Germany’s Christmas markets in check: These are the locations with the cheapest mulled wine

It’s Christmas time again in Germany: Once again this year, the cities are in a festive mood and the city centres are attracting visitors with the world’s most beautiful Christmas markets. In addition to bratwurst, roasted almonds and poffertjes, mulled wine is of course a must. Especially in the low temperatures, you can warm up again with the rustic cup with a Christmas motif. But at which German Christmas market is the hot drink the cheapest and where do visitors have to dig deepest into their pockets? We found out for you and compared the price per 0.2-litre cup of mulled wine at the Christmas markets in the 20 largest German cities.

The prices vary considerably: Christmas fans pay between three and five euros per cup. The Munich Christkindlmarkt in Munich is opening its stalls again this year after a two-year break due to the Corona pandemic. However, visitors will have to dig deep into their pockets for a cup of mulled wine: The hot drink costs five euros in the Bavarian capital. At Berlin’s Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church), Christmas fans can enjoy their mulled wine next to the lights of the Kurfürstendamm, but at five euros it costs a lot more.

This table shows where visitors to the Christmas markets also have to pay a lot for mulled wine:

In addition to the two Christmas markets in Munich and Berlin, 4.50 euros per cup will be charged at four locations. At the Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral as well as at the "Glüh dich Glücklich" Christmas market in Düsseldorf on the banks of the Rhine, the operators demand this price. At the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, where one euro admission is paid for the good cause, drinking the alcoholic punch is also expensive at 4.50 euros. Thirsty people pay the same price when visiting the Winter World at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

The situation in the Ruhr region, on the other hand, is completely different: Dortmund's Christmas City, with its 300 or so stalls, is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. Despite inflation, the price for a cup of mulled wine remains stable at three euros, making it one of the cheapest in Germany. Visitors to Münster's Christmas market on Harsewinkelplatz also pay three euros for 0.2 litres of the hot drink. In three other cities in the Ruhr region, mulled wine is similarly priced: at the Christmas markets in Bochum and Duisburg and at the International Christmas Market in Essen, visitors pay 3.50 euros per cup. At the stalls at the Bad Godesberg Nikolausmarkt in Bonn and at the Frankfurt Christmas Market at the Römer, the operators also charge 3.50 euros. The cities are thus below the average, which is 3.97 euros per cup.

An overview of the prices in the 20 largest German cities can be found in this chart:

About the research
To determine the prices per cup of mulled wine, the prices at the Christmas markets in the 20 largest German cities were determined. In addition to press reports, the information was obtained by asking the market operators. In the case of several price quotations, the average value was taken. The deposit per cup is not included.