Christmas Markets in Europe

We were told by many people about how wonderful the Christmas markets in Germany and other places would be and they were certainly right. Whether in our home town at the time, Frankfurt, or some of the places we visited during the holiday season like Prague, Vienna, Strasbourg, Cologne, and others, we were fortunate to go to several different Christmas markets. We had made the assumption that each city would have one central market that everyone would visit, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. Each city has several different markets, usually one near the main cathedral, but then there are a half dozen or so more markets at different popular areas as well.

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Christmas Market in Frankfurt

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Market in Prague, Czech Republic

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Festive Stall in Strasbourg, France

In today’s world, unfortunately, any event that brings a large number of people together also means that it becomes a target for those who wish to harm people. That means that a common sight at most of the markets that we visited were armed police and plenty of barricades. Fortunately, that doesn’t stop most people from going out and having a good time, shopping, drinking, and eating at the various stalls in the markets. The Christmas markets are truly wonderful and it would be a shame if people didn’t bring their families out to enjoy them. For children, the markets can be a wonderland with all of the decorations, candy, music, and general merriment. They are a playground for adults as well with the gluhwein, sausages, and gift stalls for shopping.

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Stuffed Animals in Hochheim, Germany

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The Second of Four Christmas Markets in Vienna

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A Little of Everything in Cologne

You might ask us what our favorite Christmas market was, but we couldn’t choose a favorite as they were all great in their own ways. Perhaps one of the most unique might have been the one in Vienna, Austria, where they turned the sidewalks into skating rinks. Although the market at the harbor in Cologne was also pretty interesting with its nautical theme. Of course Frankfurt has a special place in our heart since it was our home for a time.

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Nautical Market in Cologne

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Skating at the Market in Vienna, Austria

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Gluhwein in Frankfurt

Obviously there were plenty of beautiful Christmas trees at each of the markets and they are beautiful both during the day when you can see the ornaments as well as at night when the lights shine brightly. One of the biggest trees that we might have seen was actually in Brasov, Romania, which we visited just shortly after Christmas and the markets had just completed. There is nothing like a beautiful Christmas tree to get you in the mood for the holidays.

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Christmas Tree in Brasov, Romania

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Christmas Tree in the Old Town Square of Prague

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Christmas Tree Frankfurt, Germany

So, the advice that we would give to anyone traveling in Europe during the holiday season is to get out and enjoy the Christmas markets wherever you can. We have even gone to a wonderful Christmas market here in Denver, Colorado, and intend to visit one in Chicago over this holiday as we visit our youngest daughter. Our very first Christmas market was in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England, but the tented stalls were nothing in comparison to the wooden stalls with their ornate decorations that we saw in Germany. If you do go, have a gluhwein for us, but be careful, sometimes they add rum to them and the alcohol can sneak up on you.

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Christmas Market in Stratford-Upon-Avon

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Christmas Ornaments in Denver, Colorado

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Christmas Market in WΓΌrzburg, Germany

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17 Responses to Christmas Markets in Europe

  1. Jill Barth says:

    That foto of the tree in Romania is gorgeous!

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  2. Trini Lind says:

    It looks so magical!!! β€οΈπŸ§šπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ„β€οΈπŸ§šπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ„. Thank you for giving me even more Christmas spirit! β„οΈπŸŽ…πŸΌβ„οΈπŸŽ…πŸΌβ„οΈπŸŽ…πŸΌβ„οΈ.

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  3. LTodd says:

    Love the photo of tree in Brasov, Romania. Looks like a postcard.

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  4. ssaam2 says:

    I will be there next year… Thanks for the visual, very well done.

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  5. Kevan V says:

    That’s a great selection of markets.

    Our market in Brno, Czech Republic has been getting better over the years and is quite worth visiting these days.

    I also quite enjoyed the Christmas market in Budapest, Hungary when I went there a couple of years ago.

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  6. I just got home a few minutes ago from visiting a Christmas market in Bratislava, and it was a lovely time. I hope to go to some of these others eventually.

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  7. Sartenada says:

    Very interesting and wonderful post. I do love it. In Finland, we have of course Christmas market:

    Christmas Markets 2 .

    Happy and safe travels.

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  8. Alyson says:

    These trees are gorgeous! Unfortunately the Christmas markets I visited in France and Monaco all had fake trees.

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  9. I would love to visit the German Christmas Markets! It’s on list someday list for sure. https://hercreativelife.wordpress.com/2017/12/16/where-angels-santas-happily-co-exist/

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  10. We couldn’t visit the famed christmas markets in 2017 but we are targeting it this dec πŸ™‚ Thanks for the lovely tips.

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