Where do you go to have the singular all-encompassing European Christmas experience, you ask? Look no further than the Christmas Markets! These charming winter pop-up markets are the epitome of holiday joy, filled with sweets, treats and eats for all. Wander along the well-lit stalls, where the charming vendors greet you with beaming smiles and offer you plates of warm food and much-needed mugs of hot drinks! Come, let’s explore the Christmas markets you absolutely must visit in 2019…
Let’s begin where it all began, Deutschland! Known as Christkindlmarkt or Weihnachtsmarkt, these markets have been around since the 2nd century! Find your way to the Cologne cathedral, the twin spires of the church a magnificent backdrop to the market stalls set up below. Cologne boasts the biggest Christmas market in all of Europe; sample the delicious cheesy baked potatoes, apple fritters, schnitzels and more.
Do head out to Dortmund, home to the world’s largest Christmas tree; standing at a whopping 45 meters, decked out with lights and baubles as far as the eye can see! Germany has five Christmas markets all within walking distance, a truly vibrant way to celebrate the holiday season! The famous mulled wine, Glühwein is present at every corner; help yourself to a mug or two to beat the cold, and you can even take a mug home as a souvenir!
London, United Kingdom
Aptly named ‘Winter Wonderland’, London’s Hyde Park hosts a modern take on the traditional Christmas markets. A festive theme park, complete with roaring rides, stalls upon stalls of food and drink, Winter Wonderland is the place to make merry! You’ll also find bars, live music, ice skating, and even a circus! And when you’re all done with the revelry, hop onto the giant Ferris wheel for a beautiful panoramic view of London, the perfect way to conclude the festivities!
Experience the magic of Christmas amidst the unique Austrian architecture, the sounds of carolers in the air, and the magnificent Salzburger Dom Cathedral. Since the 15th century, people have flocked to the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress to celebrate the season at the Salzburg market. Hot and spicy snacks, sinfully sweet desserts, and abundant warm drinks will keep you company while you traverse the streets, perhaps even buy a souvenir or two to take home!
Prague, Czech Republic
Eastern Europe has its own special version of the Christmas markets with Prague’s topping the list! Set up near the Old Town Hall and Church of Our Lady, the Prague Christmas market is a sight you can’t miss. The Christmas tree adorned with sparkling lights is a shining beacon of merriment, complete with a music and light ceremony! Partake in the traditional Czech delicacies, gaze at the nativity scene and cheerfully traipse along the snowy streets.
This winter, head on over to Europe to make merry at the Christmas Markets. Pickyourtrail is here to handle the logistics while you book a Christmas holiday package with your loved ones!