Coming from the direction of Karlsruhe or Heilbronn use the urban railway ("Stadtbahn") S4. From the direction of Bruchsal use the urban railway S9. Exit at "Bretten-Stadtmitte" and walk just a few minutes to the market.
Take the highway A5 to the "Bruchsal" exit. From here head eastward on B35 in the direction of Stuttgart until you reach Bretten. Coming from the direction of Stuttgart, take highway B35 westward to Bretten. There are parking opportunities in the direct vicinity of the market..
December through Christmas
Every year in early December the time comes again for the Christmas market in the historic center of "Melanchthon's city" to open its doors.
Even from a distance you can see the city glowing with it's bright, "Christmassy" lights. Not only is the Christmas market festively decorated, but nearly the entire city center as well. Delicate scents of bratwurst, spices, hot spiced wine, gingerbread and roasted almonds fill the air and lead the visitor unerringly towards their sources.
There is also a temporary ice rink which attracts many visitors and makes the Bretten Christmas market even more beautiful. Sporty people in particular get their money's worth here.
The light celebration during the Christmas market (always celebrated on "Long Saturday", when the stores are open later than usual) creates a truly special atmosphere and is one of the most memorable pre-Christmas events. Countless candles and torches light up the town.
The "Bürgersaal" (peoples hall) in the Old City Hall houses the annual artisan market. Art lovers from near and far will appreciate all that this market has to offer.
It goes without saying that your appetite mustn't miss out! Hot spiced wine, bratwurst and some sweeter treats like roasted almonds and crêpes are available all over the market and will make your visit complete.
The special flair of Bretten's historic city center with its Christmas decor make this market something really special.
Escape Address: Marktplatz, 75015 Bretten, Bretten, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
The Baroque palace of Bruchsal (distance: 15 km) was the residence of the historical prince-bishops of Speyer (Spires). Particular highlights are the staircase built by Balthasar Neumann (one of the most famous architects of his time) and the magnificent frescoes by Giovanni Marchini.
The "Melanchthonhaus" was built in 1897 in the neo-gothic style on the exact site of reformer Philipp Melanchthon's birth home, which burned down in 1689. One of the largest special libraries can be found here, as well as a research center and museum. Entrance fee is €3.00 (valid as of 2013) and includes a tour.
Visit the "Badische Landesbühne". Comedies as well as classical plays are performed in this theater. Some examples of past performances are "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams, "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder" by Bertolt Brecht and "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.