The best Xmas Markets in Europe
Summer is now just a sweet memory, the days have become much shorter and darker and the colors of trees become gradually more melancholy but in the air there is also that feeling of waiting. Waiting for the real cold…the one for which you have to prepare hot chocolate or mulled wine to warm your hands and more. What makes you think of a lit fireplace and a crackling log, the one that makes you call friends and relatives just for the pleasure of sitting around a table to chat. In short, what makes you think of Christmas!
And what’s better than visiting some Xmas markets in Europe, maybe looking for some new idea for the tree to decorate? The Christmas markets are a party for everyone, young and old: listen and admire, breathe and then taste, touch the tradition, experience the festive atmosphere that surrounds and warms the city. Nowadays there are very few Christmas lights and in many cities, the Christmas lights are on.
Among spices, mulled wine and sweets of all kinds, there will be no better way to celebrate the festivities than strolling among the banquets of Christmas markets, even better, if in a big European city! From the Christmas markets of Wien to those in Germany…if you want to start dreaming a little, or you are already looking for some gift and decoration, do not miss our selection of the most magical Xmas markets in Europe.
This is the market par excellence because it is the oldest Christmas market in Europe. You will only be fascinated by this succession of stalls that display the best of the typical gastronomy of the city. The pungent scent of Nuremberg sausages wraps around the Market Square… it will be impossible to resist tasting a dish, perhaps accompanied by a good glass of mulled wine.
The lights of the markets illuminate the wonderful Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square giving them a magical atmosphere that is further enlivened by Christmas carols. The brightly colored houses that are the true soul of the market expose a bit of everything, from food to typical crafts with an eye to the Bohemian crystals, wooden toys and puppets typical of the Czech tradition.
During the Christmas season, the Vienna Town Hall Square (Rathausplatz) is transformed into the largest Christmas market in Austria. This market attracts more than 3 million visitors each year, a fact to consider if you plan to visit it. Other smaller but equally evocative markets take place on the Marie-Theresien-Platz (where there are also performances of wind instruments from the Austrian tradition), in the district of Spittelberg (this is considered the most authentic market), in the courtyard of the Palace Schönbrunn and in front of the Karlskirche.
A must stop for those who visit the Danish capital during the Christmas period are the Christmas markets at Tivoli Gardens, the city’s amusement park. The pond that is inside is transformed into a wonderful ice-skating rink, where children and adults can juggle the notes of romantic waltzes. But the whole city speaks of Christmas in this period: even in the breweries you can taste, for this period only, limited edition beers, defined precisely “Christmas Beers” or the famous flavored hot chocolates.
The Swedish capital at this time of the year turns into a fairytale city. The market has been held since 1915 in the Stortorget square, in the houses you can find local gastronomic specialties, such as gingerbread or typical meatballs and you can warm up with a glass of glögg, a typical spicy wine.
In Berlin you can find several Christmas markets, each district hosts its market, different in size, offer and style. One of the most beloved is probably that of Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most elegant areas of the capital, where its Christmas market could not stand out for the care and the wealth of details and its atmosphere of the past. Consisting of more than 100 stands, it extends to the square in front of the beautiful Charlottenburg Castle, easily reachable within a few minutes on foot from the Westend S-Bahn station.
At Christmas, the entire city of Zurich is enveloped in warm light. The Christmas markets are pervaded by the scent of cinnamon and everywhere you can hear Christmas melodies. One of Zurich’s biggest Christmas markets is directly in front of the Opera House on the Sechseläutenplatz. From November 22, about 100 stalls create a cozy Christmas village in front of the spectacular setting of the Opera House, inviting to browse and sip vin brûlé.
The Fira de Santa Llúcia is the oldest Christmas market in the city of Barcelona. It is located in the charming Gothic Quarter and here you can find the typical Christmas turrón or the classic Roscón de Reyes. With over 300 stalls, the market is divided into various sections; the most important is the one concerning the nativity scene, with figurines and accessories of every kind, another section is dedicated to Christmas decorations: Christmas trees, branches of intertwined hawthorn and so on. The third sector is focused to popular musical instruments.