Nuremberg Christmas Market is packed with history, tradition and incredible food. As one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, many traditions found here are replicated elsewhere. The market here is probably the most well-known in Germany and well worth visiting if you get the chance. Dates for 2022 are confirmed, so now is a great time to get planning.
Nuremberg is Bavaria’s second-largest city. Thanks to its long history and impressive culture, you’ll find much to do alongside the Christmas markets. Start your trip with a visit to Nuremberg Castle. As you reach the lookout, you’ll get an idea of just how big the city is as you get your bearings.
Nuremberg Christmas Market 2022
A great aspect of the Christmas markets in Nuremberg is the attention paid to Bavarian customs and support for local businesses. You won’t find any plastic or foreign-made toys here or even products made outside Bavaria. It truly is a local market.
Nuremberg Christmas Market dates: 25th November to 24th December 2022.
Opening times: 10am to 9pm (closes at 2pm on Christmas Eve).
Location: Hauptmarkt (Town Square) and on some of the surrounding streets.
Reason to visit: This is the original Christmas market and one of the best. The cute plum people are a fun local specialty.
Recommended tour: Christmas City Culinary Tour.
Specialities: Nuremberg bratwurst in a bread roll, classic gingerbread (lebkuchen), almond cookies, feuerzangenbowle and kartoffelpuffers.
Where to stay: Karl August is a highly-rated hotel, 1 minute from the Christmas market.
Hotels near Nuremberg Christmas Market
Although Nuremberg is a large city, the historic centre is compact and easily walkable. Nuremberg Castle, Albrecht Durer’s House, the German History Museum and Central Station are all within a 10-minute walk of Hauptmarkt, the main square.
The one place of interest that is further out is the Nazi Party Rally Grounds. A place well worth visiting for its historical importance. But even this location is only 20 minutes away from the centre by public transport.
I suggest staying at Hotel Karl August as it’s a 1-minute walk (less than 100 meters) to the main Christmas market.
Location of Nuremberg Christmas Market
Nuremberg is one of the best Christmas markets in Germany. Read my country guide for further destinations worth visiting this year. Discover where to go, things to do and the best ways to experience German food, history and culture.
Look out for Christmas events in Nuremberg that involve Christkind, the historical provider of Christmas gifts for children. But these days, Christkind is a person who represents Christmas in Nuremberg.
Nuremberg Tourism has further details on things to do in the city and the best ways to experience Nuremberg at Christmas. Their site is particularly useful if you’re interested in visiting museums and cultural attractions like Nuremberg Castle. Details of dates, opening times and where to go are easily accessible.
For travel outside of Nuremberg and in the region of Bavaria, Germany Travel can help you with trip planning.
Sustainable Travel Tips
The choices we make have an environmental and social impact on the places we visit. Try to implement these responsible travel measures when visiting the Christmas markets.
- Shop mindfully. Only purchase what you really need.
- Walk, cycle and use public transport to get around.
- Stay in a sustainable hotel powered by renewable energy.
- Avoid using plastic or buying items made or packaged with plastic.
- Try to eat locally sourced organic food where possible.
- Limit your consumption of meat and dairy.
- Explore more than just the main tourist areas.
- Support the arts and attend local events.
Nuremberg Christmas Market starts on 25th November and ends on 24th December 2022.
The Christmas markets in Nuremberg are held at Hauptmarkt and on some of the surrounding streets.
The Christmas markets open at 10am daily.
The Christmas markets close at 9pm daily.
Nuremberg train station to the Christmas market is a 12-minute walk. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to reach via public transport.
If you would like to leave a review of Nuremberg Xmas Market or Christkindlesmarkt as it’s known in Nuremberg, feel free to comment below.
Recommendations are independently chosen based on personal travel experiences and extensive research. This post contains affiliate links to hotels and tours in Nuremberg, Germany. This means I get a small commission from any bookings at no extra cost to you.
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