Top Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf, Germany: Must-Visit in 2023!

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2024-01-25

Planning a visit to the Best Christmas Markets in Dusseldorf in 2023? Just like the Christmas markets in Cologne, those in Düsseldorf are a popular attraction for both locals and tourists.

Year after year, the days are counting down to the grand opening of the Christmas Markets in Germany, and in the city of Düsseldorf the big event will be on November 23, 2023.

Thus, between November 23rd and December 30th, 2023, fun is guaranteed for both children and adults on the banks of the River Rhine.

The eight main markets (Altstadt-Markt, Handwerker-Markt, Schadow-Markt, Kö-Bogen-Markt, Sternchen-Markt, Engelchen-Markt, Märchen-Markt, Kö-Lichter-Markt) are spread around the city, but not far away from each other, which facilitates walking between the various areas.

Grupo de músicos que estavam a atuar no mercado de Natal.
Street entertainment with Christmas music.

The Best Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf, Germany

As I already mentioned, in 2023 you can choose between eight Christmas Markets spread across the city of Düsseldorf, each of which has a different theme.

For me it’s very difficult to say which of the markets I liked the most, because they are all very interesting and each one has something special that you can’t find in the others.

So, if you only have a day or two to visit the Christmas markets, it’s important that you know what to see in each one.

Marktplatz mercado natal Dusseldorf
The Christmas market in Düsseldorf at dusk.

Altstadt-Markt (or the Old Town Christmas Market in Düsseldorf)

Christmas Market in Dusseldorf.

As the name suggests, the Altstadt-Markt is located in the old part of the city, which makes it quite central.

It’s the ideal place to buy different Christmas gifts for your friends and family, such as typical little houses.

Handwerker-Markt (Crafts Market)

Salsichas tradicionais nas bancas do mercados de natal.

Wooden toys with articulated parts is the big theme of this Christmas market.

Therefore, you will find many stalls with these types of games that make all children, both young and old, smile.

There are also usually some food stalls, with various types of German sausages to snack on while looking for the perfect Christmas gift.

Shadow-Market (Christmas Market Next to Shadow Shopping Center)

Gluwein na Alemanha.
Glühwein, or mulled wine, stand in Düsseldorf.

Christmas decorations and ornaments to make your home even more cozy is what this area of the Christmas market promises.

Those who are fans of interior decoration tend to find a lot of inspiration in these stalls, but if that’s not what moves you, you can always count on a glass of Glühwein to warm your body and soul.

Kö-Bogen-Markt

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In the Kö-Bogen area, typical gingerbread cookies in the shape of a heart, Christmas tree or star are king!

Of different sizes, depending on your budget, but with similar decorations, these biscuit candle holders are usually given at Christmas time.

It’s a beautiful tradition, so take some home and offer it to those who deserve it!

Sternchen-Markt

Preços no mercado de natal de Dusseldorf na Alemanha.

Have you ever thought about buying original Christmas lights? Then go check out Sternchen-Markt.

You will also find stalls with typical foods, which, as you may have already noticed, are a big attraction in Düsseldorf.

Engelchen-Markt (the Little Angel Market)

Entrada para o Mercado de natal na Alemanha.
Engelchen-Markt: Düsseldorf Christmas market.

It’s easy to identify Engelchen-Markt as angels decorate this area of the Christmas markets.

In terms of the main products you will find here, you can count on traditional sweets, warm woolen items and other original Christmas gifts to take home.

Märchen-Markt (the Fairytale Market)

Christmas Matket in Germany.
Märchen-Markt.

With a very suggestive name, the Fairy Tale Market promises to make anyone who passes by smile.

Of all the stalls I passed by, the one I liked the most was the one with the image and, of course, I took a small globe home!

Kö-Lichter-Markt

Flinger Strasse em Dusseldorf.
Salsichas tradicionais em Dusseldorf na Alemanha.
Visitar o Mercado de Natal em Dusseldorf.
O que comprar nos Mercados de Natal da Alemanha.

Best Things To Do at Düsseldorf Christmas Market in 2023

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Ride the Ferris Wheel in Düsseldorf.
Pista de patinagem em Dusseldorf
Ice skating in Düsseldorf.

Christmas markets in Germany are a great opportunity to buy different Christmas gifts, walk from stall to stall trying typical food and create family memories.

The truth is that our children often talk about the adventures we had at the European Christmas markets, and they always want to go and see another one.

In Düsseldorf in particular, in addition to crafts, sausages and mulled wine, the ferris wheel and skating ring are very interesting places to explore.

Accomodation in Düsseldorf Near the Christmas Markets

Marktplatz: Mercado de Natal em Dusseldorf.
Marktplatz: Christmas Market in Dusseldorf.

As I mentioned earlier, this year’s Düsseldorf Christmas markets are open from November 23rd to December 30th, 2023. To secure accommodation at friendly prices, it’s essential to book your hotel as early as possible.

While the city’s public transport network is acceptable, I prefer staying in the historic center to fully enjoy the Christmas markets until later.

In the heart of the city, the Ruby Coco Hotel Dusseldorf offers comfortable lodging with a 24-hour reception for late arrivals and an excellent location.

Alternatively, the Holiday Inn Express Düsseldorf is a reliable and more economical choice.

If none of these options appeal to you, you can check the availability of hotels in the region on the map and through the link below:

Hotels in Düsseldorf

How to get to Düsseldorf to visit the Christmas Market

Doces e amêndoas no mercado de natal na Alemanha.
Typical sweets stalls in Düsseldorf (almonds and sweets).

Düsseldorf is well-connected with direct flights from various European cities, making it easy to find affordable options when booked in advance.

DUS Düsseldorf International Airport is approximately eight kilometers from the city center and offers convenient public transport links.

The most straightforward and economical way to reach the center from DUS is by train, with a journey time of around 10 minutes and a ticket cost of less than €4. Disembark at Düsseldorf Central Station.

Alternatively, Uber is available for travel between Düsseldorf Airport and any location in the city.

While buses are another option, the journey takes approximately half an hour.

If you plan to crent a car, you can do so directly at the airport for added convenience and potential cost savings.

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