Which European Christmas Market Will You Choose?
A fantastic tradition on mainland Europe is that of holding festive markets in the run up to Christmas. This offers you the chance to buy some gifts in a lovely setting while enjoying some mulled wine and typical foods. It is an increasingly popular type of trip for Brits but where will you go to?
Vienna is one of the classic settings for some of the continent’s most magical Christmas markets. This is a fantastic city for exploring at any time of year but it is even better from the middle to November through to Christmas, as a number of seasonal markets are open for business. There are over 20 of these events across the city and perhaps the finest one is the classy market in front of the stunning City Hall building. The Austrian capital has been hosting festive shopping markets since the end of the 13th century and it is a tradition which doesn’t look like ending anytime soon.
The German capital is incredibly trendy these days but did you know that it hosts around 60 markets in the run up to Christmas? These are among the best and most entertaining Christmas markets in Europe, with ice rinks and fairground attractions adding to a very special spirit. If the weather gets too nippy for you then a curry bratwurst and some warm glühwein will help keep the cold at bay while you see the vast array of items on sales.
If we stay in Germany for the next option then perhaps the most picturesque of all of the Christmas markets across the continent is to be found in Nuremberg. This famous market has been going for centuries and covers close to 200 lovely wooden stalls selling fantastic stuff. The spiced gingerbread and decorations made out of prunes are the stuff of legend and you will really feel the spirit of Christmas is you do some shopping in this scenic Bavarian town.
While it is easy to think of Germany and Austria when we consider which festive markets to visit, it is also worth taking the Danish capital into account too. The famous Tivoli Gardens are turned into a Christmas wonderland filled with reindeer, rides and a staggering amount of Christmas lights. This market has a different feel from many of the others across Europe, with Inuits selling sealskin products and a fantastic miniature version of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow on display.
Another interesting option is Gothenburg, in Sweden. This is called Christmas City in Sweden and there are some wonderful attractions here. You might even get the see the Northern Lights on your trip but if you concentrate on the food then there will be plenty of fish to choose from, as well as meat and cheese products. If you have seen other Christmas markets across Europe and now crave something different then Gothenburg could be just what you are after in the run up to the big day.
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