A huge number of events invite you to the Castle Road throughout the year. They awaken long-gone times, continue ancient traditions and fill historical places with life. Our calendar of events lists them - from "Master's Draught" (historical theatre) up to castle concerts, from knight tournaments to christmas markets - and shows you when it is especially worthwhile to "target" the Castle Road.

Please select among the listed options below:
For Example: month "July" in "Nürnberg" und category "concerts".

21.11.2023 - 22.12.2023Heilbronn Weihnachtsmarkt  Heilbronn - Käthchen Christmas Market
Heilbronn - Käthchen Christmas Market.

Christmas Market Heilbronn

The Christmas market is dedicated to the "Käthchen of Heilbronn" with Christmas "Käthchen products" such as Christmas stollen or mulled wine, Käthchen Christmas decorations and Käthchen Christmas lighting.

New this year is the sustainable "Käthchen artificial ice rink" on Kiliansplatz against the backdrop of St Kilian's Church.

Further information

23.11.2023 - 10.12.2023Roth Christkindlesmarkt SalvatoreGiurdanella  Christmas Market © Stadt Roth, Foto: Salvatore Giurdanella
Christmas Market © Stadt Roth, Foto: Salvatore Giurdanella.

Christmas Market Roth

The smell of mulled wine, Christmas music and a festive atmosphere: from Thursday to Sunday, numerous associations and organisations from Rother present themselves in lovingly decorated stalls. Of course, a visit from the Rother Christkind is not to be missed!

You can get all the information here

25.11.2023 - 17.12.2023Kronach Festung-Rosenberg-im Winter ©AngeloMoshacke  Kronach - Rosenberg Fortress in winter © Angelo Moshacke
Kronach - Rosenberg Fortress in winter © Angelo Moshacke.

Christmas at the fortress

For the first time, the Kronach Christmas Market will be held at the Rosenberg Fortress in the central moat. Here visitors can enjoy delicacies from regional and national exhibitors and and purchase a gift or two.

Further information (only in German)

27.11.2023 - 28.12.2023Mannheim Maerchenwald-Sprechender-Baum c StadtmarketingMannheimGmbH  Mannheim Fairytale Forest - Talking Tree © Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Mannheim Fairytale Forest - Talking Tree © Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH.

Mannheim Fairytale Forest

In the middle of Mannheim city centre, Paradeplatz is transformed into a fairytale forest with lovingly designed fairytale houses and figures.

In addition to several sales huts, there are also two stages offering a varied programme for children, including a singing Father Christmas with his live reindeer at the weekends. Further information

27.11.2023 - 22.12.2023Heidelberg weihnachtlicherUniverstitaetsplatz CR HeidelbergMarketingGmbFoto-TobiasSchwerdt  Heidelberg Christmas Market - University Square
Heidelberg Christmas Market - University Square.

Heidelberg Christmas Market

Every year, at 5.00 pm, on the last Wednesday in November, the Christ child solemny opens the Christmas Market at the marketplace.

Over 140 stands at Heidelberg's large and small places, offer an endless variety of what makes the season so special. 

Further information

27.11.2023 - 01.01.2024Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt Winterwaeldchen Kornmarkt Thorsten Assfalg  Heidelberg - winter woods on the christmas market © Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, Photo: Thorsten Assflag(c) Thorsten Assflag/ Heidelberg Marketing GmbH
Heidelberg - winter woods on the christmas market © Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, Photo: Thorsten Assflag(c) Thorsten Assflag/ Heidelberg Marketing GmbH.

Heidelberg Winter Woods

At the Heidelberg Winterwäldchen on Kornmarkt, illuminated fir trees and pagoda tents enchant visitors. The event continues beyond Christmas until New Year's Day; the stalls are closed on Christmas Eve.

Further information

27.11.2023 - 23.12.2023Bayreuth-Christkindlesmarkt-c-Stefan-Doerfler  Bayreuth Christmas Market © Stefan Dörfler
Bayreuth Christmas Market © Stefan Dörfler.

Bayreuth Christmas Market

At the Christkindlesmarkt and along festively decorated streets and squares in Bayreuth's city centre, visitors can stroll to their heart's content in the Christmas atmosphere and marvel at the festive illumination of the over seven-kilometre-long chain of lights.

Further information

27.11.2023 - 07.01.2024
Start: 10:00 Uhr
End: 22:00 UhrHeidelberg Weihnachtlicher Karlsplatz ©Heidelberg Marketing GmbFoto Tobias Schwerdt  Heidelberg - Ice Rink at the Karlsplatz © Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, Photo: Tobias Schwerdt
Heidelberg - Ice Rink at the Karlsplatz © Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, Photo: Tobias Schwerdt.

Heidelberg Ice Rink at "Karlsplatz"

One of the most beautiful open-air ice rinks in Germany is set up on Karlsplatz in Heidelberg's Old Town. With Christmas music playing, locals and guests glide across the ice against the romantic backdrop of the world-famous castle.

Further information

27.11.2023 - 06.01.2024
Start: 10:30 UhrBayreuth Weihnachtlicher-Marktplatz ©Ramona-Schirner  Bayreuth - Christmas marketplace © Ramona Schirner
Bayreuth - Christmas marketplace © Ramona Schirner.

Christmassy Bayreuth Tour

The Christmas city walk in German language takes you through the historic city centre to the New Palace with Palace Garden, to the Margravial Opera House and to Haus Wahnfried, among other places.

Meeting place: Tourist Information, Opernstraße 22
Duration:         approx. two hours
Dates:             27.11. to 23.12.2023 and 26.12.2023 to 06.01.2024, daily at 10.30 a.m.

Further information

27.11.2023 - 23.12.2023
Start: 11:00 Uhr
End: 21:00 UhrMannheim Weihnachtsmartk-Kapuzinerplanken ©StadtmarketingMannheimGmbh BenVanSkyhawk  Christmas market on the Capuchin Planks © Stadmarketing Mannheim GmbH, Ben van Skyhawk
Christmas market on the Capuchin Planks © Stadmarketing Mannheim GmbH, Ben van Skyhawk.

Christmas market on the Capuchin Planks

At the Christmas market on the Kapuzinerplanken - parallel to the popular "Planken" shopping mile - 30 exhibitors present traditional crafts, unusual works of art and original gift ideas in snow-white tents.

This special Christmas market also offers the finest culinary temptations. Further information

27.11.2023 - 23.12.2023
Start: 11:00 Uhr
End: 21:00 UhrMannheim Weihnachtsmarkt am Wasserturm ©MnnheimerWeihnachtsmarktGmbH  Christmas market at the water tower © Mannheimer Weihnachtsmarkt GmbH
Christmas market at the water tower © Mannheimer Weihnachtsmarkt GmbH .

Christmas market at the water tower

Mannheim's Christmas market at the water tower is one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in Germany. In the heart of the square city, you can stroll with family and friends through Hirtenpfad and Engelsgasse and enjoy the diverse offerings of the approximately 150 lovingly decorated huts around Mannheim's landmark. Further information (only in German)

28.11.2023 - 07.01.2024Bamberg Krippe-Geburt-Jesu Sammlung-Exner  Bamberg - Nativity scene
Bamberg - Nativity scene "Birth of Jesus" from the Exner Collection .

Cribs and crib paths

An incredible variety of nativity scenes can be admired throughout the city of Bamberg - large and small, historical and modern, Franconian or those from all over the world. All together they invite you to a contemplative stroll.

Special Christmas guided tours provide insights into traditions and history. For discovery tours on your own, the "Nativity map" is a helpful companion.

28.11.2023 - 23.12.2023Bamberg Weihnachtsmarkt-Maximiliansplatz ©BambergTourismusService SonjaKrebs LZV  Bamberg - Christmas Market on the Maximiliansplatz © Sonja Krebs
Bamberg - Christmas Market on the Maximiliansplatz © Sonja Krebs.

Bamberg Christmas Market

At Christmas time, Maximiliansplatz in Bamberg's pedestrian zone is transformed into a pre-Christmas festive square. In the middle of the old town with its illuminated and decorated stores and streets, there is the smell of roast sausage and roasted almonds, mulled wine and gingerbread. Toys, glass baubles and fine handicrafts can also be found as practical things for the Christmas season.

Further information

30.11.2023 - 23.12.2023Ansbach Weihnachtsmarkt 001   Ansbach - Christmas Market on Martin Luther Square
Ansbach - Christmas Market on Martin Luther Square.

Ansbach Christmas Market

Baroque facades and the two large churches form the atmospheric and distinctive backdrop for the Christmas market on Montgelas-Platz and Martin-Luther-Platz in the middle of the old town. The old town and its centuries-old traditions in a modern form. 

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Lauf an der Pegnitz
30.11.2023 - 24.12.2023Weihnachtsmarkt ©Michaela Moritz   Lauf an der Pegnitz - Christmas Market
Lauf an der Pegnitz - Christmas Market.

Lauf Christmas Market

The atmospherically decorated stall city is set up around the lovingly designed nativity scene on the Upper Market Square. The accompanying programme includes performances for young and old, including a visit by Nuremberg's Christ Child, guided tours of the historic rock cellars and an Advent raffle.

Further information (only in German)

Schwäbisch Hall
30.11.2023 - 22.12.2023
Start: 11:00 Uhr
End: 20:00 UhrSchwaebischHall Blick-ueber-die-weihnachtliche-Altstadt Foto NicoKurth  Schwäbisch Hall - View over the Christmassy Old Town (Photo: Nico Kurth)
Schwäbisch Hall - View over the Christmassy Old Town (Photo: Nico Kurth).

Christmasmagic in Schwäbisch Hall

One of the most beautiful market squares in southern Germany and St. Michael's Church with its imposing flight of steps form the historical backdrop for Schwäbisch Hall's Christmas market. Lovingly decorated huts, many different types of mulled wine, Christmas treats and handicrafts delight visitors.

The supporting programme includes activities for children, Christmas music performances and public themed city tours.

Program and further information

01.12.2023 - 24.12.2023Nuernberg-Christkindlesmarkt Foto FlorianTrykowski  Christkindlesmarkt on the Main Market Square with Church of Our Lady
Christkindlesmarkt on the Main Market Square with Church of Our Lady.

Christmas Market Nuremberg

At one of Germany's oldest Christmas markets, traditional goods such as handmade Christmas decorations and culinary delicacies are still on sale in 180 wooden stalls on the main market square.

A Christmas town especially for children is set up on Hans-Sachs-Platz. The market of Nuremberg's 14 twin towns brings international flair to the Christkindlesmarkt. Nuremberg's churches and museums invite you to Christmas concerts, guided tours and exhibitions with a colourful programme.

Opening hours:
Mon - Sun: 10 am to 9 pm, Christmas Eve: 10 am to 2 pm.

Further information

01.12.2023 - 17.12.2023Oehringen Weihnachtsmarkt Marktplatz1 CR GrosseKreisstadtOehringen01  Christmas Marketplace
Christmas Marketplace.

Winter, Wonder, Christmas Glory - Christmas Market Öhringen

The Christmas market takes place on all four Advent weekends on the historic market square and in the castle courtyard right next door.

For children, there is once again the popular fairy tale trail through the old town with scenes from well-known fairy tales. In addition, there is a fairy tale wagon at the entrance to the castle courtyard where stories are told. The steam train will also be making its rounds and there will be a model railway exhibition in the Blue Hall of the town hall.

Further information (only in German)

01.12.2023 - 20.12.2023Mosbach Weihnachtsmarkt FotoThomasKottal  Mosbach - Christmas Market (Photo: Thomas Kottal)
Mosbach - Christmas Market (Photo: Thomas Kottal).

Mosbach Christmas Market

The town hall with its towering spire and a veritable parade of medieval half-timbered houses frame the Mosbach Christmas market.In front of this romantic backdrop, lovingly decorated huts and the scent of mulled wine, roasted almonds and gingerbread await visitors.

On Saturday, 9 December 2023 and 16 December 2023, Mosbach's specialist shops open their doors for the long shopping night.

Further information

Bad Wimpfen
01.12.2023 - 17.12.2023Bad Wimpfen Weihnachtsmarkt010  Bad Wimpfen - Old German Christmas Market
Bad Wimpfen - Old German Christmas Market.

Old German Christmas Market

The Wimpfener Kaiserpfalz forms the background for one of the most traditional Christmas markets in Germany. Its beginnings date back to 1487, when Emperor Friedrich III granted the city the privilege of holding a market before Christmas, the Katharinenmarkt.

In the narrow alleys of the old town, about 120 stalls offer handicraft, high-quality goods for the upcoming festival.

The Christmas market takes place on the first three Advent weekends:

- 01.12.-03.12.

- 08.12.-10.12.

- 15.12.-17.12.

Further information

01.12.2023 - 03.12.2024Bamberg Adventsmarkt-im-SandA  Bamberg - Advent Market in the Sand
Bamberg - Advent Market in the Sand.

Advent Market in the "Sand"

The small, atmospheric Advent market takes place around the medieval Elisabethenkirche church in Obere Sandstraße, in the oldest part of Bamberg.

Against this beautiful backdrop, around 30 exhibitors present their selected goods, from regional products to handicrafts.

Further information

Rothenburg ob der Tauber
01.12.2023 - 23.12.2023Rothenburg Reiterlesmarkt1 ©Rothenburg Tourismus Service Pfitzinger  Rothenburg o.d.T. - Christmas Market on the marketplace
Rothenburg o.d.T. - Christmas Market on the marketplace.

Old-Rothenburg Christmas Market

At the end of the year, the city for romantics presents itself from its most beautiful side. Embedded in the picturesque scenery between the town hall and St. Jakob, the Reiterlesmarkt is considered one of the most charming Christmas markets in Germany.

Further information

01.12.2023 - 23.12.2023Coburg Weihnachtsmarkt ©CoburgMarketing HenningRosenbusch  Coburg - Christmas Market © Coburg Marketing, Henning Rosenbusch
Coburg - Christmas Market © Coburg Marketing, Henning Rosenbusch.

Coburg Christmas Market

During Advent, Coburg's market square is transformed into a small, glowing city of stalls, a kind of pre-Christmas oasis.

Decorated wooden stalls, fireplaces, a historic children's carousel and the covered meeting place around the Prince Albert Monument attract many guests, especially in the evening. There are pre-Christmas delights to discover such as winter teas, sheepskin products, Christmas decorations, pottery or beeswax candles. Regional products are offered at most of the stalls.

Further information

01.12.2023 - 22.12.2023
Start: 19:00 UhrHirschhornLichter  Hirschhorn - View of the village with monastery church © Stadt Hirschhorn
Hirschhorn - View of the village with monastery church © Stadt Hirschhorn.

Hirschhorn Advent

In front of the Langbein Museum in Alleeweg, you are invited to a short intermezzo with the scent of mulled wine and Christmas spirit. There will be live music and Christmas carols to sing along to.

On 01 / 08 / 15 and 22 December at 7 pm in front of the Langbein Museum Hirschhorn.

Further information (only in German)

02.12.2023 - 07.01.2024Bamberg Krippe-Krippenmuseum  Bamberg - Cot in the Crib Museum
Bamberg - Cot in the Crib Museum.

23rd Christmas Exhibition in the Crib Museum

In this exhibition, the museum shows a wide variety of cots and nativity scenes. The exhibition ranges from the largest Bohemian glass cot in the world to testimonies of Bamberg cot art and numerous objects from all over the world. Further information

On Christmas Eve the exhibition is closed.

03.12.2023 - 23.12.2023Wolframs-Eschenbach Krippenweg  Wolframs-Eschenbach - Nativity Scene Trail
Wolframs-Eschenbach - Nativity Scene Trail.

Wolframs-Eschenbach: Nativity Scene Trail in the Old Town

The Nativity Trail winds its way through the entire old town to the historic city gates. Numerous stores and private individuals display lovingly designed and illuminated nativity scenes in their windows. More information

08.12.2023 - 10.12.2023Neckargemuend Weihnachten-am-Fluss  Neckargemünd - Christmas market at Neckarlauer
Neckargemünd - Christmas market at Neckarlauer.

Christmas Market "Christmas by the River"

Christmas market on the Neckar River. With an attractive supporting programme, handicraft and culinary offers and music. Special attraction is the ship "Europa" of the white fleet which stays temporarily at the dock.

Further information (only in German)

08.12.2023 - 10.12.2023Bamberg Kunstmarkt-im-historischen-museum  Bamberg -
Bamberg - "The art of giving" in the Historical Museum.

Under the motto "The Art of Giving", the Historical Museum presents both, an art exhibition and a sales fair with the highest standards of design and craftsmanship. Artists from all over Germany exhibit their contemporary works here and offer them for sale as exquisite gifts.

Further information

Kirchberg an der Jagst
09.12.2023 - 10.12.2023Kirchberg Weihnachtsmarkt01

Christmas Market Kirchberg

Each year on the 2nd Advent weekend the Christmas Market in the old town of Kirchberg takes place - within the town walls, in the palace courtyard and on the streets. In front of the backdrop of Kirchberg Palace about 90 market stands and offer goods and delicacies.

Further information (only in German)

Start: 14:00 Uhr
End: 19:00 UhrWeihnachtenMarktplatzHeldburgBjoernChilian  (c) Björn Chilian
(c) Björn Chilian.

Heldburg christmas market

On December 10, 2023, the traditional Christmas market will again take place on the market square in Heldburg from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Against the backdrop of the medieval town center with the late Gothic town church "Zu unserer lieben Frauen", the town hall and the listed town center, you can enjoy regional delicacies, marvel at traditional crafts, purchase Christmas decorations or look out for the last Christmas gifts.

Further information

16.12.2023 - 17.12.2023Bamberg Interkultureller-KunsthandwerkermarktA  Bamberg - Intercultural Crafts Christmas Market
Bamberg - Intercultural Crafts Christmas Market.

Intercultural Crafts Christmas Market

This Advent market takes place in the historic surroundings of the Oberer Stephansberg, in the Johanniskapelle chapel with its romantic outdoor area, in the neighbouring St. Johannes kindergarten and in the Stephanshof courtyard opposite.

On both days, the sophisticated arts and crafts on offer will be framed by a varied intercultural and child-friendly programme, including a live nativity scene. Exceptional childcare is offered for children. Further information

16.12.2023 - 17.12.2023Waldenburg-Weihnachtsmarktverschneit

Christmas Market Waldenburg

The charming Old Town is the setting for the romantic Christmas market with over 40 lovingly decorated market stands. Friends from the partner town Sierck-les-Bains/France and from the towns Waldenburg/Switzerland and Waldenburg/Saxony please the visitors with regional delicacies. In the town hall the basket maker and the coupler present their skills and their handcrafted works.

Further information (only in German)

16.12.2023 - 17.12.2023Wolframs-Eschenbach SternlesmarktA  Wolframs-Eschenbach - Visit of Santa Claus © Stadt Wolframs-Eschenbach
Wolframs-Eschenbach - Visit of Santa Claus © Stadt Wolframs-Eschenbach.

Wolframs-Eschenbach: Christmas Market "Sternlesmarkt"

At the Christmas market of the associations there is a stall city in the churchyard in front of the Liebfrauenmünster as well as arts and crafts in the Bürgersaal. Christmas music and the living nativity set the mood for the festivities. More information

Start: 11:00 Uhr
End: 18:00 UhrLangenzenn Weihnachtsmarkt  Langenzenn - Christmas Market
Langenzenn - Christmas Market.

Christmas Market Langenzenn

The Old Town smells like roasted almonds, gingerbread and mulled wine in all variations. Small, festively decorated and illuminated stalls line the streets. A reflective and pre-Christmassy programme frames the market. Besides that the numerous light chains a magical atmosphere in the historical backdrop.

Further information (only in German)

Start: 16:00 UhrWolframs-Eschenbach Traditionelles Weihnachtskonzert001  Christmas Concert at the Liebfrauenmünster © Stadt Wolframs-Eschenbach
Christmas Concert at the Liebfrauenmünster © Stadt Wolframs-Eschenbach.

Wolframs-Eschenbach: Traditional Christmas Concert

Traditionally, on the 2nd day of Christmas, the Christmas concert takes place in the Liebrauenmünster. The choir and instrumental music play Christmas music from different eras, creating a festive atmosphere. Admission to the concert for the whole family is free. More information