Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt is one of the Oldest and Prettiest in Germany:
The Frankfurt Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) claims to be one of the oldest in Germany – it seems that there has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt since 1393.
With its rich history and steeped in traditions, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is a huge attraction for visitors from all over the world. Each year more than three million visitors flock to Frankfurt to enjoy this city’s Weihnachtsmarkt, making Frankfurt one of the more important Christmas markets in terms of visitor numbers.
Weihnachtsmarkt in Frankfurt Old Town
Being the finance centre of Germany, Frankfurt’s skyline is outlined by the many high-rise towers of banks and insurance companies. But Frankfurt’s Altstadt is something else. The historic centre is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year but at Christmas, Römerberg, Paulsplatz and Mainkai (Main Quay) are transformed into a Winter Wonderland. There are more than 200 stalls at the Frankfurt market offering arts and crafts and lots of traditional Christmas treats. The Christmas Market is a good place to shop for Christmas gifts and decorations and also to stock up on Christmas specialty foods.
Around the 30-metre Christmas tree, a wide range of entertainment takes place, including concerts on the Römerberg stage, trumpet fanfares from the balcony of St. Nicholas Church and the church carillon. And as you stroll around the Christmas market, enjoy the all too familiar aroma of roasted nuts, cinnamon, gingerbread and mulled wine. By the way, it’s possible to visit the rooftop balustrade of St. Nicholas Church, but only if weather conditions permit.
Christmas Market Tour
And for those who want to learn more about Frankfurt’s Christmas market, Frankfurt’s Tourism Authority runs guided tours where visitors can learn more about glühwein and other Christmas culinary specialties, hear stories about Frankfurt’s Christmas traditions and learn more about the city’s history along the way.
Tours run on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 and 13:30. Your tour cost includes a vintage carousel ride and hot mulled wine! Meeting point is the Tourist Information stand on Römerberg.
German Christmas Markets
Christmas markets are a part of the German holiday tradition and once you’ve visited markets like the Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt, it is easy to be charmed by its magical atmosphere. For those who are hooked on Christmas markets, there is a four-day Christmas markets tour from Frankfurt that will take you to Leipzig, Dresden and Plauen where you can have a taste of Christmas markets in other German cities.
How to Get to the Frankfurt Christmas Market
Frankfurt is an important transport hub and visitors will find it easy to get to the Frankfurt Christmas Market. In fact, it is only 15 minutes away from Germany’s largest airport.
Getting to the Frankfurt Christmas market by public transport is easy:
|Nearest Stops S-Bahn U-Bahn|
|Römer/Paulsplatz||U 4, 5|
|Hauptwache||S 1, 2 ,3 ,4 ,5, 6, 8, 9 U 1, 2, 3, 6, 7|
|Konstablerwache||S 1, 2 ,3 ,4 ,5, 6, 8, 9 U 4, 5, 6, 7|
The trams No. 11 and No. 12 both stop at the Römer/Paulsplatz
Places to Stay in Frankfurt
Visitors have a large choice of luxury and budget hotels in Frankfurt to choose from.
Frankfurt Christmas Market Info:
Place : Römerberg Square, Paulsplatz and Mainkai
Dates : 25th November – 22nd December 2016
Opening Times :
Mon – Sat 10:00 – 21:00 | Sunday 11:00 – 21:00
Map of Frankfurt Altstadt: