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The best Christmas markets in Europe

Enjoy unique Christmas atmosphere of European capitals from November! Europe hosts the best Christmas markets and you can visit all of them. Dresden invites you to the castle like in fairytale or you can enjoy ice rink that takes place in the heart of Budapest. The Christmas tram offers you a punch and tour around Munich, Vienna takes you to the renaissance markets, Copenhagen invites you to the advent festivities in amusement park and Berlin shows you miracle. 

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Christmas markets in Budapest: For gourmets and families

Markets in Vörösmarty Square are the most popular markets in Europe. Every year you can enjoy varied accompanying programs such as Christmas concerts and exhibition of folk art in more than 100 wooden stalls. You cannot leave until you try traditional punch, hot wine and other delicacies, such as the Langose, Trdelnik or traditional Hungarian pastry Kürtös kalács or Flódni - traditional cake with nuts, poppy seeds and plums.

But delicious food is not the only reason why people travel in winter to Budapest. You can also enjoy many musical performances and concerts. You can attend a gala concert or sing Christmas songs in local churches. Basilica of St. Peter, church of St. Anna or church of St. Michael hosts many concerts, where you can listen the sounds of organ instrument.

Kids will surely enjoy a puppet theater. The space in front of the Parliament building is a place where all the fun activities for children are held.

There is also one big surprise! A giant Advent calendar will be placed on the facade of the Gerbeaud building accompanied by lights and musical show. 

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Christmas markets in Berlin: Miracles happen

The best Christmas markets in Europe in 2015
PHOTO: German National Tourist Board - Frank Respondek

No one knows better how to enjoy a merry Christmas and spread the Christmas joy than Germans. They organize over 60 advent markets in their capital city every year. Some Christmas markets cannot wait and start little bit earlier - like Winter World at Potsdamer Platz, which opens its “doors” in November. You can try here sledging with view of the Brandenburg Gate or enjoy the outdoor ice rink, curling and don’t forget to taste Christmas delicacies - like roasted almonds and hot chocolate.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a place where you can celebrate Christmas time. You can find here over 100 stalls. Unbelievable? Wait! There is more.

Alexanderplatz is going to transform into a Christmas miracle with many small wooden huts. The pyramid decorated by 5,000 lights will be the highlight of this Christmas market. You can also spend your time by skating in the ice rink.

The most visited Christmas market in Berlin is called the Gendarmenmarkt. Over 60, 000 visitors from around the world come to this famous Christmas market every year. You can see how craftsmen create their traditional art glasses, candles and jewelers, and also wood products or pieces of origami. You can taste all the Christmas dishes and delicious meal cooked by Michelin chefs.

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Traditional Christmas markets in Dresden

The best Christmas markets in Europe in 2015
PHOTO: German National Tourist Board - Sylvio Dittrich

Dresden is hometown to the oldest Christmas markets, where people have been enjoying traditional Christmas atmosphere since 1434. You can taste traditional pastry and biscuits and experience traditional Saxon Christmas in the heart of the baroque city from November. You can also admire the production of old, but still popula,r gifts - carving products from Ore Mountains or Lausitz blueprint substances.

The main market of Dresden - Striezelmarkt can be found in the Altmarkt Square, in the center. You can buy food or any kind of presents from more than 250 stallholders there. Join Christmas events or bring your kids to the fairytale castle where they can enjoy special program.

Have you already visited Striezelmarkt? Then head to the Advent markets at the famous Frauenkirche church or at Neumarkt, which is located on the other side of the Frauenkirche.

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Bratislava and Christmas markets with delicious food 

Christmas markets in Bratislava begin by ceremonial lighting of the tree and are held at several locations. In the Main Square you will find hundreds of traditional stalls or in the Franciscan Square you can enjoy traditional Slovak delicacies and get inspiration for Christmas gifts. If you love handmade products from blacksmiths, glaziers, potters, then you will be thrilled in the Hviezdoslavovo Square and the courtyard of the Old Town Hall, where you can also buy original fragrance of perfumes! Organizers have prepared a rich Christmas program, which includes the International Festival of Christmas and Advent musical performances presented by choirs from all around the world. Adults will appreciate the excellent punch and apples in caramel. Christmas markets in Bratislava give you the opportunity to buy unique natural Christmas ornaments, small gifts from local artisans and hand crafted products. 

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Munich: Christmas tram 

You can sing Christmas carols together with Bavarian Corps every evening at Marienplatz.

Slightly different entertainment will be provided at Wintertollwood. Theresienwiese comes alive in December with live concerts, as well as with craftwork.

Munich is home of traditional Advent markets but this year you can also enjoy Christmas in non-traditional Christmas tram that takes you on a tour around the city and gives you gastro experience with hot wine, gingerbread and other Christmas delicacies.

Munich is the city of children. Christmas markets around the Town Hall offer many workshops, where children can try handcrafting. Parents can also help kids to bake Christmas biscuits. At the end everyone can go to listen the story of Bethlehem.

Do not leave Munich without tasting kletzenbrot - pastry made of nuts, fruits and honey.

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Christmas Markets in Vienna

Viennese Christmas season starts in mid-November. The most famous square is transformed into the Advent markets. You can go to the Christkindlmarkt, which opens its doors to all visitors. You will have the opportunity to taste Viennese Christmas specialties, buy gifts or decorations for Christmas trees at 150 stalls. And beware, this year, you can also show off your skating skills at two big ice rinks. Find out more details at the article Christmas markets in Vienna.

Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz will be opened in middle of November and over 70 stalls with crafts will wait for you. Choirs and musical bands will sing and play the favorite Austrian carols.

Schönbrunn Palace is an impressive place and even more during the renaissance markets. You can admire traditional crafts, buy handmade Christmas ornaments, listen to Christmas concerts and take your children to the special program or Christmas workshops.

Great Christmas atmosphere is also in Belvedere. Palace gardens provide a peaceful place to the Christmas markets that sell handmade products and Austrian specialties.

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