Do you like Christmas markets so much? With sparkling lights, Christmas trees, music, gingerbread, mulled wine and meeting friends. In this article, I would like to introduce you to one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany and Europe: the Aachen Christmas Market, in my hometown (North Rhine-Westphalia). In the article you will find the best tips for your visit.
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Aachen Christmas Market: One of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany
I am an “Öcher Mädcher”, so an Aachen girl. I was born there, grew up in primary school and returned to university.
The Aachen Christmas Market has regularly been among the top 10 European Best Christmas Markets in recent years. So one of the 10 most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe!
1.5 million visitors come from near and far every year to visit over 130 stalls . How long has the Aachen Christmas market been in existence? It will take place for the 47th time in 2019.
Christmas market Aachen 2019: opening times and dates
When is the Christmas market in Aachen? And how long is it open?
The Christmas market in Aachen is open from November 22 to December 23, 2019 . You can visit him every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. On November 24, however, it is only open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There is always a lot going on at the Christmas market in Aachen, especially on weekends. Try to come during the week. After dark, the Christmas market with its many lights is particularly beautiful.
Arrival to the Aachen Christmas Market (NRW)
Aachen is located in the very west of Germany, in the border triangle with the Netherlands and Belgium.
When arriving by train, I don't need to worry about parking. And I can drink a mulled wine with my girlfriend. According to Google Maps, it is 1.3 kilometers on foot from both the main train station and Aachen-West. You can also take the bus from there.
I book my tickets in Europe through Omio (previously GoEuro). This allows you to display connections by train, bus and flight for your travel destination. Then simply compare the duration and prices and book directly.
The best hotels for the Aachen Christmas market
To stay in Aachen, I recommend these hotels, which you can book on Booking.com :
The hotel with underground parking is beautifully furnished and is only 200 meters from Aachen Cathedral. It offers a bar and many restaurants nearby. The hotel has very good ratings from over 2,000 guests. Check prices and availability now at Booking.com.
This hotel is also centrally located, just 600 meters from the cathedral. I especially like the great interior. It also offers a restaurant, bar, sauna and fitness center. With over 2,000 reviews, the overall rating is "fabulous". Check prices and availability now at Booking.com.
Are you looking for a cheap hotel in Aachen? I have already stayed at the Ibis in different cities, the Ibis Styles stands for affordable design hotels. I like the colorful and funny interior. The lounge of the Aachen hotel offers bean bags and free hot drinks, there is also a bar. You can walk to Aachen Cathedral in ten minutes. With around 2,200 reviews, the hotel gets an "excellent" rating. Check prices and availability now at Booking.com.
Here you can find more hotels near the cathedral on Booking.com.
Good Aachen travel guide
Maybe you want to see more of the city besides the Christmas market. It's worth it! Here you will find great Aachen travel guides at Bol.com :
Places of happiness in Aachen : go there and be happy
You will find the Printenmänner (Printen = an Aachen gingerbread specialty), Christmas trees and stands with their lights in the old town of Aachen, in front of historic buildings such as the town hall and the cathedral.
The Gothic town hall was built in the early 14th century.
The more than 1,200-year-old Aachen Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With sights such as these and the narrow, winding streets, Aachen has a very special charm.
Since my childhood, the Christmas market in Aachen has been part of the Christmas season: I strolled through the market with my parents and siblings. We bought Christmas tree decorations and Christmas presents at the stands, ate printen, marzipan, stollen and drank hot cocoa.
Most beautiful pictures and Instagram spots on the Christmas market Aachen
The last time I arrived at the Aachen Christmas market was about an hour before sunset. So I could take photos in the light and in the dark. My favorite photo spots:
- Entrance to the market square at the town hall: So you can photograph the sign with the two Printen men and the town hall behind it.
- Stairs to the town hall: If you climb up here, you have a great overview of the Aachen Christmas market.
- Stairs to the Katschhof: When you are in front of the town hall, go right and then left to the Katschhof. On the stairs that lead down, you get a nice view of the Christmas market including Aachen Cathedral. And you can look up to the great Printen men - see photo.
- Decoration for the Instagram picture: I bought a snow globe at one of the stalls. There are also Printen men, pretzels or Christmas decorations here.
Buy gifts and Christmas decorations
The Aachen Christmas market is particularly atmospheric after sunset. Then the lights on the Christmas tree and stands start to shine. The larger-than-life Printen men are also illuminated. In some corners you can hear musicians playing Christmas carols as you walk across the Katschhof from the town hall to the cathedral.
At the stands you can buy Christmas tree decorations or gifts . I really like the nutcrackers, they remind me of my childhood. I always flirt with the stars. I also bought a snow globe or a hat at the Aachen Christmas market.
Food and drinks: Aachener Printen, steamed pasta and mulled wine
When I enter the Christmas market in Aachen, the smell of roasted almonds, waffles and crepes greets me. I like to buy Aachen Printen from one of the Nobis stands.
This is a kind of gingerbread that has been baked in Aachen since around 1820. Hard, soft, with chocolate or nuts. Printen liqueur and mustard continue to be on the Christmas market. Would you give it a try?
Grated cakes are also typical of the Rhineland. You can eat the potato pancakes with apple sauce, I like them best with beet cabbage.
I always fancy my typical Christmas market meal : steamed pasta . They do not come from Aachen, but from southern Germany and Austria. But they're just delicious ...
I then order a steam noodle made from yeast dough at a stand, which literally sinks into warm vanilla sauce and hot cherries. I have to eat quickly because it is usually relatively cold and the food cools down quickly. So it's best to pack yourself well in winter clothes!
The goal of many visitors is the " Hexenhof" on Münsterplatz . They crowd at the booth to receive mulled wine in the boot mug. It warms up nicely, tastes delicious and is not too sweet.
All information at a glance
Christmas market Aachen
Opening times: November 22 - December 23, 2019
daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on November 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Around the town hall and cathedral
Train: Aachen Hbf or West - then 1.3 kilometers each on foot or by bus
Hotels on Booking.com
Aquis Grana City Hotel : 200 meters from Aachen Cathedral, accommodation with underground parking, beautifully decorated, with a bar and many restaurants nearby
INNSIDE by Melia Aachen : 600 meters from the cathedral, great interior, restaurant, bar, sauna and fitness center
ibis Styles Hotel Aachen City : Cathedral is ten minutes away on foot, affordable design hotel, colorful and funny interior, lounge with free hot drinks and bar
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