Bonner Weihnachtsmarktes, or Bonn’s Christmas Markets

Approaching the market area

Bonn’s Christmas markets sprawl throughout the city center, across the main squares Münsterplatz and Friedensplatz and streets Bottlerplatz, Windeckstrasse, and Vivatsgasse. It’s very convenient that they’re all adjacent, especially when it’s raining like it was when I visited!

Some local crafts

A splash of color on a rainy day

170+ wooden chalets offer local crafts, toys, decorative items, sweets and other gift items.

Elaborate chalet

There’s no shortage of gingerbread, glühwein, potato pancakes, sausages and roasted almonds. Also, local beer, kölsch, is on offer.

Close-up of the toy pyramid

A pyramid with toys spins at the foot of the Münsterbasilika, an ornate 13th-century Romanesque basilica.

In case you’re not familiar, Bonn is a small city on the banks of the Rhine, about 30 minutes from Cologne. Bonn was the capital of West Germany from 1949-1990.

Bonn’s most famous local? Ludwig van Beethoven. He was born here in 1770.

November 23 – December 23, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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