A Royal Christmas stroll
Regensburg, located in the heart of Bavaria 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 unharmed during World War II and 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 “Thurn und Taxis” 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 come here and allow themselves to be 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.
Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis and her family like to mix with 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 houses are full of hustle and bustle: Traditional craftsmen of various trades 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 makers from the "Regensburger 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 a strictly kept recipe. You will be spoiled for choice with 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) over “Altoberpfälzer Suppe im Brotleib” (soup that is served in a loaf of bread) or the traditional “Regensburger Knackersemmel” (a special type of sausage from Regensburg served in a bread bun) round off the culinary diversity.
The idyllic Davidhof
This castle garden was used for generations exclusively by the Princely family and their guests. Only during “Romantic Christmas Market” it is open to the public. The castle garden is an idyllic atmosphere for traditional craftsmen to 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 atmospheric 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 “Mad Hatter”, every guest will be captivated by the enchantment of the Romantic Christmas Market.
“Kinderzauberwald” – paradise for the young visitors
Under the age-old maple trees, surrounded by the sweet scent of roasted almonds and cotton candy, our youngest visitors can expect nostalgic rides in an 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 kid's heart beat faster. Likewise, the puppet theater and the mosaic workshop in the "Kinderzauberwald" will ease the wait time of waiting for the Christmas Child. Around the nostalgic amusements rides and under the protection of the picturesque 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.
“Hüttengaudi” – at the end of the day
When the market closes its doors and the memory has faded away, the night owls conquer the Christmas market. Many people enjoy drinks of “Hüttengaudi” (après ski atmosphere) in the "Großes Blockhaus Thurn and Taxis" which guarantees a very cheerful party. A mood as in these nights, you only have in the mountains.
We offer a special surprise for all recognized social institutions of the city and district of Regensburg that take care of seniors, children and people in need. You will receive free entrance from Monday to Thursday!
The prerequisite is only an official written request of the respective institutional management with the desired visit day and the exact number of participants. We confirm the reservation and deposit the desired tickets at the cash desk. The accompanying attendants also receive free entrance.
Corresponding applications must be sent to us no later than two weeks in advance (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Christmas Market Charlottenburg