Christmas markets in European cities

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Christmas markets are places that have become a permanent part of the December landscape. Every year they gain more and more fans. Before the Christmas madness takes you, let us take you on a trip through the most beautiful Christmas markets.

Christmas markets - where does the tradition of organizing come from?

The tradition of Christmas markets goes back to medieval Europe. The oldest fairs were organized in Germany. The roots of this tradition can be found in Austria (13th century) and Germany (14th century). Today, stalls and stalls occupy representative parts in all the largest cities in Europe. Travelers are tempted by tasty-looking local specialties and the spicy aroma of mulled wine. In addition to the possibility of tasting traditional dishes and buying small gifts for loved ones, Christmas markets are associated with many cultural attractions, such as: concerts, joint carolling, nativity play, and the ceremonial lighting of lamps on the city Christmas tree.

Vienna, Austria - it all started here

The Christmas market in Vienna is the oldest market in Europe. The privilege of organizing it was granted in 1294 by prince Albrecht I Habsburg. Today, there are several fairs in Vienna. The largest are Christkindlmarkt in the Town Hall Square and the second, where you will meet local craftsmen, under the Schonbrunn Palace. The attractions of the fair include concerts and Christmas workshops for children. The Tree of Hearts is waiting for those in love, and a huge Christmas tree for lovers of tradition, which is brought from a different state each year.

The specialties of the local cuisine are apple strudels and self-distilled vodkas. It is also worth tasting roasted chestnuts and warming up with Weihnachtspunsch, or mulled wine.

The fair invites tourists from November 17 to December 30, 2017.

Dresden, Germany - the oldest Christmas market in Germany

The Christmas market in Dresden has been held since 1434. The start of the fair was the Striezelmarkt ("Stuff Fair"), named after the striezel braided bun made of yeast dough and now known as Christollen. The main attraction is the 14-meter high Christmas pyramid.

Here, you can also try the traditional apple strudel and the famous German sausage with a bun. A Dresden specialty is a chimney sweep made of prunes (Pflaumentoffl) - it is said to bring good luck.

Admission to the historical part of the fair, located in the courtyard of the Wettin Castle, is payable.

The attractions are waiting for tourists from November 29 to December 24, 2017.

London, UK - Christmas Pudding Race

Before Christmas, all of London is lit up with lots of lights, and there will also be special Christmas markets there. Under no circumstances should you miss the unique fair at the Southbank Center near the London Eye. There you can find original handicrafts and jewelery. Winter Wonderland, stylized as a German fair, is waiting for lovers of the classics.

The most interesting attractions are usually planned for Mikołajki.

Prague, Czech Republic - a paradise for tourists

The Prague Christmas market is located on the Old Town Square and on Wenceslas Square. In addition to numerous stands, travelers will find displays of Christmas fairy tales, puppet fairs, and a mini zoo.

The specialties of the Prague fair are traditional Czech pastries and sweets as well as mulled mead.

The Christmas market in Prague takes place from November to January.

Brussels, Belgium - something good for chocolate fans

The Brussels Christmas market covers the entire surface of the old town. There are as many as 250 stands there. "Sound and Light" shows are held every night on the Great Square. An additional attraction is the open ice rink. Another attraction is the huge Christmas tree given to the city by Riga.

There is a whole sea of ​​Belgian chocolate waiting for gourmands. You will also be able to taste specialties from all over Europe.

The Brussels Christmas market runs from November to December 31, 2017.

Bratislava, Slovakia - an offer for gourmets

The Christmas market in Bratislava is the largest event of its kind in Slovakia. It takes place in St. Francis and Hviezdoslav Square. Tourists will find over 100 stalls with handicrafts and traditional dishes. Fans of active leisure will be able to take advantage of the open ice rink.

Being at the fair, you must try roasted sausages and goose, as well as bread with lard and onion, and gypsy livers. The specialty is loksze, i.e. potato dough pancakes stuffed with cabbage. For lovers of sweets, strudels and honey gingerbreads await.

The Bratislava fair is open from November to December.

Oslo, Norway - an offer for discoverers

The Oslo Christmas market is held in the market square. In addition to the gift stalls, it is accompanied by a rich cultural offer. Local specialties are: cod soaked in brine for 12 days and mulled wine with almonds.

The fair is worth visiting on December 13, Saint Lucy's Day. On this day, the Norwegians light millions of candles that light up the December night.

The Oslo market is open from November to December 23, 2017.

Copenhagen, Denmark - fabulous holidays

The Copenhagen Christmas market takes place in the Tivoli Gardens. The attraction is the elven village, Pixie Ville. Admission to the gardens is payable.

The Christmas market in Denmark is a treat for beer lovers. It is worth trying mulled beer, specialties of the region. In addition, Danish breweries, Carlsberg and Turborg, serve the celebrating Julebryg - a special Christmas beer.

The fair runs from November to December.