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The Dusseldorf Christmas Market is simply magical! Several classic Christmas Markets dot the city, each one featuring traditional holiday huts that serve warm glühwein and local treats. In addition to twinkling lights and Christmas trees, the giant riverside Ferris wheel and outdoor ice-skating rink compliment the festiveness of Dusseldorf at Christmas time.
Why Visit the Dusseldorf Christmas Market?
Jam-packed with merriment, Dusseldorf is one of the best places in Germany for Christmas – and we nearly missed it! Underrated – and, often overlooked – the Dusseldorf market only came on our radar at the last minute (and we are stoked that it did!). We had a few free days in our travel schedule in mid-December (between visiting Croatia and the Netherlands) and we were on a quest to visit one of the epic German Christmas markets.
The previous year, we had spent time at the Frankfurt Christmas Market and were completely in awe of the celebration. Craving similar revelry, we started searching for where to go in Germany for Christmas markets. Initially, large cities – like Berlin and Munich – sprang to mind as classic German Christmas Market holiday destinations. But then we heard whispers about Christmas in Dusseldorf – and realized the lesser-known city was the ideal place for a German Christmas Market break.
What To Expect at the Christmas Market in Dusseldorf, Germany
It was with great anticipation (and pretty high expectations) that we arrived at the Dusseldorf Christmas fair – and it absolutely delivered! Each decorated market is bathed in the soft glow of Christmas lights and adorned in classic decor. With holiday spirit in the air and a steaming cup of glühwein in hand, we descended into the jovial atmosphere.
Dusseldorf, Germany Christmas Market Guide
Let the holiday festivities begin! Our Dusseldorf Christmas Market review features everything you need to know – including locations, dates and times! In addition, we include what to eat at the market and other things to do in Dusseldorf at Christmas time. Plus, we offer our top tips for visiting other nearby markets – like the famous Cologne Christmas Market, which is just a short train ride away!
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Finding the Dusseldorf Christmas Markets
The Christmas Market in Dusseldorf isn’t limited to one location; the city proudly proclaims seven distinct markets – plus a Ferris wheel, an ice rink and other Christmassy spots. Each one unique, the markets are located around the city center along cobblestone lanes, in prominent squares and in hidden, cozy corners. Yet, all of the Dusseldorf Christmas Markets are within easy walking distance of one another. So, grab your glühwein and let’s get going!
Pro Tip: We have included a link to Google Maps for each market – and a Dusseldorf Christmas Market Map of all the markets is below!
7 Christmas Markets: Dusseldorf, Germany
This list is in order of the markets we liked best. Use the map link provided to find each market – or check out the map below.
Engelchen Markt on Heinrich-Heine-Platz
Map. The Engelchen Markt – or Angels Market – is the best Christmas market in Dusseldorf! Illuminated in a golden hue and overlooked by cherubs, the Engelchen Markt is our favorite spot for a stroll and a mug of mulled wine.
Sternchen Martk in Wilhelm-Marx-Haus Courtyard
Map. Tucked into a quaint courtyard adjacent to the Engelchen Markt, the Sternchen Markt is the most atmospheric Christmas Market in Dusseldorf. Decorated in a canopy of white lights, the cozy enclave feels secluded from the rest of the city.
Handwerke Markt on Marktplatz
Map. Trips to the Dusseldorf Christmas Market would not be complete without visiting the Handwerke Markt. Located on the main square under the gaze of the Elector Jan Wellem equestrian statue, the picturesque market features handmade crafts, a historic carousel and a towering Christmas tree.
Altstadt Markt on Flinger Strasse
Map. Lined with huts resembling old Burgher houses (which dole out classic German Christmas fair food), the Altstadt Christmas Market is the perfect route to get from the Engelchen Markt to Marktplatz. The market is centered on a Christmas pyramid which features characters of Dusseldorf’s past – and is a popular spot to grab a goblet of glühwein.
Marchen Markt adjacent to Corneliusplatz
Map. Especially enticing to children, the Marchen Markt is where German fairy tales are recited…and where Santa can be found on Fridays.
Map. Overlooking the city center Hofgarten, Ko-Bogen Markt features activities just for kids and organized carol singing (sheet music provided, so everyone can sing along!).
Map. Dusseldorf’s popular shopping street, Schadowstrasse, is enhanced at Christmas time with rows of holiday booths selling traditional and custom holiday gifts.
More Festive Spots during Christmas in Dusseldorf, Germany
In addition to the seven themed Dusseldorf Christmas fair markets, there are a few more jovial places to see in the city.
Dusseldorf Ferris Wheel: The Riesenrad Wheel of Vision
Map. Situated on the banks of the Rhine River in Burgplatz is the iconic Dusseldorf Ferris Wheel. Operating both day and night, visitors can get a birds’ eye view of the city from one of the enclosed (and heated!) gondolas. We happily enjoyed the spectacle from the ground – and were thoroughly entertained by the surrounding Christmas market; in fact, it was one of our favorites!
Pro Tip: One of the most unique things to do in Dusseldorf in December is to eat Breakfast Over the Rhine while riding the Ferris Wheel.
Ice Skating Dusseldorf: DEG-Winterwelt
Map. The Dusseldorf Christmas Market Ice Rink, located on Corneliusplatz, is completely picture-perfect. Marking the north end of the posh Konigsallee shopping street and Stadtgraben canal, the rink encircles a large, tiered fountain. Visitors can rent skates or play a few rounds of curling. We were content, however, to simply take it all in from the cozy, lodge-like on-site gastropub.
Map. Konigsalle – or King’s Avenue – is one of the prettiest promenades in the entire city. The wide boulevard features a long canal that is lined with trees, decorated with statues and crossed by picturesque bridges. Well-known for brand-name fashion and boutique stores, we think the best reason to take a walk along Konigsalle at Christmastime is the romantic Lichterdom – a dome of lights – that arches across the Benrather Strasse Bridge.
Schadow Arkaden Christmas Tree
Map. We actually never made it to the Schadow Arkaden Mall to see the Singing and Dancing Christmas Tree, but it was on our list just in case the weather turned too poor to be outside. The store’s centerpiece Christmas Tree dazzles guests with a light and music show every hour on the hour.
Rhine River Christmas Dinner Cruise
Seeking a unique Dusseldorf experience? Hop aboard a evening Rhine River cruise for an night of holiday fun. The 3-hour dinner cruise features atmospheric candles and Christmas décor. Passengers get a panoramic view of the city while enjoying Germany specialties. Find out more and book your spot!
Dusseldorf Christmas Market Food
One of the best things about German Christmas Markets is the food – so, naturally, we ate as much of it as we could! While there is an array of cuisine to feast on at the Dusseldorf Christmas Markets, there are a few things that should not be missed.
Gluhwein – Mulled Wine
There is no other drink that ushers in the holiday season quite like Gluhwein. The hot wine is spiced with cloves and citrus…and is utterly delicious. Each market has at least one mulled wine vendor – and a special mug they serve it in.
Pro Tip: A small deposit is required for the mug. After you finish the drink, either return the mug – or keep it as a souvenir!
The heavenly aroma of grilled sausages hangs heavy in the air at the Christmas Market in Dusseldorf. There is an assortment of sausages on offer, but we prefer a classic bratwurst with mustard (and we gobbled up more than our fair share).
Pro Tip: The sausages at the Handwerker Markt were far and away the best we had in Dusseldorf!
Reibekuchen Potato Pancakes
German potato pancakes – called Reibekuchen or Kartoffelpuffer – are fabulous fried fritters that come with a side of applesauce or sour cream (which is our preference). The first time we tried these delicious potato pancakes was in a small German village Christmas market near Nijmegen, Netherlands…and we have been pretty much craving them ever since.
Pro Tip: The Reibekuchen at the Altstadt Markt are divine – and they sell sauteed mushrooms, too!
Flammkuchen German Pizza
An iconic German dish, Flammkuchen – or Tarte Flambee – is a thin, crispy dough topped with cream, cheese, onion and bacon pieces. However, there are several topping variations – and even sweet flammkuchen, too. The delectable treat is a perfect snack while sipping warm glühwein!
Pro Tip: The flammkuchen vendor at the Engelchen Markt makes the absolute best Flammkuchen we’ve had in Dusseldorf!
Langos Hungarian Fried Bread
Although Langos originates in Hungary, it has made its way into Christmas markets across Europe – and we are certainly glad that it has! A classic Langos is deep fried dough, which is slathered with sour cream then topped with grated cheese and seasoning.
Pro Tip: Find the tastiest Langos at the Dusseldorf Christmas Market near the base of the Ferris wheel.
Christmas Shopping Dusseldorf
There are ample opportunities for Christmas shopping in Dusseldorf! The city is well-known fashion hub of high-end designers and shopping malls. Konigsallee – nicknamed Ko – and Schadowstrasse are the two most popular shopping streets in the city.
That said, the best place to buy holiday gifts in the city is at the Dusseldorf Christmas Markets! If you are looking for something unique and handmade, head to the Handwerke Markt. For traditional German Christmas gifts, peruse the wares for sale at the Altstadt Markt. And for classic Christmas presents, we recommend checking out the booths at the Engelchen Markt.
Dusseldorf Xmas Market Info and Details
Before you plan your trip to Dusseldorf for Christmas, be sure to check the dates and times of the Dusseldorf Christmas Markets.
Dusseldorf Christmas Market Location
For each market listed above, we provide a link to the location on Google Maps that includes the Dusseldorf Christmas Market Address. Below you will find a map of all Dusseldorf Christmas Market locations.
Dusseldorf Christmas Market Dates 2020
The Dusseldorf Christmas Markets are open from November 19, 2020 until December 30, 2020. The markets are closed on two days: November 22 (Sunday of the Dead) and December 25 (Christmas Day).
Dusseldorf Christmas Market Opening Times
The market hours vary by day, but all markets keep the same hours.
- Sunday – Thursday from 11:00am until 8:00pm
- Friday – Saturday from 11:00am until 9:00pm
Special Christmas Hours: The market observes shorter hours on December 24 (Christmas Eve) from 11:00am until 3:00pm and on December 26 from 2:00pm until 8:00pm. The markets are closed on Christmas Day.
Dusseldorf Christmas Market Map
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Why Dusseldorf is the Best City to Visit in Germany in December
Dusseldorf may not hold any Germany Christmas Market titles – it’s not the oldest, biggest or grandest – but we think it is one of the best places to visit in Germany at Christmas. In addition to it being one of the best Christmas markets to visit, we have a few more reasons why you will want to start planning your trip to Dusseldorf!
There Are Plenty of Things To Do in Dusseldorf in December
While the Christmas markets are the top thing to do in the city, there are other reasons to spend a weekend – or longer – in Dusseldorf. Visitors can take in the sights, go to museums, cheer on the hockey team and sample the local flavors.
Get our top tips for the Best Things to do in Dusseldorf!
More Christmas Markets Near Dusseldorf
Another fantastic reason to visit Dusseldorf in December is the city’s close proximity to other cities and towns…each of which have their own festive holiday markets. Well connected by public transportation, visitors can easily travel by train from Dusseldorf to explore more of the region and revel in the holiday merrymaking.
Cologne (Koln) Christmas Market
Cologne or Dusseldorf Christmas Market? If you are trying to decide between Dusseldorf or Cologne Christmas Market breaks, we say go to both!
From Dusseldorf, the Cologne, Germany Christmas Market is just a short 30-minute train ride away. The two main Cologne Xmas Markets – the Cathedral Xmas Market and the Old Town Xmas Market – are both just steps from the train station.
To be honest, the real reason we decided to go to Cologne was for a hockey game (which was a ton of fun!). However, we were thrilled that we stayed for the Cologne Christmas Markets! Sipping glühwein under a canopy of lights beneath the soaring Gothic towers of the Dom Cathedral ranks as one of our top Christmas moments!
Dortmund Christmas Market
The city of Dortmund is only about an hour from Dusseldorf by train. The city boasts a cheerful Christmas fair and claims to display the World’s Largest Christmas Tree (which is one gigantic tree created using more than 1500 spruce trees).
We had grand plans to visit the Christmas Market in Dortmund – and possibly making stops at the holiday markets in in Duisburg and Essen along the way, too – but we got too distracted by Dusseldorf! Visitors can use this link for more info!
How To Get To Christmas Markets Around Dusseldorf
Getting to the Christmas Markets near Dusseldorf is as simple as hopping on a train! The Deutsche Bahn regional train service connects Dusseldorf to all other major cities in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.
Pro Tip: Purchase a Day Ticket – which allows up to five people to travel together – to save money! More info on the DB website.
It’s Easy To Get To Dusseldorf
Need one more great reason to go to Dusseldorf for the holidays? It is easy to get to from cities across Europe – and from select cities in North America, too!
The Dusseldorf Airport is serviced by major airlines and low-cost carriers. In fact, we took a direct flight from Split, Croatia to Dusseldorf. Start your search for the best flight fares on SkyScanner!
Dusseldorf is also incredibly connected by train. Visitors can easily reach other German cities and nearby major European cities (like Paris!) as well. When we departed Dusseldorf, we took a direct train to Amsterdam – which was just a quick two-hour ride!
Bus companies – like Flixbus – also transport passengers to and from Dusseldorf.
Dusseldorf Travel Tips
Now that you are ready to go to Dusseldorf, Germany, we have a few more tips to help you plan your trip!
Weather: Dusseldorf in December
Winter weather in Dusseldorf can be cold! Average high temperatures for December hover in the mid-40s (Fahrenheit), however, wind and moisture in the air can make if feel much colder. The city does not experience a ‘dry season,’ so precipitation – in the form of rain or snow – is likely.
During our visit, we experienced howling wind, rain, overcast skies and sunshine. It was not nearly as cold as we anticipated…perhaps it was the glühwein!
What You Will Need for Christmas Trips to Germany
Before you set off for your trip to the Dusseldorf Christmas Market, you will want to make sure you pack the correct things!
Winter Weather Gear
German Christmas markets are outdoors – so make sure you are prepared for the weather! We recommend wearing layers under your winter coat – along with a winter hat, scarf and gloves. And, don’t forget your umbrella, too!
You will likely be spending a lot of time on your feet at the Christmas Markets in Dusseldorf. While there isn’t too much walking required to get from market to market, there are very few places to sit and rest your feet at the markets. We advise wearing a pair of comfortable shoes or boots.
Euros and Credit Cards
Most vendors accept cash only, but a few places take cards, too. The currency in Germany is the Euro, so bring some with you or make a withdraw from the ATM on arrival (just remember to notify your bank of your trip!).
We think travel insurance is essential! It can come in handy for inconvenient travel issues – like delayed flights or lost luggage. More importantly, however, is travel insurance that also covers unexpected medical insurance abroad for illnesses or injuries. Check prices and coverage at World Nomads.
Where To Stay
Deciding where to stay in Dusseldorf for Christmas Markets was one of our biggest struggles. Because we waited until the last minute to book our trip, the most affordable hotels close to the Dusseldorf Christmas Market were already booked.
Rather than stay in a hotel, we booked an Airbnb apartment for our trip. We often find that apartments on Airbnb are less expensive – with more space – than hotels (as was the case for this trip!). Not already a member of Airbnb? Sign up with this link and save money on your first stay!
Hotels Near Dusseldorf Christmas Markets
However, guests who would rather stay in traditional accommodations have a range of choices (as long as you book in advance!). The most opulent hotel in the city is the Capella Breidenbacher Hof, which is located right in the heart of the city on Konigsallee. Check rates and availability!
The Hotel Favor – also located at the center of the Xmas market fair – is another hotel that gets rave reviews. Find out what previous guests said!
Budget-minded travelers can find more affordable accommodation to the east of the Altstadt – between the city center and the train station. For example, the boutique Hotel Lindenhof offers rooms for less than 100 euros and is within easy walking distance to the markets. Just be sure to book in advance, because it fills up quickly! Check out the rooms and prices now!
Search for Dusseldorf Christmas Market hotels on Booking.com!
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