Advent and Christmas Markets

Go with us and enjoy one of the most beautiful Christmas markets and advent in cities of Central and Eastern Europe.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is definitely not underrated as a winter destination. Everyone get it’s right. It’s stunningly beautiful in winter, even if that occasionally means grey skies. If you haven’t been to Prague think of rows of historic bridges crossing a wide, winding river, with colourful baroque buildings, gothic churches and the biggest castle district in the world.

Christmas markets are a key ingredient of the festive magic in the Czech Republic, and the Prague Christmas markets are the most impressive. The markets light up the city, bringing locals and tourists together in a true ‘winter wonderland’ setting. The main markets are at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from each other). Plus there are smaller markets at Republic Square, at Havel’s Market, on Kampa Island and on the square in front of St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle.

The markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts selling traditional handicrafts: glassware, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metalware, ceramics, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats, gloves and scarves, and puppets and dolls beautifully dressed in traditional costumes.

But what is Christmas without carols? School choirs often perform late afternoon on a stage at the Old Town Square. The children, dressed in traditional costume, travel from all over the Czech Republic to sing. The trip to Prague is one of the highlights of their school year.

Prague Christmas Market dates: 02nd December 2017 – 6th January 2018
Reason to visit: The romantic market square location and because… Prague.
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Vienna, Austria

The Christmas markets in Vienna truly are an age-old tradition. The forerunners of the present-day events date back to the Middle Ages when in 1298 Albrecht I granted Vienna’s citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or “Krippenmarkt”. Since then, the character and prevalence of these markets has changed considerably. Nowadays, over 20 official Advent Markets sell a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats.

Vienna has some of the top Christmas markets in Europe and this is a great choice of destination if you’re a first-timer to the Christmas markets. Vienna has a mix of popular, historic, traditional markets and smaller, local, more intimate markets. There’s the hugely popular Vienna Town Hall market (at Rathausplatz) which has everything you could want including an old style carousel. There are the stunning locations of the markets at Schoenbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Am Hof and Karlskirche markets are also popular but smaller or visit the old Viennese market on Freyung for the most traditional of markets. It’s one of the great Christmas markets of Europe.

Vienna Christmas Market dates: 17th November – 26th December 2017
Reason to visit: Visit for the great variety of markets and the imperial Schoenbrunn Palace Christmas market.
Event programme: List of all of Vienna’s markets.

Recommended tour: 8D Deluxe Eastern Europe

Salzburg, Austria

The Salzburg Christkindlmarkt has deep historical roots and is one of the world’s oldest Advent markets. Its unique setting in the heart of Salzburg’s World Heritage-listed Old City, the traditional market stands and its long history make the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt a truly special occasion.The market takes place at Cathedral Square with Hohensalzburg Fortress looming above. It’s one of the more charming Christmas markets in Europe, more intimate than Vienna’s main market yet equally popular. You can hear Mozart in the streets and be pulled in to the cute Christmas huts by the scent of spicy mulled wine.

Salzburg Christmas Market dates: 24th November – 26th December 2017
Reason to visit: The atmospheric location, Mozart and as it’s the home of the Christmas song ‘Silent Night’.

Recommended tour: 8D Deluxe Eastern Europe

Budapest, Hungary

Vorosmarty Square hosts Budapest’s main Christmas market but there are many others dotted around the city. A medieval style market is located in front of St Stephen’s Basilica and the Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas market at City Park has a huge ice rink. Budapest at Christmas is all about the stunning locations, amazing Hungarian and international cuisine, and quality, authentic wooden handcrafts. Although not Christmassy, you could pick up a classic Hungarian invention, the Rubik’s Cube.

Budapest Christmas Market dates: 24th November 2017– 2nd January 2018
Reason to visit: It’s the most beautiful city in all of Eastern Europe.
Recommended tour: 8D Deluxe Eastern Europe




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