Do you like wandering through alleyways covered in Christmas decorations and meeting friends for a cup of punch? We’ve looked into the loveliest Christmas Markets in Europe just for you – so how about a spontaneous short break for this Christmas  season?

 

Stockholm Christmas Market

 

The Christmas Market in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old Town) is one of the most beautiful anywhere in Sweden. As the snow is settling on the roofs of the colourful houses and the small stands adorn the alleyways, you should set out on your voyage of discovery and try out the numerous different types of Swedish Christmas sweets. At this Christmas Market, you can also show just how brave you are and try out reindeer and elk delicacies. Or maybe you’d prefer to stick with hot drinks? The Swedes call their mulled wine glögg!

 

The Christmas Market in Gamla Stan is open from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm every day until 23 December.

 

 

Budapest Christmas Market

 

Budapest’s Vörösmarty ter Christmas Market is particularly lovely. One of the largest in the Hungarian capital, it lures guests in with its special flair. Expect to find classics such as mulled wine and pyramid cakes here; perhaps most typical of Hungary during the Christmas season, however, are the poppy seed and nut cakes known as ‘Beigli’ and Pálinka fruit brandy.

 

The Christmas Market at Vörösmarty ter is open from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm every day until 1 January. You can enjoy the market until 10.00 pm at the weekend.

 

 

Salzburg Christmas Market

 

Salzburg’s Old City district is a real highlight during the run-up to Christmas. On almost every square you’ll find small stands and wooden huts selling arts and crafts and gingerbread from the region. Come here hungry if possible – the range of Austrian titbits is vast! On Saturdays during Advent, you might even bump into the Baby Jesus and his angels at 3.30 pm in the Old City.

 

The Christmas Market in Salzburg is open from 10.00 am every day until 26 December.

 

 

 

Prague Christmas Market

 

The Christmas Markets in Prague are also well worth a visit! Villages of wooden huts grace the Old City, and the aroma of gingerbread hangs in the air. Both the Advent markets at the Castle and on Hauptplatz are particularly Christmassy. Here, you’ll find not just handmade gifts, but also a vast array of different Czech snacks including sunka, klobasy and bramboraky.

 

The Christmas Market in Prague is open from 10.00 am every day until 6 January. 

 

 

 

Copenhagen Christmas Market

 

During the Advent period, the iconic Nyhavn Harbour, at the heart of Copenhagen, is transformed into a cosy winter wonderland. Your hearts will miss a beat as you enjoy a mulled wine beside the colourful houses on the waterfront. This Christmas Market is without a doubt one of the loveliest in Copenhagen.

 

Nyhavn Christmas Market is open every day until 23 December.

 

 

 

Vienna Christmas Market

 

If you’re looking for the loveliest, most magnificent and also magical Christmas Markets, then Vienna is truly the place for you. No matter whether you the majestic Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace, the classically beautiful market on Rathausplatz or the breathtakingly lovely market in the tiny cobbled backstreets of the Spittelberg district. The Christmas Market at Museumsquartier is also worth seeing: great concerts, good mulled wine and everything with a touch of art and culture added. Whatever else you do, be sure to check this out! There are many other Christmas Markets still waiting to be discovered in Vienna, though, so we recommend you simply head off and explore them on a tour of the city.

 

 

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Title photos: SalzburgerLand Tourismus und WienTourismus/Christian Stemper