From November 23rd until December 23rd 2018
(Closed on Sunday, November 25th)
Monday - Thursday: 11 am - 7 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 8 pm
More than 40 festively decorated stalls offering everything Christmassy: high-quality craftsmanship, colourful toys, glittering Christmas tree decorations, delicious gingerbread and fragrant mulled wine. The glittering lights of the lovingly decorated stalls and the special atmosphere of the medieval old town create a magical, dreamy ambience. It's infectious: every year people flock to one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. The Christmas market of Bernkastel-Kueser with its varied programme has been a magnet for visitors for many years.
Torch swimming with Santa Claus
On the first Saturday in December, you can see a magnificent sea of lights made up of countless torches shining bright. The torch swim through the icy Moselle river has been a highlight for years. More than 100 scuba divers accompany Santa Claus on his way from the port of Kues to the bank of the Moselle in Bernkastel. Once safely on the other side of the Moselle, Santa Claus gives out presents to the young spectators.
Larger-than-life Advent calendar
The largest Advent calendar in the Moselle region is on the market square in Bernkastel. In the windows of the historic half-timbered building of the Adler pharmacy, one door is opened every evening accompanied by a Christmassy performance, a song, a poem or a reading …
A Christmas market without music? Not in Bernkastel-Kues! Especially at the weekends, visitors can enjoy live Christmas music. In prominent places in the old town, such as the market square, the Bärenbrunnen well or Karlsbader Platz, orchestras and music clubs captivate visitors.
Santa Clause hikes around the town
The annual Santa Claus hike traditionally starts at the market square, festively accompanied by the "Trommler- und Trompetercorps der Landshuter Ritterschaft" band of drummers. The ten-kilometre hike takes you all around the town. The participants can enjoy hot drinks such as tea and mulled wine, a hot meal and a chocolate surprise …