Every year before Christmas are squares and streets of the German town of Aachen transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells. The glorious fair in the Christmas City, which has been erected with great care and sentiment, fascinates both the young and the old. The enormous choice between original, stylish and precious goods makes small and big dreams come true.
Aachen’s main Christmas market is concentrated on the large public square around the cathedral (Dom) and Rathaus in the old town area. The cathedral, which combines styles from the Carolingian era to the present, is the perfect background to the market and it´s really romantic when covered in snow.
Around 120 stalls sell Christmas related wares ranging from freshly baked waffles to leather ware and wooden toys at the main market. Two further smaller Advent Markets are held nearby at Holzgraben (20 stands) and Kugelbrunnen (five food stands and a carousel / merry-go-round for children).
As with other Christmas markets in Germany, the emphasis is on traditional Christmas decorations, wooden toys, and handmade items. Mass-produced plastic items and low-quality clothes are generally not sold at German Christmas markets – prices are therefore not that cheap but quality and workmanship high.
When? From 18th November to 23rd December 2016