Yuletide fun in Germany
Christmas is such a magical time of year to visit Germany, and the elegant city of Münster glistens so beautifully during the festive season. Six enchanting Christmas markets weave their way amongst the cobbled streets, leaving a twinkling trail of joy.
The gabled houses along Prinzipalmarkt are transformed into a garland paradise, and Münster’s striking Rathaus and Stadtweinhaus radiate a warm, majestic presence.
Münster’s six Christmas markets are all charmingly distinctive in their own festive way. Each offers a gorgeous selection of unique gifts within an enjoyable, friendly atmosphere and a mighty fine choice of aromatic glühwein.
Where is Münster?
How to get to Münster
- By Car
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A German Christmas market to rememberFestive fun for all the family
With 300 stalls to explore offering unique gifts and an abundance of local fare to be indulged upon, you’re going to need to treat yourself to a couple of nights stay.
The heartening effect that the whole Christmas market experience has on the senses will remain with you forever. Street vendors are roasting fresh chestnuts, the sight of rows and rows of flame-grilled bratwurst and of course, the tempting aroma of a mug of steaming hot glühwein.
Go on, there’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in German culture than experiencing it first-hand amongst the locals. I don’t think Gary and I will ever tire of visiting the Christmas markets in Germany.
Exploring Münster’s Yuletide marketsLights Market St. Lamberti
Sitting at the feet of the towering St Lamberti Church and nestled alongside Münster’s magnificent twinkling Christmas tree is the Lights Market St. Lamberti.
All around the enchanting square are charming blue and white gabled cabins offering a varied selection of handmade gifts, sweet treats, and heart-warming hot chocolate.
As you stroll around the St Lamberti Christmas market, all you want to do is keep smiling, as the joyful atmosphere and the laughter amongst friends and families is infectious.
The cosy and colourful woolly hats and scarves are incredibly tempting, and that’s before we’re lured in by the aroma of bratwurst and glühwein.
The backdrop to this market is incredible, especially as the evening draws in and St Lamberti is illuminated. This church has a gruesome tale to tell, as hanging on the side of the tower are three iron cages. During the mid-16th-century, Anabaptists tried unsuccessfully to convert Münster from Catholicism to Protestantism. Their tortured and murdered bodies were hung on display to warn others.
Münster’s WeihnachtsmarktChristmas Market around the Town Hall
There’s a wonderful mixture of stalls in the Rathaus market; you’ll find handmade gifts and crafts, intricate jewellery, and eye-catching Christmas decorations.
Interspersed between the festive huts offering gifts are plenty of food and drink stalls tempting you with mouth-watering aromas. The sticky chocolate coated nuts are my particular favourite; however, the savoury choices take some beating.
Strolling around GiebelhüüskesmarktMünster newest addition
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Christmas Village around KiepenkerlDiscover the Westphalian specialities
Things to do in Münster
- Visit St Paulus Dom: - get your timing right to hear the Astronomical clock chime
- Feel History in the "Hall of peace"
- Take in some culture at the LWL Museum, the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso or the Stadtmuseum Münster
- Don't forget to listen out for the Tower Keeper at St. Lamberti.
- If the weather's fine, head to Aasee Park
Enjoy Münster X-MS Christmas MarketVisit Aegidii Christmas Market
The X-MS Christmas Market is located just by the “Kirschensäule” (Cherry Column) sculpture by Thomas Schütte. This charming, friendly market prides itself on being regional and sustainable. There are some delicious foodie delights here, including hearty soups, organic snacks, and artisan coffees.
At X-MS Christmas Market, you can also treat yourself to some unique pieces of art, delightful handmade crafts and locally produced preserves and liqueurs.
Strolling PrinzipalmarktPutting on the style is Münster
The Prinzipalmarkt just exudes elegance; one after another, the stylish gabled topped buildings stretch as far as the eye can see. At Christmas time, the marketplace is pedestrianised and allows you to appreciate the enchanting street in its full glory.
During the festive season, every arch that runs the length of the Prinzipalmarkt has a beautiful, illuminated Christmas garland. These decorative wreaths replace the exquisite historical lamps that hang in their place, depicting notable events in Münster’s past.
Along this stylish street, you’ll discover Münster’s Rathaus, which is home to the ‘Hall of Peace’. It’s here that the Spanish-Dutch Peace Treaty was ratified in May 1648. In October of the same year, the Thirty Years’ War ended with the signing the Peace of Westphalia.
Not to be outshone, located next to the Rathaus is the magnificent Stadtweinhaus, Münster’s city wine store.
The city of Münster has a very unusual tradition, and that’s the sounding of the Tower Keeper’s horn at the top of St Lamberti Church tower. The custom has taken place for over 630 years; today, the honour is undertaken by Martje Salje, the first lady to hold the role.
Each evening, except Tuesday, the Tower Keeper blows the horn in the direction of north, south and west at 9pm until midnight, every 30 minutes. As long as there isn’t anything untoward, Martje sounds the all-clear toot, that the city of Münster is free from fires or enemies beyond.
So, ensure you head to the northern end of Prinzipalmarkt from 9 pm and listen out for Martje.
To ensure that you make the most of your Münster mini-break, why not stay for a couple of nights?
Discover Münster’s fascinating historical past and the delightful museums in this beautiful German city.
Eating at Münster Christmas marketsEnjoying the festive tipples
There is such an appealing selection of food and drink at Münster’s markets you are spoilt for choice. Whether you enjoy sweet or savoury, the array of cuisine is incredible. The speciality of Germany is undoubtedly sausages, and the bratwurst and currywurst didn’t disappoint.
Although at Münster’s Rathaus market we stumbled across a Münsterland specialty at ‘Grillschinken’. Rotisserie ham was served in a roll with kraut salad and remoulade sauce; it was delicious.
Throughout the market, dishes are tempting you like báckfisch, kebabs, flammkuchen and reibekuchen. However, there appears to be an even more extensive choice for anyone with a sweet tooth.
There are crepes, waffles, strudel, chocolate dipped fruit, gingerbread, sweet dumplings, and chocolate nuts. I’m sure there were more, and honestly, it was just the apple strudel I indulged in.
No Christmas market would be complete if you didn’t sample the glühwein, and Münster’s were pretty good. Rather than the regular red or white glühwein, they spiced it up a bit, which made a pleasant change. As I mentioned at the Kiepenkerl Christmas village, they added almonds and raisins to theirs; once you reached the bottom of the mug, it was quite a feast.
In Münster, the red and white glühwein’s were €3 each, and the deposit on the festive mug was €2.
Our video of Münster's Christmas MarketsThe festivities through our eyes
Where we stayed in MünsterA hotel with a quirky modern twist
During our Christmas stay in Münster, we were hosted by Factory Hotel.
The Factory Hotel offers a rustic modern twist within the heritage-listed walls of a former Germania Brewery. The exposed terracotta-coloured bricks and steel railings add an urban, contemporary feel to the friendly and quirky hotel.
The staff were very accommodating and friendly, and they allowed us to check in to our room early. The hotel adhered strictly to the 2G COVID rules, and everything was very clean throughout.
The Factory Hotel is located around 1.5 miles (2.5km) from Münster Old Town. The hotel is on bus routes no. 15 and 16 and is about a 20-minute journey into the city centre. The bus fare is €3.30 each way or €12 for a day ticket. A taxi is around €12.
Our bedroom was very comfortable, clean, had suitable lighting and an outdoor balcony. The desk area was a reasonable size, allowing us to set up our charging station and work on the laptop. The rooms also had plenty of electricity points which was a plus.
The bathroom was spacious, had a large modern walk-in shower, and provided Naturals Remedies toiletries made from plant-based ingredients.
There was a wide variety of food and drinks for breakfast, and all were served in a very light and airy location. The food was constantly being replenished, and there were ample coffee, tea and fruit juices.
We visited Münster as part of a Christmas market road trip, so the underground car park was perfect and reasonable at €8 per day.
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