This year, enjoy an authentic festive experience at one of Europe’s Christmas markets. Roasted chestnuts, Christmas carols, mulled wine and outdoor ice skating are just some of the magical things you’ll encounter at these traditional Christmas markets, as well as a wide variety of crafts, handmade gifts and local foods. Soak up the atmosphere when you visit between late November and early January.
For a real taste of Hungarian culture, the popular Christmas market in Budapest’s Vörösmarty Square is a great chance to sample traditional foods. Enjoy delicious grilled meats and hot mulled wine while watching live performances from local musicians.Shop city breaks in Budapest
Krakow’s Christmas markets have all of your festive favourites, steaming cups of mulled wine to handcrafted wooden decorations. But what really sets this city apart is the nativity crib competition, known as Szopki. Locals spend months labouring their elaborate creations displayed in Market Square.
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The Austrian capital has a long tradition of Christmas markets, dating all the way back to the Middle Ages when Emperor Albrecht allowed the first Krippenmarkt. Snack on candied fruit and hot roasted chestnuts as you wander through the Viennese Christmas Market.
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