Christmas markets in NRW in palaces and castles

Visitors walk through the Christmas market at Satzvey Castle in Satzvey.
Satzvey Castle is just one of the many castles in NRW that offer a romantic Christmas atmosphere. © photo alliance / Rainer Jensen / dpa

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Christmas markets can be more than a few booths in the city center. With the right backdrop in the background, a visit to the Christmas market becomes truly contemplative. It’s a good thing that many castles and palaces in NRW offer a very special atmosphere.

Here’s an overview of the Christmas markets in NRW’s palaces and castles for an atmospheric Advent excursion on Christmas Eve:

There will be Christmas markets in these castles and palaces in 2022

Bodelschwingh Castle, Christmas trees in the foreground.
The spirit of Christmas in the extensive park of Bodelschwingh Castle is taking place for the sixth time. © ©teamHUSKEfotografie

Christmas lighting at Bodelschwingh Castle, Dortmund

The water castle Bodelschwingh invites you for the sixth time in Dortmund to the flavors of Christmas. The century-old Renaissance-style moated castle with an English landscaped park and extensive outer bailey is one of the last buildings in the Ruhr area still in private ownership. from 24 to 27 November 2022 visitors are allowed to explore the castle grounds and park for four days. More than 100 exhibitors offer crafts, gastronomy and art.

Admission for adults: 12 euros

Children up to 15 years: free

The romantic Christmas market at Hohenlimburg Castle

The romantic Christmas market at Hohenlimburg Castle traditionally opens on the second to fourth weekend in Advent. from 2 to 18 December 2022 The market opens on Fridays from 16:00 to 21:00. Saturdays from 12:00 to 21:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 18:00.

Adults pay 6 euros, children 3 euros, children up to six years old do not pay admission.

Christmas market in Lower Castle, Siegen

Winner Christmas Market in the Lower Castle opens November 18 2022 and goes to December 23. On November 20, the market will be closed for the Sunday of the Dead. Exhibitors offer traditional handicrafts and items of wool, leather and ceramics in small, lighted and decorated wooden houses.

The peculiarity of the market is that program phasewhere bands and choirs perform and put visitors in the Christmas spirit.

Winter mezzo at Altena Castle, Märkischer Kreis

On the first weekend in Advent (November 25 to November 27) visitors can visit Winter mezo in Altena Castle go back about 150 years. The open-air Victorian-style variety show features fireplaces, showmen and music in the courtyard. Same as Charles Dickens Christmas Carol.

In the ticket price (3 euros per person) is Entrance to the Altena Castle Museum for Sunday (27.11) already included. However, those who are interested should be quick, because the capacity of visitors is limited.

Romantic Christmas market at Grünewald Castle, Solingen

2022 gen romantic Christmas market at Grünewald Castle already for the 17th time. nothing four Advent weekends The market is open from Friday to Sunday. Fridays from 14:00 to 21:00, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 20:00.

In addition to gastronomy and over 100 exhibitors with exclusively homemade handicrafts, the Christmas market offers an impressive atmosphere with its completeness. illuminated park. More than 1,500 meters of fairy lights and torches surround the paths and invite you to take a romantic stroll.

Adults pay 8 euros entrance, children up to 16 years old are free.

The main building of Grünewald Palace, pictured on Saturday, August 16, 2008 in Solingen.
The park landscape is brightly lit for the Christmas market. © photo alliance /dpa/Schloss Grünwald/Ulrik Eichentopf

Christmas market at Satzvey Castle, Mechernich

of the historic Satzvey Castle Christmas market visitors can traditionally visit every Advent weekend. from November 26 to December 18 the castle gates open.

Apart from the winter and Christmas markets, there has been a daily crowd for the past 15 years medieval nativity play instead, it’s reminiscent of the Staufen era. In addition, children can self-design Wish list drop it in Santa’s mailbox.

Adults pay 12 euros entry at the box office, concessions 8 euros, children 6 euros. Entry is cheaper if you buy in advance. Children under 4 are free.

Christmas nativity game with Christian figures and a donkey.
The nativity play at the Satzvey Castle Christmas market is presented to visitors several times a day. © photo alliance/dpa

Romantic Christmas Market at Merode Castle, Langerwehe (District Düren)

from November 23 to December 21 open it Merode Castle with his romantic Christmas market his goals again. The castle is one of the most impressive Renaissance castles in the Rhineland and in 2011 it was awarded the title “The most beautiful Christmas market in North Rhine-Westphalia” by the WDR program “at home and on the road”. There are three that are particularly impressive and a highlight for visitors this year fireworks instead of. Accompanied by music, the spectacular last firework display ensures a successful Christmas outing.

The market is open Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 20:00, Friday and Saturday from 14:00 to 22:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 20:00: 00. Admission prices vary by day and can be purchased from the online store. On some special days, the market is also open on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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