Every holiday has its own special charm in Germany, but there is no time quite as romantic as the run-up to Christmas, when towns, cities and villages are adorned with festive decorations and the world-famous Christmas markets open their doors.
Small cabins and stalls selling tasty wintry treats and arts and crafts line market squares and castle courtyards. The smells of gingerbread and mulled wine waft through the air and choirs strike up festive melodies under twinkling lights. Each region has its own Christmas market traditions, so it is worth touring the country at this time of year.
You will find a selection of charming Christmas markets in our list. Even if you prefer to set off and see what you find, it is hard not to be enchanted by Germany during Advent.