Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year. It is also a perfect time to visit some of Europe’s best Christmas markets. One can not remain indifferent to the beauty and glitter of city squares during the holidays. Ginger bread, cinnamon, mulled wine, colorful lights and the lovely sound of carol singers will definitely awaken your holiday spirit.
Step into the joy of 10 best Christmas markets in Europe.
1. Vienna, Austria
Did you know that the first Christmas market ever held in Europe took place in Vienna in 1298. That year Albrecht I granted its citizens the privilege of holding a December market. That’s why we call Vienna the forerunner of all Advent markets throughout Europe. Since then, these markets have changed considerably. Today, there are around 20 official markets in Vienna, each more beautiful than the next.
2. Dresden, Germany
If you want to experience different types of Christmas markets, Dresden is the perfect place for you. There is a total of 11 completely different markets. From the very traditional to the après ski charm of alpine huts- you will find it all. You can feel how holiday sounds fill the air throughout the city.
3. Prague, Czech Republic
There’s so much to see in Prague during the holidays, especially in the Old Town Square. From the unique ornaments, scented candles, clothing accessories, or handmade soap, you must taste some of the traditional Czech foods. And if you want to get yourself warm, try hot wine (svařené víno or svařák) or warm honey liquor called medovina. At night, you can enjoy beautifully lit up squares.
4. Brussels, Belgium
Winter wonders in Brussels have been a main topic to both children and adults for many years. You can easily blend in the festive atmosphere and Christmas fever. Sparkling lights, festive parade, merry-go-rounds, the traditional Ferris wheel and many more make this capital one of the best Christmas destinations.
5. Manchester, UK
Christmas markets in the UK attract more and more visitors each year. The one in Manchester is probably one of the biggest and best Christmas markets in the country. It is the ideal destination for your festive outing. Mouth-watering foods, various drinks and beautifully crafted gifts can be seen in the very center of the city. This year the market will introduce for the first time a family site with magicians, street theater and different fun activities.
6. Lille, France
If you decide to spend the holidays in Lille, you will receive a warm welcome of hospitality. Every corner of the city sparkles and glows with joie de vivre. You will easily get into the holiday spirit. Apart from regional specialties, you can also find arts and crafts from Poland, Russia, and even some Native Americans products.
7. Bolzano, Italy
One of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Italy is definitely the one in Bolzano, in South Tyrol. The market organizes various events according to the particular theme, which is different from year to year. The celebrations are held in a picturesque setting of Piazza Walther.
8. Tallinn, Estonia
Breathe in the fairytale atmosphere of one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Welcome to Tallinn! Apart from Santa and his lovely reindeers, who make children genuinely happy– Tallinn has Estonia’s most famous Christmas tree. It is surrounded by little huts selling different holiday wares. There are also snow sculptures and a mini-zoo for the little ones.
9. Innsbruck, Austria
Welcome to the magical city of Innsbruck, which has four different Christmas markets. “From the traditional Christmas market in the Old Town to the modern Christmas market in the Maria-Theresia-Strasse, there is something for everyone here. There is also something for the very young visitors at the Innsbruck Christmas Market at the Marktplatz and if you want to enjoy a wonderful view of Innsbruck, the Christmas market on Hungerburg is the one to see“. (info via)
10. Erfurt, Germany
Christmas market in Erfurt is held each year in the Cathedral Square, in the old part of the town. One of the main highlights of the market is a 25-meter-tall Christmas tree, along with the 12-meter-high Christmas pyramid and a fairytale forest. The whole setting is truly impressive.
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