The 7 best Christmas markets in the world


Salzburg, Austria
Scent of mulled wine and stalls with traditional Christmas knick-knacks, the Salzburg Christmas market is one of the most popular haunts. Said to go back as far as the 15th century, it’s located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress. The Oberndorf Christmas Market, a village north of Salzburg, is where the world’s favourite Christmas carol, “Silent Night”, was written.

Cologne, Germany
The German city offers eight Christmas markets with wooden pavilions that offer mulled wine and traditional foods – bratwurst, yeast dumplings with jam and vanilla sauce, crepes and chocolate. The city’s Floating Christmas Market on the River Rhine has culinary fare from all over the world and there are choir performances in the City Hall.


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