What you'll discover in Düsseldorf's Christmas MarketsElegant delight in Germany
The festive fun begins as soon as you arrive in Düsseldorf, as several bustling Christmas markets are dotted around the charming city.
Düsseldorf in west Germany is located along the banks of the Rhine and is the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia region. Düsseldorf is a perfect location to visit and experience a traditional German Christmas market.
Düsseldorf is only around 250 miles (400km) from Calais and takes roughly 4 hours to drive. So, it’s ideal to discover as a German Christmas market road trip. You can also squeeze in a visit to the historic city of Cologne.
Driving is our preferred mode of transport while visiting Germany’s Christmas markets. It doesn’t matter how many gifts we return with; or how much gingerbread (Lebkuchen, as the Germans say) we stock up on; there’s room for it all.
Seven festive markets are sprinkled around Düsseldorf, which are within easy walking distance of each other; this is greatly helped by much of the city being pedestrianised. Additionally, in Burgplatz on the bank of the Rhine, you’ll spot the enormous Ferris wheel’ Wheel of Vision’.
Are you ready to enjoy your first mug of glühwein and discover how Düsseldorf celebrate this enchanting time of the year….you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Where is Düsseldorf
How to get to Düsseldorf
- By Air
The nearest airport is Düsseldorf International Airport, about 15 minutes (5mls/9km) from the centre of Düsseldorf by taxi. There are also public transport connections which take around 20 minutes. Take a browse through ebookers.com for departures from your local airport.
- By Car
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Weihnachtsmarkt at the old RathausDiscover the Artisan Market
What I particularly love about Christmas markets in Germany is the selection of incredible food stalls, and Düsseldorf is no exception. Not only can you get bratwurst in abundance, but there are also festive huts offering salmon, soup, chestnuts, and all things sweet.
We wouldn’t want it any other way.
Altstadt MarktStrolling along Flinger Strasse
To keep the Christmassy theme flowing through Düsseldorf, from Marktplatz, you are naturally drawn along the glittering street of Flinger Strasse.
As you stroll through the colourful and bustling Altstadt Markt, it is a true feast for the senses. The lovely festive cabins are modelled on Düsseldorf’s old burgher houses.
The Old Town Market meanders all the way along to Heinrich-Heine-Platz until you reach Engelchen, the Little Angel market.
However, before you catch a glimpse of the cupids, you will undoubtedly notice the centrepiece along Flinger Strasse, the rotating traditional pyramid tower.
Underneath the pyramid tower, take a little rest and indulge in a mug of heartwarming gluhwein.
Where to stay in Düsseldorf
Our accommodation for the two nights in Düsseldorf was in an apartment named Square Rooms. It was central to the Old Town, very clean and had everything you would expect.
Pino, who greeted us, was really friendly and helpful and informed us that all the drinks and food in the mini bar were free.
EngelchenmarktThe enchanting Angel Market
After your festive refreshment at Altstadt Markt, continue to Heinrich-Heine-Platz, where you will be greeted with a vision of thousands of twinkling gold lights and adorable angels peering down from above.
Yes, you’ve arrived at Engelchenmarkt.
The ‘Angel Market’ is truly enchanting, and the angelic theme puts a smile on your face. There are plenty of Christmas cabins to keep you occupied in this charming square with gifts and decorations galore.
The centrepiece of Engelchenmarkt is undoubtedly the stunning Art Nouveau bandstand, nestled in the middle of the yuletide huts.
And to keep the energy levels up, we chose a hot-filled potato dumpling for a snack. A savoury filling is encased within the dumpling and then placed in boiling water until they float to the top. I hadn’t seen these dumplings before.
We had the addition of cheese with ours.
A hop into StadtbruckchenDüsseldorf’s ‘Fairytale Market’
And as a treat for little festive revellers, there is a delightful carousel for the children to enjoy.
It was also at this Little Star Market in Düsseldorf that we had our first taster of a marshmallow encased in chocolate, known as ‘Kisses’.
I’ll certainly be on the lookout for these again; they were heavenly.
Magical ‘Märchen Markt’Düsseldorf’s ‘Fairytale Market’
To uncover Düsseldorf’s ‘Fairytale Market’, it’s just a short stroll across Königsallee.
You’re now sauntering into Düsseldorf’s stylish shopping district; here, you will stumble upon the 5th market named Märchen Markt in Schadowplatz.
Although you are in a modern part of the town, the lovely wooden wintry cabins transport your imagination to an enchanting faraway place.
Here you’ll find a fantastic candle stall; we have a few of the glass globe candle holders at home. They look lovely flickering away next to our many Käthe Wohlfahrt decorations and toy soldiers.
Kö-Bogen-MarktHome of Düsseldorf’s ice rink
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Schadow-MarktAll your shopping needs
Just a short hop from Kö-Bogen, you’ll arrive at Düsseldorf’s 7th market on Schadowstrasse.
All along this bustling street in one of Dusseldorf’s central shopping districts are decorative wooden cabins full of festive crafts and gifts.
There are cosy hats, gloves, and stylish accessories to suit all budgets. Here in schadow-markt, you’ll even find cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes.
And as with all German Christmas markets, you’ll be attracted to the tempting aroma of roasting bratwurst; it has to be done.
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Christmas Village at BurgplatzHop on the ‘Wheel of Vision’
This eye-catching Ferris wheel is a temporary structure that stands 55 metres high and has 42 rotating heated gondolas.
The views along the Rhine and over the Altstadt (Old Town) are incredible. Journey around a few revolutions and see all the church spires piercing up through the city skyline.
At the base of the ‘Wheel of Vision’ is the Christmas Village; this is a lovely market and perhaps less busy than the others.
I don’t really know why it’s quieter, as the effort that has been made in creating the village huts is fantastic; it almost feels Dickensian around the little village.
Discover Düsseldorf’s fascinating history700 years in one monument
If you are at Burgplatz during the day or have just had a promenade along the Rhine, there are few other things that will catch your eye here.
Firstly, the Alter Schlossturm, the old palace tower, now a shipping museum ‘Schifffahrt Museum’, you won’t miss the building as it looks like a lighthouse.
Then there is the statute to the Radschlager (cart-wheeler), an emblem of Düsseldorf.
The custom of cartwheeling dates back to 1288 when children spun to celebrate the success at the battle of Worringen.
Tempted by an AltbierJust 5 breweries to choose from
Altbier is a hoppy ale and is quite unique to Düsseldorf; it is only brewed by 5 different microbreweries around the Altstadt.
You must give it a taster; a couple of the brauhaus that we can recommend and that serve Altbier directly from the barrel is Brauerei zum Schlüssel, which serves Schlüssel Alt.
Visit the Lindt chocolate shopGo on, indulge yourself
Düsseldorf is quite well known as a fashion city and has some very select stores. So be careful that these tempting boutiques don’t keep you away from the Christmas markets.
Also, there is a wonderful Lindt chocolate shop in Düsseldorf and the hot chocolate is amazing. You can indulge in a steaming mug of dark, milk or white hot chocolate.
If you wish to fly, it only takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes from London.
You really need to book early as these markets are very popular.
Although all these markets are fantastic to visit during the day, they really come alive in the evenings, don’t miss it.
Be warned these markets become extremely busy at the weekends, particularly in the evenings. Children may feel a bit swamped with the crowds.
Dress warm and comfortable; this is essential because it was cold in December.
Germany’s Christmas markets are for all ages, don’t be put off that it is all for children; it really isn’t. We are all big kids at heart…..
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