Europe knows how to celebrate Christmas for sure. Christmas markets, impressive decorations and a spirit of cosiness and happiness warm that everyone’s hearts.
Each year, Europe dresses up in its holiday colours. However, some cities take Christmas to the next level and have been established as the best cities to visit during the holiday season.
I can honestly guarantee that Berlin is the city-to-be for Christmas. The city simply transforms into something magical, making it the best city to visit in all of Europe for that time of year. Everything is decorated, from trees to malls. Christmas markets are in every neighbourhood and the only thing you smell is the hot Glühwein, served in unique cups each year.
What not to miss: Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market, Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, Brandenburg Tor Christmas Tree
London has people visiting in millions for the holidays. It does not top Berlin for sure, but it is quite stunning as well. Big shopping streets, such as Oxford and Regent Street are filled with lighted balls, sayings and other decors. Christmas trees are decorated in many spots in the city and all you have is a whole feeling of happiness.
What not to miss: Harrods, Natural History Museum, Hyde Park, Carnaby Street
Vienna´s squares are embracing holidays with festive decorations and with more than 10 Christmas markets all around. You can admire the illuminations at Rathausplatz while tasting some toffee apples or fried sausages.
What not to miss: Drink Weihnachtspunsch, visit Rathauspark, see Belvedere
Prague is with no doubt a very romantic city. So imagine this city with snow and festive feeling. Prague is filled with people visiting the Old Town square daily at all hours. There, you can try the local cuisine in food stands and drink a lot of beer.
What not to miss: Old Town Square, eat Trdelník, Castle Hills Xmas Markets
For a fairytale feeling, head to Estonia. This year´s theme is love. In the Raekoja Square, there is a grand Christmas tree with the heart-shaped ornaments. The heavy snow and low prices played an important role in Tallinn being considered the best and most affordable location in Europe.
What not to miss: St. Catherine’s Church, Dome, a light show on the Grand-Place, try genever
With no difference, Budapest also has many great Christmas markets. You must go around and find the illuminated venues and ice-rinks for some extra fun. The thermal baths in the city make Budapest a great location since you can combine your holiday trip with some relaxation as well.
What not to miss: Fisherman´s Bastion, Stephen´s Basilica, Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Sq, try the Chimney Cake, snow parties at Thermal Baths
Winter Wonders is the main event in the city. There you can find a fabulous Christmas tree, skating rings, exhibitions, food and handcrafted items that would make amazing gifts. Something unique is the Dome that is located in the pedestrian zone with ´360° audio-visual performances, films, concerts and family activities´.
What not to miss: Winter Wonders, funfair, Grand place, eat waffles,
It is known to be the city with the best Christmas market in Germany. At the Christkindlesmarkt find the Market of the Sister Cities, a part where you can find international food and souvenirs, such as Greece, Russia, Scotland, Czech Republic and others. Nuremberg is also famous for its handmade Christmas ornaments. Handcrafted wooden ornaments are found all over in a variety of sizes and in unique representations.
What not to miss: visit Christkindlesmarkt, go around the city centre, eat Lebkuchen and Bratwurst
If you wish to spend the holidays with your lovely family, then you can also visit these places in Europe much earlier. Late November, all of them have already opened to welcome locals and tourists. So, make it your mission to visit as many as possible.