Augsburg Christmas Market. On the left the Perlach tower and on the right the town hall

I’m going to talk to you about Augsburg Christmas Marketthe third largest city in the Bavaria region and one of the oldest in Germany.

We visited Augsburg on the second day of trip to Germany in order to know what is considered one of the best germany christmas markets. We had previously visited the Nördlingen Christmas Marketthen he Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Marketafter the Augsburg Christmas Market (which I talk about in this article) and finally the Dachau Christmas Market almost when it was closing.

Augsburg Christmas Market
Augsburg Christmas Market

As we arrived late in the afternoon to Augsburg and we wanted to experience the magic of Christmas in all its splendor (during the night), we went straight to the town hall square (Town Hall Square); the place where the one that is considered, as I mentioned before, stands, one of the best christmas markets in germany and one of the best christmas markets in europe.

Augsburg Christmas Market
Augsburg Christmas Market

Origin of the Augsburg Christmas market

He Augsburg Christmas Market dates back to 1498. It differs from the others Christmas markets in Germany for the representation of the so-called Little Angels of Augsburg that every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Advent It takes place on the balcony of the Town Hall (at 6:00 p.m.).

Christmas market in Germany
On one of the streets of the Augsburg Christmas Market, Germany

Twenty-four young people from Augsburg with cheerful smiles, elegant movements and a lot of musical talent participate in this show to show us the «Song of the Angels» (Angel game). The little ones can enjoy themselves to the fullest in the «Christmas market for children» (Children’s Christmas market at Moritzplatz) located in Moritz Square. Augsburg has an extensive program of activities during Christmas that you can consult on the official website.

During Advent, carols, Christmas trees and colored lights fill the city center of Augsburg, especially in the town hall square with a hundred Christmas stands. This place, lively throughout the day, becomes more charming at night, when the atmosphere as a whole is captivating to say the least.

Christmas balls on a stall at the Augsburg Christmas Market, Germany
Christmas balls on a stall at the Augsburg Christmas Market, Germany

In the market square the architectural elements that attract special attention are the Torre Perlach (Perlachturm) 70 meters high and the façade of the town hall building built in Renaissance style.

Stalls at the Augsburg Christmas Market

At the stalls you can buy Christmas decorations such as candles, hand-carved objects, colored balls and stars… To buy a charming or original gift from the many sold here, I recommend getting lost walking through each of its streets. You will see how this way you find something worthwhile. I especially liked these little stands that I show you below.

Christmas balls on a stall at the Augsburg Christmas Market, Germany
Chocolate and candy stall at the Augsburg Christmas Market, Germany

In addition to being able to buy some of these products, we can also get carried away by the smells that emanate from the many stalls that sell the delicious sausageslas bratwursthe Gingerbreadlas almonds or the typical mulled winethe mulled wine typical of Christmas in Germany that helps you regain strength and combat the cold.

Christmas market in Augsburg
Sausage stall at the Augsburg Christmas Market, Germany

Glühwein or mulled wine
A glühwein is an alcoholic drink that is traditionally drunk during the Advent period at Christmas markets in Germany and other European countries. To make a glühwein, red wine (the most typical in Germany) or white wine is used, to which cinnamon, cloves, lemon peels and star anise are usually added. To prepare it, heat everything without letting it boil and add sugar to taste. Its price ranges between €2 and €3 plus a €1 deposit for the clay cup in which they offer it to you and which is returned to you if you want to hand over the cup and not take it as a souvenir.

Augsburg Christmas Market, Germany
Having some glühwein at the Christmas Market in Augsburg, Germany

Augsburg Christmas Market Hours in 2023

The Augsburg Christmas Market will be open from November 27 to December 24, 2023 with the following hours:

  • From Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • From Friday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Exceptions: November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. On December 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and December 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Flights to Germany

From Spain the cheapest options that I know of are Ryanair, Wizzair and Easyjet since you can always find flights for less than €100 if you buy them in enough time. On one occasion I bought it for 1 cent. of euro. On this website you can find the best cheap flight offers to Germany.

Car rental in Germany

If you plan to visit the Christmas markets in Europe, I recommend renting a cheap car on this website. With a rental car you can move at your own pace. I usually pick it up upon arrival at the arrival airport and deliver it to the destination airport (it is not always the same).

Where to sleep in Augsburg to visit the Christmas Markets

The ideal is to sleep in the center, but it will be more expensive. Try searching around the center looking for cheap accommodation in this link.

Travel insurance for traveling to Germany

Don’t forget to take out your travel insurance. They are usually inexpensive and can get you out of trouble. We always travel insured with MONDO. For being a reader of the blog they will give you a 5% discount at this link.

Is it advisable to visit the Augsburg Christmas market?

Los Christmas markets in Germany, no matter how big or small they are, no matter how many or few colorful lights their streets and stalls have, they are designed to enchant. We spent just under two hours in this market. Although we liked it a lot, in my opinion it is not comparable to others like Rothenburg, Dinkelsbül, Nuremberg and some of Berlinwhich seem insurmountable to me.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber at Christmas
Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market

But I can tell you that if what you want is to get to know the essence of the German town during Christmas, seeing how its inhabitants go out into the streets warm up to their ears with their typical wool hats to have a social life, sharing fond moments with their friends or family. while tasting some of those delicious sausages accompanied by a very warm glühwein, the Augsburg Christmas Market It is a very good option to live that experience, especially considering that it is one of the cities with the most history in all of Germany.


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