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The most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe


I Christmas markets make the most of all the magic of the Christmas period. Lights, sounds and traditions mix in every part of Europe and attract many visitors every year. From the great capitals of Europe to villages and smaller cities, the Christmas market can be considered the fixed appointment for all Christmas lovers, where you can savor all the magic of this holiday. Below you will discover the 10 most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe: you just have to choose where to book your next trip!



1 - Dresden Market, Germany

Founded in 1434, the Dresden Striezelmarkt it is the oldest Christmas market in Germany. With its 233 stalls, numerous rides and attractions, it offers a considerable variety! The great attraction is the Christmas tree, 14 meters high, which is positioned in the center of the market in this German city. Walking among the many stands, you can buy the Lausitz ceramics and taste the best of German gastronomy (don't forget to try the Stollen, a fruit cake sprinkled with icing sugar and packaged with a special seal depicting King Augustus II of Poland).
In this period in the city they organize tours of the Christmas markets with tastings of Stollen.


  • When: from the end of November until Christmas Eve
  • Swallow: Altmarkt square - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 554,00 per person -

2 - Weimar Market, Germany

The town, a Unesco world heritage site, is a riot of colors and magic during the Christmas period. Among the stands you can taste the local specialties, such as the tasty Thuringian sausage and have fun on the ice rink which is mounted in the theater square. Furthermore, the peculiarity of this market is that it embraces different points of the city, such as Marktplaz and Teatherplatz, and therefore during your walk you can also see the beauties of Weimar.


  • When: from the first week of December to early January
  • Swallow: Marktplatz, Schillerstraße, Herderplatz - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 51,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 500,00 per person -

3 - Markets in Zurich, Switzerland

When it comes to Zurich, there are 4 Christmas markets made.
The Wienachtsdorf Bellevue Christmas Market is located on Sechselaeutenplatz opposite the Opera House. Christkindlimarkt is instead located in the Central Station, it is the largest covered market in Europe and is characterized byChristmas tree decorated with Swarovski jewels. The oldest, however, is located in the historic center between Hirschenplatz, Niederdofstrasse and Rosenhof and is called the Dörfli Christmas Market. Finally, just a few steps from the luxury shopping street, there is the Werdmühleplatz known for the Singing Christmas Tree, a characteristic tree under which children's choirs perform with Christmas carols.


  • When: from the end of November until Christmas Eve
  • Swallow: Sechselaeutenplatz in front of the Opera House (Get directions), at the central station (Get directions), Hirschenplatz, Niederdofstrasse and Rosenhof (Get directions), Werdmühleplatz (Get directions)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 63,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 400,00 per person -

4 - Vienna Markets, Austria

Vienna also offers many Christmas markets. Among the most famous we point out the Christmas Magic of Rathausplatz, the Christmas Village of Maria-Theresien-Platz, the Christmas Village at the Belvedere Palace, the Christmas Market and New Year's Market at the Schönbrunn Palace, the Christmas Village at the Campus of the University of Vienna and many others.

Here you can stroll among the various stands and buy handicrafts, gastronomy and hot drinks. But you can also have fun on the ice rink and for the little ones there are reindeer sleighs. Fun is guaranteed for them too! At Christmas village at the University two are also available curling slopes.


  • When: from the first week of November to St. Stephen's Day
  • Swallow: Rathausplatz (Get Directions), Maria-Theresien-Platz (Get Directions), Belvedere Palace (Get Directions), Schönbrunn Palace (Get Directions), Vienna University Campus (Get Directions)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 298,00 per person -

5 - Strasbourg market, France

During the Christmas period this city of Alsace takes on all the connotations of a magical place. In Strasbourg's Christkindelsmärik you can meet the city's bakers and many local craft breweries. It is possible to follow various musical performances, such as traditional gospel concerts, and stroll through the festively lit streets until you arrive in front of the majestic Strasbugo Cathedral, for the occasion covered with spectacular lights. Finally, for the entertainment of the little ones in place Saint Thomas the village of Santa Claus is set up.


  • When: from the last week of November to the last week of December
  • Swallow: Place Broglie - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 558,00 per person -

6 - Stockholm Market, Sweden

The Christmas market in Gamla Stan (Stockholm's old town) is a must. This is Stockholm's most famous and most traditional Christmas market. It is located in the heart of the historic center in Stortorget square (near the Royal Palace). The small red stalls sell Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked sausages, reindeer and moose meat and other Christmas treats, glögg (mulled wine), and a range of high-quality Swedish crafts and decorative arts.


  • When: from the last week of November to the last week of December
  • Swallow: Stortorget - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 508,00 per person -

7 - Bruges Market, Belgium

The Christmas atmosphere that reigns in Bruges is truly unique. Along the canals and medieval architecture you can fully breathe the Christmas air with traditional symphonies and Christmas lights. While walking through the markets you can warm up with a warm and tasty gluwein and taste the Speculoos, the Santa Claus-shaped cookies. Furthermore, once you climb the civic tower, the Belfort, you can admire the breathtaking view from above: Bruges will show itself even more fascinating.

The main square of Bruges is the focal point of the market and is crammed with food, drink and craft stalls and a center piece of the ice skating rink, all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Belfry of Bruges. The narrow streets leading away from the Market Square are lined with countless Christmas shops selling everything from decorations to the famous Belgian chocolate. We spent hours exploring, eating lots of chocolate and generally getting lost all over Christmas!

  • When: from the end of November to January st
  • Swallow: Grote Markt - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 338,00 per person -

8 - Prague Market, Czech Republic

The Prague Christmas markets, very crowded especially on weekends despite the cold, reserve many surprises for tourists.
Just five minutes walk from each other, the markets of Prague's Old Town and Wenceslas Square they are among the most beautiful in a city that is already at the top of the list of places to spend Christmas. Gothic architecture, stalls and plenty of mulled wine await you. Don't forget to try the typical specialties, such as grilled pork or trdelník, a hot pastry rolled with cinnamon and sugar and cooked on a grill.

  • When: throughout the month of December
  • Swallow: Old square (Get directions) Wenceslas Square (Get directions)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 262,00 per person -

9 - Edinburgh Market, Scotland

The Edinburgh Christmas market embraces the most important streets and monuments of the Scottish capital such as the Scott Monument and St Andrew Square. Here you can enjoy the local gastronomy and Scottish wines, such as the famous whiskey, and above all have fun with the different attractions that are installed during the Christmas period, such as the great open-air ice skating rink.

  • When: from the second week of November to the first week of January
  • Swallow: Santa Land in the Princes Street Garden - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 372,00 per person -

10 - Frankfurt market, Germany

Frankfurt's markets are spread over all the streets of the old town and also along the River Main in an imposing setting that makes the ancient medieval city even more beautiful. Thus, between one stand and another it is also possible to have lunch with sandwiches, sauerkraut and fries. In addition, church bells ring in triumph at set times for a party atmosphere. Unmissable is what happens in the church of Nikolaikirche: a trumpeter appears on the balcony and sings Christmas music to the delight of those present.

In terms of the number of visitors, the Frankfurt Christmas market it is among the largest Christmas markets in all of Germany. The elaborate and creative decorations of the stands, the striking surroundings of Römerberg and St Paul's Square and the huge Christmas tree also contribute to making it one of the most beautiful in all of Europe.

  • Date: from the end of November to the end of December
  • Where it is: Römerberg - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 300,00 per person -
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