5 European Christmas Markets Worth Visiting This Winter

No matter which capital city you visit in December, there’s a great chance you’ll stumble upon a crowded Christmas Market. Hopefully a good one though – with the finest christmas trees and decorations. Walking around with a mug of hot mulled wine to warm both hands and heart, whilst listening to Christmas carols, is certainly something you want to experience over and over again. We’ve created a list of cities, with different Christmas vibes, so you can decide, which ones you would prefer to get lost in this December.

1. Bologna

I guess you didn’t expect this one? Well, let’s think outside of the box! If you’re the type of traveller who’s fascinated with foreign culture, this is a must! If you travel to Mediterranean countries often, you will soon become familiar with their strong tradition of markets. Anyway, Bologna is home to one of the oldest Christmas markets in Italy, so if you pick Italy, this one is a must for you! And of course, don’t go home without eating some pizza and pasta!

Updated December 1, 2017

Start: 22nd November
End: 7th, January 2018

2. Vienna

Vienna’s Christmas market is a must, if you’re coming from outside of Europe and want to experience a traditional fair, brimming with puppets, gingerbread, and woolen hats. It’s about the whole experience here: whilst the market has a tradition that goes back to the 13th Century, it has also grown with the times too. Today you can find ten markets with over a hundred booths.

Where: City Hall
When: 18th November – 30th December 2017


3. Stockholm

Get ready: December can be really cold in Stockholm. So if you’re planning a visit to the Christmas market, make sure to wear your warmest clothes and grab a mug of hot mulled wine (Glögg as its called in Sweden) as soon as you arrive, before getting lost in the Christmas festivity. The market takes place in front of the Nobel Museum, close to Royal Palace.

18th November – 23rd December 2017


credit: Visit Stockholm 

4. Budapest

Although we’ve already published an article about our favourite fairs in Budapest, we can’t exclude it from this list! Don’t forget to try all the Hungarian sweet pastries and sausages! And you’ve probably heard about Hungary’s special chimney cake, which is another thing you don’t want to miss out on too!

10th November – 31stst December 2017


5. Bruges, Belgium

Waffles and chocolate: that’s the first two things that come to mind when we think of Belgium. Imagine a Christmas market by the canal, with christmas lights and the finest chocolate and waffles … That must be heaven! You will find many markets in Bruges, which is without doubt, one of the most charming cities in Belgium!

24th November – 2nd January 2018

We hope you got inspired while reading about our 5 favourite Christmas markets in Europe! If you visit them, do give us a heads up, we would love to hear from you!

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