Christmas markets date back to the late Middle Ages, opening for only one or two days in early December, enabling people to mingle and stock up on food and other essential supplies for the hard winter months.
Today many European city squares sparkle with tens of thousands of glittering lights from hundreds of stalls from late November to just before Christmas Day. The smiling faces of the crowds, the music of merry-go-rounds, and the aroma of grilled sausages, roasted chestnuts and spiced mulled wine are the trademarks of the festive joy of Christmas markets. For locals and visitors alike a stroll through a Christmas market is a shopping delight infused with the festive spirit. THAI can take you to any of these outstanding Christmas markets with convenient non-stop departures from Bangkok.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is home to numerous famous Christmas markets, but it is the Christmas Markets in Schonbrunn, a former imperial summer residence of the Hapsburgs, and at the Rathaus (Vienna City Hall) that should not be missed. Visitors can browse and buy decorations like hand-made Christmas ornaments made from different materials such as papier mache and terracotta dolls, as well as other souvenirs like chocolate, honey and fairy tale-like biscuits. If all the shopping works up your appetite, Vienna sausages, pretzels and mulled wine are there to fill you with Christmas cheer.
Vienna Christmas Market opens from 18 November to 30 December 2017.
Christmas markets can be found in the centers of almost every German town, and the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Romer Square is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful, so enchanting that it is said “If the Frankfurt Christmas market doesn't put you in high spirits and get you in a special festive mood, no other Christmas market in Germany will.”
Visitors can enjoy browsing more than 200 stalls for a variety of gifts and treats like chocolates, Christmas cookies and Christmas decorations.
Frankfurt Christmas Market opens from 27 November to 22 December 2017.
Zurich has a reputation for being a conservative business and financial centre, but at Christmas it comes alive with an atmosphere of celebration. A glittering 50-foot-tall Christmas tree stands in Zurich Main Station and hundreds of stalls fill the streets of the charming old town district of Niederdorf. Sechseläutenplatz, in front of the Opera House, hosts one of Zurich’s biggest markets to welcome shoppers and food lovers.
Zurich Christmas Market opens from 23 November to 23 December 2017.
In Brussels, one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful squares and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is host to some 200 sparkling stalls set against the illuminated backdrop of The Grand Palace. The Brussels Christmas Market is hailed as Europe’s most distinctive with an endless choice of gifts, delicious Belgian chocolates and waffles, a skating rink and much more.
Brussels Christmas Market opens from 25 November to 31 December 2017.
It is no exaggeration that the Moscow Christmas Market is Europe’s most beautiful as it is located in Red Square and surrounded by brightly illuminated iconic landmarks and the coloured onion domes of St Basil’s cathedral. The market’s bric-a-brac is unique and includes Matryoshka nesting dolls, with the seasonal design of Ded Moroz, Old Man Frost. In addition, Moscow Christmas Market has the world’s biggest ice rink. You may be surprised to learn that Russians celebrate Orthodox Christmas on 7 January, which makes it the perfect Christmas market to enjoy if you can’t travel in December.
Moscow Christmas Market opens from 29 November 2017.
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