The countdown to Christmas has begun and many cities throughout Europe have already begun to dress up in order to celebrate the most important holiday of the year. So taking a week-end or mid-week break at this time provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the magic of certain cities and their Christmas markets. Reserving.com provides a wide range of hotels to keep you comfy and warm after a stroll through the enchanting markets and sightseeing.
Christmas Market Prague.
The Prague Christmas markets are the most impressive of the Czech Republic and for some people Europe. The city becomes a real winter wonderland as the Christmas lights transform an already unique city into something to behold. Tourists and locals come together to embrace the atmosphere with stalls selling everything from jewellery, ceramics, embroidered lace, toys, scented candles, ornaments, hats and gloves, puppets and dolls dressed in traditional costume. Ideal for souvenirs, decorations or presents. And you really have that heart-warming traditional Christmas feeling. Just like in the films! But its not just about the gifts, there´s the food and drink to enjoy. Traditional food – traditional drink! Spit roasted pork, tasty barbecued sausages, Hungarian cheese and garlic flatbread, washed down with Budvar, honey wine or of course mulled wine.
Perfect for children, perfect for adults – plenty of entertainment can be seen, from nativity scenes with live animals, to rousing festive classical music shows, to choirs singing Christmas carols. Something for everybody! The main markets are Wencelas Square and the Old Town Square (5 minutes apart) and there are others including one at Prague Castle.
The markets are open from 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019.
For more information you can visit the official tourist information website for Prague.
Christmas Market Vienna.
For many people Vienna is the ultimate destination for a Christmas market break. With more than 25 markets popping up across the city it actually feels like one big, magical market. Ideal for families soaking up the Christmas excitement, friends making the most of the unique ambience, or couples enjoying a truly unforgettable romantic break. The City Hall Square becomes a glistening fairytale land. Nothing is missing – it’s beautiful, it’s magical, it’s traditional, it’s spectacular – it’s for everybody! Different markets have different schedules but the main Viennese Dream Christmas Market (outside the Town Hall) runs from 17th November to 26th December. With so many spectacular, stunning historical buildings such as the Shonbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Rathaus and the Vienna State Opera to see you are guaranteed a trip that you simply will not forget.
For more information visit the official tourist information website for Vienna
Christmas Market Innsbruck.
Next up we recommend to you a combination of snow and Christmas in the beautiful Austrian town of Innsbruck. Hot tea, (Gluhwein) hot spicy wine, Hefe Kiachin (fried buns with jam or sauerkraut) will keep you warm and merry will keep you more than happy as you wander round the 6 Christmas markets, 200 stalls, a 14m tall Christmas tree adorned in sparkling, glittering crystals. The spectacular Alpine mountain backdrop provides a unique setting for this medieval town with Innsbruck’s oldest and largest market being found at the bottom of the world famous Golden Roof. Here together with all the stalls full of Tyrolean peculiarities you will be enthralled by the daily Fairytale performances in the Old Town as fairytale figures are brought to life in stunning fashion. To top it all off literally you have the Christmas market at Hungerburg (300m above Innsbruck) boasting breathtaking panoramic views of Innsbruck, the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas and a sparkling 14m Christmas tree, glittering with Swarovski crystals. Different markets have different schedules but the Old Town and Market Square run from November 15th to December 23rd and Hungerburg runs from November 24th to December 23rd.
For more information please consult the official tourist information website for Innsbruck
Munich Christmas Markets.
The capital of Bavaria conjures up images of snow-topped lodges and glowing market stalls just at the very mention of the annual festive market fayre. And your expectations will not be disappointed. Boasting 24 mind-blowing markets Munich throws itself into the party spirit.
Handmade trinkets and ornaments, jewellery, toys, puppets, Gluhwein (sometimes served in little red boots), delicious local Bavarian snacks – everything you expect is catered for and beyond. Some of the main markets are Marienplatz, Christkindlmarkt (Munich’s Main Square) open November 27th to December 24th, Residenz Christmas Village (located in the courtyard of Royal Palace) open from November 22nd to December 22nd, Winter Magic at Viktualienmarkt (for food lovers) November 24th to January 6th, Sendlinger Tor Christmas market (City Gates) more of a cool vibe with products from around the world and surrounded by trendy bars and restaurants – open from November 26th to December 22nd and Wintertollwood Festival, slightly more unique and offbeat and a more party atmosphere open til 1am every night and a whole host of events, performances, art decor and installations and international cuisine on offer. Another must-see open from November 23rd to December 31st.
For more information please consult the official tourist information website for Munich
Colmar Christmas Market.
Voted no.1 Christmas market in France in 2018 and 2nd in all of Europe and becoming extremely popular due to its proximity to Germany and the Black Forest region of Breitnau and the fact that it is located within the Alsace wine region. Storybook setting, French delicacies, mulled wine (white and red), traditional handcrafts, crystal, artistic jewellery, fashionable hats and clothes, toys and games – 6 markets, 180 stalls, something for everybody. Straight out of a fairytale and known as the capital of the Land of the Christmas Stars this twinkling town will full you full of joy in the run up to Christmas. Open November 23rd to December 30th.
For more information please consult the official tourist information website for Colmar