Europe’s Best Christmas Markets

1. Bruges

The Bruges Christmas market is known to have the creme de la creme of winter products, no wonder it is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the country! Every year, the medieval city of Bruges invites hundreds of visitors to nibble on traditional snacks and sip gluhwein (Belgian mulled wine). The market is open between 25 November and 1 January.

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2. Basel

When it comes to Christmas, Switzerland’s cultural capital doesn’t mess around! I am telling you – Basel is called the Christmas city of Europe for a reason. Maybe because the city hosts the largest Christmas market in the country? Or maybe because the streets of the Old Town seem magical in the golden Christmas lights? Or it could be because of all the concerts, shops, traditional treats and drinks and hundreds of tall pine treas. All these things give Basel a magic feeling. The market is open from 26 November to 23 December.

Switzerland's Top Christmas Markets
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3. Strasbourg

Do you want to visit the oldest Christmas market in France? Then come visit Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, where the first Christmas market was held in 1570. Don’t forget to try the local speciality: bredele biscuits, which come under various shapes and flavours. The market is open from 25 November to 31 December.

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4. Berlin

The German capital is home to quite a few Christmas markets – 60 to be more precise. The classical Gendarmenmarkt success at standing out from the crowd through spectacular entertainment provided by dancers, jugglers, acrobats and other artists. The market is opened between 23 November – 31 December.

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5. Vienna

The most famous Krippenmarkt of Vienna is held in front of the City Hall. You will come for the traditional Christmas market treats but the carol concerts will make you stay – the international choir will make you wish you had better singing abilities so you can join them on tour, but don’t worry, I think it is all right if you sing along from your seat. There is something for the little ones to do as well. On the ground floor of the City Hall there are special cooking and crafts workshops for kids. They will learn how to make biscuits and candles and that is all you need for a perfect evening. The market is open from 12 November to 24 December.  

Austria's Top Christmas Markets
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