Snow, frost and aromatic mulled wine in the open air? Roasted sausages, cotton candy and Christmas tree decorated with glass balls? We’ll meet it in every bigger city, at the Christmas Markets.
We can spend pre-Christmas time on devoting to the Advent reflection, or visiting Christmas markets scattered all over the Europe, like stars over the sky. In every big city we’ll find at least a few of them, and each one releases the aromas of aromatic mulled wine and meals served alfresco. But above all, they spread the joy and wonderful atmosphere of upcoming Christmas.
A wide offer of travel agencies is an evidence of the popularity of Christmas Markets. It’s the time, when they prepare 1- or 2-day trips to famous cites. For a small price we can go to Vienna, Budapest, Rome, Germany or Paris, and see the markets located near the most well-known monuments, sparkling with lights and ornaments.
Moving in the direction of Vienna, we can make a stop right at the Czech-Austrian border and see the Excalibur City. Who knows, maybe in the duty-free zone we will find ideas for Christmas presents?
Christmas Markets in Vienna started already in November 16. Thanks to them, walking through the main squares of the city will be very pleasant, until the Christmas Eve. The biggest of them is a martek on the Rathausplatz square, in front of the monumental building of the town hall. Here you can try the Viennese mulled wine, taste dried fruits, roasted chestnuts and cotton candy. Apart from the sweets, tourists can buy Christmas decorations and gift for loved ones on one of 150 stalls. Trees growing in the park surrounding the square are beautifully lit and adorned with Christmas decorations.
Or holidays in Hungary?
Successfully tourists enjoying a Christmas Fair in Budapest. Located on Vörösmarty Square, in the heart of the city. In this very special time feel the festive atmosphere can be felt on every street, which are beautifully adorned and illuminated. Visitors are particularly impressed by the Chain Bridge over the Danube river, decorated with a garland of colored lights.
What can we expect? Dozens of wooden huts, where you can buy hand-painted Christmas balls, woolen scarves and hats, porcelain candlesticks and beautiful ceramics. The aroma of traditional Hungarian dishes floats over the whole Christmas market. Tourists can taste lecho, smoked meat and sauerkraut stew with meat flavored with cream and hot peppers. A big interest enjoys also fried cheese rántott sajt, goulash soup and yeasty Kürtőskalács baked on site.
Christmas in Slovakia
If we want to feel the atmosphere of Christmas before the Christmas Eve, we can go to Slovakia. The local markets are not only beautiful and offer a diverse range of entertainment, but they are also relatively inexpensive. The biggest are located in Bratislava and Kosice - both cities are worth a visit , the more that the first is the capital of the country, and the second is the European Capital of Culture 2013 .
Both the Christmas market in Bratislava and Christmas fair in Kosice will operate until December 23. In the capital, market stalls stand on the Main Square, Franciscan Square and Hviezdoslava Square. There, you can buy wicker figures, dolls from corn husks, laced tablecloths and traditional ceramics from Modra. Seekers of regional flavors can get acquainted with pagach (a traditional cake) and potato dough pancakes stuffed with cabbage or goose liver, known as lokshe. In turn, in Kosice you can try a fine punch.
It's barely a fraction of the places you can visit before Christmas. In Europe there are dozens of them.