What I like the most about Christmas? Its markets for sure!🎄 Growing up in the North East of France 🇫🇷, I have always been used to see them in all big cities of the area! They always open early December and last until Christmas Eve. The most famous in France is in the city of Strasbourg! Well, I won’t be talking about this one here (maybe next year? 😎)… but let me take you on a small tour of Europe and see some Christmas markets over there! 🎄🎅🏼
#1 Budapest, Hungary
The main Christmas market of Budapest 🇭🇺 is located at Vorosmarty Square, just 2 minutes away from the Danube River.
Stroll around and get something to eat with your mulled wine 🍷!
How about some freshly fried Lángós? This is very greasy and filling… This dough is deep fried and covered with sour cream and grated cheese!
Do you feel like eating something sweet? Kürtös is a soft in the inside and crunchy outside! They also call them Chimney cake!
You’ll find other small ones with just a few chalets around the city of Budapest, for example right under St Stephen’s basilica!
Guess what? All xmas markets in Budapest 🇭🇺 are open until 1 January! 😍🎄 Christmas is extended there!!
#2 Bratislava, Slovakia
If Budapest did not trigger your Christmas spirit yet, Bratislava 🇸🇰 will do the job for sure! There are xmas markets at every corner of the city! On the main Square, by the castle, etc. and some have so many chalets to look at! Check out this link to find out more on each locations.
What should you do there?…. EAT of course! there is so much to try so here are some suggestions 😋…
Get some potato pancake (‘zemiakové placky’). Pretty basic but super good, especially with chive and sour sauce! 😋 You can also get some lokse or ‘lokše‘ which can be either served savoury or sweet! After that, you must have Trdelnik! Similar to Kürtos from Hungary but so much better in Bratislava! Get it with cinnamon, sugar and almonds mix. You will not regret it!
#3 Salzburg Austria
This is THE magical xmas market I have been to so far. Salzburg 🇦🇹 is a small cosy town near mountains, with cute narrow streets and it often snows too! So Salzburg has it all! 😍🎄❄️
There are so many markets to go too in Salzburg! Like the Christmas Farmer’s market or the Stern Advent market in the heart of the old town. You will have to adventure yourself in narrow streets to enter it. There is also the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt where you can enjoy Christmas carolling 🎶 every day from 6pm! Get a mulled wine 🍷 and enjoy! (that’s what I did)
Speaking of mulled wine, you definitely should have one here! But I also recommend getting some pretzels, they are huge and so yummy! You will love them! 😋
I also tried something called ‘Schaumrollen’ which is a rolled dough filled with marshmallow.. not so great to be honest! 🤨
#4 Vienna, Austria
Christmas in Vienna 🇦🇹! What a lovely place to enjoy more xmas markets! 😍🎄 The Austrian capital also offers several ones around the city ! and they all close on 26 December! So hurry up or plan this for next year! 😉
The Christmas village on Maria-Theresien Platz is the perfect location as it is within walking distance of all tourists spots like the Winter Palace, Parliament, and St Stephan’s dome.
I loved the Viennese christmas market on Karlsplatz ! Especially at night where you can enjoy the view on the church with a mulled wine (again! 🍷).
But I think my favourite market was at the Schönbrunn Palace! Maybe because it feels more magical over there, with the palace and the gardens around it. But I think the artisans too made it even more beautiful! Some of their products looked amazing! 😍
#5 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Luxembourg City has different markets around the capital too but my 2 favourite spots are at Place des Armes and Place de la Constitution. They are very close to each other, less than 3 minutes walk 😉. All markets close on 24 December so be aware of that!
It is a great place to visit, especially if you have kids. There are trampolines, merry-go-arounds and other games to get them busy whilst you enjoy your mulled wine! (and again 🍷)!
What you will do in those markets is eat! Actually Place d’Armes offer a lot of things to eat like raclette cheese, burgers, potato pancakes, candies and of course, gingerbread!
Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏼
Roaming Sab ✌🏼