This is a helpful guide all about how to experience Goslar German Christmas market. (In German: Goslar Weihnachtsmarkt & Weihnachtswald.)
As part of the #CitybreakGermany the idea was to discover four Christmas markets around the region of Niedersachsen over a long weekend.
Goslar Christmas market was the first stop on the tour and it was the perfect city to kick start the long weekend of Christmas markets ahead.
Before we get started. Goslar Christmas market opens on the 23rd of November and carries on after Christmas day until the 30th December (2017).
How to travel to Goslar Christmas market
I arrived at Hannover airport from Helsinki Vaanta airport in the morning, which allowed a full day to explore the Goslar Christmas market.
Hannover airport has its own train station, which will take you to Hannover central station where you can transfer onto an intercity train which will take you to Goslar.
Journey time from Hannover airport is roughly two hours to the Goslar train station. Train tickets are around €22.40 and cheaper if you travel within a group.
Where to stay in Goslar
For the night I stayed at Hotel Der Achtermann, which is only a stone throw away from the Goslar train station. Perfect location and easy to find.
They have single rooms on offer which is great for solo travellers. Double and family rooms also available.
Hotel Der Achtermann put on an awesome German style breakfast which is a great way to start your day first thing in the morning.
With a lot of Christmas markets to walk around this weekend, it’s nice to get a cosy sleep and a good breakfast.
Walking around Goslar city.
Goslar city centre is around 10 minutes walk from the train station and this is where you will find Goslar Christmas market.
Walk around the city and take in all the history and its small town feel.
It’s very magical to walk around this time of the year in early December.
Be sure to wrap up warm and wear some good walking shoes, everything is easily accessible from the city centre.
Head to the top of Goslar Market Church
For the best views over the city of Goslar, the Christmas market and the surrounding hills, head to the top of Goslar Market Church.
The steps at Goslar Market Church have recently been updated and each step has been funded by a local resident of Goslar.
You can find Goslar Market Church in the market square and the climb to the top will take you around 10 minutes.
The church bells ring every 15 minutes, so keep an eye on the clock or you might be in for a surprise at the top.
Once you’ve reached the top you can experience stunning views over the city of Goslar.
A great way to start your city visit.
Explore the enchanted Christmas Forest of Schuhhof
The enchanted Christmas Forest of Schuhhof is unique to the Goslar Christmas market and you won’t find this anywhere else around Germany.
Here you will find a wide selection of over 36 carefully selected Fir Christmas trees that create a unique enchanted Christmas forest feel.
One of my favourite spots in Goslar to have a nice hot mug of gluhwein.
The forest feels like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale and becomes even more magical once the sun starts to set and the Christmas lights turn on.
Walking around Goslar Christmas market
After you’ve climbed to the top of Goslar Market Church and enjoyed exploring the Christmas forest, It’s time to first the market square to check out the Goslar Christmas market.
Goslar Christmas market square is designed just like a star shape and you will start to see locals flooding to their favourite market stalls to soak in the magical atmosphere.
This beautiful medieval market square comes to life this time of the year,.
Makes for a magnificent backdrop for a Christmas Market, which has around 70 romantically decorated stalls.
Enjoy the mixed aroma of Fur trees and warm, festive spices coming from the stalls as locals chat and socialise.
You will start to see the Christmas market come to life as it becomes illuminated with lights in the evening.
Goslar is a UNESCO designated city and you can feel that traditional charm as you walk around in the evening and enjoy the festive feel that the market offers at this time of the year.
Take home your very own Goslar Christmas market, mug
If you order your very own mug of hot gluhwein around the Goslar Christmas market, you typically pay a deposit to borrow the mug (around €2).
If you would like to take the mug home with you, you’re very welcome too.
What a wonderful souvenir to take back home to remember your time at Goslar Christmas market.
Each mug is decorated with a festive theme and sometimes changes every year.
A fun excuse to try and make some gluhwein at home when you return.
See how many you can collect around other Christmas markets around Germany.
Sample some local German beer at Brauhaus Goslar
Brauhaus Goslar is located conveniently in the market square within the Christmas market.
They have their very own microbrewery beer for you to sample and enjoy.
If you’re starting to feel the cold, this is a great spot to head to and sit at the bar to warm up with a local German beer for a few hours.
Enjoy Dinner at Restaurant Schiefer
Located next to the Goslar tourism information office you will find Restaurant Schiefer.
Perfect place to end the day as you can get a table looking out to the Christmas market by the fireplace to keep nice and warm after walking around the Christmas market.
Here you can sample some local authentic German food. I took the opportunity to try some curry wurst which was a great way to end the day.
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