The city Dresden of Saxony, Germany is rich in history and culture. At Christmastime, its Baroque and Rococo architecture is illuminated by the majestic Christmas market in the Altmarkt square. Known as the Dresden Striezelmarkt, it is the oldest Christmas market in Germany, dating back to 1434! This year marks its 582nd anniversary. The market boasts an impressive 250 stands, live music, and has a Grimm’s fairytale theme strewn throughout. It is quite remarkable to say the least!
- A 14-metre tall Erzgebirge Christmas pyramid
- Extravagantly decorated rooftops
- A giant wooden nativity scene
- Numerous cozy food stalls- Warm up with a festive mug of glühwein!
- Handcrafted ornaments and gifts- Including nutcrackers, wooden tree ornaments, candle pyramids, and much more.
- Gingerbread style cottages with children’s activities inside- Children can enjoy baking cutout cookies, icing cookies, painting ornaments, and visiting the mini movie theater. The cost for each activity is around 3-7€ per child. Our children chose ornament painting and it was just the perfect indoor break from walking in the windy weather.
- A ferris wheel
- A children’s railway
- A merry-go-round
- A puppet theater
- Traditional sweets
Helpful things for families:
- The market is free- Many markets have an entry fee, but this one does not. You can come and go as you please!
- There is a parking garage situated right below the market- and several others surrounding the market.
- There are bathrooms located in the underground parking garage- as well as porta potties next to the market. You could also opt to use one in one of the many nearby cafés.
- There are several family-friendly restaurants right by the market- which is especially great if the little ones tire out and can’t hang in the chilly weather anymore! We ate in the Irish pub, which had a children’s menu and very clean bathrooms (always a plus!).
If you are ever in Germany at Christmastime, be sure to journey to Dresden to enjoy this magical experience!
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