European Christmas Markets Guide

European Christmas Markets Guide (Post 2 of 2)

Vienna in Austria, Berlin in Germany,  Paris in France,Krakow in Poland, Rome in Italy, Copenhagen in Denmark, Tallin in Estonia,  Prague in the Czech Republic

(Part 1) other European Christmas markets


These pages describe thje individual  characteristic and theme of the markets featured and only you know which one might suit you. That said it is worth noting that the ambience of dome these markets is unique. This certainly applies to the xmas markets in Prague and Budapest  where shopping for gifts and presents is not expensive and where the architecture is a fitting backdop for any Christmas card. The market at Dresden also has a particularly good atmosphere .and many people who have been to the markets at Tallinn speak  highly about the quality of goods. Some  people feel that the Paris market  is overated as it is relatively expensive.

Most  larger markets open on the Saturday before the first Sunday  Advent and some of the smaller ones may not open until the first week in   December. All are open up to and including  Chtistmas Eve and dome  may open for a few days after Christmas. In general hese markets are open from around mid morning to mid evening. On Saturdays and Sundays   many will open earlier in the norning and close late in the evening.


A Selection of The Best Christmas Markets In Europe

If you are  looking for Xmas gifts that are different from the presents you might normally purchase at home buying your presents at a european christmas market may be the answer.  Each market has its own uniques themes and some particulaly in places like Prague Budapest and Krakow offer quality goods and crafts at prices that you nornally would  only dream about. The musical background to  the market in Vienna gives it a truly festive ambience and the new market in Tallinn is good forhand made winter clothes

1. Vienna Christkindlmarkt   Rathauplatz 

10 10 Wein Austria tel no: 43- 1- 211140

    the most popular   Christmas Market in the Austrian capital is ‘Christkindlmarkt’, it’s in front of   Vienna Town Hall on the square and is the best known and most visited Christmas   Market in Vienna. The market dates back an astonishing 700 years  and runs from   mid-November to late December. It opens early for those who are keen to avoid   the hectic Christmas crowds

There  are rows of wooden huts  selling   traditional  trees with lights, gingerbread men and  the terrific local product   of natural beeswax candles that give off a unique and distinct aroma. Parents   will be glad to know that the town hall provides a workshop for kids where they   can  make presents for friends and family and bake seasonal cookies.    ‘Chriskindlmarkt’ is also renowned for having choirs perform at the market from   all around the world. More information about Vienna.

2. Prague Prague, Old Town Square

The Czech Republic capital takes Christmas very seriously  and is   synonymous with it’s cultural events and traditional Folk music performances.    There is a relaxed, family friendly feel about Prague at Christmas and this   antiquated market is set in  a cobbled square  dominated by the extremely   pleasant  Baroque architecture.  The Market offers a unique attraction which   sets it apart from the rest, a petting zoo with ponies, Llamas and sheep. The   zoo is aimed at children but is an added attraction for any animal lover as   well.

One of the most popular items at the market are the locally wood carved   puppets. The stalls also sell toys, beautifully scented candles and for admirers   of bohemian crystal there are good priced deals available. If you are travelling   with your family or just looking for a chilled out and pleasurable experience at   a Christmas market then Prague comes highly recommended.

Another similiar market is held in  Wenceslas Square and  two smaller ones can be found in Havelske Trziste and Namesti Republiky More information about Prague..

3. Tallinn Christmas Market

The market has only been running since 1991 but has a very  magical   atmosphere about it. It’s a small market and ideal for those looking for a   fairly sedate shopping trip.  Out of all the markets in Europe Tallinn’s is   arguably most suited for couples who desire   a romantic experience  . the   stalls are full of Estonian arts and crafts  and for those interested   in culinary delights they sell traditionally spiced  sausages and mulled wine.

There are beautiful hand made wooden bowls and typical Christmas products such   as a variation of decorations for your tree. There are hand knitted jumpers,   socks and woolly hats for the colder times of the winter.  For those with   children their faces  are likely to beam with the arrival of Santa Claus in the   evening who sits and poses for photographs with the little ones. More information about Tallinn.

4. Berlin Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church 

Breitsheitplatz  10789,   Berlin tel no: 49-30-2185023

The Christmas markets in Germany’s capital city is both   contemporary and edgy which rather suits the city itself. The kaiser Wilhelm is   the City’s most burgeoning market and  It had a staggering 4 million visitors in   Christmas 2010. The market is based around the Gedachtmiskirche [the memorial   church]. The area is steeped in history as it was one of the many sites to be   hit during World War II  and has been restored for the public to serve as a   reminder of the war.

There are around 100 stalls  which are home to cutting edge   and fashionable produce.  Leading artists and designers in the city  use the   market to sell their selection of modern jewellery. The usual array of arts and   crafts are on sale here but are nothing special in comparison to what the other   markets offer across Europe. More information about Berlin/

5. Copenhagen Christmas Market Tivoli

Vesterbrogade 3 1630   Copenhagen  tel no: 45-33-15-10-01

The Copenhagen market in Denmark is hosted by Europe’s supposedly   oldest amusement park, Tivoli Gardens. There is fairytale like feel about the   place which makes it all the more enchanting at Christmas time. Iconic Danish   writer Hans Christian ‘Anderson’s influence can be felt at the market which adds   to its appeal amongst young children. There are hundreds of Christmas trees   to prevent you from forgetting what type of market you are frequenting.

  There   is a large amount of food stalls and perhaps their most sought after product are   their apple dumplings. A Danish mulled wine called Glogg is sold here and it’s   liquor and spices make it an acquired taste for some. For visitors with a taste   for Danish Porcelain, you will be in luck here as they offer a wide range of it   here. There are 60 beautifully painted stalls some of which sell the customary   Christmas Arts and crafts. Santa Claus does make appearances along with 95   actors who dress bizarrely as red leprechauns More information about Copenhagen.

6. Paris

The Grand Arch De La Defense  Market runs from November until   Christmas Eve on December 24th in the heart of the French capital. The market   like the city offers you  an inherent Romance and glamour. They have    fantastic  winter products  and festival produce a plenty. The stalls are   colourful and there is a huge selection of fir trees and Christmas crafts to   choose from.  the twinkling Christmas lights along the River Seine are likely to   send shivers down your spine as the anticipation of Christmas draws nearer.   there is a hugely popular ice rink and up to date disabled facilities. More information about Paris

7. Krakow, The Rynek,

Market Square,Old Town

Krakow’s Rynek Christmas market is  an ideal destination for those   who crave a  stereotypical ‘White Christmas’ experience.  the advantage that   this Polish city has is it can offer you a much  increased chance of snow fall   and that’s what persuades many to flock here rather than the markets of Paris or   Berlin. The market is often covered in snow  but there are no guarantees that   you will see snow if you do visit the Rynek.

The market is predominately filled   with wooden stalls and Christmas gifts. Rynek is dominated by the ancient   majestic cloth hall which makes for a magnificent back drop to the   market. Delectable  Polish delicacies such as Polish sausage and potato   dumplings are on sale and are a huge factor for why many decide to shop here.   Another favourite amongst visitors to Rynek is  their exquisitely crafted   jewellery such as bracelets, rings and beautiful woman’s necklaces. More information about Krakow

8. Rome, Piazza Navona, 00186 

open Monday to Saturday 9 am   to 6 pm

Rome’s infamous baroque square is transformed in to a massive   Christmas market.  There are plenty of stalls selling sweets  and religious   gifts such as nativity figures. Many stalls sell the typical  Christmas products   such as  decorations and gifts.  A large recreation of the nativity scene with   actors playing the parts of famous religious  figures takes place in the square   just a few days before Christmas day.

The earliest recorded nativity was   supposed to have taken place in Rome in 1300.  The significance of Rome’s   Christmas market cannot be overlooked as may feel particularly from the Catholic   faith that the Italian capital is the real home of Christmas. There is an   exciting merry go round for the children and Babbo Natale[Father Christmas]   makes a daily appearance so the little ones can pose and have their picture   taken with him..More information about Rome

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