Whether you’re ready or not, December is here and with that the holiday season. One of the things that I love are Christmas Markets.
So where can you stroll for hours and drink the best gluhwein?
Here are our top 5 Christmas Markets within Europe.
1. Dresden Christmas Market, Germany
When? 24th November – 24th December 2016
Leading the pack is this German Christmas market that has been around since 1434(!)
Named after a sweet Christmas cake, this market has it all. The highlight is without doubt the largest wooden pyramid with carved wooden figures that stands tall at 40 meters. It has a a romantic feel about it and this is how a Christmas market should be. Watch craftsmen at work or buy pottery, gingerbread, candle holders or other Christmas decorations. Check a video impression here.
2. Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market, Copenhagen
When? 19th of November – 31st of December 2016
With 60 stalls, this is a market full of lights. For children and adults, you shouldn’t miss this one if you’re visiting Copenhagen in Nov-Dec.
There are concerts, decorations, lights and sweets to feast your eyes on. Adults need to pay about 13 euro’s admission, children are free.
“Christmas Markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol in Northern Italy and the eastern French regions.”
3. Berlin Christmas Markets
When? Check here for the different opening dates and times
Not 1 but 60 markets in one city! Berlin is the capital of the German Christmas markets.
Big and smaller, you won’t be bored in and around Berlin if you visit the German capital during the winter months.
The most famous ones are; the Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market for ice-skating, smell the sweet scent of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market and spent hours at the large Spandau Christmas Market.
Gingerbread sweets at the Kaiser WM Church Christmas Market Berlin (source: Mtrip)
4. Old Town Christmas Market, Prague
When? 26th of November – 6th of January 10am-22pm 2016/2017
Find a variety of foods at this market like barbecued pork, Czech muffins, conkers, beer, mull, mead and other typical gastronomical specialties from Old Czech cuisine. If you don’t feel the Christmas spirit, then you will get it when you go here. Christmas carols are sung throughout the day by different performers.
Another market worth checking is Wenceslas Square, which is about a 5 min walking distance from old town square.
5. Bruges Christmas Market, Belgium
When? 25th of November – 1st of January 11am-10pm 2016/2017
Bruges already looks amazing because of the historic buildings, cobbled streets and medieval sights.
But when it’s Christmas, this town really blooms. The magical shopping streets are lit up with colorful lights and there’s a ice skating ring on the “Grote Markt”.
For a fairy-tail Christmas feeling you’re at the right address. Shop unique findings, eat waffles and drink delicious hot chocolate to top the day.
So which of the above Christmas Markets will you be visiting this year?
P.S: If you’re looking for the Christmas Spirit in Amsterdam, you should visit the Sunday market, Pure Market and Neighborhoods Foods Market this December. Also worth mentioning is the Christmas Market in Haarlem which is held on the 10th and 11th of December.
*Featured image source: www.europelandtravel.com