Christmas Market Dortmund


Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

© Ruhr Tourismus / Thomas Winkler

The reputation of the German Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) reaches right across the globe. Located in the fascinating Ruhr region, Dortmund inspires with one of, perhaps the largest Christmas trees in the world. Placed in the heart of the city on the old market place (Alter Markt), 48,000 lamps adorn this construction, which is 45 metres high. The angel placed atop is itself 4 metres high and possesses 1,000 lamps of its own. This is one of the great German Christmas markets.

Some three hundred stands serve local brew mulled wine (Glühwein) in special edition mugs, some the tasty traditional German sausages (Wurst). Further booths offer grilled ham (Schinken), roasted almonds (Mandeln) and pancakes (Pfannekuchen). Handmade Christmas decorations and crafts round off the many distractions on offer. More Christmas markets are dotted around the city, each with their individual atmosphere and flavour.

Christmastime Trip in Rhine Ruhr, Germany

© Ruhr Tourismus / Annika Klein

Germany is famous for staging fabulous, romantic Christmas markets and the Rhine Ruhr region is no exception. Expats especially enjoy a day or two in the region taking in the scents of roasted almonds (Mandeln) and mulled wine (Glühwein) at one of the variety of Christmas markets.


Christmas Markets in the Ruhr, Germany

Christmas market with wooded beamed houses in Hattingen, Germany
© Ruhr Tourismus

Fortunately for expats, the Ruhr Metropolis reveals probably the highest density of Christmas markets in the world. A delightful, highly popular German tradition. A flying Santa, the world’s largest Christmas tree, woodland Christmas village, impressive illuminations and diverse events are highlights.


Ruhr Meeting

Outdoor view of the structures of the Zeche Zollverein
© Ruhr Tourismus / Lueger

Meetings, incentives, conferences, events, MICE, is a global industry constantly in search of the right destination. The fascinating Ruhr Metropolis a short distance from the state capital of Düsseldorf is a big player offering unlimited locations and opportunities.




Markthandel- und Schausteller-Verband

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44137 Dortmund , NRW


Phone: +49 231 571 468

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