Dresden Striezelmarkt 2014 – Germany’s Oldest Christmas Market

Dresden Striezelmarkt is the Largest in Dresden:

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Dresden Striezelmarkt © Landeshauptstadt Dresden / Sylvio Dittrich

There are many Christmas markets in Dresden, but the largest of them all is the Dresden Striezelmarkt. The Dresden Striezelmarkt is also Germany’s oldest Christmas market and 2014 marks the 580th anniversary of the Dresden Striezelmarkt. It’s very exciting for us as we’ll actually be there.

The Dresden Striezelmarkt takes its name from the striezel or stollen which Dresden is famous for and one of the main events of this month-long Christmas market is the Dresden Stollen Festival. The Striezelmarkt takes place is in the Altmarkt (Old Market) and each year over 700,000 visitors come to enjoy this Christmas event.

Christmas Market Treats

Dresden’s bustling Striezelmarkt, has all the ingredients of a traditional German Christmas market.  With the aroma of gingerbread cookies, roasted almonds, deep-fried curt dumplings and mulled wine wafting through the crisp winter air, the Striezelmarkt offers visits the opportunity to savour traditional Saxon treats. Make sure to get hold of some of Dresden Stollen.

Christmas Shopping

The Dresden Christmas market is place to stock up on festive foods as well as to do some of your Christmas shopping. Amongst the many market stalls are Christmas woodcrafts from the Erz Mountains, colorful nutcrackers, smoking man figurines, beautiful hand-made tinsels and more.

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Dresden Striezelmarkt © Landeshauptstadt Dresden / Sylvio Dittrich

Christmas Market Events

There is a range of activities at the Dresden Christmas Market with over 100 events spread over the month-long Striezelmarkt, the main events being:

  • Opening Ceremony and Ecumenical Service
  • Dresdner Pflaumentoffelfest
  • Dresdner Gingerbread Festival
  • Dresden Stollen Festival - the highlight event of the Dresdner Striezelmarkt
  • Pyramid Festival
  • Dresdner Schwibbogenfest
  • Dresden Christmas tree decorating
  • Seasons Greetings from a city to be announced

Where to Stay

If you want to stay in the midst of of the Striezelmarkt, the NH Dresden Altmarkt puts you in the midst of the Christmas markets. There are many other excellent hotels in the heart of Dresden Old Town (Altstadt) including the 5-star Radisson Blu Gewandhaus, the very elegant Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski, Swissôtel Dresden Am Schloss and QF Hotel Dresden. See the complete list of Dresden hotels Here.

Event : Dresden Striezelmarkt 2014
Dates : November 27 – December 24, 2014
Venue : Dresden Altmarkt

Opening times:
16:00 – 21:00 Opening day
10:00 – 21:00 Daily
10:00 – 14:00 Final day

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