Regensburg Christmas Market Opening Hours 2011

Public Service Announcement: Regensburg Christmas Market Opening Hours 2011 are shorter than in previous years — don’t let this ruin your holiday evening plans!

  • The big market on Neupfarrplatz, closes at just 20:00 Sunday through Wednesday or 21:00 Thursday through Saturday until December 23.
  • The Lucreziamarkt, with its artisan goods and small musical stage split between Kohlenmarkt and Haidplatz, closes at just 20:00 every night until December 23.
  • At least the Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt on the local palace grounds is open later: until 22:00 Sunday through Wednesday and 23:00 Thursday through Saturday. Of course, you have to pay a fee to get in there, but it’s worth it in our opinion: they do a great job of setting the mood with old-fashioned food, drink, and music offerings. Our tip: visit the markets without admission fees first and stop by the palace for a romantischer visit after 20:00 (21:00 on Friday and Saturday), in which case the price of admission is drastically reduced.
  • The Katharinenspital market — not open every day! — mostly afternoons and evenings through December 23 — is still pretty new (this is only its second year). It’s normally a popular Biergarten on the North bank of the Danube, but there’s a small petting zoo there now along with the usual crafts and eats. Wednesday and Thursday: 16:00-22:00, Friday 14:00-22:00, Saturday 11:00-22:00, Sunday 11:00-20:00

If you can navigate the events calendar on, you might already know this. But we have a feeling lots of folks visiting this year will be caught by surprise having a nice long, warm, indoor restaurant meal and still expecting plenty of merriment outside with a little Glühwein dessert. We were dismayed to find it had all shut down by the time we were ready to roll!

12 thoughts on “Regensburg Christmas Market Opening Hours 2011”

  1. Tammy

    Oh course you post this on the year that we are not there! Could have used this last year :-)

  2. The Accidental Expat

    Have a Feuerzangenbowle for me guys (never got into the Glühwein, esp. when the bartenders used cheap fixin’s). Off topic, but speaking of German Weihnachten booze, there was this one drink at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt that was a warmed plum liqueur shot with a well-marinated plum (aka atomic plum) in the glass, topped off with whipped cream– hokey smokes, those were good, though I’m hanged if I can remember the name– was this a secret recipe, or does this drink exist outside of Nuremberg?

    Best to you both from Portland,


    1. cliff1976

      That does sound good, G, but we’ve never heard of it. We’ll definitely keep an eye open for it. I’ve got a work thing bringing me to Nürnberg for a visit to their market next week — maybe I’ll chance upon it.

      1. The Accidental Expat

        Drink now and thank me later: It’s tucked away inside the Rathaus– look for the Zum Spiessgesellen restaurant entrance on the long side of the building, go all the way to the rear of the corridor (past the restaurant entrance), and there will be a stand selling this ambrosia. Let me be clear: I don’t like overly sweet or fruity drinks– but this stuff is money.


  3. CN Heidelberg

    Have I not been reading closely enough?… What happened to your finger, Sarah!? Hope it’s better soon!

    1. Sarah

      I cut myself while slicing up a pumpkin for roasting. Considering what an earth-shattering effect it had on my real life (for lo, I am a giant baby), I didn’t want to go shouting on the blog about it.

      Plus, my gimp-hand made it difficult to type.

      1. CN Heidelberg

        Sorry to put you on the spot. :( Hope it heals up fast.

        1. Sarah

          You didn’t. And the stitches are out, so it shouldn’t be too gnarly from this point on.

          1. Tammy

            Argh! I didn’t notice the giant bandage! That was a bad cut. I hope it heals well. I will email for more details!

  4. ian in hamburg

    So like, there’s a Christmas market that charges you admission for, among other things, the privilege of spending your own money? They’ve got more than coloured Christmas balls, it seems.

    1. cliff1976

      You’ve seen my opinion on it already — I think it’s worth it.

      Come visit, this year, or any year, and I will happily spring for your admission, Ian. I don’t recall complaints from any other guests!

  5. spiky

    hhhhhhh. i can smell the Xmas breeze in your place from Philippines.

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