Chrismas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt)
November - Dezember
Heidelberg offers a special magic in the pre-Christmas season. The harmonious ensemble of the Castle, Old Town and Neckar is unique in Germany, offering a beautiful backdrop for the Heidelberg Christmas Market. The Christmas Market runs along the atmospherically lit Hauptstrasse (Main Street) and uses six historical squares. Embedded in the picturesque corners of the Old Town, it has diverse offerings spread across 140 stalls with plenty of wintery treats to discover. Each square holds its very own Christmas charm. The world-famous castle rises above the shining old town alleys filled with the alluring scent of cinnamon, aniseed and roasted almonds.
Bismarckplatz: The Bismarck Square is the entrance to the Old Town and will set the mood for a memorable Christmas Market experience with its pre-Christmas flair. The Baracca Zermatt is a special highlight here: This cozy mountain cottage brings a bit of Zermatt to Heidelberg and invites visitors to sit and enjoy Swiss fondue at a comfortable fireplace.
Anatomiegarten: Festively decorated cottages, among others with African woodcutting art and Christmas-themed sweet treats complete the gastronomical offers here in front of the monument of chemist Robert Bunsen.
Universitätsplatz: The largest square of the Christmas Market is located between the Old and the New University. With its approximately 70 decorated stalls, it offers everything that may bring you joy and make your heart beat faster. The historical horse-carousel, which is more than a century old, will make children‘s eyes shine and forms a point of attraction for young and old.
Marktplatz: The wooden Christmas town around the Hercules fountain spreads a festive atmosphere with its atmospheric light projections between the Heiliggeistkirche and the Town Hall. Young and old visitors can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus for a good cause at the „Haus des Weihnachtsmanns“ (Santa‘s house).
Kornmarkt: With more than 100 sparkling firs, white pointed tents and the lovingly decorated nativity set, the Heidelberg “Winterwäldchen” (Winter Forest) offers a very special experience. Various culinary delights, hand-made pieces of art and the children‘s railway will invite you to linger.
Karlsplatz: The atmospheric ice landscape guarantees for skating fun on real ice in a unique atmosphere. Enjoy many Christmas treats with a wonderful view of the Heidelberg Castle in this square.