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Christmas market breaks in southern Germany

Bavarians are proud of their stunningly beautiful region and age-old Christmas traditions, and you'll see why. Nuremberg hosts Germany's biggest Christmas market, and meanwhile in southern Bavaria the charming castles of Füssen will take your breath away. Check out our suggested itinerary below and read all about the highlights of this incredible region.

Getting to the German Christmas markets is easy. The country's trains are fast, efficient, and take you to the heart of all major cities. Within this itinerary we provide further details on travelling to each market.

Want a convenient pass for German trains? The Interrail Germany Pass entitles you to 3, 4, 6 or 8 days of rail travel in Germany within 1 month!

Itinerary in short

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Cities visited in this trip:

1. Stay in Munich, Germany

Spend your winter getaway surrounded by the beautiful Alpine scenery of Munich, where you're never far from fun and festive happenings. Enjoy strolls through the English Garden (Englischer Garten), the largest urban park of its kind.

Be sure to visit Munich's Christmas market on the 11th and 18th of December to see the Krampus, a terrifyingly devilish creature and companion of Santa, running amok around the city.

Munich Christmas Market dates:
27th November – 24th December 2017

From Munich main train station, the suburban trains S1 to S8 take you to Marienplatz in just two stops. These S-Bahn trains are free with your Interrail Pass.

Christmas market in Munich

Christmas market in Munich

From Munich to Füssen

Travel time:

2h8m

Transfer:

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  • Munich, Germany

    München Hbf

  • 2h 8m
  • Füssen, Germany

    Füssen

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2. Day trip to Füssen, Germany

Possibly the most enchanting of all day trips in Germany and with Munich as your base, the fairytale castles of Füssen are a must-visit during your winter city break. Enjoy the romantic views of Ludwig II’s childhood home Hohenschwangau Castle, as well as taking a romantic horse-drawn carriage up to his masterpiece Neuschwanstein Castle.

Füssen is not without its own quaint Christmas Market. You’ll find it within the courtyard of the St. Magnus Abbey.

Füssen Christmas Market dates:
8th - 10th and 15th - 17th December 2017

It's a delightful 8-minute walk from Füssen train station to the Christmas market within the monastery courtyard.

Neuschwanstein Castle in winter

Neuschwanstein Castle in winter

From Munich to Nuremberg

Travel time:

1h6m

Transfer:

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  • Munich, Germany

    München Hbf

  • 1h 6m
  • Nuremberg, Germany

    Nürnberg Hbf

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3. Day trip to Nuremberg, Germany

See the world’s most famous Christmas market in Nuremberg. The Nürnburg Christkindlesmarkt is a Yuletide extravaganza. Taking place in the main city market place (Hauptmarkt) you’ll be whisked away to a Christmassy dreamland of glittering lights and the sweet smells of Spekulaas and Glühwein.

Nuremberg is well worth visiting for sightseeing alone. The 15th century Kaiserburg fortifications offer fantastic panoramic views of the city. Nearby, the house of painter Albrecht Dürer is another rustic charm.

Nuremberg Christmas Market dates:
1st December to 24th December 2017

From Nuremburg main train station you can walk to the famous Christmas market at the Hauptmarkt in just 10 minutes.

Christmas tree beside the Albrecht Dürer House

Christmas tree beside the Albrecht Dürer House

Explore Germany with Interrail

  • Choose from 3, 4, 6 or 8 days of rail travel within 1 month.

  • As soon as you're in Germany, hop on and off as many trains as you like using just one rail pass.

  • You'll arrive at city centre locations just a few steps from the nearest Christmas market. Leave everyone else to battle it out for car parking spaces!