The Best European Christmas Markets To Visit in 2022
Christmas is approaching fast and it’s now time for the famous Christmas Markets which are a big thing in Europe. Here is a list of Europe’s Top 7 Christmas markets with a few recommendations, for each of them, of what to eat and where. At the end of each box, you’ll also have the opportunity to book your hotel in one of the mentioned cities paying less than the usual: ready to go?
Important: with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases last-minute changes to opening times and opening, in general, can change. Make sure you check with the local authorities before planning a trip to one of the European Christmas markets mentioned in this article.
The Most beautiful European Christmas Markets
The European Best Destinations (EBD) organization has announced the 20 Best Christmas Markets in Europe as a result of 289,714 votes from 116 countries. What are the most beautiful European Christmas markets to visit in 2021?
- Budapest (Ungheria)
- Vienna (Austria)
- Gdansk (Poland)
- Brussels (Belgium)
- Montbeliard (France)
- Basel (Switzerland)
- Metz (France)
- Cluj Napoca (Romania)
- Valkenburg (Netherlands)
- Novi Sad (Serbia)
- Trier (Germany)
- Prague (Czech Republic)
- Govone (Italy)
- Winchester (U.K.)
- Amiens (France)
- Rothenburg (Germany)
- Cologne (Germany)
- Leipzig (Germany)
- Bratislava (Slovakia)
- Bath (U.K.).
Christmas Markets in Europe to visit
With such a vast choice, here’s our selection of the best Christmas markets in Europe.
Prague Christmas markets
The main markets in Prague are at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square but there are also the smallest markets all around the city. Here you can taste traditional food and observe how it’s made by local producers. During the Christmas markets in Prague you can taste the famous Czech beers, also in the Christmas version, or drink some good mulled wine (svařené víno or svařák)
The Czech government has imposed a state of emergency in the country due to a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases, and the markets have been canceled as a result.
Where to eat in Prague: When in Prague, go to U Buldoka, a traditional pub where you can eat Czech traditional dishes and drink Czech beers on a budget. Artistic café is another good and local spot for eating and drinking and the same is Lokal where you can have the best of Czech traditional food at reasonable prices.
Budapest Christmas Markets
Considered unmissable, the Budapest Christmas Markets call for people from all over Europe and also the US. They’re located in Vörösmarty Square, in the heart of Budapest, and here you can smell the scent of traditional cookies and mulled wine.
The Vorosmarty Square market is open until December 31. The Stephen’s Basilica Christmas market began on will close on January 1, 2022.
Where to eat in Budapest: If you’re in Budapest, you need to pay a visit to 21 Magyar to taste some of the most famous traditional Hungarian dishes prepared in a modern way and to Százéves Étterem, Budapest’s oldest inn; Regős Vendéglő is a great choice if you’re looking for traditional yet inexpensive food.
Stockholm Christmas markets
The Old Town’s Christmas market is a must but there are Christmas markets all over Stockholm which, during this time of the year, it becomes even more fascinating because of the snow and the cold. Have a look at the in-depth Christmas Markets guide from VisitStockholm for more info. Also, have a look at my article for things to do in Stockholm when it’s cold.
Skansen’s Christmas Market is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 26 until December 19.
Where to eat in Stockholm: I cannot recommend more, when in Stockholm, to try the Julbord, the Christmas buffet with all the most typical dishes of the season.
Copenhagen Christmas markets
Copenhagen is well known because it’s expensive and this doesn’t change during the Christmas markets which are huge and attractive. There are different markets all around the city: have a look at the VisitCopenhagen website for more info on dates and locations.
Christmas in Tivoli is taking place from November 19 2021 to January 2, 2022. Those aged 15 and older are required to show a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate before entering the park.
Where to eat in Copenhagen: Eating on a budget is quite impossible in the city but you can at least enjoy local places such as Schonnemann, Mikkeller, and Ida Davidsen for the smørrebrød.
Wien Christmas Markets
From the middle of November until the new year, in Wien, every single square becomes the location of a Christmas Market with ice rings, good food, mulled wine, handmade products and toys, and lots of concerts and events. Read more about the Christmas Markets in Wien on the official website for all the information.
Viennese Christmas Markets are closed until the end of Austria’s current lockdown.
Where to eat in Wien: Eat at the famous Justice Ministry Canteen where the food is good and reasonably priced and do not miss a visit to Schnitzelwirt on Neubaugasse where you can eat the traditional wiener schnitzel, a boneless cut of veal, doused in egg, rolled in breadcrumbs and then fried.
What are the best Christmas Markets in Germany?
Germany is home to some of the best European Christmas Markets, and to give you a sure choice we’ve decided to discuss the one we love the most: Munich!
Munich Christmas Markets
In Munich Christmas is big and the celebrations really change the face of the city for a month. There are a few markets all around Munich and in each of them, you’ll find workshops, live music, food and beer and lots of events for young and adults.
Munich’s famous Christmas market has been canceled this year after a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Where to eat in Munich: Eating in Munich is not a problem at all because in Bavaria food is really important so if you’re in Munich for the Christmas Markets do not miss Asam Schlössl, Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl and Augustiner am Dom for very traditional, warm and heavy yet delicious Bavarian food.
What are the best Christmas Markets in Italy?
Bozen and Trento host the best Christmas Markets in Italy. Trento is less famous, compared to Bozen. That’s why the majority of the information are about Bozen.
Bozen Christmas Markets
Located in the very north of Italy, the town of Bolzano is the home to some of the best Christmas markets ever. The cold weather, the stalls with food and mulled wine, lots of local producers engaging with people, events, and more: these are the most important things you’ll find in Bolzano during Christmas time. It’s a good way to explore the surrounding areas as well and rest in one of the many SPAs you’ll find all around you.
When: From November 26th to 6 January 2022.
Where to eat in Bolzano: If you want to eat in Bolzano, I highly recommend trying the Forsterbräu from the Forst beer and having canederli (traditional main) and some beer.
Trento Christmas Markets
From November 20, 2021 to January 6, 2022
Other Christmas Markets around Europe:
Salzburg Christmas Markets only allow vaccinated people to enter in:
- Historischer Salzburger Christkindlmarkt: until 26th of December 2021
- Magical Advent in Hellbrunn: until 24th of December 2021
- Christmas market in Piazza Mirabell: until 24th of December 2021
- Christmas Market in St. Leonhard: until 24th of December 2021
- Christmas market in the courtyard of the Hohensalzburg Fortress: until 19th of December 2021
Helsinki Christmas Market is open from Nov 27 to Dec 22, 2021.
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