Christmas markets in Europe 2019-2020
With the beginning of winter, it becomes possible to plunge into the atmosphere of the kindest, most fabulous and bright holidays that can charge positive energy for a year in advance. It is best to go to Europe, to the famous Christmas markets, which in 2019 - 2020 promise to be especially generous and diverse. Here you can stock up on original gifts at very affordable prices, have fun and taste delicious dishes of national cuisine.
The capital of Austria is known for centuries-old traditions of celebrating Christmas and holding fairs. It is not surprising that, starting from the first days of December, tourists flock here, attracted by the scope and variety of events. To get into the New Year’s fairy tale, just visit the Rauthaus (Town Hall) park, located in the historical center of Vienna, next to the square of the same name.
In 1975, the city authorities decided to use the picturesque "oasis" for the largest metropolitan fair, which pleases the eye, heart and stomach. More than 150 stalls are built here annually, offering colorful souvenirs, products of local craftsmen, delicious dishes and drinks. Among the most popular delicacies are the famous Austrian mulled wine, apple strudel, Sacher cake and Esterhazy cake, which have become the hallmark of the country.
Vienna is one of the safest European cities. You need to come here with your whole family to ride the latest rides, admire the huge Christmas tree in the center of the fair, and also attend unique master classes where children will be taught the wisdom of cooking and needlework.
When: November 17 - December 24.
Where: Rathauspark W, 1010 Vienna, Austria.
The heart of the country's political life at Christmas turns into the capital of magic and beauty. Already at the end of November, Berlin streets try on a festive outfit, and in the most popular areas among tourists and locals, noisy fairs open. It is in Germany that they are distinguished by special splendor and scope. Each city tries to present its exclusive program and Berlin is no exception.
Number one, of course, is the Christmas Magic Fair in the old Mitte district. Nearby are the main administrative buildings of Germany - the Bundestag, the Bundesrat and the federal government.
In such a magnificent environment, it is especially nice to drink a glass of mulled wine or a cup of hot chocolate, complementing them with traditional German pastries. Farmers from the capital present their products at the fair, which is also impossible to pass by. And after the festive treats, you can walk for a long time from the stall to the stall, choosing handmade gifts brought from different parts of the world.
The popularity of Christmas Magic is eloquently testified by statistics: more than 600,000 tourists visit it annually. The only negative - the entrance will cost € 1. But this is a small fee for a truly unforgettable experience. In addition, on weekdays until 14:00 the fair can be visited for free.
Where: Leipziger Strasse 65, Berlin, Germany.
When: November 26 - December 31.
The French city, which received the title of "parliamentary capital of Europe", is also famous for its Christmas markets. They have been held since 1570 and are recognized as the oldest in the country.Today, over 300 chalets with holiday decorations, souvenirs and refreshments are installed in 11 urban areas. The fair on Kleber Square was recognized as the most popular, in recent years it has "captured" and surrounding streets. Shopping arcades are located among the most beautiful buildings of the city with a long history. The fair has a special atmosphere that you will not find in any other corner of the earth.
Glittering lights, exquisite shop windows of fashion stores and amidst this splendor are many colorful items that are breathtaking. And also noisy winter fun and a 30-meter Christmas tree in the very center of the historic square.
Having a successful shopping tour, you must definitely feast on fried chestnuts, they say that in France they are incredibly tasty. Appetizingly crackling hot fruits and a glass of mulled wine ... here it is - the real spirit of European Christmas.
Where: Place Kléber, Strasbourg, France.
When: November 23 - December 30.
The most beautiful city in Eastern Europe with the advent of Christmas becomes even more dazzling. Fairs here make an unforgettable impression, not only in assortment, but also in picturesqueness. Wooden stalls and Christmas trees decorated in the traditional European style look amazing against the backdrop of ancient buildings of different styles and eras.
First of all, you should go to the Old Town Square, in the heart of historic Prague. Here, among the houses with aromatic food and souvenirs, there is a Christmas nativity scene with tame animals. They can be fed, stroked and photographed as a keepsake.
Having treated the "smaller brothers", you need to eat yourself. Among the authentic delicacies, which are prepared right before the eyes of visitors: ham, grilled on a spit, deliciously delicious sausages, grilled Hungarian flatbreads "langos" with garlic sauce, pancakes "butchers", gingerbread and glazed gingerbread cookies, sweet teasel. Grog, hot chocolate, mulled wine or the local mead drink will help keep you warm in the cold.
Almost every kiosk sells handmade souvenirs: famous Czech ceramics and glass, wooden toys, dolls in national costumes and luxurious embroidered lace. And towards evening, the square is filled with music - school and folk groups perform folk carols.
Where: Staroměstské nám, Prague, Czech Republic.
When: from November 30, 2018 to January 6, 2020.
The most famous fair of the Danish capital is located in Tivoli Park, famous for its luxurious attractions and unique design. So, visiting the Christmas market, you can not only eat and stock up on gifts, but also have fun. And that's not it.
The Tivoli event is distinguished by its exquisite decor, which is developed annually by John Loring, an honorary designer of the Tiffany jewelry house. Christmas market is fully consistent with the cult site in which it is located. The journey between the stalls is accompanied by classical music and dizzying illumination. Such an atmosphere sets in a sublime way and turns every, even the smallest purchase into a real miracle. And with the onset of night, fireworks bloom over the park.
Where: Vesterbrogade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark
When: November 16, 2019 - January 5, 2020.
The main city of the Tuscany region, in central Italy has many regalia. This is one of the reference points of the modern fashion industry, the largest historical, cultural and tourist center. The architecture of Florence is rich in monuments of the Renaissance, there are collected works of Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. In such a special city, Christmas markets are a match.
The most impressive is on Santa Croce Square, opposite the 13th century basilica of the same name. This beautiful building in the late Romanesque style serves as a decoration for wooden stalls in the spirit of Tyrolean chalets, like cornucopia showers guests with Italian delicacies and souvenirs.
Here you can buy Christmas tree decorations, hend-made gifts, ceramics and clothes. First of all, it is recommended to try local dishes: cheeses, meat and wines of Tuscan producers.
Where: Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, Florence, Italy.
When: December 1 - January 6, except Christmas Day, December 25.
The historic capital of Scotland is best visited on Christmas Day. The exact destination of the travel destination is: Princes Street Gardens City Park, which hosts the largest holiday market.
The green zone, beloved by Edinburgh residents and guests of the capital, will delight you with a festive view and fun attractions. Including a spiral hill, from the descent on which is breathtaking. Once you pay for such entertainment, you can ride all day, which children and adults do with great pleasure. The ferris wheel installed at the highest point of the park will allow you to see the city sparkling with lights, and a huge ice rink will help you keep warm, where you can’t stand still for a minute.
As expected in the cold season, food and drinks are served in the heat of the heat: baked blood sausages and potatoes, as well as the national haggis dish of lamb giblets with oatmeal, lard, onions and spices. You can warm yourself with a national whiskey drink or a less "degree" mulled wine.
For sweet tooth there are chocolate fountains, barbecue made from marshmallows and marshmallows, as well as a dessert "Cranachan" from flattened oats (Scotch's favorite cereal), wild berries, honey and alcohol.
Where: Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.
When: November 16 - January 5.