As we are approaching the Christmas and New Year Eve, it would be great to present to you the places which are The Best Christmas Markets in Europe.
The ranking at a glance
1st place: Zagreb, Croatia
The Christmas market in Zagreb is one of The Best Christmas Markets in Europe. Will take place until the beginning of January. In the streets around Josip Jelačić Square in the center of the Croatian capital. Local artists and artisans offer their products. There are various Christmas delicacies such as the traditional Licitar heart – a kind of Croatian gingerbread – to buy. A highlight is the lantern festival Kapulica & Lampioni, where hundreds of small lights rise in the night sky.
2nd place: Colmar, France
The Christmas magic lasts six weeks in the Alsatian town of Colmar. it is one of The Best Christmas Markets in Europe. In front of the listed buildings of the old town. The illuminated and decorated stands are particularly beautiful. And of course, there are specialties from Alsace everywhere.
3rd place: Vienna, Austria
The Viennese Christmas market in front of the town hall also delights its visitors. You will love it as it is one of The Best Christmas Markets in Europe. These can be put in more than 150 stalls with the scent of gingerbread and cinnamon, hot chestnuts and punch in the Christmas spirit.
4th place: Budapest, Hungary
For the first time represented in the ranking of The Best Christmas Markets in Europe. And thus still a real insider tip is the Christmas market in Hungary’s capital Budapest. This takes place in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica. Highlights include a Christmas light show, which can be followed with 3D glasses.
5th place: Strasbourg, France
Christkindelsmärik is the name of the Christmas market in Strasbourg, which ranked number 5 in the EBD ranking. It remains as one of The Best Christmas Markets in Europe. It will take place for the 447th time this year and will cover several streets and squares of the city center. Including the Broglieplatz and Münsterplatz. Until December 31, visitors will have time to explore the huge market with its more than 300 stalls.
6th place: Montbéliard, France
Also in sixth place goes to France as one of The Best Christmas Markets in Europe. Montbéliard in the east of the country is represented for the first time in this year’s ranking and finished in the top ten. More than 60,000 light bulbs illuminate buildings, houses, and streets and immerse the city in a cozy light.
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7th place: Aachen, Germany
The survey participants have decided: The most beautiful Christmas market in Germany will be in Aachen again this year. Against the backdrop of the cathedral and the town hall, the streets and squares are transformed into a cozy sea of lights during the Advent season and attract visitors from other regions of Germany and the neighboring countries of Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2015, the Aachen Christmas market even made it to second place in the “European Best Destinations”.
8th place: Basel, Switzerland
The Basel Christmas Market, which takes place on the Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz in the center, is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. This year, for the first time, it was voted into the top ten by EBD respondents.
9th place: Metz, France
And again France: The Christmas market in the near the German border town of Metz made it to 9th place and this year also for the first time in the ranking represented. Highlights include a 60 meter high Ferris wheel and an ice sculpture park.
10th place: Tallin, Estonia
Also, this Christmas market is a new addition to the ranking. Always in the Advent season, the large square in the center of Estonia’s capital is transformed into a fairy-tale winter world with many lights.