Wandering through the snowy streets, listening to the Christmas songs, and holding a cup of hot glühwein is exactly what everybody needs during this time of year! All over Europe, different markets pop up selling their Christmas stuff. But to be honest, no-one really goes there for the stuff they sell, right? It’s just the perfect atmosphere for a day or weekend out! So, choose your favorite destination and start getting into the Christmas mood!
1. Manchester, UK.
Voted as best Christmas Market on chrustmasmarkets.com, the Manchester market is definitely one not to miss! Located in the city center of Manchester, the array of over 300 stalls is mind-boggling, with mouthwatering delicacies from all over Europe.
2. Graz, Austria.
Unique in its kind is the Graz Christmas Market. With a 50 tons of crystal-clear ice sculpture in the Landhaushof, this magical Christmas manger is worth visiting to! Traditional handicraft and all sorts of delights for body and soul are present in the 14 different markets you can find in Graz. And…Sunday is kids day!
3. Antwerp, Belgium.
The Antwerp Christmas Market is located in the center at the Grote Markt, with about 90 festival stalls offering all kinds of food, drinks, and nativity scenes. Feel like the Grote Markt is not enough? Visit one of the 3 other squares: Suikerrui, Handschoenmarkt and the Groenplaats.
Find all the best places for the Antwerp Christmas Markets in the guidebook written by Reizen met de Trein here.
When? 5 December – 27 December 2015
More info? Visit www.christmasmarkets.com/Belgium/antwerp-christmas-market.html
4. Dusseldorf, Germany
With people visiting this market from all over Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, the Christmas Market of Dusseldorf is one of the the most touristic, yet better, Christmas Markets of Germany. The metropolis at the Rhine transforms into a magical festive world with over 200 lovingly decorated huts.
Find all the best places of the Dusseldorf Christmas Market in the guidebook written by Reizen met de Trein here.
When? 19 November – 23 December 2015
More info? http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/our-top-events/duesseldorf-christmas-market/
5. Dresden, Germany.
Dresden’s Christmas Market, traditionally known as the ‘Striezelmarkt’, is Germany’s oldest Christmas market dating all the way back to 1434 (!!). This beautiful market is named after the city’s most famous culinary creation – the delicious and rich Christmas Stollen. At the 581st Dresden Striezelmarkt you can experience the bustling marketplace and traditional Saxon treats of the holiday season.