Last week it was time again: In many European cities, Christmas markets opened this week. That means, time for mulled wine, bratwurst, gingerbread, choir songs and a big sea of lights.
Especially in Germany, Christmas markets have been a tradition for centuries. But also many other cities are worth a visit in this time of the year.
Every year, various rankings are published on the subject of "the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe". Today we would like to introduce you to our personal favourites, which are definitely worth a short trip.
So, pack your backpack, take your travelbuddy with you and off you go.
The Nuremberg Christmas Market, also known as the Christkindlesmarkt, is probably one of the most popular in Germany. In the well-known wooden stalls, you will find traditional, often handcrafted Christmas decorations and delicious delicacies.
Food recommendation: Rostbratwürstchen followed by original Nürnberger Lebkuchen. This Christmas market is also a treat for the little ones.
There are stalls to join in, a nostalgic carousel, a steam train, a Christmas bakery and a candle workshop.
As one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe Strasbourg with its 30 meter high Christmas tree on the Kleberplatz is also considered. It is also probably the oldest Christmas market in Europe. The first "Christkindelsmärik" took place here in 1570.
Over 300 huts offer visitors Alsatian gastronomy and local craftsmanship. Here you can buy toys, jewellery, wooden accessories and much more.
A special attraction every year is a special market created in honour of a host country. Various concerts and exhibitions take place there.
The Christmas market in Basel has not only the reputation of being one of the largest but also one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the country. In addition to the enchanting lighting, numerous special exhibitions, concerts and events attract visitors to the city during the pre-Christmas period.
A special highlight is the Christmas tree on the Münsterplatz, decorated by a well-known decorator.
The Aachen Christmas Market convinces with a wide range for young and old. While strolling over the cobbled streets, the famous cathedral and the town hall create an extraordinary historical and fairytale atmosphere. Popular pastries are the famous Aachener Printen and the Lebkuchen, which should not be missed. Another highlight is the curling rink, which you can book with your family, friends or colleagues.
On the Prinzipalmarkt in Münster and around the Lambertikirche, one of the most traditional Christmas markets in the country shines every year. The historical architecture and the cobblestones in the city create a very special atmosphere. Here, too, stands with handicrafts, delicious delicacies and mulled wine await you. A visit to this city can be combined wonderfully with a small shopping stroll. For us, the Christmas market in this city naturally has an extraordinary meaning, because the true Kapten knows that the history of our company began in the beautiful Münster in 2014.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The Christmas market in Prague's Old Town is particularly captivating because of its medieval charm. The Christmas market in the Czech capital is also a culinary delight. In addition to regional specialities, there are also typical old Czech delicacies, such as honey wine, also known as Met. Prague during Advent is basically a single Christmas market. Everywhere you can smell roasted almonds, hear Christmas music and even the last doubter gets into the Christmas mood with the frosty temperatures.
The Christmas market in Salzburg's old town shines under an installed starlit sky. Nearly 100 stands offer arts and crafts and culinary delights. The unique atmosphere is completed by festive choir songs and the Salzburg tower blowing. The city of Mozart is made for the contemplative time of the year, as it shines with fairytale-like charm the whole year round, even without the chains of lights.
COPENHAGEN TIVOLI, DENMARK
One of the highlights at the Christmas market in the world's second oldest amusement park is the frozen lake, which has been converted into an ice rink. In Tivoli, everything is done by hand from start to finish - from the famous roast pork sandwich to the shining star on the huge Christmas tree. Even the Christmas balls are a unique Tivoli production. You should definitely try the Glögg (mulled wine) and the hot apple dumplings while enjoying this unique ambience!
We hope there's something for you, too. Maybe one of the Christmas markets isn't so far away for you, or you feel like a spontaneous road trip. You know, Kaptens are always looking for the next adventure and stay curious.
Feel free to tell us about your favourite Christmas markets in the comments.
No matter which Christmas market is your favorite, whether big city or village, at home or elsewhere, we wish you and your loved ones a peaceful Advent season.
Your Kapten Crew⚓