Add these amazing marketplaces to your 2022-travel-lust-list. Until then, take a visual tour through these images.
1. DRESDEN STRIEZELMARKT, GERMANY
Germany is known for its Christmas markets, but this one is the oldest and is as charming as it can get. Look out for the famed traditional handcrafted nutcrackers while checking out the stalls.
2. LISEBERG CHRISTMAS MARKET, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
The biggest one in Sweden is lit up with 5 million (yes, million) Christmas lights each year! Located in the permanent amusement park grounds of Liseberg—the entire space is transformed into a festive zone for the holidays.
3. EDINBURGH’S CHRISTMAS, SCOTLAND
This annual market turns Edinburgh’s expansive East Princess Street Garden into a Christmas haven! It has a Xmas tree maze, and the best view can be enjoyed from atop the Edinburgh Eye!
4. COLMAR, ALSACE, FRANCE
Timber-framed buildings are decked with colourful fairy lights, enveloping the town’s six Christmas markets in warmth and festive cheer. Besides, where else would you want to sip a steaming mug of mulled wine than in the world’s wine capital?
5. PRAGUE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS, BUDAPEST
Just five minutes apart by foot, Prague’s Old Town and Wenceslas markets are the best in a city—and the city’s easily one of the best places to spend Christmas holidays!
6. TALLINN CHRISTMAS MARKET, ESTONIA
Travellers have often dubbed this as one of the best festive markets! The highlight? It’s the Christmas tree!! The city has been displaying this OG of Christmas trees since 1441–making it the first one to be ever displayed in Europe!
7. VIENNESE CHRISTMAS MARKET, AUSTRIA
This one has everything from reindeer rides to an ice rink for skating, and an old-fashioned merry-go-round. You can eat local fare and buy trinkets while sipping wine—in easily one of the best cities in the world!
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