Best Christmas markets to visit in Europe 2023

Euan Robb


Christmas in Europe is a magical experience. The continent transforms into a winter wonderland, adorned with twinkling lights, snowy rooftops, and the rich aroma of festive treats. At the heart of this magic are the enchanting Christmas markets.

If you're planning a European escape this winter, we've rounded up the very best Christmas markets for 2023. And, don't forget to pack your FairFX Currency Card for hassle-free holiday spending.

Let’s unwrap the top markets!

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1. Vienna, Austria – Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Established in the 13th century, Vienna's main Christmas market in front of the Rathaus (City Hall) is a spectacle. With around 150 stalls offering handmade crafts, mouth-watering Austrian delicacies, and warm Glühwein, Vienna promises a traditional Christmas experience.

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2. Strasbourg, France – Christkindelsmärik

The oldest Christmas market in France, Strasbourg’s market is a must-visit. The city’s half-timbered houses are adorned with festive decorations, making it a picture-perfect backdrop for holiday shoppers.

3. Nuremberg, Germany – Christkindlesmarkt

One can't mention Christmas markets without giving a nod to Germany. Nuremberg’s market is famed for its gingerbread, bratwurst, and handmade toys. The opening ceremony, led by the angelic Christkind, is a sight to behold.

4. Prague, Czech Republic – Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square

Prague offers two main markets within a 5-minute walk from each other. Indulge in traditional Czech treats, shop for handcrafted goods, and warm up with a mug of svařené víno (mulled wine).

5. Tallinn, Estonia – Raekoja Plats

A lesser-known gem, Tallinn's Christmas market is an intimate affair with an authentic atmosphere. The snowy medieval town square offers handmade Estonian crafts and traditional festive foods.

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In Conclusion

Europe's Christmas markets offer a blend of tradition, tantalising treats, and festive shopping. While you immerse yourself in the yuletide magic, ensure a smooth travel experience with FairFX's Currency Card.

Here's to festive cheer and hassle-free spending in Europe's winter wonderland!

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