extraordinary christmas markets in Europe 2021

 

6 of Europe's Best Christmas Markets Ranked!

 

It's that time of year again, and it's time to get into the festive spirit. And after the lockdowns of 2019 and 2020 it's only fair you treat yourself to the best Christmas Markets Europe has to offer!

That's why we've ranked six of our favourites for fans of the festive season to enjoy and what you can do in each! Whether it's whimsical light shows, hidden and delicious local cuisine, or undiscovered winter wonderlands, this list should have something for everyone this Christmas!

 

6 - Advent in Zagreb Christmas Market, Croatia

 

Christmas Market Zagreb

 

 

Described by visitors as a magical place taking you back to your childhood,  the festive Zagreb Christmas Market has soared to popular heights in recent years, easily becoming one of the favourite Christmas markets on the continent.

Between winning best European Christmas market 3 years in a row, and the endless spectacle of stunning photos on social media, Advent in Zagreb has boastfully been at the height of Christmas cheer for recent years.

Whether you find yourself lost between the beautiful lights, snowed in by the unsurpassed atmosphere, or overwhelmed by the locals hospitality and incredible facilities, Advent in Zagreb is sure to blow you away with its incredible Christmas feeling.

 

5 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

 

 

Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Market

 

To be perfectly honest, a list of Christmas Markets would not be complete without at least one entry from our friends over in Germany.

If Advent in Zagreb was a town that evoked feelings of wonder from your childhood, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a city that evokes romance the likes of which you don't find anywhere else.

Everything you or your partner could want can be found at this dainty little market. Whether it be Christmas pastries, mulled wine, or endless local delicacies to warm you from the inside out.

Gadgets of all kinds line the shop fronts, and hand-crafted decorations can be bought at reasonable prices to take back to loved ones.

Only 90 minutes by car or train from Stuttgart Airport, this market is a well kept secret of the Bavarian hills ready to be explored by all this Christmas.

 

4 - Edinburgh Christmas Market, Scotland

 

Edinburgh Christmas Market

 

 

One of the most scenic capitals in all of Europe, Edinburgh is home to one of our favourite Christmas Markets. Looming beneath the incredible Edinburgh Castle, this market has everything.

From mulled Irn Bru and Pigs in Blankets, to Carols, Mazes, and Bumper Cars, Edinburgh is the family oriented Christmas Market which brings the biggest variety to the table.

It's hard to overstate just how incredible Edinburgh's East Princes Street Gardens look in the dark, so make sure you pay this bustling city a visit this season.

 

3 - Vienna, Austria

 

Vienna Christmas Market

 

 

Christmas in Vienna is impossibly beautiful. A city with a rich and varied history, coupled with many fun and modern activities, makes this city one of the most romantic destinations in Europe, and it's easy to see why.

Whilst many places are overhyped and baited by online outlets in this digital age, Vienna truly lives up to its astounding image.

Traditional Christmas foods aromatically fill the air, incredible arts and crafts, handmade toys, and jewellery line all of these idyllic market stalls.

And with recent legislation aimed at pushing "taste, not tack", Vienna Christmas Market has an authenticity in its wares and buildings scarce found in any other city.

 

2 - Wroclaw Christmas Market, Poland

 

Wroclaw Christmas Market

 

 

Few places attract quite as many visitors from across Europe as Wroclaw, Poland. The fairytale atmosphere captures the imaginations of Pilgrims from all across Poland and central Europe in late November, and for that alone, it deserves a spot on our list.

Home to some of the most incredible local delicacies such as Oscypek, a smoked cheese from the Polish mountains, and old favourites such as sausages, skewers, and bigos - Wroclaw is easily the most bustling and atmospheric spot on our list.

Christmas Carols ignite the air, excited chatter lines the streets, and spiced drinks are aplenty in this often overlooked and hidden little market in Europe. Feeling a little contrarian? Give this yet-to-be-discovered Market a go this December. 

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1 - Basel, Switzerland

 

Basel Switzerland Christmas Market

 

 

Ah Switzerland. Practically the go-to place when seeking to shock your friends with it's immense natural beauty, Switzerland itself is only outdone by this authentic, quaint, and quite frankly incredible Christmas Market located in Basel.

Authenticity is rare by todays standards, and that's why Basel takes the crown with it's deep rooted tradition as Switzerlands most beautiful and iconic Christmas city.

Located in the historic and festively decorated Old Town, Basel Christmas Market is characterised by a magnificent Christmas tree that towers above the bustling crowds on the Münsterplatz, with ornaments by the well-known decorator Johann Wanner.

Traders and Artisans offer their goods for sale in the 130 small rustic chalets. Culinary delights include waffles, mulled wine, Basel Läckerli, grilled sausages, and more.

With all this and more, it's a well deserved champion of this years Christmas Markets across Europe, and a must-see destination for anyone seeking adventure and tradition this Christmas.

 

Conclusion

 

And that's our list! Which one is your favourite? Will you be recommending any of these to a friend, or perhaps venturing to one yourself? Let us know what you think on our Twitter and Instagram!

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