Christmas season is here and cities are getting ready to spread the magic around: Christmas markets time! They are embellished with lights, ornaments, presents and traditional cuisine and, above all, that worm aroma of loving families gathered together. While many people love staying at home duirng this season, others prefer to travel or simply go out to enjoy the little marvels of Christmas! Strolling around a Christmas market or having a nice hot chocolate are some of the top choices for this time of the year. This time, from the Logitravel blog we bring you our preferred 10 best European markets. Accept this little tip and treat yourself this Christmas.
In Ban Jelačić Square and European Square in Zagreb you will find one of the most renowned Christmas markets worldwide. Make the most of your visit enjoying the local craftworks, Christmas shows and magical ambiance of these special dates. All of them starting from 1st December.
The Austrian capital is another Christmas destination where to enjoy the most amazing Christmas markets. We recommend you pay a visit the Altwiener in Freyung, which has managed to maintain its traditions and it’s located in one of the most beautiful squares in the city. Other markets worth visitng are the Christmas Village in the university campus of the old Vienna hospital, and the Spittelberg market, quite commercial nowadays but a delight to your senses.
Germany is one of the top choices if you want to visit the best Christmas markets in Europe. This is reflected in the superb way how they decorate its streets and markets. In Berlin you will find amazing Christmas markets such as the Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg, the Weihnachtsmarkt Gendarmenmarkt or the Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt.
Another essential German city to enjoy its famous Christkindlesmarkt is Nuremberg, with its hundreds of years of history. We recommend you to assist to its opening, always on Friday before the first Advent (this year falls in 30th November), held by the Nuremberg Christkind and a must see for both locals and tourists. You can also enjoy your stay with the traditional Nuremberg Bratwurst and Lebkuchen (gingerbread).
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
In Prague you will find a Christmas markets in every square or avenue, sheds and booths where to have a nice mulled wine or a homemade Czech-style sausage, where to buy traditional craftworks such as puppets or Bohemian glass. Some quintessential markets for you to visit are the one in the Old Town Square, in Wenceslas Square and the Havel’s Market. All of them starting from 1st December.
Spending Christmas in Poland is one of the most authentic ways to discover the Polish tradition. The Rynek (Main Square) in Krakow is possibly the best scenario to enjoy a Christmas market in its purest form. Make the most of this experience having a mulled wine, or eating some pierogi or a slice of oscypek cheese.
In front of St. Stephen’s Basilica from the Hungarian capital you will find yourself immerse in one of the most famous and amazing Christmas markets in Europe. Live the traditional celebrations in Hungary, contemplate their magnificent lights show and enjoy this wonderful city.
Paying a visit to Paris during Christmas will lead you to discover a different side of the city, taking a detour from the main routes. With Christmas markets such as the one in Notre-Dame, Les Halles, St Germain de Prés or the Village de Noël, along with their Christmas booths, lights and typical products, you will live an unforgettable experience.
Amsterdam’s Christmas markets are one of the city’s main attractions during this holidays. Their beauty and charm will invite all sorts of visitors to enter their stands and sheds. Among the most popular markets we’ll find the Leidseplein, Koningsplein and Rembrandtplein.
The city of Copenhagen is a delight for all senses, especially during Christmas. Stroll around the Christmas markets of Nyhavn, Tivoli or Nytorv, and discover the main points of interest of the Danish capital while enjoying some Christmas magic and tasting some of its most delicious foods.