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Is Regensburg Worth Visiting in Winter? The Regensburg Christmas Market and More

Looking for German Christmas Market ideas? Learn about things to do at the Regensburg Christmas Market. Find out: is Regensburg worth visiting?
We combined our trip to the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt (Nuremberg Christmas Market) with one day in Regensburg.  

You can get between the two cities by train in about an hour.  We found Regensburg to be a charming winter destination in Germany that totally exceeded our expectations.  

Read on for some highlights from our visit and learn why Regensburg is worth visiting in winter.

Regensburg Christmas Market

The Regensburg Christmas Markets

If you visit Regensburg in December, the Christmas markets are a must see. Here are some of the highlights from the Regensburg Christmas Market.

When are the Regensburg Christmas Markets in 2023?

You can find all the details about the 2023 Regensburg Christmas Market on the Regensburg Christkindlmarkt website

The different Christmas markets in Regensburg have slightly different opening dates and hours. In general, the 2023 Regensburg Christkindlmarkt is held from November 27 - December 23.

1. Regensburg Christmas Market on Neupfarrplatz

Germany in winter is synonymous with Christmas Markets and Regensburg is no exception.  The market at Neupfarrplatz was compact but had everything you could possibly want: glühwein, crafts, and mouthwatering sausages.

Regensburg Christmas Market at Neupfarrplatz

2. Christmas market at the Spitalgarten

We visited a second Regensburg Christmas Market in Spitalgarten.  This one was located along the Danube River and seemed a bit more upmarket and foodie oriented.  

We tried some German craft beer and a bowl of pumpkin soup served in a bread bowl - a winning combination on a cold day.

Regensburg Christmas Market at Spitalgarten

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3. Romantic Christmas Market at the Thurn and Taxis Palace

The Romantic Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Palace costs 10.50 € on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) just to enter. For a more economical option, visit this christmas market on Mondays for 5,50€ and 8,50 € on Tuesdays through Fridays.

I must say we had our misgivings because of the cost.  Still, we'd heard great things about the market and decided to check it out.  Despite the steep cost to entry, the place was still extremely crowded on a Saturday night.  

Now I understand why they needed to charge admission...the crowds would have been unbearable if entry was free.  We sampled beer and potato pancakes in a regal courtyard before ambling about the atmospheric palace grounds.

🔎 Did you know that you can take a guided tour of the Regensburg Christmas Markets?

Regensburg Romantic Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Palace
4. Frosted Mugs

I've mentioned previously that we collect Christmas Market mugs.  In fact, I'm drinking my coffee from one right now.  

I was excited to see something a bit different in Regensburg.  We were served glühwein in a local frosted mug.  This souvenir will be perfect for sipping beer back home.

Regensburg Christmas Market - Frosted Glass MugRegensburg Christmas Market - Half Meter of Sausage! 

5. 1/2 Metre of Sausage!

We've noticed that most German Christmas markets have their signature 'thing'.  For Nuremberg it's 'prune men', lebkuchen, and Nuremberger sausage.  

In Regensburg, it's sausage by the half-meter.  That's 18 inches of deliciousness.  We just had to try it. It's quite good, just a bit unwieldy in the crowded market.

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Things to do in Regensburg in Winter Beyond the Christmas Market

Of course, there is a lot more to Regensburg than just the Christmas Market. Regensburg is a thriving mid-size Germany city of 150,000 people, after all. Read on for things to do and see on a vibrant Regensburg city break.

6. Pastel Old Town

We debarked at the Hauptbahnhof and walked into town.  We were immediately impressed by the charming pastel facades in the old town.  

In contrast to Nuremberg which was heavily damaged by Allied bombing in World War II, Regensburg emerged mostly unscathed.  The medieval core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pastel Buildings near the Regensburg Christmas Market

7. Old-Fashioned Neon Signs

I also noticed the more-modern-than medieval neon signs which added an old-fashioned charm to the town. 

Old-Fashioned Neon Signs in Regensburg Germany

8. A Walk Across the River

Regensburg sits on the banks of the Danube and it's possible to take a walk along and across the river.  The sun was shining so we took the opportunity to explore.  Gorgeous!

Regensburg view on the Danube River
9. Inside the Dom

In most German cities, the Cathedral features prominently and once again Regensburg is no exception. When visiting Regensburg in winter, the Dom is a good place to go to warm up slightly while exploring. 

We admired the Regensburg cathedral inside and out in all its Gothic glory.

Regensburg Cathedral

10. Quirky Sculptures

Sometimes it's the little details that are most memorable about a new city.  For me, Regensburg's quirky statues made me smile.  I saw a little hot-pink gnome in the church yard behind the Dom.  He sat facing a rather serious looking king.  
Hot pink gnome in Regensburg Germany
Overall, Regensburg is definitely worth a visit during Christmas market season particularly if you are looking to escape the crowds of more popular neighbor Nuremberg.


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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Is Regensburg Worth Visiting in Winter? The Regensburg Christmas Market and More
Is Regensburg Worth Visiting in Winter? The Regensburg Christmas Market and More
Looking for German Christmas Market ideas? Learn about things to do at the Regensburg Christmas Market. Find out: is Regensburg worth visiting?
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