardamom are ingredients in the recipe. Hearty: the finger-length Nuremberg bratwursts, as “3 im Weggla” (3 in a bread roll) or on pewter plates. The Christkindlesmarkt beer from Tucher with aromas of oranges and roasted almonds or Nuremberg red beer from the Altstadthof home brewery go well with this.
Typical souvenirs are Zwetschgenmännle, figures made from dried plums, or Rauschgoldengel (angels made of Dutch metal) in all sizes. In the northern part of the Old Town, “Nuremberg Master Traders” offer high-quality gift ideas. Traditional handicrafts can be found in the craftsmen’s courtyard: pewterers, leather makers, potters, goldsmiths and gingerbread and egg sugar bakers offer their work. Every year, a cup is designed for the mulled wine in Nuremberg – also a nice souvenir!
Christkindlesmarkt: 25 November to 24th December 2022
Dinkelsbühl: Christmas Bazaar
The medieval old town of Dinkelsbühl with its winding alleys and many towers is considered one of the most beautiful in Germany. Visitors are invited to the romantic inner courtyard of the Heiliggeistspital with the motto “Ihr Kinderlein kommet” (come little children).
In addition to the small city of stalls, the bazaar in the hospital buildings is captivating with arts and crafts as well as exclusive handicrafts from the region. Unique items made of wood, clay, paper, fabric, felt and much more are on offer. The Dinkelsbühl artist Jürgen Pleikies also shows his works in the style of Magic Realism. If you are looking for a special gift, you can find it here.
24 November to 21 December 2022
tourismus-dinkelsbuehl.de (only in German)
Bad Tölz: Sweet Smell of Chestnuts
The famous Marktstraße with its historic facades smells of freshly roasted chestnuts. Craftsmen and artists present woodcarvings, ceramics and porcelain, hand-drawn candles, but also original Bavarian musical instruments and traditional Christmas decorations in the illuminated stalls.
Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to see Baumkuchen “growing” right before their eyes, or the chocolate moulders bringing delicious Father Christmases to their sweet life under the gaze of visitors.
25 November to 24 Dezember 2022