Christmas markets, an old tradition in central and northern Europe

Christmas markets, an old tradition in central and northern Europe. In those markets you can find Christmas decoration, mulled wine (hot and sweet), local crafts and all kinds of typical snacks. They don’t attract only visitors, but also those markets are meeting places for locals. If you are thinking of travelling these days take a look at what some European cities have to offer you for your Christmas shopping.

Berlin

The multicultural capital of Germany also has an specific place for Christmas celebrations. It is located mainly around the Kaiser Wilhelm Kaiser Wilhelm square. Berlin Christmas market has a more modern and cosmopolitan atmosphere than the ones from other German cities. However, it does not lack of the typical food and music for this season..

Prague

This is another city for which no excuses are needed to visit it. However, the Christmas market is an incentive. Although the Czechs are the least religious of all Europeans are serious about this market, held in the central square of the old baroque city. Apart from the Bohemian glass which is very popular, a major attraction for children is a small zoo where you can feed the animals.

Cologne

The German city has four Christmas markets. The most famous of them, Am Dom, is located in the same square that the famous Gothic cathedral. The stalls are situated around a large Christmas tree. There are plenty of street musicians and, of course, Glühwein (mulled wine). The city that gave birth to “toilet water” has many other attractions, and it is estimated that every December is visited by more than two million people.

Brussels

Its Christmas market is located at the incomparable Grand Place. The centre of this market is, for obvious reasons, their delicious chocolate. As an original feature, the presence of stalls representing different European countries will catch your eye and also your stomach!

Vienna

Although a visit to Vienna is always worth, Christmas is a very special occasion to do so. The city is profusely decorated and the Town Hall Square is the perfect location for the Christkindlmarket, the most authentic Christmas market in Europe. The market has more than seven centuries of history and it is open every year from mid November until early January. One of its unique features is that it is surrounded by a park, whose trees are decorated with themed Christmas lights.

Are you travelling around Europe this Christmas? Have a nice holiday!

 

Photo credits: 1) koeb  2) Nikkodem

 

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