Beauty of European Christmas Markets in 14 Photos

For several years I’ve made visiting different Christmas markets around Europe a travel tradition – one that I love perhaps more than any other. During the holiday season the towns and cities of Europe drop their tourist image and replace it with a more intimate and local experience. It’s during the holidays that we get to taste the best foods of the regions and to celebrate with residents as they usher in the Christmas season. It’s also I think a uniquely beautiful time to be in Europe, as I hope these photos show.

Paris Christmas
Passau Germany
Passau Germany
Bruges Belgium Christmas
Bruges, Belgium
milan christmas market
Brussels Christmas
Budapest Hungary
Budapest Hungary
Venice, Italy
Nuremberg Germany
Nuremberg Germany
Vienna Austria
Vienna Austria
Macarons in Paris
Florence, Italy
Brussels Christmas Market
Regensburg Germany

Germany donut


By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

11 thoughts on “Beauty of European Christmas Markets in 14 Photos”

  1. sum up the beauty of Christmas with just 14 photos. Each photo looks amazing. You can really feel the spirit of Christmas in each place.

  2. My wife and I went to Vienna, Bratislava and Munich’s markets last year. Bratislava is very intimate and wonderful. We’re waiting to finalize airfare but are leaning towards Munich,Nuremberg,Strasbourg and Paris next year. Where are you off to this year?

      1. We are also, eight of us on Rhine River cruise. Out travel group includes two teens. Are there many children on the cruises? Tips, advice?

      2. Just like any other sort of cruise it depends on the company, time of year and so on. During December though you’re more likely to find multigen groups, including teens, but in general the cruises are not geared towards that age group.

    1. Yeah, it’s my favorite Christmas tradition now. Every year we choose didn’t places to visit and I look forward to it more than anything else. :)

  3. You should visit the one in Esslingen (near Stuttgart). It’s beautiful! A medieval market and a “modern” one. The houses that encircle the market are all very old and in the background you can see the castle- it’s magical!

  4. Very beautiful collection! It’s not hard to understand why you love this tradition so much, Christmas markets are the best part of European winter for us, too!
    Though we haven’t seen much of the big famous Christmas markets so far, but after having a magical visit to Vienna this year we want to continue exploring them in the upcoming years.

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