The 4 best Christmas markets that you should not miss

Everybody loves Christmas. There’s spending time with friends and family, festive food and, of course, Christmas markets. Get into the festive spirit with our top recommendations for Christmas markets across Europe.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

As well as celebrating Christmas, Hogmanay is a huge event in Scotland, making Edinburgh a perfect choice for a festive getaway. Christmas markets are spread throughout the city, packed with Christmas crafts, delicacies and fantastic events. It’s also usually the longest-running market in Europe, so there’s plenty of time to explore all that this winter wonderland has to offer. There are also light shows at the castle, a special program at the zoo, and a variety of pantomimes to choose from.

Cologne

Cologne Christmas markets

There are a variety of markets to pamper every visitor in Cologne. At the House Elf Winter Fairy Tale Market, you can go ice skating, have a strudel, or mold your own candy cane! There is also the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, located next to the most emblematic building in the city. It is a great opportunity to walk through the stalls, while admiring the amazing Gothic architecture of the cathedral itself, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With multiple markets to choose from, there is something for everyone in this German gem.

Salzburg

Salzburg Christmas markets

A true winter wonderland with roofs often covered in snow, Salzburg is the perfect destination for the Christmas market. Check out the choral singing in front of the cathedral, the nativity displays scattered around, and then try some traditional gingerbread, roasted chestnuts and other sweet treats. Be sure to grab a glass of glühwein or two!

budapest

This Christmas market offers more than 100 stalls serving Hungarian delicacies ranging from hot goulash to delicious Beijgli, a cake rolled with poppy seeds or walnuts. There is plenty to keep you entertained, with ice skating and Christmas concerts. Climb to the top of Fisherman’s Bastion if you want to see the city in all its festive glory and then grab one of the freshly cooked chimney cakes to munch on as you wander through the rest of the stalls. Whether you want a shot of whiskey or a glühwein to warm up your festive getaway, sign up for free with Tripbeat, the destination for all your travel needs, book your trip at unbeatable prices and see more for less.

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