Compact and bijoux, this delightful market is "small and romantic".
The town offers a charming welcome to visitors; all around the marketplace are illuminated wooden booths, Christmas trees and garlands. In December 1999, Monschau was awarded the title of the "Most beautiful Christmas market of Nordrhein-Westfalen" by the Rheinische Post.
Things you may want to know
Christmas market dates: 25th November - 18th December 2016 (only Friday - to Sunday)
Coach parking: Yes
Convenient ferry ports: Calais, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge
Closest airport: Koln Bonn
To start planning your trip:
Making the Magic: Interview with Monschau Touristik GmbH
What year was your Christmas market established?
Our Christmas market was established in 1977.
How many visitors do you have approximately?
Every Friday we welcome around 1500 people, on Saturdays around 4000 people and on Sunday around 4000 people.
How many stalls do you have approximately?
Where is your market?
The Christmas Market stretches from Richters Eck over the Market Square all the way to the "Patere Höfje" behind Aukirche und Aukloster. In addition, there are new market places in the Austrasse and Französisches Eck offering a range of specialities.
What kind of goods are on offer?
Arts and crafts, specialities and typical products of the region and Christmas decorations. The many stalls offer not only delicacies such as Bratwurst, mulled wine, German gingerbread, Lebkuchen, Printen, and the popular "Monschauer Dütchen", but also brilliant decorations, artistic crafts and interesting gift ideas.
Are there any special activities going on?
Ms. Holle will be performed open air every Friday evening.
How do you prioritise small businesses and local artisans having stalls?
2/3 of the stalls are reserved for small businesses and local artisans, 1/3 are reserved for dining.
From an overseas visitor’s perspective, how do you want people to perceive your destination?
Monschau, the idyllic town in the Eifel region next to the Belgian border, is nice to visit in all the seasons of the year. And for Christmas it smartens up especially. With its picturesque corners, this place in the Nature Park Hohes Venn - Eifel draws in streams of tourists in the warmer months especially. Amidst the medieval town layout, with the stream Rur snaking through it, slate-clad houses dominate, and timber framed buildings with cafés, restaurants or artisan craft and souvenir shops.
Many towns boast traditional Christmas markets offering delights for the body and soul. What sets the Monschau Christmas Market apart from other markets is the fact that it’s not just the Christmas stalls that entice people to shop or to linger; local shops, restaurants, galleries, antique shops etc fit perfectly into the pre-Christmas spirit. There is even a House of Christmas in Monschau: throughout the months of March to December, this typical building offers Christmas decorations for sale on all 3 floors.
Why do people love your Christmas market?
The falling twilight, the suitable Christmas lights, and Christmas carols played by various music ensembles fuse into a unique seasonal mood that even hardened Scrooges will enjoy over a cup of mulled wine. It is best to plan a visit to Monschau with the intention to stay until the early evening.
Any other info, ideas or comments you would like to share?
Monschau is a town exuding medieval flair. Narrow cobble-stoned alleys, neat timber frame houses, and its picturesque location in the valley on the banks of the Rur contribute to its image as the "pearl of the Eifel". Due to its location, however, the number of available parking places is limited. Hence, during the Monschau Christmas Market, an ingenious Park&Ride-System is placed in operation in Monschau, which takes the great number of visitors to the Monschau old town fast and without stress.