6 tips for Christmas activities
in Southwest Germany

Sterne auf dem Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt | © Susi Maier

We have put together our 6 tips for activities and excursions during the Advent and Christmas season. Boredom was yesterday ...

City Tours with Taste

#1 Advent in Breisach am Rhein

City Tours with Taste

Weihnachtszauber in Breisach am Rhein | © Breisach Touristik, Annette Senn

Christmas magic in Breisach am Rhein | © Breisach Touristik, Annette Senn

©Breisach Touristik, Annette Senn

The popular series "City Tours with Taste" is extended to Advent this year again. The tour leads through the city, with its Christmas decorations, from the marketplace to the Münsterberg. On each of the four Sundays in Advent at 4 p.m., the tour guide tells participants about special customs that characterise Advent and the winter season. Of course, participants also learn plenty of interesting facts about the history of the town of Breisach. The tour concludes with a warm drink.

You can enjoy a discovery tour through the city on your own, as part of the Advent treasure hunt. The game plan contains the GPS locations of the waypoints where you have to answer questions or solve tasks. At the final waypoint, treasure hunters will find a treasure chest, which only opens with the correct number combination. Aside from enjoying sweet rewards, you can also take part in a raffle. 

Discover 3,000 Snow-Covered Fir Trees

#2 Winter Magic at Europa-Park in Rust

Discover 3,000 Snow-Covered Fir Trees

Der Blick auf die stimmungsvoll-beleuchtete Fassade des Eurosat - CanCan Coaster im Europapark. In 5 Minuten beginnt die 3D-Videomapping-Show Miraculeux. | © Europa-Park

Every year during Christmas time, Europa-Park is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. | © Europa-Park


The scent of roasted almonds and hot punch is in the air, 3,000 snow-covered fir trees and twinkling fairy lights line the paths, while thick snowflakes dance through the air. From 26.11.2022 to 08.01.2023 (excluding 24 and 25 December) and from 13. to 15.01.2023 Germany's largest theme park transforms into a magical winter wonderland for the 21st time.

The 15 different European themed areas will enchant visitors of all ages with their glittering Christmas tree baubles, decorated facades, and 3D projections. During winter, too, guests can enjoy a top-class show programme and breathtaking attractions. In addition to Europa-Park, the Rulantica water-world, which is open all year round, also welcomes visitors with its unique underwater experience: Snorri Snorkling VR. Winter fans can round off their visit in style with an overnight stay in one of the park's six adventure hotels or in the cosy Camp Resort.

Experience the Picturesque Landscape

#3 Christmas activities in the Black Forest Highlands

Experience the Picturesque Landscape

Schneewanderungen an Weihnachten und im Winter im Hochschwarzwald|© Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

Snow hikes in wintertime in the Black Forest Highlands | © Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

©Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

Let yourself be enchanted by the picturesque landscapes of the Black Forest Highlands and enjoy this winter wonderland, offering 550km of well-kept and rolled winter hiking trails.

Hikers can discover natural landscapes on premium winter hiking trails that are specially marked and signposted. En route, benches, wide panoramas, and local gastronomy invite you to linger for a while. Hike through deep snow, forests, and meadows and marvel at the sight of the Black Forest Highlands' snow-covered winter landscapes. Enjoy traversing the Black Forest Highlands winter wonderland on snowshoes.

Fell your Own Christmas Tree

#4 Christmas tree paradise in the Rench Valley

Fell your Own Christmas Tree

Auf der Suche nach dem eigenen Weihnachtsbaum im Renchtal. | © Renchtal Tourismus GmbH, Hubert Grimming & Jigal Fichtner

Looking for your own Christmas tree in the Rench Valley. | © Renchtal Tourismus GmbH, Hubert Grimming & Jigal Fichtner

©© Renchtal Tourismus GmbH, Hubert Grimming & Jigal Fichtner

Sky-blue, snow-white, Christmas-tree green. Christmas tree required! Magnificent, stable, needle-free. You're guaranteed to find the right tree in the Rench Valley Christmas tree paradise. Here, you will find Christmas trees as far as the eye can see.

Choose from Christmas trees of all sizes. If you like, you can even fell your own tree. Afterwards, you could just load your little tree into your car and speed away again - but wait! There is so much more on offer at the Christmas tree farms in the Rench Valley. Campfires crackle, sausages, and campfire bread are grilled, tartes flambées are baked, children's punch and mulled wine are served. Fine aromas flow from the Christmas bakery and beautiful gifts are waiting to be discovered at the small Christmas market. Simply beautiful - roll on Christmas!

Romantic Sea of Lights

#5 Winter magic right on Lake Constance

Romantic Sea of Lights

Siluette des Konstanzer Weihnachtsmarkts am Bodensee| © MTK Dagmar Schwelle

 The Constance Christmas Market is located directly on the shores of Lake Constance | © MTK Dagmar Schwelle

©MTK Dagmar Schwelle

With its romantic sea of lights, Lake Constance invites you to take a leisurely stroll and becomes a second living room for locals and guests alike in the run-up to Christmas. A magical meeting spot right on Lake Constance - for Christmas parties, relaxed hikes, or a stroll for the whole family.

Enjoy romantic Advent boat trips on Lake Constance, relaxing hours in the thermal baths, discovery tours including a winter exhibition on the flower island of Mainau, exciting excursions to the Sea Life aquarium and the local museums, pre-Christmas concerts, stimulating events in the Lake Constance Forum, and theatre shows: with the "Constance Winter Special" package, the whole family is invited to stay and have fun. In the quiet and festive season, Lake Constance is the ideal (holiday) destination for true connoisseurs.

Enjoy a Fascinating Winter World

#6 Advent shopping at Outletcity Metzingen

Enjoy a Fascinating Winter World

Advent-Shopping in der Outletcity Metzingen | © Outletcity Metzingen

Advent shopping in the Outletcity Metzingen | © Outletcity Metzingen

©Outletcity Metzingen

During the winter months, Outletcity Metzingen transforms into a magical place full of attractions, surprises, and highlights. Accept our invitation and let yourself fall under the spell of this fascinating world of experiences!

From the snow-covered winter forest to the large Christmas tree - the magical charm of the Outletcity is sure to enchant you. Immerse yourself in an atmospheric sea of lights, admire the dazzling inhabitants of the forest, and dream yourself into the world of fairytales.

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