Christmas is coming in less than four weeks which means many Christmas markets offering mulled wine, traditional food, handmade goods, and miscellaneous Christmas program have been opened.
To enjoy the atmosphere of a Christmas market is one of the MUST TO DO BEFORE CHRISTMAS things for many Czechs. Christmas trees are lit up even in small villages, bigger towns invite to the markets where the typical aroma of hot drinks floats all over the place. Do you want to experience that as well? You have many options! Thanks to the great location of the Czech Republic right in the middle of Europe you can easily travel to other destinations from here. We picked 10 magnificent Christmas markets for you reachable in a couple of hours.
Prague Christmas markets are among the best ones in Europe, open daily at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Visitors of this „winter wonderland“ can browse the stalls, listen to Christmas carols, try hearty food, and local drinks. https://www.pragueexperience.com/events/christmas-markets.asp
Brno offers 4 Christmas markets this year: Freedom Square, Dominican Square, Moravian Square, Cabbage Market. The Winter Bar, wooden stands selling refreshments or art and craft products, and music performances are waiting for you till December 23th. http://www.brnenskevanoce.cz/en
In two hours from Brno you can get to Vienna. Until Christmas the Austria capital’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas baking and hot punch sets the mood in the run-up to Christmas. https://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/markets/christmas-markets
Salzburg is another Austria city attracting many Christmas-eager visitors. With its traditional flair and ambiance the Salzburger Christkindlmarkt is the perfect setting to get in the mood for Christmas. http://www.salzburg.info/en/art_culture/advent_new_years_eve/advent_christmas_markets/salzburg_christkindlmarkt
The baroque city of Dresden is situated in very pleasant distance especially for Prague inhabitants. In two hours you can see The Dresden Striezelmarkt, Germany’s oldest Christmas market. The blaze of lights, the scent of mulled wine and Christmas music is spreading through the city. The market opened its doors once again to 24th December 2016 at Dresden Altmarkt square. http://www.dresden.de/en/05/Christmas-in-Dresden.php
Anyone who wants to experience the incomparable charm of “WinterMagic” has to come to Berlin which is the capital city not only of the country but also the German Christmas Markets. Whether you prefer a contemplative and magical Christmas Market or a lively and urban one, this year Berlin offers you a choice of sixty Christmas Markets. http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/berlin_christmas_market.php
The Krakow’s Christmas Market attracts local stallholders selling a variety of tradional gifts and foodstuffs. The beautiful city of Krakow is usually draped in snow during the festive season, making the Christmas market an even prettier sight for visitors. http://www.christmasmarkets.com/individual-christmas-market/krakow-christmas-market/
Two Christmas markets have been set up in Poland’s capital: in the Wola district and Barbakan. http://www.xmas-markets.org/warsaw-christmas-markets/
You can just get on the train in Brno and travel to Bratislava where some of the Christmas markets happen just over a weekend and others last for weeks. http://www.welcometobratislava.eu/christmas-markets-bratislava/
On the train or by the car you can comfortably get to Budapest. The Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square is the oldest, richest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas markets in Hungary’s capital. http://budapestchristmas.com/christmas-market-on-vorosmarty-square
Happy advent! ;-)