12Jul/13

Discover the magic of Europe’s top ten Christmas markets

Copenhagen, Denmark

Hosting an idyllic traditional market complete with nearly four miles of twinkling lights artfully hung in patterns designed by Tiffany‘s head designer, the Tivoli Gardens are transformed into an illuminated wonderland. Stroll around the 60 colourfully painted stalls hawking porcelain and wooden dolls while sipping on a warming glögg, (Danish mulled wine) which is laiden with liquor, raisons and spices, followed by a hot apple dumpling to ward off the cold chills.

 

London, England

Until December 23, the stretch between the Southbank Centre and the London Eye transforms into a winter wonderland with German-style wooden huts selling Bratwurst and gingerbread. Enjoy a glass of Glühwein or listen to the choir’s carolling in the warm golden glow of London’s stunning surroundings, boasting views of the River Thames and Embankment.

Vienna, Austria

Steeped in history, Vienna’s ‘Christkindlmarkt’ is one of the most renowned Christmas markets in Europe and dates back over seven hundred years. Follow Viennese customs and wrap up in your finest faux-fur, sip on glühwein, purchase the deliciously scented natural beeswax candles or even try the crescent-shaped Christmas biscuits (vanillekipferl) while soaking in the city’s magical market atmosphere

Ludwigsburg, Germany

A traditonal Baroque-styled market with a twist sees a mixture of romantic and historic flavour with majestic angels that spread their glittering wings over the stands and two beautiful churches that are festively illuminated

Brussels, Belgium

In a city so famous for its cuisine, what better place to indulge your sweet tooth than the Plaisirs D’Hiver in Brussels. The Christmas market acts more as a gastronomic affair, offering plump French olives, sumptuous Belgian chocolates, waffles, steaming plates of moules-frites and snails, and seasonal croustillons (sugared doughnuts), the tantalising choices can be somewhat overwhelming. Nevertheless the theatrics continue in the midst of the market, expect everything from artisans selling craftware and hand-made goods, ice rinks and glittering ferris wheels to jugglers and street musicians

 



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