Getting Festive with Europe’s Christmas Markets
Going overseas in the run up to Christmas adds that extra bit of sparkle to the festive season, and it is something more and more Irish people are doing. Christmas markets are one European attraction which is getting more popular as the years go by. European Christmas markets are a great place to visit to buy gifts with a difference. They are also a superb place to go to soak up the Christmas atmosphere, enjoy a glass of mulled wine, or savour a Christmas pastry.
If you are a fan of the markets, like we are here in the Abbey Travel office, you are in luck. We can take you to the very best Christmas Markets in Europe this festive season. Here is a snapshot of our favourite Christmas market destinations for 2016:
Berlin is the most popular German destination for Christmas markets and this year the city offers a total of 60 markets. The Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market
is one of the most famous in Germany with over 150 stalls offering art and crafts and gourmet food. The Potsdamer Platz market not only has lights, handicrafts and food stalls but there is also an ice rink and even a toboggan run for the speed junkies among you.
Brussels may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of christmas markets but the city’s Winter Wonders
event offers a ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds and ice rink in the Place de la Monnaie as well as the more traditional stalls and atmospheric lights that fill the Grand Place.
Budapest is another destination which is transformed into something magical in the run up to Christmas. From the end of November, Vörösmarty Square
– which is located at the heart of Budapest – turns into a festive market-place which is bursting at the seams full of handcrafted Hungarian goodies. With entertainment in the form of puppet shows and local bands, buzz and festivities abound, a trip to Budapest is the perfect way to start your festive season.
Christmas Markets in Europe: That’s not all!
These three Christmas market destinations are top of our list. However, with Christmas Markets also in Prague, Vienna, Krakow, and Munich, there really is something for everyone.
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