With over 50 Christmas markets every year, Berlin is a one of the great cities from the wide choice of Germany's Christmas markets. The capital is spectacular during the Christmas season and is a fantastic choice for a short break.
With many decorated stalls and the amazing aromas of mulled wine and cinnamon rising in the air, Berlin Christmas breaks are just one of our recommendations.
Allow yourself to discover the vendor booths' magic, charm, and unique items along the large boulevards and squares as well as on the small side streets and even in several museums.
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At Christmas time Copenhagen takes on an almost magical quality, which will certainly put you in the Christmas mood! There are two Christmas Markets offering Danish Christmas specialities, decorations, gifts, candles, arts and crafts. 2012 dates to be confirmed.
Berlin has many Christmas markets both small and large, each with its very own atmosphere. The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin, and makes a great setting for one of the many Christmas markets. Markets run 26th November to 31st December 2012.
Christmas time is a wonderful time in Frankfurt. The historical old town sparkles with thousands of fairy lights, the aroma of baked apples, gingerbread and mulled wine hangs in the air and 200 lovingly decorated stalls beckon with a tempting range of Christmas goodies. Markets run from 26th November - 23rd December 2012.
Cologne has a long history of organising superb, traditional Christmas markets, filled with seasonal cheer, delicious local specialities and not forgetting, the wonderful mulled wine. This welcoming city hosts no fewer than six Christmas Markets inlcuding an interesting medieval Christmas Bazaar in front of the chocolate Museum. Markets run from 26th November to 23rd December 2012.
There might not be Christmas Markets on this city break but as a as a VAT free jurisdiction, a pre-christmas shopping break to Gibraltar is enhanced by its value added shopping experience!
Cheerful stalls, delicious aromas, festive lights and a huge selection of Christmas goodies will get you in the festive spirit in no time. In addition to the Christmas Market the ice rink offer fun for all. 2012 dates to be confirmed.
Munich's Christmas Market - whose roots go back to the 14th century - is held on the Marienplatz in the heart of the city centre. The market offers traditional Bavarian Christmas gifts, including wood carvings from Oberammergau, gingerbread (Lebkuchen) from Nuremberg and notably some exquisite glassware from the Bavarian Forest. Markets run from 30th November to 24th December 2012.
According to legend, the first decorated Christmas tree originated in Riga in 1510 and today the city throws itself into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas Market located in Dome Square has cheerful wooden booths with hot wine, gingerbread figures, hand-made arts and handicrafts, entertainers and singers. 2012 dates to be confirmed.
This wonderful destination really comes to life over the festive period with its daily Christmas Markets consisting of rows of brightly decorated wooden huts selling Czech handicrafts, local hand-made jewellery and tasty local specialities such as svarene (hot wine) and many other delights. 2012 dates to be confirmed.
Soak up the sights and sounds of Budapest's market on Vaci Utca and Vorosmarty Square, one of Budapest's finest settings. Only the top Hungarian craftspeople are invited to Budapest's Christmas fair, so the intricate porcelain, cut glass and leather goods are of the highest quality. 2012 dates to be confirmed.
Dortmund's Christmas market, one of the biggest in Germany, has over 300 stalls. Its hallmark is a gigantic Christmas tree which consistsof 1,700 individual fir trees, stands 45 metres tall and is adorned with 13,0000 lights - the biggest in the world. Markets run from 22nd November - 23rd December 2012.
During Advent, Hamburg's town Hall will once again provide the grand setting for the city's most charming Christmas Market. One hundred merchants will set up their shops on Hamburg's largest urban square. Markets run from 26th November - 31st December 2012.
Reflecting a medieval atmosphere and breathing life in to old traditions, Estoniaas best know market is located in the medieval Town hall Square. Visitors can find typical Estonian handicrafts that include pottery, hand-knitted sweaters and leather goods. 2012 dates to be confirmed.
Wander around the Rynek, which is the huge market square in the old town's centre, and browse the wooden stalls offering a variety of Christmas goodies. From mouth watering delicacies to traditional items such as woollen clothes and locally-crafted jewellery, your are sure to find your perfect Christmas gifts. 2012 dates to be confirmed.
During this time you can find Christkindlmmrktee on nearly every corner of the city. Christmas presents, food and most importantly Gllhweinn are on offer. The biggest markets are at the Vienna City Hall, at the Spittelberg and inside the University Campus. 2012 dates to be confirmed.
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