The Best Christmas Markets in Europe
If you love travelling, one of the best ways to experience the holiday season is by visiting Christmas markets in Europe. These markets epitomize some of the best things about Christmas, from sparkling lights, to traditional foods, to unique gifts. With so many markets to choose from, however, it can be hard to decide where to go. Check out our list of the four best markets Europe has to offer this winter.
Germany features the quintessential Christmas markets, with millions of tourists coming to visit every winter. There are over fifty Christmas markets in Berlin alone. The biggest one is at Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche. It is elaborately decorated with fairy lights and a 20 metre tall Christmas tree. Visitors can find a diverse selection of gifts, including decorations and toys, and enjoy mulled wine, roasted almonds, glazed fruit, grilled sausages, and other nibbles as they shop. If you’re looking to make a German Christmas market tour, Dresden, only a couple of hours away, and Munich also feature great markets.
If you’re looking for a slightly less commercial market, Copenhagen’s market set up in Tivoli Gardens is the perfect choice. During November and December, Tivoli is decked out with decorations that have Russian and Nordic themes. The gardens also offer an ice rink and fireworks for more festive fun. Bring your warmest coat though – temperatures can reach below zero.
Prague is always full of old-town charm, and this is only augmented during the holiday season. Prague holds two markets, one in Old Town Square and one in Wenceslas Square. The emphasis here is more on food and drinks than on gifts (although of course, they have those too). Visitors can sample traditional Czech foods, including carp, spit-roasted ham, barbecued sausages, and hot sugary cake called Trdelník. Christmas carols periodically float through the market, adding to the winter magic.
Vienna looks beautiful and majestic in the winter snow. The city offers four Christmas markets, each with a unique feel. The Viennese love to socialize during the holiday season, coming out to the market squares to enjoy traditional nibbles, such as roasted chestnuts, spicy cookies, and mulled wine. The markets celebrate the entire advent period, beginning four weeks before Christmas. If you’re looking to fit in more Austrian holiday festivities, Salzburg also boasts a beautiful Christmas market.
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