As we are writing this from Florida, warmth and sunny skies deceive us into thinking Christmas isn’t far away. After five cold Christmas’ we’ve gotten used to the crisp air and just as the days become short and dreary, suddenly colorful lights appear and cute little wooden stalls are constructed. Yes, it’s time to be warmed by Glühwein (mulled wine or warm spiced wine) and delicious treats. There’s nothing better than awesome European Christmas Markets to lift the gloom of winter!
German Christmas Markets
So who holds the title for best Christmas market? Well, the Germans started the tradition in the 1400’s. So they have amazing markets all across the country. Alex and I have been to the Nuremberg Christmas Market and the Munich Christmas Market. Both were fantastic.
The Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg attracts over 2 millions visitors, so it is very crowded. Try and go in the evening. A lot of visitors are bussed in on tours during the day, so it’s even busier then. We personally preferred the Christmas Market in Munich over Nuremberg because it was more spacious.
Amsterdam Christmas Market
Outside of Germany, you can find European Christmas Markets across the continent. Amsterdam unfortunately doesn’t put on the best Christmas Market, mainly because it is small, overpriced and the quality of food and merchandise isn’t great. If you are in the Netherlands you would be better off heading to Maastricht in the south as they apparently put on a better show.
Brussels Christmas Market
We do however love the Christmas markets held in neighbouring Brussels. It stretches 2km and offers everything you would expect from a Christmas market and more. They even have escargot stalls- yup, fast food snails. Brussels generally has fantastic food, and their markets reflects this. They have your typical bratwürste sausages but lots of other yummy treats, with a quintessential Belgian twist.
European Christmas Markets Recap
Most markets are held in the town square. However Dublin does things a little differently. We did not make it to Dublin’s Christmas market last year as we had just moved and didn’t have time. But we will change that this year and be sure to get back to you on what we think of Ireland’s take on it. Christmas markets bring joy and entertainment, which are key to surviving winters.
We know there are loads of other great European Christmas markets scattered across the continent. Let us know if you have a favourite!