If you are looking for a vacation abroad during the Christmas holiday but still want to experience the magic of Christmas, the markets of Central Europe are bustling with Christmas spirit and charm. The best markets can be found in Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest.
Salzburg, Austria (photo credit: Intrepid)
Cathedral Square in Salzburg is filled with a trail of warm and festive Christmas treats such as gluehwein, roasted chestnuts, toasted almonds, and cinnamon brushed baked apples. While you explore through the market, take in the tones of classic Salzburg choirs.
Vienna, Austria (photo credit: Intrepid)
In front of City Hall in Vienna you’ll find Christmas markets to explore. Treat yourself to some local delights of freshly baked cinnamon biscuits and Christmas punch. Vienna has over 12 Christmas markets which will give you ample opportunity to find the perfect Christmas gifts and trinkets.
Munich is home to 20 different Christmas markets. Kripperlmarkt has everything needed to make a bona fide manger. Head to Tollwood to visit Munich’s vibrant ethnic festival Christmas market. For those who love musical interactions you can get into the Christmas spirit with an exclusive alpine Christmas Market concert which takes place on the balcony of Munich’s town hall. The concert occurs every day during while the markets are up and running. Indulge your taste buds by sipping on a mug of gluehwein or get a sausage that has been grilled to perfection along with other Bavarian cuisine delights. In the markets you’ll find things for purchase such as various toys, wood carvings, and candles.
Christmas train in Budapest, Hungary (photo credit: Intrepid)
Vorosmarty Square is home to the main Christmas market in Budapest. This city is outright filled with the essence of Christmas spirit as each street is lit up, as well as the trees and market stalls are brightly decorated. The stalls at the market will be filled with Hungarian goodies to savor along with glasses of mulled wine or a shot of long-established Hungarian palinka.
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