Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 06.09.2019 13:23:04 Uhr 18.11.2019 10:03:36 Uhr
Dresden Striezelmarkt with snow and lights everywhere.
© Christian Borrmann

Dresden Striezelmarkt

Dresden’s residents love their Striezelmarkt. Since 1434, the market has preserved its distinctive character despite a few changes. The world’s largest Erzgebirge step pyramid, which made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1999, is 14.62 meters tall and can be seen far and wide. More than 2.5 million people visit the romantic Altmarkt Square every year.

The market’s name comes from Stollen, the well-known Christmas bread, which is also known as "Striezel" in Middle High German. Every year, the traditional "Stollen festival" is celebrated in honor of this delicacy. Every year, the ceremonial first slice of the giant Stollen at the Striezelmarkt is followed by a Stollen procession through the Baroque Old Town. However, the market was not originally intended as a venue for "Striezel" sales, but was the result of a proclamation by Saxon Prince Friedrich II, permitting the establishment of an open market in 1434. Initially, only meat was sold on the site of today’s Altmarkt, but the range of offerings was soon expanded.

Today, visitors can expect a varied assortment of culinary delicacies and traditional products. The folk art of the Erzgebirge region is an essential feature – loving craftsmanship produces miniature pyramids, Räuchermänner ("smoking men") and other small figurines. The market stands are also always popular, selling blueprints and pottery from Lausitz, Lebkuchen from the gingerbread city of Pulsnitz, and Herrnhut stars.

Further information

Dresden Information at the Striezelmarkt

Every year there is a Dresden Information point. This is where we provide information and advice and answer your questions about the booths and offers at the Striezelmarkt. You will find us near the demonstration workshops next to the great candle arch.

The Striezeltaler tokens

An exklusive offer at Dresden Information is the Striezeltaler tokens. They are just the thing for you if you want to bring pleasure to someone or make one of your christmas wishes come true.

585th Striezelmarkt

Visitor address

Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden

Interactive City Map

Local public transport

Altmarkt: 1, 2, 4
Prager Straße: 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 62 (bus)

Oberelbe transport authority (VVO)

VVO information

Opening hours

27 November to 24 December 2019, daily 10 am to 9 pm
Opening day, 27 November 4 pm to 9 pm
"Sternstunden", 13 December 10 am to 10 pm
Christmas Eve/last day, 24 December 10 am to 2 pm

Contact & Service

Dresden Information GmbH

Mon to Sat 9 am to 6 pm