10 Reasons to Visit Schwerin Christmas Market this December
the North of Germany is a gorgeous little state capital with scenic views,
historic buildings abound and fascinating local tales. In short, there are a
lot of things
you can do in Schwerin and if you visit in December, you gotta visit the Schwerin Christmas Market.
Here are 10 great reasons to.
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the Schwerin Christmas
find the market at the Altstädtischer Markt. If you need to type it into your GPS,
search for Am Markt 19055 Schwerin.
does the Schwerin Germany Christmas
Market take place?
In 2019, you can visit the xmas market in Schwerin from 25 November to 30 December (except on 24 and 25 December). It’s open daily from 11am to 8pm (Sun-Thu) and 11am to 9pm (Fri-Sat).
Christmas markets in Germany open from the first Advent Sunday up until shortly
before Christmas. With the Christmas
market in Schwerin, however, you can get your hot mulled wine among cosy
Christmas lights way later.
particularly great in case you want to see as many beautiful Christmas markets in Germany as
possible and don’t want to totally exhaust yourself travelling around the
country before the markets close.
Like the Christmas market in Weimar, this one is open until the New Year and you can take it slow. After all, that’s part of the Christmas market experience. You don’t want to rush things but really enjoy and unwind.
2. Enjoy grand castle views
coolest landmarks in town is the fairy tale castle modelled after grand palaces
in France and currently functioning as the seat for the state government.
Schwerin Castle is a dreamy building pretty much right next to the center of
Schwerin and it’s free to walk around the grounds.
approach it from the Old Town, you will have a great gaze over the castle with a
Christmas tree framing the view. Visit it especially at night when the lights
go on and the castle is illuminated beautifully.
3. See aerial city angles
A special feature
of the xmas market in Schwerin
is the ferris wheel overlooking the main shopping street, Old Town and the lake.
Fun fact: The ferris wheel is called „Star
of Berlin“. It’s 33 meters (108 feet) high, weighs 99 tons and has 26 capsules
for 6 people each to sit in.
It’s definitely one of the slow types, which means you have plenty of time for taking photos. The ones I have were shot with a mobile phone.
There’s not just one Schwerin
xmas market but multiple locations all over the historic Old Town. This
means, by casually strolling from one to the other, you will do a little
sightseeing tour at the same time.
The main market can be found on the market square in front of the town
hall and near Schwerin Cathedral. This is where you can find the 20 meter (66
feet) tall Christmas tree, the Christmas pyramid and 10,000 strung up lights. From
here, you can walk towards the castle or the lake Pfaffenteich with its ferris
Another Christmas market spot in Schwerin used to be the Schlachtermarkt, which mostly targets families and smaller children. You can take cute selfies with four larger than life teddies “playing” instruments as the Eisbärenband (“polar bear band”). However, this year it’s still undern construction. Let’s hope it’s open again next year.
A new market location in its stead is then inner yard of the former post office (Alter Posthof). It used to be under construction and is now open and features Christmas paper crafting, a Christmas bakery and puppet theater.
5. Celebrate in a historic
reed house setting
Another Christmas market in Germany and one that’s very unique, is located in the historic Mueß village in the outskirts of Schwerin. On 21 and 22 December the outdoor museum is all decked out and inviting scents like mulled wine and caramelized almonds waft through the air.
like an old timey Christmas, surrounded by traditional reed covered houses,
stacks of hay and an arts and crafts market. Moreover, you can sample locally
brewed punches, fresh fare from the BBQ and hand-made Christmas cookies. (A typical
Address: Alte Crivitzer Landstraße 13, 19063 Schwerin
Times: 11am to 7pm (21 Dec), 10am to 5pm (22 Dec)
Entrance fee: 2 EUR (2.23 USD)
6. Welcome Christmas in a
not least, there’s also a small Christmas market at Schwerin Castle. Inside the
romantic courtyard, small Christmas hut are lined up and invite you to a retro Christmas experience in Schwerin.
Very royal indeed.
The theme here is historic Christmas as well and you can try international food, such as Austrian Kaiserschmarrn (pancakes with powdered sugar). Time it so that you can listen to a live concert. See the program (in German) here. For example, you can listen to jazz music at 5pm on 21 December or rock music from 17 to 19 December at 7:30pm.
Should you want
to dine in the castle restaurant, you can reserve a table. A reservation is
free from 16 to 20 December from 11am to 1pm.
1, 19053 Schwerin
Times: 13 to 22 December, 11am to 9pm
7. Relive your fave fairy
along the Mecklenburgstraße, you will be greeted by scenes from famous fairy
tales, such as Sleeping Beauty, Mother Hulda and The Town Musicians of Bremen. In
fact, the Christmas market
of Schwerin has the most fairy tale huts. And there’s a nativity scene,
8. Skate on ice
ferris wheel and the many Christmas huts, you can get into the Christmas spirit
by donning some ice skates and hitting the rink. The rink is nearly 500 square
meters (5382 square feet) and right by the Pfaffenteich, next to the ferris
an hour costs 3.50 (3,9 USD) EUR for adults and renting skates is 3 EUR (3,34
USD). Additionally, you can borrow a helmet for 1 EUR (1.11 USD) or take part
in ice stick shooting. For that, you need to reserve the entire track, however,
for 90 EUR (100 USD).
9. Meet a friendly ghost
know that the castle has its very own resident ghost? The Petermännchen is a friendly,
albeit often cheeky ghost is said to haunt the castle and sometimes walks
around town. There are many local tales about his deeds as he sometimes rewards
kind souls with treasures.
a local tourist train on wheels named after him and it takes you around the
city center. It’s a tourist favourite. There are also local guided tours with the
guide dressed up as the iconic ghost. Those are especially charming during
10. Take in the quiet in a
Historic Old Town
may be the capital of the state of Mecklemburg-Vorpommern, but it’s rather
quiet around here. No wild party scene at night, no tourist crowds, etc. And I
It’s the best way to get away from much visited Christmas markets like Hamburg or Berlin for instance. A truly reflective Christmas time!
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