Spending the festive season in one of the European countries can be magical. It is easy to understand why everyone wants to be surrounded with wooden chalets, seasonal food, mulled wine and Christmas decorations. The cities and towns twinkle with lights that decorate the streets. If this sounds exciting, then you will find yourself lots in the magic of the best Christmas markets in Europe.
The most popular Christmas villages and the ones in Germany and Austria. However, in each European market there is a Christmas Villa. One of the German Christmas markets is in Cologne, situated in front of Cologne’s landmark cathedral. This market has what one would expect of a classic German spread – there are crafts, lights but most importantly entertainment. During the market days there are organized over 100 stage performances. There you can enjoy Christmas swing music and gospel. Nearby the Christmas market one can fine two well-known shopping areas, Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse.
Another popular German Christmas market is the Dresden Striezelmarkt. It is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. This market is well-known for its 45-foot high Christmas pyramid and the Stollen, butterfly fruitcake dusted with powdered sugar. The Nuremberg Christkindlemarkt, Germany has more than two million visitors. The official opening tradition of the celebration is a speech presented by the Christkind from the balcony of the Frauenkirche.
Considered by Germans to be the most traditional Christmas market is the one in Stuttgarter with its sparkling trees, local artists and location. This market boosts an incredible three hundred stalls and set against the backdrop of the Old Castle. If visiting Stuttgarter Christmasmarket make sure to sample the traditional food.
The Viennese Christmas Market takes place in front of the City Hall and has everything from reindeer rides to an ice rink. Traditional Christmas food and Christmas decorations make this market truly magical. One can find other smaller Christmas Markets in Vienna. Another popular Christmas market is the one in Salzburg – Christkindlmarkt.
For those who love the UK, then a must is the Manchester Christmas market. This market is spread around downtown, with its culmination being in Albert Square. Various international cuisines are available from the German bratwurst to Hungarian goulash.
If on the other hand you are visiting Italy, and Rome, make sure to visit Piazza Navona, with the wooden stalls with food and artisan products. Another popular Italian Christmas market is the one in Trento. Hereone can visit over ninety wooden huts spread between Piazza Fiera and Piazza Cesare Battisti. There one can find amongst other things sheep’s cheeses and dried orange slices.
All around Europe
Eastern European Countries have their own Christmas markets as well. Each market would offer traditional local Christmas food and lovely artisan handmade Christmas decorations. So whichever Christmas market you visit make sure to get a taste of their local traditional food. It is practically impossible to go home without one of the unique Christmas decorations. They are usually hand painted by a local artist. It is very difficult to choose a market, since all offer a magical Christmas atmosphere.
Its indeed hard to chose just one of the best Christmas markets in Europe, Isn’t it?