Top 10 Christmas Markets in Europe 2009

November 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm 4 comments

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat… So why not leave the preparations to someone else this December and use the excuse of Christmas shopping to get one last weekend away in before the end of the year?
The tradition of holding a Christmas market (or Christkindlmarkt) during advent originated in Germany and Austria in the middle ages, but has now spread all across the world. Here are’s top ten European Christmas Markets for 2009.
1. Berlin, Germany: Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche
2. Brussels, Belgium: Winter Wonderland, Place Sainte Catherine
3. Vienna, Austria: Wiener Christkindlmarkt, City Hall
4. Tallinn, Estonia: Old Town Hall Square
5. Prague, Czech Republic: Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, Vanocni trhy
6. Gothenburg, Sweden: Liseberg
7. Budapest, Hungary: Vörösmarty Square
8. London, England: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
9. Paris, France: Place Saint-Sulpice, Boulevard Saint Germain
10. Madrid, Spain: Plaza Mayor
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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anonymous  |  November 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Great article! I love Christmas Markets!!

  • 2. Cat  |  November 20, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I went to the Bremen one once – very genuine & nice as well. Can someone recommend a different one though – for us who wants to escape the traditional Xmas??

  • 3.  |  November 20, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    For an alternative to a traditional Christmas market, why not try Camden Lock Market in London? Camden is known for its quirky, bohemian atmosphere all year round, so it’d be great to see their take on Christmas. The Christmas market runs from 1st to 24th December.

  • 4. Anonymous  |  November 24, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I’d add Strasbourg to the list – outstandingly atmospheric place for Christmas Markets.


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