With Christmas just weeks away, travel experts have revealed the best festive markets to visit around Europe. The holiday car rental team at StressFreeCarRental.com have pulled together top Christmas markets where visitors can enjoy the festivities, delicious foods and local traditions.
They’ve looked at well known markets across the continent including those in London, Salzburg and Brussels for people keen to get into the festive spirit. Among the other markets they recommend are Munich Christmas market which dates back to the 14th century and the festive fun at the markets in Prague.
John Charnock from StressFreeCarRental.com said: “As the holiday season approaches now is a great time for a few days away enjoying some of Europe’s best Christmas markets.
“Every country has different traditions and festive delicacies they enjoy which makes experiencing them in the heart of some of Europe’s most beautiful cities even more special. And of course it’s always a good time to pick out the perfect presents for your family and friends.”
Top eight Christmas markets to visit across Europe
Runs from 27 November to 24 December.
The Munich market is held around the Marienplatz (Main Square). It dates back to the 14th century and is packed with Bavarian charm including arts, craft and delicious foodie treats. Kids can enjoy fun crafts in the Himmelswerkstatt and you can listen to traditional folk music, brass and choirs.
Runs from 23 November to 23 December.
Considered to be one of the prettiest and largest Christmas markets in Switzerland, the market at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz is a must visit. You’ll be greeted with the delicious smell of mulled wine which you can enjoy while viewing the glowing lights of the city. Make sure you take a look at the stunning Christmas tree standing on Münsterplatz.
Runs from 17 November to 7 January.
Enjoy this lovely market in the cobblestone streets of the Old Market Square in one of Poland’s oldest cities. The Christmas market is known as Poznan Bethlehem and includes the Ice Festival. Feast on Polish delicacies and enjoy a warming vodka.
Runs from 18 November to 31 December.
There are two main Christmas markets in Budapest on Vorosmarty Square and by the Basilica. In Vorosmarty Square you’ll find one of the oldest Christmas markets in the heart of the city. At the Budapest Basilica Christmas Market, enjoy delicious Hungarian delicacies and beautiful crafts.
Runs from 17 November to 1 January.
Hosted in England’s capital, the extremely popular Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park has something for every age from fairground rides, shows and delicious food and drinks. Don’t forget to pop by and see Santa in his grotto.
Runs from 24 November to 31 December.
Brussels comes alive with its Christmas markets. The cobbled streets and squares are full of snow dusted chalets, pop up eateries and buzzing bars. The markets take place on and around Grand-Place, Bourse, Place Sainte-Catherine and Marché aux Poissons.
Prague, Czech Republic
Runs from 2 December to 6 January.
The Prague Christmas Markets are at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square with stalls, tasty food and local drinks to enjoy. Other attractions include nativity scenes and carol singing by local school children. In Old Town Square you’ll find the giant Christmas tree dressed in baubles and lights.
Runs from 23 November to 1 January.
The Christmas market in Salzburg dates back to the late 15th century and takes place on Cathedral Square. It’s the perfect place to shop and be tempted by festive food and drink. Other highlights include traditional music, a ‘sing-along’ choir and a festive fireworks display to welcome in 2024.
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