Ultimate Guide To The Best Christmas Markets In Düsseldorf
Christmas is one of my favorite seasons of the year! Everything gets festive, cities are lit up with Christmas lights, and especially here in Europe Christmas Markets pop up! In my opinion, Düsseldorf has one of the most beautiful Christmas market scenery in Germany and is probably one of the most underrated ones. When I read through lists of the best Christmas Markets in Germany, I read a lot about Dresden or Nuremberg but very seldom about Düsseldorf. Therefore, I prepared a guide to the best Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf!
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Christmas Markets In Düsseldorf
All over the city center and the old town of Düsseldorf, you´ll find nine different themed Christmas Markets. Each of them has its unique style and topic like handcrafting, fairytale, or little angels, and stars.
To explore Düsseldorf and its Christmas Markets, you first need to know where to find them! The easiest way to start strolling them is to find your way to the city center. The best starting points are Heinrich-Heine-Allee, that is the easiest way to get there from Düsseldorf´s central station. From here, you can head to the right or the left. You’re in the middle of all the Christmas Markets. This one is probably a good option when you have, at least two days for visiting.
However, the list below follows a route from one end of the Christmas Market trail to the other end. That might be the best route when you have only one day and need to save a little bit of time in regards to walking around. In that case, we kick-off our tour at the Underground station/ tram station Schadowstraße.
When you come up the stairs from the underground station or hop off the tram at Schadowstraße, you can already see it. The Christmas market by the Kö-Bogen will amaze you with its picturesque view of the Hofgarten, Düsseldorf’s most central city park.
At the spectacular Magic Sky canopy, can listen to live music sessions or take part in the Christmas Carol singing. By the way, this is only one of a few free things to do during the Christmas season in Düsseldorf!
That is also the place where the popular children’s activity tent can be found. And you have to taste the wild boar sausage and the quince-apple-punch. Yummy! My favorite!
The next stop on our tour is Schadowstraße and its Christmas Huts. While shopping in the surrounding mall, you can enjoy craftworks, snacks, and seasonal beverages like Feuerzangenbowle and more.
Almost at the end of Schadowstraße, you will come to the Fairytale-Market at Schadowplatz. A village in wintry white will spread festive cheer with all the flair reminiscent of Scandinavia. If you have a look at the top of the stalls, you can find scenes from famous fairytales of the Brother´s Grimm, which gave this market its name; “Fairytale market.” Look for Mother Hulda, Sleeping Beauty, or Snow White. Will you be able to find them?
4. Winter Wonderland
When you leave the shopping area around Kö-Bogen and Königsallee and head towards the old town, you´ll come across the Winter Wonderland. It includes an ice rink, and some huts around it where you can drink mulled wine, Füchschen Altbier, eat Crepes, sausages, and many more. If you want to try playing a traditional German version of curling, make sure that you book a spot for Eisstockschießen in advance. To find this one, follow the Königsallee until the end or look out for the Hotel Steigenberger*. It´s located right in front of it!
The next one on that tour is the Engelchenmarkt, which means little angel. You will notice it because of the little golden angels sitting on the top of the stalls. That´s why it´s called Engelchenmarkt!
It´s located beside the Carschhaus and next to the tube station Heinrich-Heine-Allee.
One highlight of this Christmas Market is the historic bandstand, where you can find a bar inside of it. The “Grillstübchen” you can see here offers the best German sausages called “Bratwurst” or “Krakauer.” Try it, and you will love it. Some vegetarian options are available at the stalls of the “Peru-Kartoffel” or the “Flammkuchen.” Or if you look for some typical German sweets, find the stall with the “Aachener Printen,” a specialty from Aachen.
At “Stadtbrückchen,” is a bit hidden in the inner courtyard of Wilhelm-Marx-Haus, just across the street from the Engelchenmarkt, you´ll find the Sternchenmarkt. The best time to visit the Sternchenmarkt is when it gets dark. Then you can see why it´s called “Little Star Market.” It looks like millions of little and glittering stars, crystals, and snow-covered huts.
7. Old Town Market
Dive deeper into the old town, and you´ll find another Christmas Market of Düsseldorf. The Flinger Straße is the heart of the Old Town and links the Engelchenmarkt at Heinrich-Heine-Platz with the Handicraft market at Marktplatz. The style of the Christmas market huts shows the old Düsseldorf burgher houses. One highlight is the traditional and giant pyramid opposite the Carschhaus department store and is a popular spot for friends to meet up and have a great start with having a mulled wine before exploring the other Christmas Markets.
8. Handwerker-Markt on Marktplatz
Located in front of Düsseldorf´s city hall and the foot of the equestrian statue of Elector Jan Wellem, visitors will discover a Christmas Market Village with huts and cabins modeled on the style of the Renaissance brick-built city hall in the heart of Düsseldorf’s Old Town. You will find glass-blowers, woodturners, painters, pewterers, and brush makers who offer their wares. You can also watch them how they produce and built more of their art. For more children fun, there is a restored carousel, which is almost 100 years old. And if you get cold, you can have an original Vintner “Glühwein” or “Feuerzangenbowle” to warm you up again.
9. French Markt at Burgplatz
At Burgplatz, you can not only find the giant fair wheel (also known as Wheel of Vision) but even more stalls with typical French delicacies. Enjoy the views of the lit-up city while taking a ride on the wheel and some more mulled wine or an “Altbier” (the traditional beer here in Düsseldorf) afterward.
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And here ends our little tour of the Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf!
What do you think? Are you ready for a Christmas adventure? Leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts!