Walking to the Christmas market in Passau is already a highlight; experience atmospheric lighting in the beautiful alleys and streets of the city, walk past historic buildings of the CITY_OF_THREE_RIVERS, all while always heading towards the impressive towers of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Directly in front of the baroque landmark of Passau, you will find the festive market with many different booths and stands.
The smell of gingerbread and roasted almonds, of mulled wine, bratwurst and bangers fill the air. Fresh fruit dipped in chocolate on one side, hearty bread and “Sengzelten” (a Bavarian delicacy similar to a tarte flambée) on the other: No one leaves hungry when that many delicious treats are involved. But the Christmas market in Passau does offer so much more than solely food. Each year, the merchants for the market, who offer only quality goods, are carefully chosen. Individually painted Christmas baubles, woodcarvings, nativity and crib figurines, jewellery, goods for croqueting and knitting, candles and lights... - the perfect opportunity to hunt for some creative and unique Christmas presents. Non-profit organisations also offer creative present ideas. With every present you buy, you also contribute to a good cause.
Traditional customs and music
Experience all the traditional customs at the Christmas market in Passau. In particular, the musical programme will give you a sense of tradition. On many days, you can listen to traditional folk music, played with passion by local groups. Instruments such as the zither and the dulcimer accentuate the stroll through the Christmas market. Not only that, but you can also listen to live music from big bands, choirs and acoustic music.
Organ concerts in the cathedral
Experience a truly special musical highlight while visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. During the Christmas market, there are concerts on the world’s largest cathedral organ two times a week. Stop by on Wednesday and Saturday at 12 p.m.
The Christmas Market takes place from Nov. 31 - Dec. 23, 2023.