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November 16 - December 30 2023

German Christmas Markets  are famous across the globe and the unique atmosphere of a traditional German Christmas casts visitors from near or far under its spell every festive season. Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf also evoke an enchanting festive atmosphere.

Various themed collections of small booths offer traditional fare and gifts across the city centre. Traditional German gingerbread, marzipan, roasted chestnuts, Kastanien, and mulled wine, Glühwein, all tease the palate. Artisan crafts such as crib figures, toys, wood carvings, marionettes, candles and other merchandise make perfect individual Christmas presents.

A Christmas market for every taste

Seven Christmas markets in central Düsseldorf are located on a few open spaces streets. A children’s roundabout forms part of the Market Place, Marktplatz market at city hall. Traditionally, many locals come here after work. Meanwhile, the stylish little angel, Engelchenmarkt, market beside Carschhaus includes the popular bar in the historic bandstand. Flingerstrasse Christmas market in the old town presents a medieval flavour. Many people gather at a towering statuette Glühwein stand close to Carschhaus.

In contrast, the lenthy Schadowstrasse is more open, appearing more Scandinavian. The little star market, Sternchenmarkt, behind Germany’s first highrise building with the delightful Bazzar cafe offers a cosy, family feel and the fairy tale market, Märchenmarkt, on Schadowplatz presents a southern German influence with the brothers Grimm. Finally, the more recent Kö-Bogen reveals a unique atmosphere next to the Hofgarten park and still waters of the Düssel.

A personal recommendation

Your publisher’s favourite mulled wine is the white variety, which is less sweet than red. To be found in front of the town hall, Rathaus, along with other specialities such as a delicious variety of pizza, Flammkuchen, from Alsace.

Don’t miss the Königsallee, which wears a stunningly beautiful robe of lights at this time of year and reveals an ice skating rink for all ages or skills.

By Vincent Green, Jan 3 2022

Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH

Benrather Strasse 9
40213 Düsseldorf

+49 211 172 020

Crowd of people chatting and drinking


Individual larger events, activities or unique aspects of expat life in Düsseldorf are found here. Museums night, Düsseldorf Festival, Ferris Wheel, Christmas Tree Cutting or Midnight Communion, Book Fair, Jazz Rally, Kunstakadamie Rundgang and the Shakespeare Festival are exemplary.

River, beach and couple walking


A great way to get to know Düsseldorf is to take an inspiring and rewarding walk, allow impressions to cause a pause, interact and allow details to remain more memorable. Admiring quaint side streets, strolling the promenade, the riverside or numerous woodlands bring juy to the soul.

Welcome to Düsseldorf

Big city business and small town charm unite to create a vibrant and safe choice of relocation for expats. Modern and old architecture sit comfortably alongside wide river banks and charming urban districts. Enjoy the city!

The old city hall in winter twilight