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December city break: discover the magic of the most beautiful Christmas markets

A city trip in December combined with a visit to the Christmas markets is an experience that is incomparable during the winter season. Discover why this month in particular is the ideal time for a city trip and how the Christmas markets in various cities will make your vacation unforgettable.

Why is a city trip in December so special?

December is the month of twinkling lights, festive atmosphere and cozy Christmas markets. A city trip during this time offers a unique mix of cultural experiences and festive joy.

Advantages of a city break in December: a winter fairytale comes true

A city trip in December is a very special experience that is very different from traveling at other times of the year. We show you the unique advantages you can expect if you decide to take a city trip during this magical month:

Enchanting atmosphere

  • Festive lighting: The cities shine in a sea of lights, creating an irresistibly festive atmosphere.
  • Christmas decorations: From ornate shop windows to beautifully decorated squares, you can feel the joy of Christmas everywhere..

Cultural highlights

  • Christmas markets: They not only offer shopping opportunities, but are also a cultural experience with craft demonstrations, music and tradition.
  • Special events: Concerts, exhibitions and special theater performances often only take place during this time.

Culinary delights

  • Seasonal specialties: Try traditional winter dishes and local delicacies that are often only available at this time of year.
  • Warm drinks and treats: Enjoy the cozy atmosphere in cafés and at the Christmas markets in December with mulled wine, hot chocolate and cookies.

Our top destinations for a city trip in December with Christmas markets

If you are planning a city trip in December and want to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Christmas markets, there are a few destinations that you should not miss. These cities not only offer you impressive Christmas markets, but also a fascinating mix of culture, history and festive flair.


Tradition and history: the Nuremberg Christmas Market is one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in the world. Here you will find traditional arts and crafts, gingerbread and the unique Nuremberg mulled wine. The medieval Old Town provides the perfect backdrop for an authentic Christmas experience.


Romantic Rhine Christmas: Cologne is home to several Christmas markets spread across the city, each with its own character. The most famous is the market at Cologne Cathedral, with its impressive backdrop and giant Christmas fir tree. Each market in Cologne has its own theme and special features, from the floating Christmas market on the Rhine to the fairytale Christmas market in the Old Town.


Christmas in Hanseatic flair: the historic Christmas market in Lübeck, the city of the seven towers and the famous marzipan, is a real experience. The market takes place in and around the impressive town hall and is known for its Hanseatic architecture and extensive range of arts and crafts and culinary delights.


Unlimited Christmas joy: Aachen's Christmas market, right in front of the historic cathedral and town hall, is known for its cozy atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy the famous Aachener Printen, a type of gingerbread, as well as other regional specialties. Its proximity to Belgium and the Netherlands gives the market an international atmosphere.

Strasbourg (France)

Christmas capital of Europe: Strasbourg is home to one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in Europe. Stroll through the charming streets of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and discover Alsatian specialties and craftsmanship.

Budapest (Hungary)

Thermal Christmas: Budapest's Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square offers an enchanting mix of traditional Hungarian products and a spectacular backdrop of lights. Why not complement your visit with a relaxing dip in one of the city's famous thermal baths?

Copenhagen (Denmark)

Hygge and Christmas cheer: the Christmas markets in Copenhagen, especially the one in Tivoli Gardens, are a feast for the senses. Enjoy the Danish "hygge" atmosphere with glögg, traditional treats and unique gift ideas.

Which luggage is suitable for a city trip in December?

For a city trip in December, it is important to choose the right luggage to be prepared for both the changeable weather and the various activities you have planned;

Luggage selection


  • Lightweight and robust: A lightweight but robust wheeled suitcase is ideal as you may be traveling a lot. Hardside cases offer additional protection against rain and snow.
  • Medium size: A medium-size suitcase offers enough space for warm clothes, but is still handy enough for public transportation and narrow alleys.


  • Compact but spacious: 25-35 liters are ideal, enough for day trips and sightseeing.
  • Easy to organize: A practical interior layout and side pockets like those in our Basics series help you to keep track of your belongings during your outing and have your valuables quickly to hand.

Conclusion: City trip in December

A city break in December offers a unique combination of festive cheer, cultural events, relaxed tourism and special culinary experiences. It's a wonderful time to see cities in a new light and experience the holiday cheer in a different cultural context. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable travel experience that you will remember for a long time, we wish you lots of fun!

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