December is a traditional time for Christmas markets in many large cities of the Old World. This year, the organization dedicated to the development of tourism in Europe, held a vote among tourists to determine the best Christmas markets in Europe, which was attended by more than two hundred thousand people. The votes were distributed as follows.

Tallinn, Estonia

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Where is Dates
On the Town Hall Square in the Old Town 16.11 – 7.01

What to try: warm roasted almonds, glögg (analogue of mulled wine), Estonian blood sausages, salmon and baked duck, stewed cabbage, chocolate molded into working tools.

What to buy: woolen socks, mittens and hats with animal faces embroidered on them, gingerbread, Christmas tree decorations, handmade candles.

More things to do: every Friday from 17:00 to 19:00, and on weekends from 12:00 to 14:00 on the main stage, installed on the Town Hall Square, local bands perform with musical and dance numbers.

More things to do: to even more immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Christmas, go to the night mass in one of the city’s churches.

Where to live:

hotel 1 * Fat Margaret’s – accommodation from 1 206 rubles / day;
hotel 3 * Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn – accommodation from 4,041 rubles / day;
hotel 4 * Hotel Ülemiste – accommodation from 5 277 rubles / day;
hotel 5 * Swissotel Tallinn – accommodation from 10 855 rubles / day.

Budapest, Hungary

Photo: Budapest
Photo: @aron_felszeghy / @benceszlovak / Instagram.comIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”
Where is Dates
On Vörösmarty Square 23.11 – 1.01
At the Basilica of St. Stephen 23.11 – 1.01
Photo: Budapest

Excursions from locals in Budapest

What to try: signature honey cakes, handmade sweets and Hungarian pizza with bacon, onions and cream, Hungarian sparkling wine, sweet pastries, buns stuffed with cabbage, fried goose, traditional Jewish layered cake with walnuts (flódni), fishermen’s soup (halászlé), fried pike perch or pig roasted on a spit over an open fire.

What to buy: knitted mittens, traditional fur hats or an iron candlestick, which will be made right there with you.

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More things to do: attend workshops on candle making, beading and gingerbread baking.

Where to live:

hotel 2 * Maverick Apartments – accommodation from 1,051 rubles / day;
hotel 3 * Budget Hotel Victoria – accommodation from 4 676 rubles / day;
4 * hotel Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments – accommodation from 5 834 rubles / day;
hotel 5 * Iberostar Grand Budapest – accommodation from 11 492 rubles / day.

Vienna, Austria

Photo: Vienna
Photo: @christian_kremser / @nurielmolcho / Instagram.comIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”
Where is Dates
At Stephansplatz 16.11 – 26.12
On the Town Hall Square 16.11 – 26.12
At Maria Theresa Square 21.11 – 26.12
On the square on Karlsplatz 23.11 – 23.12
In front of the Belvedere Palace 23.11 – 26.12 In front of Schönbrunn Palace 24.11 – 26.12
Photo: Vienna

Guided tours by locals in Vienna

What to try: hot sausages, pastries, sweets, mulled wine and punch.

What to buy: Christmas tree decorations and home decorations.

More things to do: visit one of the most beautiful skating rinks in Europe, located on the Town Hall Square. For children, fairs organize master classes on making festive gingerbread and painting candles.

Where to live:

hotel 2 * Do Step Inn – Hotel & Hostel – accommodation from 754 rubles / day;
hotel 3 * Hotel Viktoria – accommodation from 4 953 rubles / day;
hotel 4 * Star Inn Hotel Premium Wien Hauptbahnhof, by Quality – accommodation from 5 140 rubles / day;
hotel 5 * Melia Vienna – accommodation from 11 853 rubles / day.

Erfoot, Germany

Photo: Erfurt
Where is Dates
On Cathedral Square 27.11 – 22.12
At Willie Brandt Platz 27.11 – 22.12

What to try: Thuringian sausages – a local delicacy, up to 50 centimeters long, fried almonds, grilled dishes, butter bread, beer and mulled wine.

What to buy: products of local artisans – Christmas tree decorations, textiles, ceramics.

More things to do: be sure to go to the Fairytale Forest located right here, on Cathedral Square and listen to the concerts of brass bands on the street in the evenings.

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Where to live:

hotel 3 * Pension ILMHOF – accommodation from 3 392 rubles / day;
hotel 4 * Familienhotel Weimar – accommodation from 10 233 rubles / day.

Poznan, Poland

Photo: Poznan
Photo: Poznan.travel – Marek_Zakrzewski
Where is Dates
On the Old Market Square 17.11 – 21.12

What to try: a national Polish dish of stewed cabbage with meat – bigos, hot wine, pork knuckles, sausages, honey bread, fruit in chocolate.

What to buy: exquisite handicrafts, wrought iron candlesticks, Christmas tree decorations.

More things to do: Ride the Ferris wheel for stunning views of the city from its highest point.

Where to live:

hotel 2 * Opera Hostel – accommodation from 790 rubles / day;
hotel 3 * Hotel Korel – accommodation from 2,318 rubles / day;
4 * City Solei Boutique Hotel – accommodation from 4,094 rubles / day;
hotel 5 * Hotel Blow Up Hall 5050 – accommodation from 6 743 rubles / day.

Brussels, Belgium

Photo: Brussels
Photo: VisitBrussels E. Danhier
Where is Dates
On the Grand Place 30.11 – 6.01
On St. Catherine’s Square 30.11 – 6.01

What to try: seafood, French fries, Belgian waffles, powdered sugar donuts, chocolates and specialty beers.

What to buy: souvenirs hand-made robots, things made of wool, all kinds of products made of wood, glass and ceramics.

More things to do: visit the skating rink on La Monnaie square, ride the Ferris wheel, which is installed near the shopping arcade, and other carousels. The city also hosts a large number of theatrical performances and nightly light shows.

Where to live:

hotel 2 * Brxxl 5 City Center Hostel – accommodation from 1 808 rubles / day;
3 * Hotel Catalonia Brussels – accommodation from 4,138 rubles / day;
hotel 4 * Thon Hotel Brussels City Center – accommodation from 5 375 rubles / day;
5 * Hotel Metropole – accommodation from 7 544 rubles / day.

Aachen, Germany

Photo: Aachen
Photo: Dan Race
Where is Dates
On the square in front of the cathedral and the city hall 23.11 – 23.12

What to try: famous Aachen gingerbread (Aachener Printen), mulled wine, all kinds of sweets.

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What to buy: painted candlesticks, home and Christmas tree decorations.

More things to do: play curling with the locals and take part in the prize draw at the Christmas market.

Where to live:

hotel 3 * Landhaus Thome – accommodation from 4 353 rubles / day;
hotel 4 * INNSIDE by Melia Aachen – accommodation from 11,232 rubles / day.

Prague, Czech Republic

Photo: Prague
Photo: @vetrana / @praguetoday / Instagram.com
Where is Dates
On Peace Square 1.12 – 6.01
On the Rear Square 1.12 – 6.01
On Republic Square 1.12 – 6.01
On Wenceslas Square 1.12 – 6.01
On the Old Town Square 1.12 – 6.01

What to try: roasted pork and smoked sausages, roasted chestnuts, sweet bread, gingerbread and shortbread, muffins, beer, mulled wine and medovina.

What to buy: handmade jewelry made of wood, woolen socks and slippers, Czech crystal products.

More things to do: Attend evening concerts at the Cathedral of Saint Clement, Basilica of Saint George and the Church of Saint Salvator.

Where to live:

hotel 2 * Sophie’s Hostel – accommodation from 1 209 rubles / day;
hotel 3 * A Nice Place to Stay Apartments – accommodation from 3,769 rubles / day;
4 * Expo Hotel – accommodation from 4 672 rubles / day;
hotel 5 * Hotel Metropole – accommodation from 9 779 rubles / day.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Photo: Cluj-Napoca
Where is Dates
On the Unirii square 23.11 – 30.12

What to try: sweets, sweet bread, hot winter drinks.

What to buy: handmade music boxes, all kinds of wood crafts, designer jewelry.

More things to do:visit master classes for children and adults, which are held in Santa’s house, take part in all kinds of competitions held by the organizers.

Where to live:

hotel 2 * Zen Hostel by Pura Vida – accommodation from 867 rubles / day;
3 * hotel Pensiunea Sada – accommodation from 2 088 rubles / day;
hotel 4 * Pensiunea Bellagio – accommodation from 2,589 rubles / day;
hotel 5 * Grand Hotel Italia – accommodation from 6 978 rubles / day.

Photo credit: Daniel Koehler

* Accommodation prices are indicated at the time of writing. The cost indicated in the material and the total price may differ.