“From Christmas trees to festive songs, Germany has defined the holiday season. So it’s little wonder that Europe has fallen in love with another German tradition – the Christmas market.”
This handy infographic from Wimdu gives some interesting numbers and facts about the history and progression of the Christmas market tradition throughout Europe, including markets from Cologne, Germany; Birmingham, UK; Vienna, Austria; Gothenburg, Sweden; Strasbourg, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Prague, Czechia.
Cologne’s Christmas markets are some of the best and most famous in Germany – and in Europe, for that matter. As the Cologne Tourism website states, “When the Christmas markets in Cologne open their gates on the last Monday before Advent, millions of visitors from around the world delight at the goods on sale at the quaintly designed huts (or Buden).”
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market bills itself as “the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria.” Get a traditional German Xmas experience right in the heart of the United Kingdom.
Sweden’s largest Christmas market can be found at Liseberg Amusement park in Gothenburg.
The Christmas markets in Strasbourg are the oldest in France. Dating back to 1570, they are some of Europe’s oldest, as well.
Copenhagen, Denmark has a number of great Christmas markets, but the one in the Tivoli Gardens amusement park is number one, to most people.
In 2017, CNN ranked the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square Christmas markets of Czechia‘s Prague as among the top 10 in the world.