Thursday 18 December 2014

10 great European Christmas markets

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Cologne, Germany
The market at the Cologne Cathedral is the most impressive one of Cologne's Christmas markets due to the backdrop of the imposing Cathedral. You can find 160 attractively designed wooden pavilions. Here you can choose from numerous sweet delicacies, watch artisans at work and enjoy the "Original Christmas mulled wine" out of the festively decorated Christmas mugs.
Copenhagen, Denmark
The setting, in the Tivoli Gardens, is like a Hans Christian Andersen book, with hundreds of Christmas trees and over half a million lights illuminating the stalls and park. There are around 60 colourful stalls, selling locally produced arts, crafts and decorations, such as Copenhagen wooden dolls and porcelain. You can also ice skate on the lake which is transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink.
Photo courtesy of the Copenhagen tourist board.
Nurmeberg, Germany
Germany' s oldest Christkindlesmarkt ( Christ Child Market). The first official record of this pre- Christmas market dates back to 1628. A list of notices for stall holders from 1737 shows that almost all of Nuremberg' s craftsmen were represented. Photo: Reuters
Tallinn Christmas market
Berlin, Germany
There are several markets in Berlin, but the most popular with around four million visitors is the one at Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche. The one hundred stalls have the usual array of traditional arts, crafts and but you should find a good selection of more radical artworks and decorations, as well as an eclectic selection of antique and contemporary jewellery.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 07: Vienna's streets are illuminated with festive Christmas lights as the Austrian capital prepares for the Christmas holidays on December 07, 2009, in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Ivan Babej/isifa/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - DECEMBER 27: A crowd of tourists visit the Christmas Fair, on December 27, 2009 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
People crowd a Christmas market at Munich's Marienplatz, overshadowed by the city's town hall, December 14, 2009. During December visitors can buy traditional bakery, hot punch, gingerbread and craftwork at around a hundred market stands. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Dublin, Ireland
Now in its sixth year, the festival will take place on George's Dock in the IFSC, and offers an appealing range of gift ideas for friends and family, from craft jewellery, stained glass giftware, wooden toys, and beauty products and leather ware to a unique selection of home accessories. There are also lots of food and drink stalls to keep your strength up as you wander around.

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