Try a different way of enjoying the pre-Christmas season
Enjoy a mug of mulled wine, listen to Christmas carols and explore regional Christmas traditions – come and see Germany's most beautiful Christmas markets!
Special atmosphere guaranteed: the advent season in German Youth Hostels
It's not only children's eyes that sparkle with joy at the sight: Germany's Christmas markets are world-famous. Unsurprisingly – nothing compares to the homely atmosphere of Christmas markets and smell of delicious candy everywhere.
The markets lead us up to one of the year's most beautiful festive events: Christmas. Even those who are normally not into Christmas are bound to change their minds when enjoying delicious mulled wine, candied apples and the atmospheric music. But the best thing about German Christmas markets is: no two are alike! Every Christmas market has its own charm. So packing your suitcase and testing for yourself whether the mulled wine tastes different in the snowy Erz Mountains than in the maritime North of Germany is the obvious thing to do in the pre-Christmas season!
But Youth Hostels are also the right place to go if what you are looking for is a break from the pre-Christmas bustle. Our staff offer fun leisure activities for children and adults alike. Be it baking, doing handicrafts together or a guided tour of the snow-covered city: you are sure to remember your Christmas season trip for a long time. How about some inspiration?
An advent trip to the sea: take in a fresh sea breeze at the Engeleke Market in Emden
Ever wondered whether Father Christmas is actually an old salt? Visit the maritime Engeleke Market in the sea port city of Emden and find out. This fascinating market is nestled between historic buildings and borders straight onto the sea. The festively decorated and beautifully lit traditional ships are particularly remarkable about this market and create a homely mood, especially after dark. Mulled wine and "Feuerzangenbowle" are not the only drinks served to warm you up here: of course, traditional Eastern Frisian tea is also on offer at this Christmas market.
An advent trip to the Ore Mountains: bringing an old tradition back to life
Lights everywhere, as far as the eye can see: lights are typical for the Erzgebirge region! Meanwhile, the carved wood arches, pyramids and incense smokers produced here are famous even outside Germany. Visit one of the Christmas markets in the Ore Mountains, perhaps in Schneeberg or Annaberg, and watch the master carvers at work!
Tempting Christmas gingerbread: an advent trip to the Christmas market in Aachen
Mmm, that smells delicious! The sweet flavour of the typical specialty gingerbread lingers in the air at the Aachen Christmas market, one of the largest in Germany. Whether you like your gingerbread with nuts, marzipan or covered with chocolate, whether you prefer it hard or soft: this is the place for giving in to temptation! Visit one of Germany's marvellous Christmas markets and enjoy a mood-setting pre-Christmas break in one of our Youth Hostels.