This is a helpful guide all about how to experience Göttingen German Christmas market. (In German: Göttingen Weihnachtsmarkt.)
As part of the #CitybreakGermany the idea was to discover four Christmas markets around the region of Niedersachsen over a long weekend.
Göttingen Christmas market was the second stop on the tour and we travelled from Goslar Christmas market as part of the weekend trip.
Before we get started, Göttingen Christmas market opens on the 23rd of November and carries on after Christmas day until the 29th of December (2016).
How to travel to Göttingen Christmas market
As part of the trip we travelled by train to Göttingen Christmas market from Goslar Christmas market and the journey time was around one hour.
You can easily connect many Christmas markets around the region of Niedersachsen as they are all only a short distance away.
If you plan on travelling direct to Göttingen you can fly into Hannover airport which will take you just under two hours of travel time by train to the city.
Where to stay in Göttingen
For the night I stayed at Hotel Stadt Hannover, which is a short walk from Göttingen train station.
They have single rooms which are perfect for solo travellers as well as double and family sized rooms.
Cosy rooms that offer a perfect night’s stay in the city of Göttingen.
The breakfast in the morning is also not to be missed. Germany seems to always do a great job with breakfast. I’m a big fan of starting the day with an awesome breakfast and this was fantastic.
Welcome to Göttingen Christmas market
Göttingen Christmas market has to be one of the most vibrant and youthful Christmas markets along our Germany Christmas market tour as it’s situated in a traditional university student town.
Here you will still find tradition with a mostly modern, vibrant twist with a lot to explore and discover around the markets.
Walking around Göttingen Christmas market
Walking around Göttingen Christmas market, you get the sense of tradition, the festive smells floating around the air and the wonderful atmosphere of the locals enjoying the festive marketplace.
Join me for a walk around the Christmas market square of Göttingen:
Enjoy the shopping and handcrafted goods to be found at the market
Walking around Göttingen Christmas market you will soon discover the wonderful selection of German handcrafted goods on offer for sale.
The selection makes a perfect opportunity to make the most out of the Christmas shopping period and to buy your friends and loved ones something unique for the festive season.
Germany is famous for its quality in design and craftsmanship. Exploring the Christmas markets can be useful for those who are normally stuck for gift ideas.
Enjoy a life-size advent calendar
One special aspect I loved about the German Christmas market of Göttingen was the life-size advent calendar that covers the old library building.
Each day of advent leading up to Christmas day reveals a hidden surprise behind each window. Find out what will be revealed on your day of visit.
Try a mug of hot cherry punch from Göttingen
Unique to Göttingen you will find sour cherries in your hot festive punch.
This is a tradition of the area where they’ve stored cherries for a year in a liquor to add flavour to the festive hot spiced punch which you can order in a Göttingen festive Christmas glass to enjoy.
Grab a bratwurst, you’re in Germany after all
Follow your nose as you will soon discover amongst the festive aromas a trail that will lead you to a bratwurst stand, an important visit to be made in any Germany Christmas market.
Ask any German and they will tell you that you simply can’t make bratwursts at home like they do on the grill stands located around the Christmas markets.
It’s these festive treats that bring many locals to gather around the Christmas markets around this time of the year.
When in Rome! Have to blend in and try a meter long bratwurst.
Head to Zindelhof antique shop for a cosy mug of glühwein
Zindelhof is an antique shop located close to the city square of Göttingen that transforms its car park area into a boutique style Christmas bar.
The space opens up once the sun has set and is popular amongst a more mature crowd looking for a nice cosy spot to grab a hot mug of glühwein.
Probably one of the most unique and quirky spots we come across on our Germany Christmas market tour.
A perfect spot to grab a mug of glühwein when you’ve had enough of walking around Göttingen Christmas market.
Dine at Lokalneun in the evening
Located at Göttingen’s old market square next to the young theater you will find restaurant Lokalneun.
Offering a festive and fun seasonal menu, you won’t be left disappointed.
We started off with a Christmas cocktail with orange and spice followed by a pulled goose burger, which was fitting for the Christmas period.
A word of warning, the portions are very student friendly sized so make sure you don’t order too much as you won’t leave with an empty stomach, that’s for sure.
Grab a cosy table by the fire and enjoy some of the Christmas dishes they have to offer around this time of the year.
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