The best Christmas Markets to visit in Europe
You’ve had the delight of experiencing the Winter Wonderland in London for the past couple of weeks, now it’s on to the myriad of Christmas Markets that Europe has to offer!
For those teaching in the UK, the Christmas markets of Europe are legendary throughout the world and with them now on your doorstep, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Cologne boasts some of the biggest markets that Germany has to offer, with 150 stalls spanning the entire city, with the ones outside the famous cathedral the most well-known!
The markets will host some 4 million visitors and span the whole advent season until the 23rd December!
Similar to the London Winter Wonderland, Brussels boasts a Winter Wonders event complete with fairground attractions, ice rink, Christmas Tree and a magnificent sound and light show!
Don’t miss the life-sized manger and nativity scene, sure to be a huge tourist attraction!
The first Christmas Markets in Vienna date back to the Middle Ages, 1298 to be exact! Now you can enjoy 20 official Advent Markets across the city selling an array of seasonal gifts, decorations and delicious treats!
For the perfect Christmas atmosphere, check out the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, one that is committed to a traditional Christmas!
Enjoy walking through the beautiful city of Prague, with its brightly decorated huts selling local handicrafts and traditional Christmas treats.
Enjoy some local treats including Pražská Šunka (a large ham roasted on a spit), langoš (flatbread topped with garlic, cheese and ketchup) and trdelník (hot sugar-coated pastry).
Locally known as Christkindelsmärik (Market of the Christ Child), it is considered one of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe and one of the oldest since its initial opening in 1570.
Be sure to try a mug of hot mulled wine, the aroma of which you will be able to smell throughout the market stalls!
The Striezelmarket started back in the 15th Century and the word ‘Striezel’ refers to the Stollen cake, famous at Christmas time! Each weekend a different tradition of the area is celebrated throughout the markets!
Make sure to look out for traditional trinkets made from local ore from the Erzgebirge range!
Or if you fancy something a bit more local, check out the Manchester Christmas Markets! They span the whole of the city, with an array of food to try from across the globe, German Christmas decorations and local decorations to buy!
Trains from London are frequent, and you will be in the bustling northern city in just over 2 hours!
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