Christmas is by far the best time of year and our European friends get it spot on with their festive markets. Every year I book a trip for some Noel fun. If you like Mulled Wine, delicious pastries, handcrafted Christmas decorations and freezing your asses off; here are the top markets to visit.
Christmas Market in Old Town Square, is both visually stunning as well as being home to fantastic handmade craft stalls, Gluhwein and Bratwurst.
Gothic Architecture makes for gorgeous pictures and many hours of walking around to see it all.
If you like Beer, head on over to the Beer Museum with over 100 beers to try. There is a sample platter you can order with friends - makes for a fun alcohol infused evening.
Midnight or Dawn are the best times to head to Charles Bridge as you usually have it all to yourself. Hopefully, you will have a flurry of snow or fog to add more atmosphere.
Budapest is split in to Buda (the older side) and Pest (Modern side). The Buda side is extremely pretty with little pubs and cafes tucked away up on the palace hill.
Vörösmarty Square right in the heart of Pest is turned into a festive wonderland. The food stalls here are delicious serving a mixture of goulash, speciality meats and sausages - a must after looking around the stalls.
Home to thermal Spa's, a trip would not be complete without visiting one. Gellert is known as the museum spa due to it's decadent interior, whereas the Széchenyi spa is the most popular with tourist and the biggest.
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Outside the City Hall over 150 stalls are squashed into Rathausplatz for the annual festivities. Of all the markets I have been to this is the most impressive due to the pure size of it and how beautiful the City Hall looks lit up behind the stalls
There are around 10 other markets dotted around the city aswell. Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz is located between the Natural History Museum and Museum of Art which is a perfect place to recharge after visiting the museums.
You must visit Spittelberg Christmas Market, in the quaint side streets of Biederman Village you will worm your way around 100 stalls with handmade gifts for friends and families. There are lots of bars and restaurants nearby too.
Not the biggest Christmas market but what it doesn't offer in quantity it makes up for in quality. Full to the brim of near and far artisans, with actually decent Christmas gifts is a blessing as we all know some markets are full of tatt.
The Princes Garden Christmas Market has fairground rides, a Santa Express, Bars and Food.
As a whole I found Edinburgh to be a little cheaper than other European Cities I've visited.
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London is pretty spectacular at Christmas. There are so many places to visit. All of the streets Oxford, Bond and Carnaby make a huge effort in their Christmas Lights.
I always pop along to Harrods to see their window displays. Liberty is also special to take a look at around Christmas.
Winter Wonderland is the biggie! The one everyone goes to and for good reason. It is epic, large and super busy! Prepare to get very frustrated, especially if visiting on the weekends but with fairground rides, an ice bar and ice skating as well as lots of stalls...it's worth it