1st place: The Christmas market in downtown Tallinn is old and rich in tradition.
Lights, mulled wine, music and the smell of gingerbread – Christmas markets take us into a fairytale world. The ranking website “European Best Destinations” asked over 200,000 people to vote for the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. Switzerland is also represented there. You can find an overview of the entire list here.
1. Tallinn, Estonia
The Christmas market in Tallinn takes first place. Shops include handmade gifts and traditional Estonian Christmas foods such as black pudding and sauerkraut. The center of the market is a large Christmas tree.
When: November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023
2. Budapest, Hungary
At Christmas time, downtown Budapest becomes a winter wonderland. There are several Christmas markets within walking distance of each other. The largest is the Budapest Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square (Vörösmarty tér).
When: November 4 to December 31, 2022
3. Strasbourg, France
You’ve probably heard of this market before. The Christmas market in Strasbourg is one of the oldest in Europe. It took place for the first time in 1570. 300 wooden huts are distributed in the decorated city center and invite you to stroll and enjoy.
When: November 25 to December 26, 2022
4. Vienna, Austria
From mid-November to the end of December, several Christmas markets adorn the loveliest squares in Vienna. There are Christmas gifts, handicrafts, sweets and many culinary delights.
When: November 19 to December 26, 2022
5. Erfurt, Germany
This Christmas market is located in the middle of the medieval old town of Erfurt. Everything that belongs to Advent and Christmas is offered in small wooden houses.
When: November 21 to December 22, 2022
6. Poznan, Poland
The Christmas market “Betlejem Poznanskie” takes place on the Old Market in Poznan, Poland. Here you can find mostly folk art for sale. An ice sculpture festival is held at the same time as the market. There, participants from all over the world show sculptures made of blocks of ice. You can watch the artists at work or admire the sculptures as long as the temperatures stay below zero.
When: November 19 to December 27, 2022
7. Brussels, Belgium
Several Christmas markets transform the Belgian capital into a winter wonderland in December. Whether traditional, handicraft, culinary or vintage – there is something for everyone here.
When: November 25, 2022 to January 1, 2023
Every year, the streets around the Aachen Cathedral are transformed into a paradise of lights, colors and scents. The Christmas market in Aachen is known throughout the region.
When: November 18 to December 23, 2023
9. Prague, Czech Republic
This Christmas market attracts visitors from all over the world every year, who are mesmerized by the beautiful backdrop of Prague’s Old Town.
When: November 26, 2022 to January 6, 2023
10. Cluj-Napoca, Romania
This Christmas market in Romania made it to 10th place in the ranking. It mainly attracts families.
When: November 11, 2022 to January 8, 2023
11. Montbeliard, France
Our neighboring country is known for beautiful Christmas markets. This includes the one in Montbéliard. Every year during the Advent season, the city continues its Württemberg traditions and organizes an extraordinary Christmas market. Then almost half a million people visit the beautifully illuminated and decorated streets and stalls in Montbéliard.
When: November 26 to December 24, 2022
12. Metz, France
From mid-November, French Metz transforms into a mix of lights, scents and decorated firs. The Christmas market is accompanied by a number of activities. On December 1st and 2nd, for example, the Saint Nicholas festival is celebrated on the Place de la Comédie.
When: November 18 to December 31, 2022
The Leipzig Christmas market dates back to 1458. 300 stalls are lined up in the historic old town. It is considered one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
When: November 22 to December 23, 2022
This Christmas market is also one of the oldest in Germany: the Striezelmarkt in Dresden attracts visitors every year with Advent traditions such as the Stollen Festival. A giant stollen is baked and cut in a Christmas ceremony.
When: November 23 to December 24, 2022
15. Basel, Switzerland
A Swiss Christmas market has also made it into the top 20 of the European ranking. The Basel Christmas market on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz is not only one of the most beautiful in Switzerland, but also in Europe. Every year in Advent, the city does everything it can to come up with the most beautiful Christmas decorations in Switzerland.
When: November 24 to December 23, 2022
16. Cologne, Germany
Cologne not only has carnival, but also Advent. The scent of apple strudel, Feuerzangenbowle and roasted almonds attract several million visitors to the Christmas market in the city on the Rhine every year.
When: November 18 to December 23, 2022
17. Nuremberg, Germany
The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the oldest and most traditional Christmas markets in the world. There you will find traditional, often handmade, Christmas decorations and sweet treats such as gingerbread and speculaas.
When: November 25 to December 24, 2022
18. Amiens, France
The largest Christmas market in northern France is in Amiens. In 130 stalls spread over two kilometers, it offers a suitable Christmas present for everyone.
When: November 26 to December 31, 2022
19. Seville, Spain
It is one of the “sunniest Christmas markets” in Europe. Every year it is visited by people from all over the world who come to buy traditional, handmade decorations and regional culinary delights.
When: December 17, 2022 to January 5, 2023
20. Chester, United Kingdom
In the city center of Chester, England, 70 little wooden shacks are lined up. A historic and magical Christmas market awaits you, which has prevailed in the ranking before London and Manchester.
When: November 18 to December 22, 2022