There’s something magical about going on a tour of the Christmas markets in Europe around the holidays. Cities and small towns in Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Poland, Croatia, Estonia, Romania and many other countries are all dressed up for the season. These winter wonderlands are the best places to find that special handmade item for your friends and eat traditional seasonal foods you’d have never thought of. I won’t tell you which the best Christmas markets are, as this is something each one has to decide. My personal favorite one till now is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. But this is, of course, subject to change.
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Some Christmas markets in Germany were cancelled and Austria is in lockdown until the 13 of December. However, many other are still open. And even if we might or not get to some Christmas markets this year, I still love looking at the ones from the years passed. While I can’t capture the smell of roasted chestnuts, grilled sausages and warm mulled wine or the sound of bells and Christmas music, I’ll do my best to get you into the Christmas mood and dreaming of a tour of the most beautiful markets around Europe.
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Before you go…
Just one small piece of advice before I leave you head your way. Make sure to wear lots of layers and sturdy shoes. Winter in Europe can be very cold and it’s always easier to take off a jacked than to get a new one. Besides the Christmas markets will be much more enjoyable if you feel warm and comfortable than freezing.
And when planning an European Christmas Markets tour, why not include the city were the first decorated Christmas tree in Europe once stood? In case you’re wondering, that’s Riga in Latvia. The spot is marked with a small tree all year round.
Pack up your suitcase, get your warmest and fluffiest clothes and go look for your favorite Christmas market in Europe! What could be better? Maybe a Christmas markets cruise, but that’s way out of our league, at least for now!
Where’s your favorite Christmas market in Europe? Let me know in the comments section below!
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