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Christmas Markets: Top Destinations

Embrace the Festive Season on a Christmas Market Break

When the festive season rolls around, it is only natural to want to combine the hunt for unique presents with a mini-break. Market getaways provide you with a great way to recharge your batteries, while getting some of your holiday shopping squared away.
The Top Destinations to Head for a Christmas Market Break

The Top Destinations to Head for a Christmas Market Break

Use the Christmas markets as an excuse to see some of the most breathtaking cities in the world.

  • 1. Bruges

    This Belgian city is known for medieval buildings, canals, and cobbled streets but also for being the home of one of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe. Christmas market breaks in Bruges are filled with walks along the snowy canals, visits to the local restaurants, and all of the shopping you can imagine. At the market, enjoy performances of your favourite Christmas carols by local choirs. With this as your accompaniment, stroll through the market and try festive treats. Sip on spiced glühwein or hot chocolate before you tuck into the cheeses, stews, and baked treats on offer. Browse hand-made gifts to choose the ideal presents for your family members. In Bruges, you might also want to remember to stock up on chocolate and admire the Christmas tree in Burg Square. Alternatively, go ice-skating in Grote Square.

  • 2. Vienna

    Christmas market breaks in Vienna are ideal for those of you who want the full Christmas experience. Spend your days browsing through the many Christmas markets that are held in this Austrian city each year. The Vienna Christmas World market is generally held at Rathausplatz, by the city hall, which is decorated with festive trees. Stop to listen to the children's choirs before taking a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. Alternatively, go to the Belvedere Christmas market where you can marvel at hand-blown Murano glass items and home-made candles. However, the markets aren't the only attraction on Christmas market breaks. Treat yourself to a steaming mug of Christmas punch before you go out to see an advent performance at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Finally, end your evening with a viewing of the festive lights in Kärntner Street.

  • 3. Berlin

    Visit Berlin on one of your next Christmas market breaks and start your morning with an ice-skating excursion with the kids before you go to one of the Christmas markets that are so popular at this time of the year. The must-see Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt is known for having an extensive collection of hand-made items, including beautiful ornaments. This market is also a great option for eating traditional sausages, baked goods, spätzle, and more. Another great option is the Berliner Weihnachtszeit am Roten Rathaus, or in English, Christmas market next to the city hall. Ride on the massive Ferris wheel to enjoy the views of Berlin before exploring food and gift stalls.

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