18 Best Christmas Markets in Europe + Insider Tips! (2023 Guide)

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After four Christmas market trips, I’ve ranked my very favorite ones to help you choose the best Christmas markets in Europe!

Gluhwein Christmas market drinks

Christmas markets are one of the most beloved traditions in Europe, and it’s easy to see why.

The feeling of joy is palpable as friends gather with hot mugs of gluhwein, children queue up for rides on carousels, and vendors sell goods out of wooden booths draped in twinkly lights.

Dreamy, huh?

There are countless markets across the region – from traditional to family-friendly to quirky, there’s a European Christmas market for everyone!

Taking a trip to Europe for Christmas markets earns bucket list status for many people, myself included! But planning the perfect route can prove overwhelming. #beenthere

I’ve personally been on 4 different European Christmas market trips, and I have finally compiled a list of my favorites. 

Celle Germany Christmas market

I’ve broken each market down so you can easily see:

  • how big it is
  • opening dates for 2023
  • must-try Christmas market foods
  • my personal rating (out of 10)

On top of all the market info you need, we’ve also included tons of insider tips, things to do in each city (in case you tire of markets), and where to stay.

After reading this article, you’ll have everything you need to start planning your dream European Christmas market trip. And before you know it, you’ll be wandering historic town squares with scents of sugared almonds and chestnuts roasting over open fires (is the song in your head yet?!).

Our top 7 favorite Christmas markets 

If you want a quick list of my absolute favorite Christmas markets in Europe, here you go!

  1. Trier, Germany: One of my all-time favorite markets
  2. Salzburg, Austria: Perfect for your 1st Christmas market trip
  3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany: Quintessential Bavarian market in a medieval town
  4. Celle, Germany: So underrated! Probably the prettiest, least crowded market I’ve ever been to
  5. Colmar, France: Fairytale setting (if you don’t mind crowds)
  6. Basel, Switzerland: Large, award-winning market with something for everyone
  7. Innsbruck, Austria: Colorful city with a charming market in its historic center

I’d recommend you keep reading so you can see why we love those markets and all our trips for planning your own visit (including the all-important what to eat!).

Psst! Want to see what Christmas markets are really like? Check out our Instagram stories where we documented the entire experience! There are 4 parts to the Christmas markets highlight, so be sure to watch them all.

Christmas market itinerary: Are you looking for a route? After 4 trips to Europe for Christmas markets, I have put together what I think is a fabulous itinerary!

Innsbruck, Austria

European Christmas Markets resources

  • Perfect Christmas market itinerary: If this is your first Christmas market trip (or if you want a route suggestion!), check out my itinerary! I think it makes an amazing route.
  • Essential tips for European Christmas markets: Before you finalize your route and pack your bags, be sure to read our top tips for visiting European Christmas markets (it’ll help you avoid some very easy-to-make mistakes!).
  • Christmas market foods you have to try: One of the best things about the Christmas markets in Europe is the food, of course! We’ve got a guide to all the must-try foods so you don’t miss any!

Why you can trust us about Christmas markets in Europe

Celle Germany Christmas market

If you’ve been dreaming about a trip to Europe during the holiday season, I can guarantee you two things:

  1. You will absolutely love it! Doing a European Christmas market trip is truly a dream (I’ve done it 4 times now and will definitely be back for more!). This is a trip that lives up to the hype.
  1. You’re in the right place. This is a round up of the best Christmas markets in Europe from actual personal experience. 

This is not just any old list that is a copy/paste version of what’s already everywhere on the Internet. Many of those “best Christmas markets in Europe” roundups are completely stock photos and all consist only of the huge markets in the biggest cities.

Gluhwein mug
This is me back in 2009 at my very first Christmas market (Salzburg, Austria)!

While the large Christmas Markets are certainly something to behold, we personally have found we much prefer the smaller, more quaint Christmas markets. So there are lots of those in this list.

Also, these are all our own personal photos and tips from our actual on-the-ground experience.

No AI-generated “advice” in this article!

My personal experience searching for the best Christmas markets in Europe

Seefeld, Austria Christmas market

I’ve personally been to European Christmas markets on 4 very different trips:

  • while studying abroad in Italy
  • as a solo traveler
  • with my mom
  • with Ben and our daughter over her first birthday

Over all those trips, I’ve been to more Christmas markets than I can remember! But the ones that stand out in my memory are truly something special.

I’ve created a compilation of all my favorite Christmas Markets in Europe along with insider tips, foods you don’t want to miss, and other things to do in the area.

This is everything you need to start planning your dream trip to the best Christmas markets in Europe!

Just writing about it is making me start brainstorming about next year… 

Best Christmas markets in Europe

Without further adieu, let’s jump right into what we think is a solid list of some of the best European Christmas markets.

1. Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria Love Lock bridge at night

If you are planning your first European Christmas market trip, I’d highly recommend putting Salzburg on your itinerary for a few reasons:

  1. There are several great Christmas markets in Salzburg (more on our favorites below!)
  2. It’s a charming city with lots of things to do (besides the markets), so you definitely won’t get bored
  3. It is easy to get there from Munich, which is one of the most affordable cities to fly in and out of

Now, let’s dive into Salzburg’s Christmas markets. Below are our 3 personal favorites, but there are a few other smaller markets in the city as well. 

This is the biggest market in Salzburg and it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s great, as far as Christmas markets go, but don’t skip the next two on this list!

Salzburg Christkindlmarkt 

Salzburg, Austria Christmas market
  • At a glance: Located in the heart of the city, this market has roughly 100 stands making it the largest one in Salzburg. It is also known to be one of the oldest  Advent markets in the world.
  • Size: Medium
  • Our personal rating: 9/10
  • What we liked: In addition to the variety of vendors, this market has events nearly every day, with sing-a-longs and childrens’ book readings.
  • What we didn’t like: Nothing really. This is a great market overall – a good size and layout – but in my opinion, the market at Schloss Hellbrunn just has a more intimate and magical atmosphere.
  • Foods to eat: 
    • Kasekrainer: a sausage stuffed with cheese and served with mustard (sometimes also grated horseradish and served in a kaiser roll).
    • Bosna: sausage sandwich said to have originated in Salzburg, topped with onions, ketchup, mustard, and curry powder.
    • Kaiserschmarrn: bite-sized pieces of pancakes, caramelized with rum and raisins, dusted with powdered sugar, and served with fruit compote.
  • 2023 dates: November 23th – January 1st, 2024
  • Location: Dom and Residenzplatz Square

This is the biggest market in Salzburg and it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s great, as far as Christmas markets go, but don’t skip the next two on this list!

Hellbrunner Adventzauber (Advent Magic)

Salzburg, Austria Hellbrunn Palaca Christmas market
  • At a glance: Located inside the palace courtyard of Schloss Hellbrunn, this market is about 20 minutes outside of Salzburg, but it is well worth making the journey.
  • Size: Small
  • Our personal rating: 10/10
  • What we liked: There’s a petting zoo, open fires where you grill sausages, and more than 700 Christmas trees, making it perfect for everyone!
  • What we didn’t like: Nothing! This is one of my favorite Christmas markets ever!
  • Foods to eat: Get a sausage to grill over the open fires
  • 2023 dates: November 23rd – December 24th, 2023
  • Entrance fee: € 7 per person (children under 6 are free)
    • Your entry fee includes a glass of glühwein (or non alcoholic punch)
  • Location: Schloss Hellbrunn

With hundreds of Christmas trees, more than 10,000 red ball ornaments and strings of lights, and a good collection of vendors all gathered inside a palace courtyard, this is one of the most magical Christmas markets I’ve visited. 

Salzburg, Austria Hellbrunn Palace Christmas market

It is definitely my favorite market in Salzburg (I’ve been twice!), and I think you should put this idyllic spot at the top of your list!

How to get here: While it is not in the city itself, it’s very easy to get here. Simply catch the number 25 bus from the city center and ride 20 minutes until you reach the Hellbrunn stop. During the Christmas season, many others will be getting off here as well.

Advent Market at Salzburg Fortress 

Salzburg, Austria fortress Christmas market
  • At a glance: This tiny market has just a handful of vendors, but drinking gluhwein in a castle courtyard and overlooking the city below is pretty cool!  
  • Size: Small
  • Our personal rating: 7.5/10
  • What we liked: There’s nothing like sipping a mug of gluhwein while looking over the Old Town lit up in Christmas lights.
    • 2 – 5 p.m.: Children’s workshops (Christmas music, cookie-baking, arts and crafts)
    • 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.: trumpet performances
  • What we didn’t like: There aren’t a ton of food options at this small market, so you may want to plan to be at one of the other markets for your actual meals.
  • Foods to eat: Tarte flambée (flammekueche) baked in a centuries-old wood burning oven at the historic Fortress bakery.
  • 2023 dates: November 24th – December 23rd, 2023
    • Only open Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
  • Entrance fee: Free admission if you say you’re visiting the advent market. However, if you plan to take the fortress railway (instead of walking), that will be a fee.
  • Location: Fortress Hohensalzburg (Salzburg Fortress

While tiny, this market has a charming atmosphere. Decorated with more than 100 Moravian stars, it is magical. 

Salzburg, Austria fortress Christmas market

Plus, it is situated in the courtyard of the Salzburg fortress, which is definitely something you should see while you’re in this city. So why not wander the market and have a hot drink while you’re up there?!

Insider tip: There’s one vendor here that sells jams and spreads that make excellent gifts. (And they have samples!) I’ve also purchased a hand-beaded magnet here that I love.

Things to do in Salzburg, Austria

  • Take an apple strudel cooking class (I took this with my mom and we had a great time!)
  • Cheers at the Augustiner Brewery (one of our favorite things to do in the city!)
  • See Mozart’s birthplace 
  • Try the famed “Mozart balls”, which are made with pistachio marzipan, nougat, and chocolate.
    • Insider Tip: The ones in red wrappers seem to be the most common, but the originals are made with dark chocolate and have a blue and silver wrapper.
  • Wander the Mirabell Gardens 
  • Go on the Salzburg Free Walking Tour
  • Get a view over Salzburg at Hohensalzburg Fortress (and check out the Advent market while you’re here!)
  • Go on a Sound of Music tour

Where to stay in Salzburg

I stayed at this Airbnb with my mom and think it’s a great choice.

2. Trier, Germany 

Trier, Germany Christmas market

I really don’t like choosing favorites, but the markets in Trier may just be my favorite ever.

At the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, it wasn’t too small or too big… but instead, it was just right. 

This is a great choice whether it’s your first time doing a Christmas market trip or whether you’ve done the classic markets in Bavaria and are looking for something a little less well-known.

Bonus: Trier is one of the most affordable towns to stay in on this list. So if you’re traveling on a budget, this makes an excellent choice.

Trier Weihnachtsmarkt

Trier, Germany Christmas market
  • At a glance: With two distinct sections of the market (one near the Catholic church and one in the town square), this market is big enough to have a good variety of foods and goods without being too crowded.
  • Size: Medium
  • Our personal rating: 10/10
  • What we liked: This market is a great size – big enough to have variety but not nearly as huge or crowded as many other German markets.
  • What we didn’t like: Honestly, I can’t think of anything I disliked about this Christmas market.
  • Foods to eat:
    • flammkuchen
  • 2023 dates:  November 24th – December 22nd, 2023
  • Location: Hauptmarkt and Domfreihof (in front of Saint Peter’s Cathedral)

Things to do in Trier

Where to stay in Trier

This Airbnb looks like the perfect stay!

3. Colmar, France

Colmar, France Christmas market

As far as Christmas markets go, you can’t get much more picturesque than the one in Colmar. The town itself is stunning, with colorful half-timbered houses that are said to have inspired the setting of Beauty and the Beast

Whether or not those rumors are true, you will feel as if you’ve stepped straight into a fairytale as you wander the Christmas market that sprawls throughout town. 

One thing to note is that this definitely isn’t a hidden gem. This is one of the most crowded Christmas markets we’ve been to. But if you think you can handle all the people, it might just be one of your favorites! 

Colmar Christmas Markets

Colmar, France Christmas market
  • At a glance: 6 sprawling markets extend throughout the (very picturesque!) town center, and if you wander, it feels like one large market with different “themes” 
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Our personal rating: 8/10
  • Why we like it: The town is incredibly beautiful, and you will feel as though you are walking through a fairytale.
  • What we didn’t like: The crowds! It was insanely busy (at least on the day we visited). The hotels here are also very expensive and book up well in advance.
  • Foods to eat: Tarte Flambee – similar to a pizza, thin dough is topped with crème fraiche, cheese, and other toppings, like onions and thick sliced ham. 
  • 2023 dates: Nov 23rd – Dec 29th, 2023
  • Location: historic town center, you really can just wander anywhere if aim for the Schwendi Fountain or St. Martin’s Church you’ll be in the thick of the Christmas Market. 

*Technically, Colmar has 6 different markets, each with a different vibe or theme. However, they are all very close and you can easily walk from one to the next without really feeling like you’ve left. 

The Christmas markets in Colmar are incredibly beautiful and has a very different vibe than the markets you’ll find in Bavaria.

The markets weave their way throughout the entire town of Colmar, making it a really fun way to explore the city.

Insider tip: At first I felt like there weren’t many food vendors, but then I realized many of them are inside designated food and eating tents. So if you’re searching for something to eat and aren’t having much luck, head in the direction of a tent!

Know about the crowds

Colmar, France Christmas market

My biggest complaint about this market is that it is incredibly crowded. Markets draw lots of people, yes, but this was to the point where it started to have a negative impact on the overall experience. 

Since Colmar is a relatively small town, there’s not much accommodation. And the rooms that are available are very expensive and book up fast. For this reason, it seems like many people come here as a day trip, making it much more full than the city’s true capacity. 

I imagine that if you’re lucky enough to snag a room here (book early!), you’ll find it much quieter in the morning and evening.

Things to do in Colmar

  • Sample the local (white) wine. Located in the Alsace region, this area is known for its white wine, most notably riesling, gewurztraminer, pinot gris, and muscat.
  • Visit the nearby village of Ribeauvillé, which plays host to a medieval Christmas market.

Where to stay in Colmar: 

Want a bucket list place to stay?

If you’re looking for an amazing bucket list stay and don’t mind getting off the beaten path, this farmstay Airbnb is incredible. It is one of our favorite Airbnbs to date (and we’ve stayed at a lot of Airbnbs!). Just know that you should have a rental car if you plan to stay here. 

4. Munich, Germany

Chinese Pagoda Christmas market

Munich is one of the most affordable cities to fly in and out of, making this a great hub to start and end your journey.

Insider Tip: Compare round-trip flights with multi-city flights, as flying in and out of different cities might give you more options when creating your route. For example, on one Christmas market trip, I flew into Munich and out of Zurich. On another trip, I flew into Luxembourg and out of Zurich. Both times, the multi-city flights were roughly the same price as round trip tickets.

Munich has a lot of Christmas markets – too many to go into all of them here! – but we’re going to share our personal favorites, which are the ones that we think you should put on your list!

  • Munich Christkindlmarkt (most famous)
  • Medieval Christmas Market (most unique)
  • Chinese Tower Christmas Market (most romantic)
  • Tollwood Winter Festival (a Christmassy version of Oktoberfest)

Munich Christkindlmarkt 

Munich Christmas market
  • At a glance: This historic market dates back to the 14th century, making it the oldest and most traditional market in Munich. This market is known for its large Nativity scene.
  • Size: Large
  • Our personal rating: 8/10
  • What we liked: Situated in Marienplatz square, with the stunning neo-gothic architecture of Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) as a backdrop, this market is popular and crowded, but for a reason. 
  • What we didn’t like: Being that this is considered Munich’s “original Christmas market”, it is usually pretty busy.
  • Foods to eat: All the German classics – wurst, pretzels, marzipan, gluhwein – are great to try here!
  • 2023 dates: November 27th to December 24th, 2023
  • Location: Marienplatz square

Munich Medieval Christmas Market

Medieval Christmas market Munich, Germany
  • At a glance: Vendors don historical garb, and booths are meant to look as if you have stepped back in time. You will find artisan goods that represent handicrafts from the middle ages, and you can drink mulled wine out of clay mugs.
  • Size: Small
  • Our personal rating: 8.5/10
  • What we liked: This is such a unique market, and I’d definitely recommend visiting if you’re in Munich as it’s unlike the rest in the city. Also, I’d recommend getting a drink here as they are served in clay mugs, which is cool! 
  • What we didn’t like: It is a relatively small market compared to some of the others in Munich. I really liked the atmosphere, and only wish it were bigger!
  • Foods to eat: 
    • Flammekueche: tarte flambée
    • Drachenglut: dragon ember mead
    • Feuerzangenbowle: mulled wine with a rum-soaked sugar cube lit on fire
  • 2023 dates: November 27th – December 23rd, 2023
  • Location: Wittelsbacher Platz

Chinese Tower Christmas Market

Chinese Tower Christmas market Munich, Germany
  • At a glance: Nestled in the heart of Munich’s English Garden (one of the largest city parks in the world), this small, romantic market encircles the historic Chinese tower pagoda. 
  • Size: Small
  • Our personal rating: 8/10
  • What we liked: Very laid back and quaint, not very crowded
  • What we didn’t like: Nothing. For being located in the park, I think this is a wonderful market to visit in Munich.
  • Foods to eat: 
    • Käsespätzle: like the German version of mac ‘n cheese, I had a very good käsespätzle at this market!
    • Bratwurst
  • 2023 dates: November 24th to December 23rd, 2023
    • only open Thursdays through Sundays
  • Location: Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm) in Munich’s English Garden

Tollwood Winter Festival

Tollwood Christmas market Munich
Tollwood Christmas market Munich
  • At a glance: Located on the same grounds that play host to Oktoberfest, Tollwood feels more like a winter version of Oktoberfest than a Christmas market. (Yes, it is family-friendly.) There are beer garden tents, live music, and a huge variety of foods. And the market remains open much later into the night than traditional markets.
  • Size: Large
  • Our personal rating: 6.5/10
  • What we liked: Very different from any other Christmas market, and it felt like there were lots of young locals here.
  • What we didn’t like: It doesn’t really feel like a Christmas market in the traditional sense, but as long as you know what it is, you’ll enjoy the lively atmosphere.
  • Foods to eat: 
    • While you’ll find the classic Christmas market foods here, we’d recommend leaving those to the traditional markets and instead opting for international cuisine that you won’t be able to find at most others. You’ll find everything from Moroccan to Tibetan to Korean to Mexican fare.
  • 2023 dates: November 23rd – December 31st, 2023
    • Christmas-style market is open until December 23rd. After that, it is transformed into a New Year’s Eve celebration.
    • Hours: Tollwood stays open until 10:30 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. depending on the day of the week. This is the latest we’ve ever seen a market open!
  • Location: Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest fairground)

Want more? Here’s a complete list of Christmas markets in Munich, including the LGBTQ “Pink Christmas Market” and more!

Things to do in Munich

  • See the famous river surfers
  • Walk or bike around the English Garden, one of the largest city parks in the world
  • Do a day trip to Dachau concentration camp
  • Take a guided bike tour around Munich (we took this tour on our first visit to the city and loved it!)

Where to stay in Munich

The following are all reasonably-priced, well-located, and earn rave reviews:

5. Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

I just love Innsbruck and think it makes a magical place to visit in the winter. Add to that the fact there are several Christmas markets, and you’ve got a great contender to add to your itinerary.

This colorful Tyrolean city flanked by mountains oozes beauty. Plus, there are plenty of fun things to do to keep you busy even if you don’t want to spend every day sipping gluhwein in the town square. But you could totally do that too!

There are a few main markets in Innsbruck as well as small neighborhood markets where you’ll see just a cluster of booths. 

  • Innsbruck Old Town Christmas Market (our favorite)
  • Panorama Christmas Market at Hungerburg (tiny market with a view)
  • Maria Theresien Street (modern market)
  • Advent at the Market Square (family-friendly market on the river)

Innsbruck Old Town Christmas market

Innsbruck Old Town Christmas market
  • At a glance: Buzzy market located in the historic old town, amidst medieval buildings. 
  • Size: Medium
  • Our personal rating: 9/10
  • What we liked: The atmosphere is great – there’s a central square, but booths extend into some of the narrow cross streets as well.
    • Tip: Be here at 5:30 p.m. for the daily musical performance which takes place at the iconic Golden Roof building. 
  • What we didn’t like: Not much! It’s a great market overall and we like how it is set up. 
  • Foods to eat: 
    • Kiachl: This is a Tyrolean classic! Pieces of dough fried in lard have an indented center, perfect for a filling of your choice. Choose from a sweet kiachl, filled with cranberry sauce and dusted with powdered sugar; or savory kiachl, filled with sauerkraut.
      • Our advice: While it might sound strange, the sauerkraut kiachl is excellent and unlike anything we’ve ever had. We’d definitely recommend giving it a try!
  • 2023 dates: November 15th – December 23rd, 2023
  • Location: Herzog-Friedrich street, leading up to the Golden Roof

Panorama Christmas Market at Hungerburg

Innsbruck Christmas market Hungerburg
  • At a glance: This is a tiny market, but if you are planning to take the cable car to the top of Nordkette (you should!), it’s worth stopping at this little market.
  • Size: Small
  • Our personal rating: 7/10
  • What we liked: This is a great place to enjoy the view over Innsbruck with a mug of mulled wine and browse the small but good variety of artisan vendors. We bought a beautiful ceramic ornament here! 
  • What we didn’t like: There’s not much to it, but it is a charming place to stop between the funicular and the cable car. 
  • Foods to eat: There’s not much food to choose from here, so we’d recommend planning to eat in town or at the Seegrube Restaurant (Tyrolean fare) at the top of Nordkette.
    • Insider Tip: At the Seegrube Restaurant, I’d recommend a hearty Speckknödel soup (a Tyrolean bacon dumpling soup) and the goat cheese salad if you’re craving some veggies! 
    • The outdoor seating here on a nice day is unbeatable.
  • 2023 dates: November 24th, 2023 – January 6th, 2024
  • Location: the village of Hungerburg
    • How to get here: Take the Nordkettenbahnen funicular (you can catch it in the city center). Hungerburg is the last stop. You will get off here and take the cable car to the top of Nordkette, so it makes a good stop in between. 
    • Hours: Like many markets, this is open only in the afternoon (12 p.m. or 1 p.m., depending on the day). Depending on when you take the cable car up, you may want to stop here on your way back down to town.

Maria Theresien Street Market

Falafel Christmas market foods
  • At a glance: You will likely walk through this market on your way to the one in Old Town. The booths are much more modern than you’ll find in the center, and you’ll see lots of cool light “sculptures” in this pedestrian area.
  • Size: Medium
  • Our personal rating: 6/10
  • What we liked: The light “sculptures” in this area are very cool.
  • What we didn’t like: This felt too modern to be one of our favorites, but it’s a good contrast to the traditional market in Old Town, since you’ll likely walk through this area on your way.
  • Foods to eat: If you’re looking for something other than the traditional market foods, this is a good place to take a gander. If you want something heavy on the veggies, we found a great falafel stand here. However, if you want the classics, take your appetite to the market in Old Town. 
  • 2023 dates: November 25th, 2023 – January 6th, 2024
  • Location: Maria Theresien Street

Advent at the Market Square

Innsbruck Advent Market Square
  • At a glance: Located alongside the river, this is another market worth visiting in Innsbruck. 
  • Size: Medium
  • Our personal rating: 6/10
  • What we liked: There is a good food selection and things for children at this market, and the location on the river is beautiful.
  • What we didn’t like: In our opinion, we felt like most of the goods sold here looked as if they were made in China, so we wouldn’t recommend shopping here. Also, the booths themselves aren’t as charming as the market in Old Town.
  • Foods to eat: We found great kiachl and chocolate covered lebkuchen (gingerbread) here
  • 2023 dates: November 15th – December 23rd, 2023
  • Location: Marktplatz

Things to do in Innsbruck

  • Rent a toboggan and hike to a mountain hut for lunch, then sled down!
  • Take a Tyrolean food tour
  • Ride the cable car to the top of Nordkette where you can have a mug of gluhwein or hot chocolate
  • Sample local schnapps
  • Enjoy a cocktail at one of the many great cocktail bars in the city
  • Take a day trip to the nearby village of Hall

Where to stay in Innsbruck:

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck has a lot of truly wonderful places to stay. Below are our top recommendations.

  • Nala Individuellhotel: we personally stayed at this aparthotel and had a great experience and found it was one of the most reasonably-priced places in the city if similar quality
  • Boutiquehotel Weisses Rossl: We ate at the restaurant here and the hotel looks lovely and is a perfect location. It is popular, so book early.
  • Marktbar Studios: modern aparthotel with stunning river views
  • Hotel Innsbruck: perfect location in Old Town, cozy rooms, and spa amenities
  • Altstadthotel Weißes Kreuz: stunning design, great central location, and a cool onsite cocktail bar

Airbnb options:

6. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in winter

I don’t think you’ll find Garmisch-Partenkirchen on many other round-ups of the best Christmas markets in Europe, and in all honesty, the market here is just okay

While cute and worth a visit if you’re in Garmisch, it’s very small and there’s not much to it.

The reason I put Garmisch on this list is because I think it is one of the best towns in Europe to visit in the winter

It is truly magical, and I would highly recommend adding it to your Christmas market itinerary

Garmisch Christkindlmarkt

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Christmas market
  • At a glance: While this small market in the center of town isn’t a destination Christmas market per se, the town and area of Garmisch is well worth putting 
  • Size: Small
  • Our personal rating: 6.5/10
  • What we liked: For a small market, there are a lot of good food options and it has a less touristy feel than many other markets. There’s also an ice rink!
  • What we didn’t like: There weren’t many vendors selling handicrafts or souvenirs. And overall, there’s nothing all that special or unique about this market. It’s nice if you’re in the town, but you don’t need much time here.
  • Foods to eat: We got recommendations from someone who lives in Garmisch, so we had lots of good foods!
    • Lemon ginger white gluhwein
    • Johannisbeer Camembert crepe
  • 2023 dates: I can’t find the dates for 2023.
  • Location: Richard-Strauss-Platz (pedestrian zone of Garmisch)
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Christmas market ice skating

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

  • Walk through the Partnach Gorge
  • See the famous Olympic ski jump 
  • Ride a gondola to the top of Zugspitze, the highest point in Germany
  • Walk around Eibsee Lake
  • Take a day trip to the monastery in Ettal and try the liqueur made by monks
  • Visit nearby Oberammergau which is a stunning example of Bavarian architecture
  • Day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle 

Where to stay in Garmisch

We absolutely loved this cozy Airbnb and would highly recommend staying here. Regardless of where you’re staying in Garmisch, we recommend getting a rental car as it’ll make your stay much easier.

7. Celle, Germany 

Celle Germany Christmas market

Not far from the city of Hanover, Celle is a dreamy small town filled with half-timbered houses.

The Christmas market here is considered one of the most beautiful in northern Germany, and it is a sight to behold. 

Each booth is a small wooden hut, adding to the charming atmosphere of this market, and vendors are selected carefully, meaning you won’t find mass-produced goods here.

Celle Christmas Market

Celle Germany Christmas market
  • At a glance: This charming, traditional Christmas market is focused on curating a traditional experience with carefully vetted vendors, rather than drawing huge crowds. Their motto is, “small, but a bit more refined”. 
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Our personal rating: 10/10
  • What we liked: You can tell that this is a “quality over quantity” market. I don’t know of many other travelers (from outside of Germany) who have been here, so it truly feels like a gem.
  • What we didn’t like: This isn’t about the market itself, but Celle is quite a ways from Bavaria, meaning you’d have to stray from the popular markets in Bavaria if you want to include this one. 
  • Foods to eat: All the German classics! I got a lovely wurst with a side of champignons (sauteed mushrooms with garlic cream). I also enjoyed the schmalzgebäck, bite-sized German doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar.
  • 2023 dates: November 27th – December 28th, 2023
  • Location: Celle Altstadt

Things to do in Celle, Germany

  • Tour the Celle Castle
  • Shop at Alter Provisor, a historic apothecary. They sell herbal schnapps that are still made using an old recipe.
  • Stop in HUTH’s Coffee for excellent beans that are roasted in house, along with a variety of other goods.

Where to stay in Celle

8. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

This is on my list of favorite Christmas markets in Europe, and I’d highly recommend adding Rothenburg to your itinerary. 

The town itself is stunning, and especially so with twinkle lights aglow and a stunningly-decorated Christmas tree in the town square.

While Rothenburg is undoubtedly a very touristy town, I personally think it’s well worth visiting, especially if you can stay the night (when the day trippers leave). It is one of the best-preserved medieval walled towns in Germany, and there’s actually lots to do and see outside of the Christmas market.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

My advice: While some people will come to Rothenburg as a day trip from Munich or Nuremberg, I’d highly recommend spending a night (or 2!) here. There are some excellent restaurants, and the Night Watchman’s tour is wonderful.

This is one of the places you’ll want to book as far in advance as possible, as accommodation is very limited and the good, reasonably-priced places get scooped up quickly for dates in December!

Rothenburger Reiterlesmarkt (Rider’s Market)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany Christmas market
  • At a glance: Small but charming market in the main square of this medieval town is like something out of a fairytale
  • Size: Small
  • Our personal rating: 9/10
  • Why we like it: Situated in the center of the already very charming town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, this market oozes charm. We were even there at dusk when local children sang carols, adding to the atmosphere! 
  • What we didn’t like: There’s not much to dislike about this market! However, it is on the smaller side, so you won’t find the same variety of foods and vendors as the larger markets.
  • Foods to eat: 
    • Schneeballen: translating to “snowball”, these balls of fried dough are a Rothenburg specialty. The original version is simply dusted with powdered sugar, but there are other flavors to choose from like dark chocolate-dipped, marzipan-stuffed, and more.
  • 2023 dates: December 1st – December 23rd, 2023 
  • Location: Rothenburg Marktplatz

Things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Where to stay in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

We’d recommend making this one of the places you book first as there is a limited inventory of guesthouses and the good ones book up quickly.

  • Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeister: One of the most highly-rated guesthouses in town, this makes an excellent choice
  • Burghotel: While a bit of a splurge, this charming property includes a fantastic breakfast and according to reviewers is worth the price
  • Gasthof Butz: This is where I personally stayed in Rothenburg, and while it was somewhat basic, I don’t have any complaints. It is one of the more budget-friendly options in town.

9. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Being that Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, it should come as no surprise that there are several Christmas markets here (9 in total according to my research).

Truthfully, most we stumbled upon were small and kind of meh… 

That is until we found the “urban market” located right down by the shore of Lake Zurich and beside the city’s opera house. 

While the stalls are a little too “cookie cutter” to land this market on my list of personal favorites, there are some things about this market I can really appreciate. 

Personal opinion: I was underwhelmed by the Christmas markets in Zurich and I wouldn’t go out of your way to add this city to your itinerary unless you’re flying in and out from here (like we were). 

Wienachtsdorf “Urban Christmas Village”

Zurich Christmas market
  • At a glance: Located at the edge of Lake Zurich, this is a nice setting for this modern-feeling market. With roughly 120 stands, it is the largest Christmas market in Zurich. 
  • Size: Medium to big
  • Our personal rating: 7/10
  • What we liked: This market has a huge variety of foods to try, and it is cashless (which can be a perk), and has an ice skating rink.
  • What we didn’t like: Instead of mugs, drinks at this market are served in paper coffee cups. Also, the stands feel modern and lack the charm of many other markets.
  • Foods to eat: You’ll find a huge variety of food from around the world at this market (not just the Christmas market staples). But if you’re looking for some classic Swiss dishes, here’s what we’d recommend:
    • Rosti: like a cross between a hashbrown and a potato pancake
    • Raclette: cheese that is melted and often served with bread, sausages, potatoes or as part of a sandwich
    • Swiss fondue: there is a fondue chalet called Klosters Hüschi on the grounds of the market where you can sit down inside to enjoy fondue
  • 2023 dates: November 23 to December 23, 2023
  • Location: Sechseläutenplatz, just across from the Zurich Opera House 

Things to do in Zurich

Where to stay in Zurich: 

  • Hotel Motel One: I stayed here with my mom and it is one of the more affordable hotels in the city that is well-located
  • Hotel Felix: Excellent location and beautifully-appointed rooms make this a great base in Zurich
  • citizenM: This popular hotel chain boasts “affordable luxury”, and you will find modern and funky rooms for a reasonable rate. That said, it’s worth mentioning that the rooms are pocket-sized, so don’t expect a ton of space.

10. Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland Christmas market

The Christmas market in Basel is consistently named as one of the top markets in Europe, and we can see why.

It was even named the best Christmas market in Europe in 2021.

If you want to visit an award-winning market, put this one on your list!

Basel, Switzerland Christmas market

Instead of having one main square, this market kind of spreads through a big portion of the city, with what feels like a variety of mini markets, each with their own vibe. 

Just start wandering and you’ll find an area that feels right to you!

Tip: Look out for the “sea of lights”, where big bulbs are strung through a large cluster of trees, with booths scattered about!

Basel Christmas Market

Basel, Switzerland Christmas market
  • At a glance: This award-winning Christmas market sprawls through much of the Old Town and has a charming atmosphere.
  • Size: Big, but spread out throughout the city
  • Our personal rating: 9/10
  • What we liked: I felt like there were all sorts of different pockets, each with their own vibe. Nothing felt too crowded, and it was just fun overall to explore!
  • What we didn’t like: Nothing, really. I will say that it is probably the best market I’ve been to in Switzerland, but there’s just something about the markets in Germany and Austria that I prefer a bit more.
  • Foods to eat: 
    • Chäsbängel: hollowed out baguette filled with fondue cheese. Yum!
  • 2023 dates: November 23rd – December 23rd, 2023
  • Location: Münsterplatz is the section we enjoyed the most, and you’ll find more at Barfüsserplatz, near the “Christmas pyramid”

Things to do in Basel

  • Eat your way through the Markthalle
  • Get a great river view at Pfalz
  • Climb to the top of the Basel Cathedral for a great view of the market below. (CHF 6 per person)

Where to stay in Basel

  • SET Hotel by Teufelhof: This is where we personally stayed in Basel, and it was a good stay. The room was comfortable (albeit nothing too special), the location was good, and the price was reasonable.
  • Hotel Märthof: A perfect location and beautiful rooms earn this hotel consistent rave reviews
  • Volkshaus: Great location and comfy rooms, guests love the courtyard and terrace
  • Art House: If you are a fan of beautiful design, this hotel makes a great pick

11. Seefeld, Austria

Seefeld, Austria Christmas market

If tiny, off the beaten path markets are your jam, this one might just pique your interest.

In truth, we stopped here after seeing it on a list of “best small Christmas markets in Europe”.

The ski town of Seefeld is situated almost exactly in the middle of Innsbruck and Garmisch (which were both on our itinerary), so it made the perfect stop for lunch.

The town itself is cute in an upscale ski town kind of way, kind of like Aspen or Whistler. And the Christmas market, while very small, is adorable.

Seefeld Christmas Market

Christmas market foods
  • At a glance: Tiny market in the center of town near the church
  • Size: Very small
  • Our personal rating: 7/10
  • Why we like it: This tiny market is beautiful and you will feel as if you’ve discovered a hidden gem.
  • What we didn’t like: There wasn’t much to eat at this small market, nor were there many vendors selling goods.
  • Foods to eat: In truth, this market is so small there’s really not much to choose from.
    • We each got a raclette sandwich with speck and it was great, but it was also one of the only options.
  • 2023 dates: December 1st, 2023 – January 6th, 2024
    • Hours:  2 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Location: Dorfplatz

Things to do in Seefeld

  • Cross country skiing
  • Relax at a spa
  • Have a nice dinner at one of the many upscale restaurants in town

Where to stay in Seefeld

Seefeld makes a great day trip from either Innsbruck, Germany or Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. We personally visited when driving between the two, which was a great midway stop! However, if you choose to stay in Seefeld, below are our recommendations.

  • Hotel Vergeiner: Small hotel amongst large resorts, this is a good choice if you want an intimate, personalized experience
  • Hotel Seespitz: Beautiful property with an excellent breakfast included
  • Alpin Resort Sacher: If you’re looking for a memorable, splurge stay in Seefeld, this should be it!

12. Nuremberg, Germany (Nürnberg)

Nuremburg, Germany Christmas market

One of the most highly-regarded Christmas markets in all of Europe, the Nuremberg Christmas market is often named as one of the best in Germany.

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria, after Munich, and people from all over the country and world flock to this market each Christmas season.

With red and white striped boots, there is a special feeling about being in a market as large as this. 

Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremburg, Germany Christmas market
  • At a glance: Iconic market that takes place in a huge square with seemingly endless rows of booths with candy striped roofs.
  • Size: Large
  • Our personal rating: 7.5/10
  • What we liked: There’s a huge variety of stands and foods, and this is one of those iconic German Christmas markets that is fun to see.
  • What we didn’t like: Others may disagree, but I personally prefer markets that are slightly smaller and more spread out. This market is more or less confined to the town square (albeit big). There are rows upon rows of stands with not very much room to congregate or eat. The layout might feel great to some people, but it wasn’t my personal favorite.
  • Foods to eat: 
    • Drei im Weggla: This is the “must-try” food of this market (if you eat meat). It is a sandwich consisting of 3 skinny local sausages (often called Nuremberg sausages), served in a hard, round roll with mustard. 
    • Lebkuchen (gingerbread): you can find this all over Germany (and many parts of Europe), but the ones sold in Nuremberg are known to be especially good. 
  • 2023 dates: December 1st – December 24th, 2023
  • Location: Hauptmarkt 

Things to do in Nuremberg

Nuremburg, Germany
  • Wander Weißgerbergasse street for some examples of the most beautiful architecture in the city.
  • Explore Handwerkerhof (artisan yard) where you can pop into small workshops and browse handicrafts.
  • Walk the city walls.
  • Get one of the prettiest views in town at the Weinstadel building.
  • Learn about the not-so-pretty history at the Documentation Center, where the Nazi party held rallies. Then learn about h
  • Climb the Nuremberg Castle for a wonderful view over town. 

Where to stay in Nuremberg

Nuremberg has no shortage of wonderful accommodations, including many that are very reasonably-priced. 

  • Astoria Apartments: Stunning design, kitchen access, great location, rave reviews, and an affordable nightly rate? Sign me up! This would be my top pick in Nuremberg!
  • Karl August Neighborhood Hotel: This boutique hotel has comfortable rooms, a great location, an excellent breakfast, and a pool, making it yet another good pick in Nuremberg.
  • Leonardo Royal Hotel: With a cheery design and very affordable prices, it’s no wonder this large hotel earns some of the top reviews in the city.

13. Bremen, Germany

Bremen, Germany

While it doesn’t get the same attention with international tourists as markets in Nuremberg, Munich, and Cologne, the Christmas market in Bremen is truly magical. In fact, it is often named one of the most beautiful markets in northern Germany.

With a classic market in the town square as well as a medieval market along the river, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem!

Bremen Christmas Market

Bremen Christmas market
  • At a glance: Situated in the historic town square (which is a World Heritage Site), this market is lovely. If you head toward the Weser River (along the Schlachte Promenade), you’ll find a medieval section of the market that feels as if you’ve stepped back in time. 
  • Size: Medium
  • Our personal rating: 9/10
  • What we liked: It is a great size and set up with the stalls clustered in the market square as well as extending along the river.
  • What we didn’t like: Nothing really. I visited during the day, and I would have loved to see it come alive as the sun set and the twinkling lights turned on!
  • Foods to eat: There’s not necessarily a must-try regional cuisine here, but you’ll find all the German classics, like Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes) and excellent bratwursts.
  • 2023 dates: November 27th – December 23rd, 2023
  • Location: Bremer Marktplatz and Schlachte Promenade

Things to do in Bremen

Bremen, Germany Town musicians statue
  • See the iconic statue of the Bremen Town Musicians
  • Wander the narrow and charming pedestrian area known as Böttcherstrasse
  • Climb to the top of St. Peter’s Cathedral for a view over the marktplatz 

Our advice: If you visit Bremen, you’re pretty close to Celle, which also has a market that is well worth visiting!

Where to stay in Bremen

14. Bonus: Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

Okay, so Hallstatt has a Christmas market that lasts exactly one day (annually on December 8th), so it is difficult for most visitors to actually make it to this market.

Even if it doesn’t work to be in Hallstatt exactly on December 8th, I’d still recommend putting it on your Christmas market itinerary.

Here’s why:

  • Hallstatt is not far from Salzburg and Innsbruck, two great Christmas market cities, so it’s easy to add to your itinerary.
  • It is absolutely stunning in the winter, especially if you are lucky enough to get snow!
  • There are plenty of fun things to do in and around town.
Hallstatt, Austria

My advice: Spend the night. 

Yes, Hallstatt is touristy, but most of the visitors are just there for the day. If you spend a night or two, you’ll find it gets very quiet in the late afternoon and evening hours as well as in the morning. 

I’d recommend booking 2 nights here so you can arrive in the evening and have the entire next day to explore without worrying about checking out of your hotel. Hallstatt is a town you’ll want to book as far in advance as possible, since accommodation is limited and December is a popular time to visit.

Hallstatt Couple Photo
Hallstatt, Austria family photo

Where to stay in Hallstatt: 

  • Heritage Hotel: I’ve stayed here twice and had a good experience both times. The location is perfect! They have a great breakfast buffet, and you can reserve the private sauna. They have rooms in a couple of different buildings, so if possible, request a room with a balcony and a view of the lake. 
  • Seewirt Zauner: Another good option in the heart of Hallstatt.
  • B&B Haus Hemetzberger: If you want a really peaceful setting, this B&B is located just outside of town and earns rave reviews. It is also a good budget pick.

Things to do in Hallstatt

  • Book a photoshoot with this local photographer (we loved it and think it was one of the best souvenirs!)
  • Walk to this viewpoint of town for the best photo
  • Tour the salt mine
  • Take the funicular to the Skywalk which overlooks town

Christmas markets on our list

While we’ve been to dozens of Christmas markets, there are still hundreds more we’ve never visited. And you’d better believe I have a long wish list of Christmas markets I’d like to visit.

Want to see it?

Below are the markets that are at the top of my personal list based on what I’ve heard about them.

15. Gmunden, Austria

  • At a glance: Advent market inside a castle on the lake as well as a market in the historic city center
  • Size: Small
  • 2023 dates: November 24th – December 17th, 2023 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays only)
  • Location: Schloss Ort

Why it’s on our list: One of my very well-traveled friends who speaks German and has lived in Austria, claims this Christmas market is at the top of her list. So obviously it’s high on my wish list as well!

16. Heidelberg, Germany

  • At a glance: With several market locations around the city of Heidelberg, this makes an excellent Christmas market destination.
  • Size: Medium to large
  • 2023 dates: November 27th – December 22nd, 2023
  • Location: There are markets spread around the city – Bismarckplatz, Marktplatz, Universitätsplatz, Kornmarkt, Karlsplatz, and Anatomiegarten.

Why it’s on our list: After lots of Christmas market research, this seems like it would be one we would really like. Several markets, each with their own personality, a charming town with lots to do, and a famed ice rink, this seems like a great place to add to an itinerary that includes Trier and Colmar.

17. Tallinn, Estonia

  • At a glance: While quite a bit off the typical “Christmas market path”, the market in Estonia’s capital city looks utterly dreamy.
  • Size: Medium to large
  • 2023 dates: December 1st, 2023 – January 7th, 2024
  • Location: Tallinn Town Hall Square

Why it’s on our list: This is probably at the top of my list for our next Christmas market trip because the town of Tallinn looks like it was plucked straight out of a fairytale. 

18. Vienna, Austria

  • At a glance: The Vienna Christmas market makes all the top lists, for its setting amongst the classic Viennese architecture. 
  • Size: Large
  • 2023 dates: November 11th – December 26th, 2023
  • Location: There are several, but the most famous is in the square in front of City Hall

Why it’s on our list: We haven’t been to Vienna yet, but I would like to check out this market to see if it lives up to the hype. It does look stunning set amidst the iconic architecture.

Christmas market I didn’t love…

This is my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin Christmas market

Berlin has a handful of markets, and I didn’t explore them all. But the small taste I got wasn’t my favorite. 

The stands lacked the charm of the other markets, and it just didn’t feel nearly as “Christmassy” as the other markets I’ve been to.

This is totally subjective, and as I said, I haven’t visited all the Christmas markets in Berlin. If Berlin is on your route, by all means, check the markets out! But I personally wouldn’t go out of my way to add Berlin to a Christmas market trip.

Roundup of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Celle Germany Christmas market

If you want a roundup of all the top Christmas market cities in one place, here you go!

  1. Salzburg, Austria
  2. Trier, Germany 
  3. Colmar, France
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Innsbruck, Austria
  6. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  7. Celle, Germany 
  8. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
  9. Zurich, Switzerland
  10. Basel, Switzerland
  11. Seefeld, Austria
  12. Nuremberg, Germany
  13. Bremen, Germany
  14. Bonus (winter wonderland town): Hallstatt, Austria
  15. Gmunden, Austria
  16. Heidelberg, Germany
  17. Tallinn, Estonia
  18. Vienna, Austria

Perfect European Christmas market itinerary

European Christmas markets

Want some help planning your own Christmas market route?

After 4 trips to Europe for the Christmas market season, this is the route I’d personally recommend!

I chose Munich as a starting and ending point because it’s typically one of the most affordable cities to fly in and out of.

This route includes the classic Bavarian style markets as well as Tyrolean. It will give you a taste of both big and small markets (as well as many in between). I’ve also included 2 towns on this list (Hallstatt and Garmisch) that aren’t necessarily known for their markets, but I think they are simply magical in the winter and you shouldn’t miss them!

2-week European Christmas market itinerary

This is what I think would be the perfect route for your first European Christmas market trip. It is a blend of the classics as well as some lesser-visited spots for a well-rounded trip.

  • Munich (2 nights)
  • Rotenburg (2 nights)
  • Nuremberg (day trip from Rotenburg)
  • Salzburg (3 nights)
  • Hallstatt (2 nights) – arrive in the evening and have 1 full day to explore
  • Innsbruck (3 nights)
  • Garmisch (3 nights)
  • Munich (1 night)

Tip: To make it 2 weeks (14 days) exactly, you could cut 1 night from Garmisch, Innsbruck, Munich, and/or Hallstatt, depending on your preferences.

Want a more detailed itinerary? 

Zurich Christmas market

I have considered compiling ALL my notes from my combined 4 trips to European Christmas markets to create the ultimate done-for-you itinerary, complete with:

  • transportation logistics and directions
  • the best restaurants
  • Christmas market foods you can’t miss in each location 
  • cozy hotel and Airbnb recommendations
  • off-the-beaten path experiences (like hiking to a mountain hut in the Austrian countryside where you can enjoy lunch, then toboggan down!)

This itinerary would be similar to the done-for-you itineraries we already offer and would likely cost somewhere around $17. 

If this is something you’d be interested in, sign up to get on the waitlist!

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Comments (4) on “18 Best Christmas Markets in Europe + Insider Tips! (2023 Guide)

  1. Jason Dyer says:

    I lived in southern Belgium from 2000-2003. I found some great Christmas markets in the Benelux area:
    Cologne: medium-large, right below the Dom (Cathedral), my first Christmas market!
    Aachen: smaller, very beautiful town, with lots of good food choices and stalls
    Maastricht: medium, spread around town, lots of variety, especially with food and Dutch treats and trinkets
    Luxembourg City: small-medium, love Lux City! Medieval town which is very walkable
    Monschau: small, hidden gem of a town tucked into a little river valley, artist’s community year-round (check out the glass blowing factory), with lots of hand crafted items and tasty food

    And I also went to Prague on our honeymoon in 2016 (in addition to a lot of the ones you mentioned in your well-written article). It was open and hopping well past New Year’s Day. One large central market with smaller cool ones around town including an amazing little one by the Prague Castle.

    Thank you for your articles, posts, emails, etc.! I certainly enjoy reading what I can. Cheers!

  2. Denisa says:

    I was expecting to see Prague or Krakow on the list! I have visited Prague before Christmas every year. Love their spiced wine, sweets, music, atmosphere, and particularly the beauty of Prague’s old town! If you haven’t had the chance to experience it, I highly recommend it 🙂 Krakow also boasts charming Christmas markets, despite its small yet cozy atmosphere.

    • Mike says:

      Krakow definitely should be near the top – haven’t made it to Prague at Christmas yet but it’s a cool place anytime. I don’t suppose Britain is part of Europe anymore following Brexit? Bath is a bit like Colmar, absolutely packed every year.

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