With the cold weather and Christmas fast approaching it's definitely timely to think about the best Christmas markets to visit. With the glorious atmosphere, chilly temps, heart warming decorations and also body warming gluhwein or hot chocolate what is there not to love about a beautiful European Christmas market! Read on to see our top 5 Christmas Markets to check out over this silly season.
Tried & Tested
#1 Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg the home of Mozart, the Sound of Music (yes very different!) and all with a view of the alps is typically a no brainer for Christmas Markets. The markets are cute, traditional and the biggest one (Salzburg Christkindlmarket) can be found in front of the cathedral square. For more, check out our Salzburg Christmas market post here.
#2 Vienna, Austria
You can't mention Christmas Markets in Austria without including Vienna, the capital of Austria which is filled with culture, sights and beauty. There's plenty of Christmas markets to choose from, although be sure to check the opening & closing dates of each one so you don't miss out! I loved the one in front of Rathausplatz, considerably the largest in Vienna but it just had so much buzz it didn't matter if it wasn't cosy in the traditional sense. Check out our Vienna Christmas Market post here.
Bang For Buck
#3 Cologne, Germany
Cologne is generally high on everyone's Christmas Market go to list and we would say you get bang for your buck since there's at least 7 different markets to visit. With a beautiful old town, the Rhine, a thermal spa (to keep nice and toasty!) and enough Christmas markets to last you a whole weekend. Our favourite was Neumark Christmas market as all the stalls were all white and it looked just so pretty! Read about all the other markets in Cologne here.
#4 Trondheim, Norway
"Trondheim?" I hear you all ask! We weren't expecting much of a Christmas market vibe in Trondheim, the 3rd largest city in Norway and largely known as a university city however we were pleasantly surprised with both indoor & outdoor market options. The city is beautiful and quaint - you can never get past the Scandi styling of all Norwegian cities, and I loved all the colourful houses by the river! Read on to see what else there is to see and do in Trondheim here!
A Hygge Experience
#5 Copenhagen, Denmark
We were struggling to think of the one main reason why one would visit Copenhagen (there's too many!) but much like the vibe, 'Hygge' sums it up in one little cute word. From the coffee to the food, there's much to do and see in the capital of Denmark. Throw in the mix of Scandic Christmas markets and you've got a destination with everything. Not only do they have Christmas markets out by the quay, there's also Tivoli Gardens spruced up with a myriad of fairy lights and illuminations. Check out what else there is to do and see in Copenhagen here.
For a Christmas market closer to home (i.e. where our current home is - London!) there's always Winter Wonderland which turned 10 this year! There's an ice rink, an ice bar, rides and attractions, entertainment in the Bavarian Village and many more things to check out and easily located in Hyde Park.