Augsburg has a central station as well as other regional stations throughout the city. The station is located along a major axis for long-distance travel and is served by ICE, EC, IC and TGV trains with direct connections to Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, the Ruhr area and Paris.
Take the A8 coming from the North, East or West, and take the A96/B17 coming from the South. Visitors can easily get to the Christkindlesmarkt from the P+R point "Plärrergelände". Park here, and a bus or tram will take you to the city centre. From here you will be directed to the Christkindlesmarkt.
Numerous international bus connections are available from Augsburg central station. Connections to Eastern and South Eastern Europe are especially plentiful.
From the airport in Munich, it only takes about one hour on the motorways A92/A99/A8 to get to Augsburg. An airport transfer is approx. €35 per person. Visitors can reach Augsburg from the Munich airport in about 1hr. 40mins by train, or about 1hr 15mins by the "City-Airport-Bus".
Take the Tram from the Augsburg central station straight to the main entrance of the Christmas market at Rathausplatz.
End of November until Christmas
The Augsburger Christkindlesmarkt is the ultimate Christmas market. The Renaissance architecture of City Hall and Perlachturm have provided a stunning backdrop here for 500 years.
The market can be dated to the year 1498, back when it was still called the "gingerbread market" and served as a space for "Lebzelter" (gingerbread bakers) to peddle their merchandise. Today, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
About 150 stalls with handmade crafts, heavenly culinary delights and hot mulled wine fill the area in front of the world-famous, Renaissance-style Town Hall. The "Golden Hall" of the Perlachturm provides arguably the most stunning view over the vibrant city. Next to the Christmas tree stands an eight-meter-tall Christmas pyramid with Angel figurines in reference to the traditional "Engelsspiel".
The "Augsburger fairytale road"
The surrounding shop windows create wonderful fairy tale scenes and tell various Christmas stories with their lovely decorations and animated figures.
Christmas market for children
A children's wonderland, "Under the Starry Sky", can be found right on the square in front of Moritz church. A Christmas bakery, puppet theater, wheel-of-fortune and a festively decorated children's carousel provide plenty of excitement for kids.
Every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) around 6pm, the impressive Town Hall turns into a giant Advent calendar. 24 musical Christmas angels appear in the windows of the Renaissance building and display Hans Holbein's famous painting "Santa Maria Maggiore".
Escape Address: Rathausplatz, 86150 Augsburg, Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Various smaller markets can be found nearby, such as the "Christmas Island" by the Zeughaus, the Christmas market in the "Old Silversmith," or the market in the Fuggerei. Numerous Christmas markets are held in the idyllic region of Augsburg.
Not even an hour by car from Augsburg is Bavaria's biggest city, Munich, offering everything a traveller's heart desires. Rich with history, beautiful sights, fantastic shopping and, of course, amazing food- you'll get a little bit of everything here. Munich should definitely be on your list!
In addition to the absolutely beautiful City Hall, the city offers various other historically significant sites such as the Perlach Tower, the Fuggerei- the world’s oldest social housing settlement- magnificiant fountans, a cathedral and many more. Families with kids should definitely visit the puppet theatre "die Kiste".