Experience Europe’s old-world charms during the most magical time of the year. You can find amazing local specialties you can indulge in or hand-made souvenirs to buy home Travel Expert Trafalgar offers you the chance to sample your way through Europe’s finest festive Christmas markets.
Austria, Vienna’s Christkindlmarkt Rathausplatz
Vienna is at its most dazzling during the holiday season and this market scores top points of liveliness. Located on Rathausplatz, the square in front of City Hall, this is the oldest Christmas market in Austria. Head over to the arts and crafts stalls and find carefully crafted handicrafts from Austria and surrounding countries. Classic Viennese cuisine include roasted chestnuts and the world-famous Sachertorte. Park installations focus on Christmas stories for children and fun activities for little ones include gingerbread cookie decoration and writing their wish list for Christmas. Every evening live trumpet concerts will entertain visitors.
Czech Republic, Prague’s Old Town Square Christmas Market
The largest market in Prague, the stalls surround a giant Christmas tree, and the market in turn is located in the center of centuries old Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Children will enjoy the small petting zoo while those seeking souvenirs will delight in finding rows of wooden stalls displaying traditional tablecloths, handmade jewellery, classic Czech marionettes and Christmas potpourri. Admire the display of traditional arts and crafts, such as sword making, or taste thevánocvka (a traditional Czech pastry studded with raisins) or Czech Christmas cookies and enjoy hot chocolate drinks perfect for the cold weather. Enjoy the Christmas concerts and short plays taking place on the outdoor stage.
Germany – Nuremberg Christmas Market
Known as Germany’s most famous Christmas Market, with over 180 market stands, you can find Scottish kilts, Czesh wooden angels and French marmalade alongside local holiday treats and hand painted Christmas ornaments. The festive bazaar will be a great place to find unique gifts. A local speciality to try is the Nuremberg gingerbread, which comes in a variety of sizes and coatings like honey, chocolate, sugar and strawberry. Look out for “Nuremberg Plum People” tiny puppets made prunes, and take a ride on the bright yellow mail coaches to explore the cobbled streets of the old town surrounding the Christ kindles market.
Walking through Europe’s great holiday markets, you’ll discover the timeless traditions, breathtaking pageantry and seasonal magic of a European holiday. These Christmas market trips are great for anyone who loves season treats and festival holiday decorations and lights.
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