Ludwigsburg Christmas market in southwest Germany.
Fancy mulled wine and gingerbread biscuits?
Then head to southwest Germany where you’ll likely love the region’s Christmas markets.
Most Christmas Markets will be open the last week of November and daily in December until Christmas Eve.
Called “Christmas cards come to life”, the markets are set on cobblestone squares surrounded by half-timbered houses.
From Black Forest to Lake Constance to Heidelberg to Karlsruhe and Ulm, southwest Germany’s Christmas markets range from big and bustling to small and intimate.
These markets feature decorated stalls selling locally-made Christmas tree ornaments and decorations, stocking fillers and toys.
At one of Germany’s oldest markets, in Bad Wimpfen, you can join a walking tour with costumed night-watchmen and town guides.
Near Stuttgart, in Ludwigsburg (above),the baroque Christmas Market features 170 stalls decorated in baroque style.
Another market, in Gengenbach, boasts the world’s biggest Advent calendar with the Town Hall’s 24 windows.
Image courtesy of tourismus-bw.de