With origins dating back to 1628, the Nuremberg Christmas Market (AKA Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt) is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany! And with around 2 million visitors each year, it is arguably the most famous and some would even say the best Christmas market in all of Europe! After experiencing it firsthand, we can see why this market ranks near the top of pretty much every traveler's must-visit Christmas destination list. The second that you arrive at the Hauptmarkt – the central square where the market takes place – the smell of warm glühwein (mulled wine), fresh lebkuchen (gingerbread), and Nürnberg Rostbratwurst (grilled sausage) take over your senses. The red and white candy-cane-like rooftops on the 180+ neatly aligned festive stalls look to be straight out of a European Hallmark movie, and the twin, 50-feet (15-meter) high Christmas trees on either side of The Frauenkirche ("Church of Our Lady") are the final touches that make the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt pure Christmas magic. If you’re planning a trip to the European Christmas markets, chances are, Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt is on your list, and in this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know for making the most of your visit to this beautiful city!
Check out our Nuremberg Christmas Market vlog for a closer look at our visit!
Note: Nuremberg is a beautiful city that is worth spending more time in if you can. We unfortunately only had one day which was spent at the Christmas market. If you have more time, we recommend spending at least a half day exploring other parts of the city like the Nuremberg Castle, Frauenkirche, and more. Check out these GetYourGuide experiences to get your adventure started!
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Before we get into the details of the market itself, let’s cover the basics like…
Where is Nuremberg?
Located in the Bavaria region of Germany, Nuremberg (AKA Nürnberg) is the 14th largest city in Germany (population 518,370) and sits about 100 miles (160 km) north of Munich and about 140 miles (225 km) southeast of Frankfurt.
How do you get to Nuremberg?
With 19 different airlines servicing the Nuremberg Airport (NUE) offering direct flights to and from 55 different European cities (as of January 2023), Nuremberg is surprisingly accessible. And if you’re a fan of train travel like we are, then you can skip the security lines at the airport and hop on one of the high-speed Deutsche Bahn ICE Trains which make it an easy 1-hour ride from Munich or 2 hours from Frankfurt (the 2 closest, most accessible nearby cities).
Where should you stay in Nuremberg?
Nuremberg can easily be done as a day trip from nearby cities like Munich and Frankfurt (which is what we did), but if you’re wanting to spend a little more time in the city (and we don’t blame you!) there are many great options for accommodations. Here are a few that came highly recommended to us…