9 famous Christmas markets in Europe

Year-end festivities seem to be incomplete without the bustling Christmas markets such as these 9 famous European destinations.

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Prague (Czech):

The two main Christmas markets of Prague are located in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, just a 5-minute walk away, so you can easily explore the two. Here, you remember to find delicious Czech dishes, especially the attractive klobasa. The markets are open every day, including Christmas day, from December 1, 2018, to January 6, 2019.

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Strasbourg (France):

Located in eastern France, Strasbourg is one of Europe's oldest Christmas markets. It boasts over 300 booths, shimmering lights, live performances and a vibrant Christmas tree, 30 meters high in the center of the city. The Strasbourg Christmas Market is open from November 23 to December 25, from noon to evening, and close later on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Florence (Italy):

An annual event from the end of November to the end of December, the Christmas market in Piazza Santa Croce in central Florence this year runs from 28 November to 20 December. The booth here promises to bring a variety of fresh organic food and beautiful handicrafts. Do not forget to check in at the beautiful Franciscan church in this square.

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Vienna (Austria):

The first Christmas market of the Austrian capital was first held in 1298 and today, the city has more than 20 different small events welcome visitors. But you can not miss the busy market in front of the City Hall with over 150 stalls, serving everything for special occasions during the year. In addition, the Christmas market in Vienna also attracts many small visitors by a large ice skating rink. This year, the market takes place from November 17 to December 26.

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Brussels (Belgium):

The Winter Wonders event in Brussels's "heart of Europe" seems like a festival with a lot of interesting activities, rather than a Christmas market. There are, however, over 200 booths serving Belgian culinary delights in enchanting yeast. From November 30, 2018, to January 6, 2019, Winter Wonders promises to bring visitors a unique winter experience of Belgium, not only chocolate.

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Copenhagen (Denmark):

Tivoli Gardens is Copenhagen's hottest destination in the Christmas season. The charming stalls are located in lovely little wooden houses, along with the luminous garden, giving a feeling of a warm winter town. Children can also enjoy a variety of fun games at Tivoli Gardens and watch the fireworks display on Christmas Eve and the New Year.

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Budapest (Hungary):

The Christmas and Winter Festival in Budapest is an exciting event you can not miss while touring Hungary at the end of the year. This is the oldest and most famous "name" in the country. The beginning of November to the end of December every year is the time when Vorosmarty Square in the city center is more vibrant than ever. Enjoying the wine and the entertainment, the light show is a worthwhile suggestion for you.

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Tallinn (Estonia):

Estonia's Christmas market in Tallinn is set in an area surrounded by medieval buildings, covered with snow. You will have the opportunity to experience the authentic winter atmosphere and wander through about 60 "wooden" huts selling handmade wreaths, sheepskin or honey, local wines. There is also a historic Christmas tree, built in 1441. In recent years, this Christmas market has attracted much media attention.

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Berlin (Berlin):

Berlin is a popular destination for tourists during the holiday season, thanks in part to the busy Christmas markets. If you do not have a lot of time, you should give priority to the market in Gendarmenmarkt. Not only is the background showing the great architectural traces of Deutscher Dom and Franzosischer Dom, but the stalls at this Christmas market are also truly fascinating with the delicious German sausages and many unique crafts.

By: Samantha Martinez

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