A Royal Christmas stroll
Located in the heart of Bavaria, Regensburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city’s historic district is regarded as a medieval landmark, due to the fact that it remained undestroyed during World War II. It was awarded World Cultural Heritage status by UNESCO in 2006. One of the most impressive buildings is the “St. Emmeram Castle”, which is the residence of the world famous aristocratic family.
The picturesque scenery of the St. Emmeram Castle gives the “Romantic Christmas Market at the Thurn und Taxis Castle in Regensburg” a unique atmosphere. Every year thousands of tourists travel here and are taken back into the times of knights, princesses, horses and carriages. Under the favor of the imposing facade of the castle, the courtyard is gently lit by torches, lanterns and candles. At the center of this magical village is an extravagantly decorated Christmas tree located.
Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis and her family like to stroll among the guests at this event, which is held at their own doorstep. You might even find them standing next to you at some point during your visit.
Colorful hustle and bustle
All stalls are full of hustle and bustle: Traditional craftsmen demonstrate their skills and offer their goods for sale. You will find blacksmiths, turners, glass blowers, candle, crib, lantern and pan makers, also basket weavers and the very well-known hat maker- 'der Hutmacher am Dom'.*
Traditional Bavarian specialties
The open fires outside the various market stalls offer warmth and coziness during cold winter evenings. Their flames also serve to prepare numerous delicious traditional Bavarian specialties such as “Feuerzangenbowle”, a hot alcoholic Christmas drink made according to secret recipes. You will be spoiled fto choose from many different kinds of mulled wines like: “Fürstenkelch”, “Blaublut”, “Feenzauber” as well as “Prinzentrunk” or “Kutscherglück” - there is certainly something for everyone’s taste. Various appetizing delicacies - ranging from “Wildschwein am Spieß” (Bavarian style spit-roasted piglet) to“Altoberpfälzer Suppe im Brotleib” (soup that is served in a loaf of bread). The traditional “Regensburger Knackersemmel” (a special type of sausage from Regensburg served in a bun) completes the culinary diversity.*
The idyllic Davidhof
This castle garden was used for generations exclusively by the Princely family and their guests. It is only open to the public during the Christmas Market. In the castle gardens' idyllic atmosphere, traditional craftsmen demonstrate their various skills and offer their goods for sale.*
The arts and crafts village (located in front of the east and south wing)
The exceptional arts and crafts village in front of the charming castle scenery takes visitors on a journey through time. Traditional craftsmen, especially from the Bavarian Forest, produce their goods and unique items and offer them on the spot. In the midst of the basket weavers, potters, goldsmiths, furriers, soap makers or the famous hat maker- 'Hutmacher am Dom'- every guest will be delighted by the enchantment of the Romantic Christmas Market.*
“Kinderzauberwald” – A paradise for young visitors
Under the age-old maple trees, surrounded by the sweet scent of roasted almonds and cotton candy, our youngest visitors can experience nostalgic rides in enchanting atmosphere at our “Kinderzauberwald”. A ride on the steam locomotive, a round on the swing boat or on the historic Ferris Wheel will make every child's heart beat faster. Likewise, the puppet theater and the mosaic workshop in the "Kinderzauberwald" will ease the waiting time for the apperance of the holy Christmas Child. Around the nostalgic amusement rides and under the protection of the castle, the "Kinderzauberwald" also offers a contemplative place to stay for the adults! With a hot cup of "Fürstenkelch" or "Blaublut" you can always keep an eye on your children.*
“Fürstlicher Schlosspark“ – place of silence
Once again this year, the “Fürstlicher Schlosspark” – a strictly protected natural monument of international stature – opens up for visitors and presents itself in a Christmassy light. The park is open from Thursday to Sunday to amaze visitors from all over the world.*