- The Christmas markets of Germany are by far the top attraction for native germans and visitors. During the winter season, beautifully decorated stalls line the streets of over 150 towns and villages selling the best Christmas wares. Handcrafted gifts and specially baked goods are in abundance with unique and creative touches. Public concerts are played for shoppers almost every evening playing the best brass bands and choirs for everyone to enjoy. Visiting one of Germany’s Christmas markets is the best way to indulge yourself in German culture but it can be extremely chilly in the evening during the winter. Layers of clothing as well as waterproof jackets are an excellent way to prepare for the night of festivities.
- When visiting Munich in the winter, a nice way to get your energy level up is to visit the large open air ice skating rink “Muenchner Eizsauber .“ This large skating rink is set up out doors every year from November to December. It is located in the large sports complex near Munich’s famous shopping district in Karlspatz Square. German pop music is played loudly on their speakers for skaters to enjoy as well as a restaurant next to the large skating rink selling hot cocoa for children and tasty mulled wine for adults. Warm jackets and mittens are the best equipment you can have along side a pair of rented skates from the rinks rental shop.
- Another wonderful Munich festival shopping center is the Christmas Village in the Royal Residence. The classic Christmas village is displayed with a life sized nativity scene and chapel for visitors to photograph and enjoy. Here handcrafted goods can be seen being made by traditional toy makers, goldsmiths, glassblowers and blacksmiths making knives from steel. This is the perfect family outing with acitivites for children being offered like rides on the antic carousel. Also children will enjoy meet Nikolaus, the German Santa Claus. They are invited to meet and take pictures with him and even ask for gifts they would like to receive on Christmas. The white winters of Germany feels supremely festive at this Christmas village with a backdrop of traditional Christmas music played live every evening for the public.
- The Dom in Hamburg is open all year round without exception to the winter season. Winter Dom in November is open for 4 weeks and becomes the largest fairground every day. Visitors young and old come to enjoy the fairs roller coasters and iconic Ferris wheel. The smell of roasted nuts and flavorful candy coated fruits are sold in abundance along with the traditional fair food, hot corn on the cob. Potato fritters and freshly made hot waffles are enjoyed by everyone as well as beer gardens set up for adults to enjoy. Set in the beautiful city of Hamburg, the Dom is an excellent way to have fun with friends or family in the cold winter season.
No matter what attraction you decide to visit in Germany during the white winter, it is greatly advised to visit a weather forecast website like wetter.net for up to date news on temperatures in the region. A good thick coat or waterproof boots or jacket is the best bet in the cold and rainy country during this time.