We can’t think of anything more festive than spending a weekend away visiting a European Christmas market and totally immersing yourself in the Christmas spirit. Whether in the historic squares of Prague, traditional Vienna or the beautiful Tivoli gardens in Copenhagen, the universal Christmas spirit unites them all and showcases European traditions at their best. So grab your warmest winter coat and pick your favourite winter destination this December.
If you have never been to a German Christmas market, we recommend you visit the Striezelmarkt in Dresden which has been a fixture since 1434 and is believed to be the oldest Christmas market in Germany (of which there are over 2,000 nowadays). Its name stems from “Stollen” or “Streizel”, the German Christmas bread enriched with dried fruit and marzipan, without which no German Christmas would be complete. So if you like having your cake and eating it, Dresden is the place to be. You’ll also find the world’s tallest nutcracker and tallest Christmas pyramid here which are definitely worth a visit. Why not drink some German Glühwein (mulled wine) too, to keep warm?
Prague’s largest and most magical Christmas market takes place in Wenceslas Square (as in Old King Wenceslas) and the city’s distinctively medieval backdrop of church domes, towers and stunning 9th century castle provides the most festive skyline. We recommend strolling through the cobbled streets in the week leading up to the Christmas holidays as the streets will sport gigantic tubs of water filled with carp, the traditional Czech Christmas dish – best enjoyed with grog and honey liquor, traditional Czech beverages which are guaranteed to warm you up on a cold winter’s day.Continue Reading