Christmas Market Dates
26th November – 23rd December 2016
Welcome to the
Bamberg Christmas Market
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Situated on seven hills, discovering the World Heritage City of Bamberg in the winter months has a charm of its own.
The Bamberg Christmas Market still has a familiar atmosphere and is by no means a mass event.
Christmas markets come in four different shapes and sizes in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bamberg: the traditional Christmas market on the Maxplatz Square, the delightful medieval Christmas market at Geyerswörth Palace, the Advent Market in the Sand and the arts and crafts Christmas market on Jakobsplatz square.
During Advent, Maxplatz square in the pedestrian zone is transformed into a Christmas market, featuring among others, a large Franconian half-timber nativity scene, depicting various scenes from the Christmas story. A mediaeval Christmas market takes place in the inner courtyard of Geyerswörth Palace, featuring a wealth of demonstrations and a mediaeval programme of cultural events.
In the Sand - Bamberg's oldest district - arts and craftsmen and women congregate around the mediaeval Church of St. Elisabeth on the first weekend of Advent.
Bamberg's popular "Route of Nativity Scenes" links about 40 churches, museums, public buildings and places with a series of remarkably diverse Christmas cribs and creates a uniquely festive atmosphere as Christmas approaches.
Most of these churches and museums are of interest in themselves, but following the „golden thread“ of the trail is a pleasant way of seeking that increasingly elusive „spirit of Christmas“. The imperial Cathedral with its four towers in the city centre is an impressive romanesque building and also well worth a visit.
Church music concerts, town musicians and, of course, the New Year's Eve concert by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra are all music to the ears, creating special and unforgettable festive moments. Every year, visitors from all over Europe come to marvel at these festive events.