Best Christmas Markets in Europe—That Aren’t in Germany

Christmas market in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

There is nothing quite like a European Christmas market. They proliferate all over the continent and each offers something unique and spiritually rejuvenating. If you would like to participate in a European Christmas market or sample a selection of them, then be sure to try out one of these top European Christmas Markets.

Budapest, Hungary

Set up just before the city’s magnificent Basilica, Budapest’s Christmas market will really get you in the magical festival spirit. Delightful lights, the smell of warming toasted nuts, and the laughter of children ice skating beneath the huge, towering Christmas tree will welcome visitors.

Strasbourg, France

This epic market consists of over 300 wooden chalets set up in the historical city center which is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Considered to be one of the best and oldest Christmas markets in Europe, this is really the place to be if you love Christmas.

Vienna, Austria

The charming squares of Austria’s capital are transformed from mid-November into magical winter wonderlands. The fragrant smell of mulled wine wafts through the air and combines with enchanting light shows to make Vienna a place to remember.