Head to one of these markets in the run-up to Christmas and experience all the delights the season has to offer
Many of us love a good Christmas market with rows of charming chalets selling a myriad of handcrafted items and artisanal food products. The atmosphere gets you into the Christmas spirit right away. And if you are looking for a Christmas market to visit this December, check out markets in these 10 European cities.
1. Dresden, Germany
The pinnacle of Germany’s already impressive Christmas celebrations, Dresden’s Striezelmarkt has been going since 1434 and it remains one of the most poTour Guide Systempular in the world, with over 2.5 million visitors enjoying the festivities every year. Hundreds of elaborately decorated stalls sell artisan goods, mulled wine and German specialties such as stollen (a fruit bread that was once known as stroczel, and is the source of the market’s name), pretzels and bratwurst.
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9. Tallinn, Estonia
Legend has it that the Town Hall Square was the site of the first-ever Christmas tree in 1441, and though it remains a debated subject, it has not stopped the Estonians carrying on the tradition with gusto. The market itself has stalls in little wooden houses selling typically Estonian products and cuisine (black pudding, gingerbread, sour cabbage and hot Christmas drinks). There is also a merry-go-round and a stage where folk performances take place.
Before you go, check out our Tallinn travel guide.