Most Romantic Christmas Markets in Europe
Discover the Most Romantic Christmas markets in Europe. Perfect for a romantic christmas city break this winter, the most beautiful and most romantic Christmas Destinations await you.
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From 11th November to 17th December 2023
"Magico Paese di Natale” is your most Romantic Christmas Market in Europe. This Christmas Market takes place in the little village of Govone, into the hills of Langhe-Roero, the wine region in Piedmont – Unesco World Heritage Site. This is one of the most important Christmas event in Italy, a magic experience that gives the opportunity of feeling Christmas atmosphere in a special place. In winter time, the entire village of Govone turns itself into the magic kingdom of Santa Claus, with a lot of cultural and gastronomic attractions.
There is the wonderful Christmas market, with artisans selected all over Italy. There is a Street Food area and a Magic Kingdom Wine shop, where visitor can find all the traditional local delicacy.
Opening dates: From 11 November to 17th December 2023 (only the weekends).
How to get there: Book your flights to Cuneo or Turin (1h by car or public transport).
Where to stay: "Agriturismo Monbertola" 1km from the Christmas Market.v
2. Budapest - Hungary
From 19th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024
The city of Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe at Christmas. Each year, the city invests in the decoration of the most beautiful monuments, the most beautiful arteries but also trams, public places. Budapest is really magic at Christmas.
If you are looking for an authentic place where you can still find the spirit of Christmas, forget London and Paris and discover Budapest at Christmas. The magnificent Christmas tree in front of the Hungarian Parliament is a perfect starting point for strolling around Budapest and marveling at the beauty of the decorations and illuminations of the Hungarian capital.
Small but charming, its Christmas Market is truly one of the Most Romantic Christmas Markets in Europe.
Opening dates: From 19th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest.
Where to stay: "Kempinski Budapest" situated in the real heart of Budapest.
3. Bath - UK
From 23rd November to 10th December 2023
Regularly voted amongst the most popular events in the UK, the 18-day Christmas shopping extravaganza is one of the Most Romantic Christmas Markets in Europe.
This year there will be lots of new and exciting stallholders from across the South West. In keeping with Bath Christmas Market’s tradition of being distinctively British, each chalet will be selling a variety of high-quality artisan products. Over 70% of stallholders are businesses from Bath and the surrounding region, and 60% of goods available at the market are handmade in the UK.
The Bath Christmas Market has a romantic atmosphere and attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK. Set in the picturesque streets surrounding Bath Abbey, there couldn’t be a more perfect and magical setting for a Christmas Market. The city also boasts a unique mix of independents, designer boutiques and high street brands. Needd more inspiration? Discover the Best Christmas Markets in the United Kingdom.
Opening dates: From 23rd November to 10th December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Bristol (45 min by car) or Southampton (1h45min).
Where to stay: "The Z Hotel Bath" is in a prime location in Bath.
4. Braunschweig - Germany
From 29th November to 29th December 2023
Every year, the squares around St. Blasii Cathedral are transformed into a beautiful Christmas market with elegant illuminations and a delightful atmosphere. 150 artisans and vendors will open their lovingly decorated stalls against an impressive historical backdrop.
With its 500-year tradition, the Braunschweig Christmas Market is amongst the Most Romantic Christmas Markets in Europe. Each year, it attracts several hundred thousand visitors. During your stay visit the Best Castles in Germany, Best Ski Resorts in Germany, Most Beautiful Secret Destinations in Germany and Best Places to Visit in Germany as well as the Best Christmas Markets in Germany.
Opening dates: From 29th November to 29th December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Braunschweig or Hannover (50 min by car/public transport).
Where to stay: "Magni Boutique Hotel". Perfect for a 2-night stay!
5. Mulhouse - France
From 24th November to 23rd December 2023
With exceptional decorations made of a unique fabric in Alsace, festive lighting and many animations, Mulhouse is definitely one of the Most Romantic Christmas Markets in Europe.
The distinctiveness of the Christmas market of Mulhouse comes from its link to its rich industrial textile history. For this 27th edition, the star will be of course this particular fabric.
Connecting authenticity and tradition, this fabric is however constantly renewed with originality and each year, a new and exclusive Christmas fabric dresses the whole city for that time of the year.
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Opening dates: From 24th November to 23rd December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Basel/Mulhouse Airport.
Where to stay: "La Maison Hôtel Mulhouse Centre" located in the city centre of Mulhouse.
6. Bruges - Belgium
From 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
From the end of November the historic city centre of Bruges will be transformed into one of the Most Romantic Christmas Markets in Europe.
In addition to a wonderful atmosphere and plenty of seasonal jollity, you will also be able to find that unusual last-minute present for someone special.
The Bruges Christmas and winter market will be located on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein, in the cosy city centre. There will be a good range of stalls offering all kinds of delicious local food and drinks. Home-made hot chocolate, ice-cold jenever, spiced glühwein... along with Belgian beers, cheeses and hearty dishes. There’s something for everyone. The Bruges winter market is also a great place to shop for an original Christmas gift. You’ll find a wide range of attractive, original and handmade Christmas presents. And choral concerts are planned for you to enjoy.
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Opening dates: From 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels (Zaventem Airport - 1h30 by car or public transport).
Where to stay: "Relais Bourgondish" 200 m from the Christmas Market.
7. Gdansk - Poland
From 23rd November 2023 to 1st January 2024
It is probably the most romantic Christmas market in Europe. A special place has been set up so that lovers can kiss under the mistletoe and hope to live a long lasting love story.
Situated in the historical centre of Gdańsk, the Christmas Fair is like a fairy tale. It captivates both visitors and locals who are most happy to spend their winter time here. The remarkable atmosphere of the Gdańsk Christmas fair is mostly created by the unique and mood-setting scenery.
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Opening dates: From 23rd November 2023 to 1st January 2024.
How to get there: Book your flights to Gdansk.
Where to stay: "IBB Hotel Dlugi Targ", perfect for a 3-night stay in the heart of Gdansk.
8. Basel - Switzerland
From 23rd November to 23rd December 2023
The Basel Christmas market is one of the Most Romantic Christmas Markets in Europe.
Basel has a deep-rooted tradition as Switzerland’s most beautiful and largest Christmas city, and is well worth a visit every year. Not only the well-preserved Old Town is radiant in the warm Christmas light, but the shops and the facades of many buildings glitter with a golden glow.
A magnificent Christmas tree stands on Münsterplatz, with ornaments by the well-known decorator Johann Wanner.
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Opening dates: 23rd November to 23rd December 2023.
How to get there: Book your flights to Basel Airport.
Where to stay: "Hyperion Hotel Basel", just a short walk from the Old Town; it offers a sauna and a fitness center.
9. Vienna - Austria
From 11th November to 26th December 2023
Vienna is with no doubt one of the Most Romantic Christmas Markets in Europe and the Best Christmas Market in Austria. One of the most well-known Christmas Markets is the traditional "Vienna Magic of Advent", which turns the City Hall Square into a shining fairytale land.
Christmas gifts, tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks are waiting for you and have fun Christmas workshops for kids. The trees of the surrounding City Hall are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights - a Viennese experience, you will definitely not want to miss!
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Opening dates: From 11th November to 26th December 2023.
Where to stay: "Sofitel Vienna" in the very heart of the city.
10. Rothenburg - Germany
From 1st December to 23rd December 2023
Once a year, the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber transforms itself into one of the Most Romantic Christmas Markets in Europe. Ever since the 15th century, the festive time prior to Christmas has been accompanied by a delightful Christmas Market. Looking back on over 500 years of tradition little has changed over the years and the historical customs have been closely followed.
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Opening dates: From 1st December to 23rd December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Nuremberg (1h15 by car) or Stuttgart (1h30).
Where to stay: "Hotel Reichs-Kûchenmeister". This 4-star hotel offers spa facilities and on-site parking.
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