Durlach and Karlsruhe Christmas Markets

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Durlach and Karlsruhe Christmas markets – the ultimate guide to Karlsruhe Weihnachtsmarkts for 2019 (including opening times, location and must-eat foods).

karlsruhe christmas market

I have to admit I’ve been to many Christmas markets in Europe, but I couldn’t find better than the ones in Germany. Even Strasbourg, known as the capital of Christmas, can’t beat them.

I decided to visit the Christmas markets in Karlsruhe on my way back from Strasbourg. As there weren’t any cheap direct flights from Sofia to Strasbourg, I took a flight to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden in Germany. From there I travelled to France. It is super easy to get from Karlsruhe to Strasbourg by train or bus in less than 2 hours.

I spent two nights in Strasbourg and two in Karlsruhe. In this way, I not only visited more Christmas markets, but also I had the chance to compare them to each one. The Christmas street decoration in Strasbourg was better. However, the atmosphere and the food in the markets in Karlsruhe were unbeatable.

How many Christmas markets there are in Karlsruhe

There are two markets in the centre of the city. The main market is on Friedrichsplatz. There is a smaller one on Marktplatz. Also, a huge ice skating rink is built in front of the Karlsruhe Palace.

In addition, there is a Medieval market in Durlach, a borough of the city of Karlsruhe.

ice skating rink Karlsruhe Palace

Where to stay in Karlsruhe for Christmas markets

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Karlsruhe Christmas Markets


Christmas roundabout

The Karlsruhe Weihnachtsmarkt at Friedrichsplatz was one of the best that I’ve ever been to. The whole square was turned into a magical fairy tale.

Once you step there you find yourself surrounded by sparkling pine trees, tens of festive stalls and crowds of cheerful people. The spicy aroma of mulled wine and pine trees wafts through the air making you forget the reality.


There is even a real flying Santa, who floats on his sleigh over the crowds every day at 05:00 PM and 07:00 PM.

Opening times
From 26 November to 23 December 2019
Daily from 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Christmas market stalls



The market at Marktplatz is a much smaller one. Yet, it is a great place for some mulled wine with friends.

Opening times
From 26 November to 23 December 2019
Daily from 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Medieval Christmas market in Durlach

Medieval Christmas market Durlach

Durlach Weihnachtsmarkt is held in front of a former castle, Karlsburg Castle. It’s is a great way to find out how people celebrated Christmas in the Medieval Ages.

Campfires, jugglers, blacksmiths and musicians will carry you centuries back in time. You can take a photo with a medieval sword, shoot with a bow or try a roasted hog! The Glühwein comes in mugs decorated with dragons. Take one and stroll along the stalls, stuffed with all kinds of handmade medieval toys and decorations.


Opening times
From 26 November to 22 December 2019
Daily from 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM

How to get to Durlach Christmas Market

As Durlach is a suburb of Karlsruhe, you can get to the place using public transport. Take tram number 1 from Durlacher Tor station in Karlsruhe to Durlach Schlossplatz station (less than a 15 min journey). You can use this online tool to plan your journey to Durlach.

You need to buy a single ticket for 2.50 EUR for 2 zones. We used a daily CityPlus card, that is for 3 zones, up to 5 people. Find more info about the tickets here.

Karlsruhe Christmas market food

karlsruhe weihnachtsmarkt

Rostbratwurst with French Fries

It’s a tasty pork sausage that usually comes in a bun. The French Fries were to die for. They were one of the best that I’ve tried in any market.


Lángos with Nutella

It’s a deep-fried dough with a heavenly taste. I tried the one with Nutella, but they are also served with various toppings like cheese, cream, ham and many more.

Lángos with Nutella


No, it’s not an edible snowball as one could think. In fact, the Schneebälle (Snowball) is a shortcrust pastry shaped like a snowball, often dipped in chocolate.



These balls made entirely from marzipan shaped like potatoes. It’s quite hard to tell the difference between this pastry and a real potato (at least before you taste them).


Glühwein with Jägermeister

If you think that a regular mulled wine isn’t strong enough, try the one with added alcohol. It’s the ultimate way to warm yourself on a cold evening. You won’t need a second glass, one will be enough. You can choose from all kinds of alcohol, but I especially loved the one with Jägermeister.

Further reading for your trip

Find out more useful information about Karlsruhe in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Germany.

Planning a Christmas trip around Europe? Find out why you should visit the Alsace Christmas markets.

If you consider renting a car, compare the car rental prices in Europe.

Have you been to Christkindlesmarkt Karlsruhe or Weihnachtsmarkt Durlach?
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