Five Alternative European Christmas Markets

Five Alternative European Christmas Markets

The traditional Christmas market originated in Dresden as far back as 1434, but Christmas markets can now be found across Europe, collectively attracting millions of visitors each year. With sparkling Christmas lights adorning snowy trees, aromas of chestnuts roasting on open fires, and traditional mulled wine warming you down to your toes, Europe’s Christmas markets are guaranteed to leave you feeling festive.

Selling everything from handmade wooden toys to traditional local cuisine here’s our pick of the most magical European markets to visit this winter.

Nuremberg, Germany

Sweet Gingerbread Hearts, Nuremberg Christmas Markets

Nuremberg Old Town is transformed into a Christmas city, where fresh greenery and sweet gingerbread hearts decorate the stalls. Here you’ll find traditional handmade wooden Christmas decorations and the famous Zwetschgenmännle prune men. And of course, it wouldn’t be a German Christmas market without mulled wine and roasted sugared almonds.

Strasbourg, France

Christmas Tree in Strasbourg, France

Several town squares around the UNESCO World Heritage site of Strasbourg host Christmas markets, each with their own unique characteristics. The oldest and best-known Christkindelsmärik in Place Brogile, features over 300 wooden chalets. Browse beautifully decorated Christmas stalls brimming with handmade decorations, local delicacies, and Alsatian fare. For an even more magical experience, take a short stroll over to Place Kléber, where you’ll find the square illuminated by the city’s iconic 30-metre-tall Christmas tree.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Old Town Square at Christmas TIme

For five weeks of the year, Prague’s iconic Old Town Square transforms into a magical Winter Wonderland. A celebration of traditional Czech culture and handicrafts, you can browse stalls stocked with embroidered lace, wooden toys, Christmas ornaments, and traditional puppets and dolls. When hunger strikes, there’s plenty of classic Czech foods to indulge in; roasted hams, klobása(barbecue sausages) and the hot sugar-coated chimney cake known as Trdelnik.

Krakow, Poland

Christmas market at the Main Market square of Krakow

In the centre of Krakow’s Old Town, the Main Market Square is filled with wooden stalls offering Bolesławiec Pottery, traditionalSzopkas (nativity icons) and fresh mistletoe. Foodies can’t miss out on oscypek (a traditional Polish smoked cheese made from sheep milk), topped with jam. For a truly unique Christmas experience, take a short walk to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, where you can watch a live nativity scene and be entertained by bands and carollers.

Vienna, Austria

Spiced Mulled Wine at Vienna Christmas Markets

Vienna has over twenty official Advent Markets across the city, but no setting is more beautiful for a Christmas market than Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace. The tempting aromas of warm punch and freshly baked Vanillekipferl (crescent biscuits) fill the air around this neoclassical palace – the perfect place to sample hearty Austrian delights.


10 Reasons to Spend Christmas in Europe

From experiencing atmospheric festive traditions, to embracing the après ski scene in Europe’s most idyllic mountain towns, with our favourite time of year approaching, we take a look at why you should spend Christmas in Europe.

Christmas in Europe

The Christmas Markets

There aren’t many traditions more evocative of Christmas in Germany than the season’s outdoor markets. Between the bustling stalls, visitors can sip on steaming cups of mulled wine and tuck into warm stöllen and roast chestnuts. In fact, these Bavarian-style markets can be found all over Europe, from the romantic Austrian city of Salzburg, to England’s vibrant capital, London.

Outdoor Ice Rinks

Christmas markets often come hand-in-hand with sparkling open-air ice rinks. The Natural History Museum Swarovski Ice Rink and Skate at Somerset House – two of London’s most popular rinks – are celebrated as destinations in their own right, each set within impressive surroundings, amidst architectural grandeur and twinkling lights. 

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Seasonal Shows 

Performances spanning a wide range of genres are on offer across Europe year-round, but December brings an influx of festive shows, perfect for a seasonal dose of Christmas spirit. From classic pantomimes such as Cinderella to nostalgic plays like The Snowman and whimsical ballet The Nutcracker, London certainly stands out for its theatrical offering. 

Cosy Winter Fare 

With the wintery days and first snowfall comes a feast of warming winter fare, which is distinct to each location. Indulge in a rich fondue or raclette on the Swiss slopes, tuck into an Italian beef stew infused with rosemary and red wine, or embrace the heartiest of French festive cuisine.

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Warming Winter Cocktails 

Mulled wine and hot spiced cider are of course widespread at this time of year. But with such an outstanding selection of bars across Europe’s most happening cities, this is just the beginning of the winter cocktail offering. Step into chic bars and onto cosy winter terraces to try a new Christmas tipple. 

The Mountain Towns 

Flanked by snow-capped mountains and pine forest, there aren’t many settings more idyllic at this time than Europe’s mountain towns. Dotted across the 1,200-kilometre expanse of the Alps are a number of romantic Alpine towns, each of which has its own unique appeal.

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The Aprés Ski 

While some of these Alpine towns offer tranquillity, others are at the heart of Europe’s vibrant après ski scene. Join the skiers of towns such as St Moritz and Cortina d’Ampezzo as they come in from the slopes to celebrate the setting with a glass of Champagne. 

Nostalgic Settings 

From alpine lodges to manor house hotels and grand castles, nostalgic settings abound throughout Europe. After all, what better way to end the day than sitting by a roaring log fire amid such splendour? 

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The Annual Traditions 

While many traditions have been adopted worldwide, some of Europe’s festive customs have remained lesser known, from regional culinary specialties across Italy, to the handicrafts that can be found in Germany’s Christmas markets.

The Winter Festivals

A number of festivals pop up across Europe during the build-up to Christmas, bringing together the season’s markets, shows, ice rinks and more, all in one place. One of the most popular in London is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, where highlights this year include The Nutcracker on Ice.


The 16 Most Charming Christmas Markets in Europe

There’s nothing in the world quite like the holiday season in Europe, and if you’re there from late November through the New Year, it’s easy to see why: There are wooden chalets in 13th-century towns, snow-capped cathedrals, seasonal cookies and cakes in display windows (better still: in your mouth), and of course, all the hot mulled wine you can drink. Put all of it together, and the towns practically twinkle with fairy-tale festiveness. We’d venture to say there’s hardly a wrong way to do Christmas across the continent, but it’s worth hitting some of the biggest celebrations first. Here, in no particular order, are 17 of the best Christmas markets in Europe.


23 Best Places to Spend Christmas: The World’s Most Festive Cities

We’re all for snow days and cuddling up with loved ones by the fire, but the month of December is also prime time for traveling—mainly to see how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas. These cities are worth a visit any time of year, sure, but they seem to be exceptionally magical during the holiday season. Whether they’re European classics with storybook Christmas markets, Asian cities where you can see twinkling lights from a rooftop pool, or ski paradises right here in the U.S., some celebrations are worth the price of a plane ticket. And let’s face it: You haven’t really seen Christmas lights until you’ve seen 26 million lights all at once (we’re looking at you, Colombia). From Cologne to Cape Town, here are the best places to spend Christmas this year.


Best Christmas Destinations In Europe

With Christmas  just a few months away, now it’s the best time to plan your holidays in one of Europe’s best Christmas markets.  In this post, top travel bloggers from around the world share their favourite Christmas destinations in Europe.

Nuremberg – Germany 

Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany gets our stamp of approval for being our favourite European Christmas destination. This unofficial Franconian capital city holds a Christmas Market – Christkindlesmarkt – every year, and has been doing so since 1628; a time when Christmas gift-giving to children started in the region.

The city’s Christmas Market is located in the quaint and charming Old Town Hauptmarkt (market square) where 180 stalls await visitors. The Christmas Market typically runs from the last week in November up to Christmas Eve. Visitors to the market can enjoy all sorts of things, such as horse carriage rides; regional foods (be sure to try the Nuremberg sausages – 3 on a bun); libations such as Gluhwein (mulled wine); handmade local products; souvenir and gift shopping; the children’s Christmas market where the Christkind visits with kids.

Being part of this festival that is always packed with both locals and tourists is worth taking a trip to Nuremberg. It is a time where everyone there revels in the atmosphere and conviviality of the season.

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Nuremberg Christmas-Market photo by wavejourney.com

Prague, Czech Republic

We love to be with our friends & family during the holidays, but if you could take them anywhere in the world for Christmas, it would be Prague. We have visited Prague several times and just last year in December when all the Prague Christmas markets were set up. Prague is the perfect place to travel to during the Christmas season. There are a ton of things to do in Prague year-round, and it’s magical to see Old Town Prague transform into a gorgeous picturesque Christmas market.

Nothing beats having a cup of hot gluhwein as you wander the streets of Prague. The weather is chilly but very pleasant, we have visited in the summer heat, and we much prefer the cooler temperatures. Stop in the local restaurants and shops to warm with some local treats or do a bit of Christmas shopping. Prague really is the perfect Christmas destination.

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Prague Christmas Market photo by GettingStamped

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is without a doubt one of the most exciting European destinations to visit over Christmas. This cosmopolitan capital puts on quite the celebration during the holiday season, drawing thousands of visitors to marvel over its elaborate Christmas decorations. In addition to being decked out in lights and embellishments, Berlin also plays host to over 60 Christmas markets in the months of November and December. Each market is unique but full of beautiful stalls with great food, delicious mulled wine, souvenirs, Christmas decorations, crafts, and so much more. We’ve only had a chance to visit a few markets during our brief visit to Berlin in 2012, so we can’t wait for a chance to one day go back to Berlin for more Christmas fun.

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Berlin at Christmas photo by Drink Tea and Travel

Dresden, Germany

Home to Germany’s oldest Christmas Market, Dresden is a must-visit destination during the festive Christmas season. The top draw in the city is Striezelmarkt, the famous market which came up in 1434 and has been around ever since. Located in the centre of the city at Altmarkt Square, the visit to the market is incomplete without trying out the traditional hot wine, Gluehwein, and the German Christmas Cake, Hefestriezel, which also gave the market its name. There is something for the kids too, and these are famous Christmas toys from the Ore Mountains like nutcrackers, incense smokers among others. Despite the cold, the markets are open till late and are a great place to end your day with a local meal.

However, this is not the only market to be explored, and other recommended markets include Medieval Christmas Market and Frauenkirche Christmas Market, both within walking distance to each other in the heart of old city.

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Dresden Christmas Market photo by the Wanderer

Brussels, Belgium

Christmas is a time to be with family, so for as long as I can remember I`ve always been home for Christmas. In Belgium, we always celebrate with a large family dinner and by visiting a nearby Christmas market. Almost every city has it’s own Christmas market so there’s a lot of good choices!
Brussels organises one of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe. Besides the impressive spruce tree in the middle of the Grand Place, the main attractions are the Sound & light show, the Ferris wheel and the numerous Christmas stalls around the Fish Market.
Most people visit the Brussels Christmas market for the great atmosphere, the lights, the chalets full of Christmas presents and, of course, the genever and gluhwein! On Saturday, there’s also a large Christmas Parade!
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Brussels Christmas Market photo by Inspiring Travellers

Copenhagen, Denmark

Far up north, in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, the month of December is full of old traditions, delicious food and snow-covered Christmas trees. The city is most beautiful after dark when the cobblestone streets light up in the glow from thousands of Christmas decorations. In the city’s old port, Nyhavn, the charming wooden ships in the frozen canals make for some excellent Christmas pictures.

It’s not really Christmas, though, until you’ve had the Danish version of mulled wine and pastries called gløgg and æbleskiver. The best place to get this is at the traditional Christmas market in Tivoli, a 150-year-old amusement park in downtown Copenhagen. Once a year it turns into a magical winter wonderland full of elves and strolling families. In the market, you find anything from home-knit slippers to delicious Danish sweets and possibly also the coziest Christmas atmosphere you’ve ever experienced.

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Copenhagen at Christmas photo by the Rucksack Ramblings

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland really sparkles at Christmas time, and one of the hottest destinations in December is the capital, Edinburgh (pronounced, Edin – bruh / Edin – bur – uh). The city is littered with the typical lodge style wooden huts that serve European style mulled wine and sell Scottish trinkets and crafts which make nice souvenir festive gifts. The Christmas market also boasts of adult chair-o-planes, an ice rink, and Santa’s grotto. I would strongly advise sticking around Scotland for the biggest celebration of the year, Hogmanay. Hogmanay is New Year’s Eve to all you none – Scots out there. Bring in the bells with a bang with Edinburgh Festival’s firework display, live music, and street ceilidh.

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Edinburgh Christmas Market, 2014 by Graham Campbell /CC BY-SA 2.0

Florence, Italy

Spending a Christmas in Florence Italy last year was one of my most incredible travel experiences in Europe. The streets of Florence are filled with people, bright from the millions of lights, and smells great from all the delicious food on every corner. We spent four days here last Christmas in an old AirBnb and couldn’t believe how the Christmas feeling just lingered in the air before and after December 25th. One of our more memorable moments was heading to a Christmas night mass and watching all the Italians come together with their family. We can’t speak a word of Italian, but it was still wonderful to experience!

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Christmas in Florence photo by the World Pursuit

Krakow, Poland

One of our favourite places to spend Christmas in Europe is Krakow. It is the most beautiful city in Poland. There is always a lot going there!
On December, there is a Christmas Market at Krakow‘s Old Town and the other (smaller) next to Galeria Krakowska shopping mall. You can eat there traditional Polish food like bigos, golabki and pierogi or drink Grzaniec Galicyjski; Polish mulled wine.
In contrary to the popular Xmas destinations of Europe, like Paris, London or Berlin, Krakow is not that crowded, and it’s definitely cheaper. For an apartment in the heart of the city, you will pay $70 or less.
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Krakow photo by Karolina & Patryk

Bremen is also known for having one of the best Christmas markets in Germany. 

Rovaniemi, Finland

This is considered to be the best Christmas destination in Europe thanks to its unique setting and culture. As the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi is the official home of Santa making it a great place to visit for the Christmas season. You can visit his home, called the Santa Claus Village, which is decorated with ornaments and lights and even stop by the Santa Claus Main Post Office, run by elves, where you can write and send a postcard from the magnificent Arctic Circle. Besides this, you can also take a tour of some local reindeer farms or spend some time hiking to a dark spot to catch the glowing Northern Lights illuminating the sky.

You can even stop by the Ranua Wildlife Park which is a zoo filled with native arctic animals, like polar bears and owls. If you’re looking for more outdoor activities, you can try snowshoeing in the nearby forest or head out to a secluded lake to go ice fishing with the locals to catch herring and pike. On the other hand, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try to make your own igloo, under the guidance of a professional, which you can later sleep in. You can also take a quick swim in Ounaskoski Beach where many locals enjoy venturing to for a chilly winter swim.

Best Christmas destinations in Europe - Rovaniemi

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt transforms into a magical place for the Christmas season. Often covered in fresh layers of snow, this village features traditional Austrian houses scattered around the hillside as well as a large lake that freezes over and becomes a popular spot for ice skating. Hallstatt offers many festive stalls at its Christmas market you can shop at to buy goodies like fresh gingerbread and cider. You’ll find fragrant Christmas trees lined up around the area and can try a local specialty – spicy smoked fish caught fresh from the nearby lake.

This UNESCO region features plenty of outdoor activities you can partake in like snowshoeing and skiing. You can also visit the Hallstatt Museum which holds ancient artifacts uncovered from the local salt mines, like the Altaussee Salt Mine which is the oldest one in the world. At night, you can catch a horse-drawn carriage which will take you around the village so you can experience the Christmas season here even better.

Best Christmas destinations in Europe - Hallstatt

The Dolomites, Italy

This mountain range is a stunning place to venture to during the Christmas season and is one of the top Christmas destinations in Europe for many reasons. Usually covered in snow, you can walk around the area to visit local Christmas markets which sell handmade items and homemade food. The area features five different markets which are located in Bressanone, Vipiteno, Merano, Trento, and Bolzano.

The market in Bressanone is situated in the midst of a medieval city and known for its selection of handmade glass, barley soup, and mulled wine. You can walk around the area for a romantic evening stroll while listening to the faint voices of carolers and smelling the aroma of fresh garlands and cinnamon. If you’re looking for some other unique things to do while in the Dolomites, you can try bobsledding at the Cortina Adrenaline Center or sign up to go on a sled ride during the night through the majestic mountain range while stargazing.

Best Christmas destinations in Europe - Dolomites

Swedish Lapland

When many think about the best Christmas holidays in Europe, their mind might wander to the Swedish Lapland. This area is often a tranquil place filled with freshly fallen snow on pine trees with reindeer trotting around. Situated near the Arctic Circle, the Swedish Lapland is the best European Christmas destination thanks to its rich history and cheerful Christmas spirit. While here, you can get around by walking or taking a sleigh. You can also go skiing or snowmobiling through its fragrant forests.

This area is very traditional so you’ll find many old Christmas markets and scenery to enjoy. Once you’re done shopping at some of them, you can stop by one of the nearby village restaurants or cafes where you can eat some traditional food like smoked salmon, mushroom salad, and cinnamon rice pudding while sitting by a crackling wood fire. Some other things you can do while enjoying the Christmas season here is to hike up to the Aurora Sky Station to see the Northern Lights or stop by the Gammelstad Church Village which is a UNESCO site featuring a 15th century church surrounded by bright red buildings.

Best Christmas destinations in Europe - Swedish Lapland

Zermatt,  Switzerland

This small spot in Switzerland is one of the best places in Europe to spend Christmas thanks to its majestic mountain views and impressive holiday décor. While in Zermatt, you can catch a glimpse of the famous Matterhorn while walking around the main square which is decorated with twinkling lights and fresh garlands. To get around, you can catch a ride on a horse-drawn carriage which will take you around to various areas in Zermatt. One unique thing to do while here is to take the Gornergrat Cog Railway up to the top of the Alps where you can go skiing or just get amazing panoramic views of the area below. While at the top, you can also check out the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise which features incredible ice sculptures made in the shapes of cars, dragons, and even a throne.

When you’re done exploring, you can stop by one of the many small restaurants to try some fresh fondue and chocolate. You can also try traditional rösti, a dish made out of potatoes and butter.  If you happen to visit during the last few days of December, you can also listen to Zermatt’s Christmas concert which plays classical music pieces. For those looking for some adventurous things to do while here for the season, you can try walking down the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge which is one of the largest in the world. You’ll be able to view the mountainous region even better while walking across it making it a great place to snap some pictures. Keep in mind, Zermatt doesn’t allow cars, so to get around you’ll either have to walk, use a carriage, or hop on a train.

Best Christmas destinations in Europe - Zermatt

So where are you spending Christmas this year? Do you have a favourite Christmas destination? Write us bellow in the comments!


Europe’s Best Christmas Markets 2018

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Christmas is coming and a trip to a Christmas market will be a huge treat for kids! We’ve put together this list of the best Christmas markets in Germany, Austria, France and beyond with a baby or toddler.

Strasbourg

27th of November – 31st of December

This Christmas market has been named best in Europe in 2015 (for the second year running). With its some 300 chalets spread over 11 sites in the city centre, it is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. You will find arts and crafts, food and typical Alsatian Christmas decorations. The market is spread throughout the streets and squares of the city and there is even a children’s village at Place St Thomas which invites little ones into a make-believe world of Christmas. Entrance to the Village is free however, there is limited space available. There is a handy fast tram network to take you to vintage markets along the main square and back along the river Rhine. Strasbourg-Entzheim international airport is just 10 km away from the city centre and the Hilton Hotel is a central option which caters well to families.

Vienna

15th of November – 26th of December

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The Christmas markets in Vienna truly are an age-old tradition. There are over 20 official Advent Markets located throughout the city which sell an array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats. One of the most impressive markets is the Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall. The unique backdrop gives this market a charm of its own, and the delicious aromas are sure to lull visitors into the seasonal joy. Inside the City Hall on the ground floor there is an area dedicated to children, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies or candles. You can also listen to international choirs singing carols with free entrance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Vienna is a very baby and toddler friendly city with plenty of amenities and facilities for little ones. You can get from the airport to the city centre by train in only 16 minutes. The Vienna Sporthotel is centrally located and excellent for families with large rooms.

Nuremberg

28th November – 24th December

nuremburgThis is a great market for toddlers where you will be enchanted by the special and festive atmosphere of the city. With its hundreds of years of history, the traditional market has loads to offer.  Since 1999, the Children’s Christmas Market on Hans-Sachs-Platz, with its special programs geared for children, has appealed to the whole family. Here, right next to the Christkindlesmarkt, you can find a nostalgic two-tiered merry-go-round, a mini Ferris wheel and a steam railway. There is also a Christmas bakery, where the children can bake little shooting stars, teddy bears or hearts and decorate them. At the children’s post office, kids can post letters to Santa. There are also other kids activities where children can make their own special presents such as candles. The city itself is very baby and toddler friendly and most restaurants will offer high chairs and have changing tables. Using the subway system, the airport is only 12 minutes away from the city center and there are plenty of baby and toddler friendly hotels in the city such as the Novotel Nürnberg Am Messezentrum Hotel which has family rooms.

Prague

29th November – 1st January

PraguePrague offers the perfect setting for the festive season, with its stunning castle, Old Town and Charles Bridge lit up like Christmas trees.The Prague Christmas markets are open daily at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. A ‘Winter wonderland’ awaits, for families to soak up the festive atmosphere. You can browse the stalls and enjoy Christmas carols, hearty food and hot wine.The Christmas market at the Old Town Square has a stable, where children can stroke sheep, goats and a donkeys. The Aquapalace Hotel Prague is very family friendly and has loads of facilities for babies but is a bit out of the centre.

Salzburg

20th November – 26th December

salzburg-cathedral-708761_1920Salzburg may be the city of Mozart, but it’s also the city of Josef Mohr, the local composer who wrote Silent Night, one of the world’s most famous Christmas carols. Salzburg’s Christkindlmarkt takes place around the cathedral, with huts gathered at the foot of Hohensalzburg Fortress. The “Christkind” and its angels will walk through the Christmas Market on the four Saturdays before Christmas between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. The gentle beings enchant visitors when they walk across Cathedral and Residence Square, making children’s eyes shine. The  Regent Petite France and the Novotel Strasbourg Centre Halles are central and welcoming baby and toddler friendly hotels.

Munich

27th November – 24th December

munichMunich’s main markets are organised around a 100-foot Christmas tree in Marienplatz, where getting stuck into the Germanic fare is one of the most satisfying things a seasonal visitor can do. This is just the beginning and Rindermarkt specialises in handmade cribs. The Christmas Village in the Kaiserhof Residenz courtyard has animated scenes of St. Nikolaus, friendly creatures in the wood, fairies and elves in the forest. The gay Christmas Market on Stephansplatz is great fun with its pink trees and cross-dressing carol singers and it even has a special kids market. Wittelsbacher Platz also has a special area dedicated for kids. The Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is a fantastic hotel; its central and great for babies and younger kids.

Worms (1 hour South of Frankfurt)

24th November – 23rd December

wormsAn hour south of Frankfurt and claiming to be “Germany’s oldest city”, Worms proves that small really is beautiful. Strings of lights fan out above the 50 stalls located in the market square. Ice skaters skate on the temporary rink, while children pet the real animals in the “living manger” and get to meet Santa and get a gift of a toy. As well classical music and traditional brass players, there are gospel choirs and even a carol-singing flash mob. From Friday to Sunday traditional and contemporary Christmas songs are performed on the Christmas market stage. Every Sunday in Advent at 2pm you can discover Worms from a fresh perspective on a guided Christmas tour.  Hotel Huttl is a great options with little ones.

Brussels

27th November – 3rd January

Brussels offers five weeks of markets filled with  colorful stalls, fantastic gift ideas and original tasting sessions. Christmas in Brussels is like a scene from a fairy tale and the markets seems to get bigger every year. It now covers almost 2 kilometres of the city. Each of the 240 market stalls is a little wooden-roofed hut selling mainly arts and crafts or food and drink, all of them having a pan-European flavour. The quaint stalls continue, punctuated every now and again by a 35 metre toboggan slope, a big-wheel illuminated with 18,000 lights and, of course, the 200 foot-long skating rink. There is also a gorgeous Christmas tree, a festive Christmas Parade, a Ferris wheel, the merry-go-rounds. The Hotel Amigo is a fantastic baby friendly hotel in Brussels with everything you will need including sterilizers, baby baths, nappies and toys. Babysitters can also be booked last minute.

Dresden

26th November- 24th December


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If you like Christmas, you’ll love Dresden where eleven different Christmas markets lie right at your feet.The Dresden Striezelmarkt is located on the Altmarkt Square, in the historical city centre. It is surrounded by various themed Christmas Markets, stretching up to the main railway station and the Albertplatz. The Traditional Christmas Market at the Frauenkirche is at the heart of Dresden’s historic old town where a romantic Christmas scene reveals itself amidst the festive lights. The market is located on a laneway home to some 45 merchants selling traditional handicrafts and culinary specialities.  Children who happen to meet Santa in Münzgass at 4pm and who perfectly recite a poem or song to him will be lucky enough to receive gifts from Santa’s sack. The Hilton and The Park Inn by Radisson are fantastic family friendly options in the heart of Dresden.

Hyde Park, London

20th November – 3rd January


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The market in Hyde Park, central London has two circuses, an observation wheel and an ice-skating rink that circles the Victorian bandstand. There’s also an ice forest with intricate sculptures and ice castles in a ‘Magical Ice Kingdom and a traditional, German style Christmas market’. There’s also the child friendly ‘Santa Land’ complete with Santa’s grotto. Churros, frothy hot chocolate and mulled wine are on every market stall. The Athenaeum Hotel is a great option for those travelling with babies and toddlers. where rooms are stocked with sippy cups, plastic bowls, bibs and cutlery, teddies, building blocks, toy trains and story books. See ‘London’ for some great baby and toddler hotel suggestions near Hyde Park.

Other great markets can be found at Valkenburg in Holland (set in caves), Lucerne in Switzerland, Stockholm in Sweden, Innsbruck in Austria, Cologne and Berlin in Germany, Copenhagen in Denmark, Krakow in Poland and Vilnius in Lithuania and Paris in France. Unfortunately we didn’t have the space for all of them but wherever you go have a …

Happy Christmas!


15+ Christmas Europe Breaks For Every Budget

Category : Christmas , Europe

Ski, sun and Christmas markets! There are a variety of reasons to visit Europe during Winter. Whack the heating up, get your onesie on and get ready to be whisked into some serious winter wanderlust with the following tried and tested winter holiday ideas for Europe.

Christmas Europe Breaks

1. Alsace – France, Wine, Wine, and More Wine!

France’s Alsace region in the east is a dream when December comes around. The joint German-French influence creates an area that offers incredible food, stunning architecture, local beer and wine, and a true appreciation for Christmas. Strasbourg’s Christmas markets are bustling, the entire town is dressed up, and there is holiday cheer everywhere. Then, as you leave Strasbourg and head into the smaller villages along the wine route, the Christmas markets are smaller but absolutely packed with locals and tourists alike. Colmar is second to Strasbourg in terms of popularity, it looks like a fairytale Christmas village.

In all the towns, the stalls sell everything from pretzels and mulled wine to handmade ornaments and home-wares. Each one has its own cup that you have to purchase in order to get mulled wine or beer at the stands (our favourites were the glass mugs from Kayersberg) – you can return them at the end to get your money back. Oh, and did we mention that this is all located along the wine route, meaning there are plenty of wineries to pop into along the way? Our recommendation is to fly into Basel and hire a car – driving through all of the villages is the best way to see the area and remember to visit the Christmas markets. Joyeux Noël! <—- White, red, rose, hot, chilled… I love wine!

Alsace Region, France Best Christmas Europe Breaks

Does mulled wine make a city one of the best European winter breaks?

2. Andermatt in the Snowy Swiss Alps

In 1864, a local hotelier in St Moritz, in the Swiss Alps, offered a money-back guarantee to a few British holidaymakers, offering a winter trip to his local hotel that would be just as rewarding as the summer trip they were enjoying. The bet was placed, the visitors enjoyed their trip and the hotelier never had to make payment. Like this, winter ski vacations in Switzerland and St Moritz as the capital of the wealthy and glamorous world of alpine skiing holidays became popular. But rather than crowded and expensive St Moritz, consider Andermatt for your next Christmas vacation.

A tiny village after the Oberlap Pass, Andermatt has remained the choice of adventurous and off-piste skiers instead of the après-ski fans. The village is all walkable, reachable by train and now features a fabulous and sleek hotel The Chedi complete with ski school, in-room fireplaces and the most stylish spa with an outdoor pool. The investment will soon change the face of this speck of alpine beauty so go now before that happens and enjoy Christmas markets, skiing and the postcard-perfect landscapes of a snow-capped mountain.

Andermatt | Austria | Best Christmas Europe BreaksAndermatt: snug & snowy Xmas breaks in Europe!

3. Austria and Vienna’s 20 Christmas Markets

 Austrians take their Christmas markets seriously. During the festive season, every city and town has a Christmas market. As the capital, Vienna tops them all with a profusion of markets. The city has 20 official Christmas markets and lots of other smaller neighbourhood markets. It’s enjoyable to see the city – warming yourself with a cup of gluhwein and shopping for traditional handicrafts and ornaments. For non-drinkers and children, there is a non-alcoholic version of the gluhwein. The biggest of the markets is held in front of Vienna’s City Hall, the Christkindl Market. The festive cheer spills out into the nearby park, Rathaus Park, where the trees are decorated with giant ornaments and there is entertainment for the children. <—- Nice to hear of a kid-friendly city. Sounds like an ideal place to take them for their Christmas holidays in Europe.

Austria | Best Christmas Europe Breaks

4. Barcelona & The Yuletide Poo

Barcelona is beautiful during Christmas time. The entire city is decorated with Christmas lights. Some shops and hotels also go all out with lights and decorations – Corte Ingles on Plaza Catalunya usually looks amazing! I also love the unique and somewhat strange Catalan Christmas traditions. At the city’s biggest Christmas market, the Fira de Santa Llúicia, you’ll find plenty of really cute looking little logs with faces and hats on the Caga Tió – literally: “the poo uncle”. Kids cover him in a blanket and feed him in the time leading up to Christmas, and on Christmas Eve the poor log gets beaten until he, err… releases… the presents! It’s a cute souvenir to take home, with quite a story to tell.

For fans of classical music, there’s usually a concert of Händel’s Messiah at the magnificent Basilica Santa Maria del Mar a few days before Christmas Eve. Christmas time in Barcelona lasts until January 6th (King’s Day), and there is a huge parade on the evening of the 5th. Bonus points that make Barcelona a great destination for a Christmas break? The weather. It’s much warmer than in most parts of Europe, and just cold enough to make ordering a hot chocolate with churros feel right.

Caga Tio Barcenlona | Christmas Europe Breaks | Kathryn Greenhill via Flickr

5. Beer in Berlin in December

If you are looking to enjoy a short break in Europe just before Christmas and want the stereotypical experience, Berlin is the perfect place to visit. Strolling through Berlin’s Christmas markets is the epitome of a Berlin visit in December. Small, wooden booths decorated with idyllic ornaments including sparkling stars and snow covered fir branches provide a memorable experience for all the family as you enjoy an evening stroll with the sound of your favourite traditional Christmas music echoing around the city.

Berlin is home to a number of traditional markets that occur annually across the city. We stayed in the Alexanderplatz district of the city and were a short walk from the market, though it’s safe to say that the majority of this neighbourhood turns into one large Christmas celebration throughout December. The Berliner Weihnachtszeit is a short distance from the Alexanderplatz and offers a romantic and nostalgic experience with gorgeous, historic architecture providing the perfect backdrop to the skating rink.

Could you imagine any better way to spend a Christmas break than taking a romantic ride on the Ferris wheel while enjoying stunning panoramic views across Berlin with the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, and Reichstag just a few iconic landmarks that you will see?

A visit to Berlin wouldn’t be the same without sampling a fine German brew and what better time of the year to keep you warm as you nibble on your favourite Wurst and wash it down with a local beer.

Berlin, Germany | Apple Market, London | Best Christmas Europe Breaks

6. Bled, A True Fairytale Town

Everyone says Bled in Slovenia is one of Europe’s prettiest fairytale towns. However, imagine that church on the lake and castle on the hill with snow on the mountains – that is a fairytale. Don’t think that Bled is just for looking at in winter, there’s lots of action in this normally sleepy town from skiing to skating and snowshoeing. On December 25th you can watch a local tradition too.

Lake Bled Winter Activities

7. Festive Florence

Florence is the perfect city to spend Christmas time in.  First off Italy is a predominantly Christian country, meaning when November and December roll around you can bet that you will see lights everywhere. During Christmas time Italian hospitality is at its finest and everyone is out on the streets with giant smiles on their faces. The air, the decor, the people, the churches – everything just screams “It’s Christmas Time!” We were able to spend last Christmas there with family and it will always be a trip to remember.

Florence | Christmas Europe Breaks

8. Grindelwald, Switzerland – Top of Europe!

Switzerland is one of the most amazing places I’ve visited in all my travels, it is a magical country with the endless beautiful scenery. Being an Australian I have always dreamed of having a white Christmas and beautiful snowy winters and I think everything truly looks more beautiful covered in a layer of snow! We visited Grindelwald, a majestic village located high in the Swiss Alps a few years ago for our anniversary. Grindelwald literally looks like the front of a Christmas card and the whole time we were there I couldn’t stop telling Dan how I felt like we were living in a real-life snow globe!

Grindelwald is perfect because it has everything; scenery, outdoor sports, adventure, accommodation for everyone whether you are seeking luxury or budget, fine restaurants and even a train that goes to the ‘Top of Europe’! We spent our days exploring the mountains, strolling the snow-covered streets, eating excessive amounts of Swiss cheese and chocolate and relaxing in our outdoor hot tub in the snow. It truly is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world and a short break we will never forget.

Grindelwald, Switzerland | Christmas Europe Breaks

9. Crack Open the Mulled Wine in Krakow

Krakow is one of the most Christmassy destinations on Earth! It is located in Poland, right between the Eastern and Western Europe. It has an airport, so it is very easy to get there from anywhere in the world. The city is beautifully decorated, with Christmas trees, lights and ornaments. It is also one of the cheap winter breaks in Europe – you can find an apartment in the heart of Old Town for less than $60! Krakow has a world-famous Christmas Market. It starts at the end of November and lasts until the end of Christmas. If you go there, be sure to try Grzaniec Galicyjski. It is traditional Polish mulled wine with cinnamon, cloves and all the other warming spices. Yummy!

10. Lose Yourself in London at Christmas

Oxford Street and Regent Street, twinkling in the glow of a thousand of lights. Famous department stores, such as Harrods and Fortnum and Mason decked out in their Christmas finery, with stunning festive window displays (and each with their very own Father Christmas). Children’s pantomimes and the giant Christmas trees at Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. There’s plenty to enjoy in London at Yuletide.

In 2016 the magical Winter Wonderland is celebrating its 10th year at Hyde Park. I love wandering around the pretty wooden chalets, selling a myriad of Christmas gifts and decorations and tucking into tasty treats such as mulled cider, glühwein and bratwurst. There’s always a funfair with a giant Ferris wheel and the ever popular ice-skating rink and so much more. Two new attractions this year are The Imperial Ice Stars’ production of the Nutcracker on Ice and The Magical Ice Kingdom, made from over 200 tonnes of snow and ice.

You’ll find many more ice rinks dotted around the city, including the Natural History Museum and Somerset House, and further Christmas markets include the Tate Modern, Leicester Square and the Southbank Centre. London at Christmas is simply overflowing with festive cheer throughout its bustling streets and beautiful parks, and even its museums and art galleries. I can’t think of a more exciting city to spend a short break at Christmas.

Apple Market, London | Best Christmas Europe Breaks

11. Make Memories: Malta

December is one of the best times to visit Malta as you are avoiding high season. The appeal? Good weather (although it might get a bit rainy sometimes), really cheap prices, and friendly locals. I spent three days in Malta but won’t lie, there was a bit of stormy weather and crazy winds. However, the rain did catch the lights on Valletta (which was all dressed up for Christmas and NYE Celebrations) creating picture – worthy reflections with lots of colours.

12. Move over Xmas, Munich is Here

Germany at Christmas time is a truly magical place. The whole country smells of mulled wine and bratwurst, snow is dusting every roof and tree, and it feels like there is a Christmas market around every corner. Cities like Dresden or Nuremberg and their world-famous confectioneries instantly come to my mind. Yet I recommend you to visit Munich instead – and not just because I live there.

You see, the perfect city break in winter should be about more than just a lovely Christmas market. You’ll want wonderful restaurants, excellent museums, a couple of good day-trip options and some shopping would be nice as well. Bavaria’s capital has all that and more. There certainly is a lovely Christmas market in Munich, but you also got roughly 100 museums to visit, while the Alps and their ski resorts are barely two hours’ drive away. Not convinced yet? Well then, Munich has one of the largest pedestrian areas in Europe, a world-class opera (or a stationary circus for the kids!) and a gigantic thermal bath. You could also attend a Christmas mass in one of the beautiful churches or go skating on one of the ice rinks. The many fairy tale castles around Munich will look especially beautiful with a little snow covering their golden splendour, and if everything fails you, there is always the Hofbräuhaus and ancient Bavarian beer culture to get familiar with!

Munich | Christmas Europe Breaks

13. Crowd Avoiding Tips – Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Bavaria is the perfect Christmas city break in Europe. It is centrally located, has excellent air and rail transportation connections, and it has what is arguably the best Christmas market in Europe. It is clearly one of the best visited – boasting over two million visitors in the four short weeks the market is open every year.

Dating from the early 1600s, Nuremberg’s Christmas market occupies the Main Square under the towering Frauenkirche (Chruch of Our Lady). The stalls, with their candy-striped awnings, occupy in neat little rows. The stalls sell all manner of traditional handicrafts, including little “smoker” men (carved figures that hold smoking incense inside) and carved wooden toys. A horse-drawn stagecoach takes visitors on a ride through the cobblestone streets of the medieval old city.

On weekends, the Nuremberg Christmas market is a throbbing mass of people huddling together to stay warm. During the week, you can explore the market in tranquillity, eat the local Nuremberger sausages (eaten three in a roll) and drink gluhwein (hot mulled wine). We’ve visited many of Europe’s markets, but Nuremberg is one of the best. Whereas other markets in other cities focus only on tourists, Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt still maintains its local flavour.

Nuremberg | Christmas Europe BreaksWhere to go for winter holidays in Europe- Bavaria? 

14. Prague: Sip Svařák, See Snow

Prague is one of the most magical places you could spend a European Christmastime city break. Prague castle sits on top of the hill and looks beautiful with a dusting of snow on it, and the Christmas markets in the Old Town have a festive, celebratory atmosphere. My favourite thing to do there during the winter is to buy a cup of svařák (warm red mulled wine) from a booth for about a euro and take a wintry walk across Charles Bridge, marvelling at the old historical houses along the river’s edge. Or you can curl up in a café with a view of the Vltava river with a cup of coffee and a Kafka book and watch the snow fall. Ah, winter!

Prague | Christmas Europe Breaks

15. Roaming in Sinaia, Romania

Sinaia is one of my favourite destinations when it comes to Christmas and winter holidays, in general. The small beautiful mountain resort has plenty of wonderful things to offer in the cold season. Located in the heart of Romania, The Carpathian Pearl is ideal for winter sports enthusiasts. Whether you choose to ride the gondola up to 2000 m, for breathtaking mountain views, or to practice skiing, the experience will certainly be an amazing and unforgettable one. Besides, you will surely wish to visit one of the most spectacular castles in Europe. Peles Castle is the main attraction in town, for good reasons. King Carol I of Romania fell in love with the surroundings of the place and decided to build a summer residence there.

Nowadays, his castle turned out into a museum, visited by more than half a million people annually. The Neo-Renaissance architectural masterpiece is stunning! Add some snow to the image that you have already pictured in your mind and the fairytale landscape will be complete. The interiors of the castle will let you breathless, as well. Each room has a different architectural style, such as Gothic, Venetian, German or Oriental. Overall, Christmas atmosphere can be felt anywhere in town, no matter if you decide to go to ice skate in downtown, to admire the holiday decorations of the streets, or to simply enjoy a hot chocolate in a rustic restaurant with your loved one.

Sinaia Romania | Christmas Europe Breaks Sinaia – one of the Christmas Europe breaks for architecture lovers 

16. Tinsel in Tallinn

One of our favourite Christmas getaways in Europe is Tallinn, the picturesque capital city of Estonia. Tallinn’s old town was made a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997 because unlike any other capital city in Europe, it has managed to completely preserve its medieval structure and therefore nicknamed “the medieval pearl of Europe”.

The cobblestone streets are all originals, which along with the medieval churches, grandiose merchant houses, barns and warehouses, date back as far as the 11th century. It’s the perfect Christmas getaway in late December early January time because it’s all covered in snow, making it like something from a fairy tale – the perfect ideal Christmas image you dream of <—- Have you been good this year? Maybe Santa will send you to Estonia on your Christmas Europe break!


Europe’s Most Christmassy Cities

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Christmas in Europe is synonym with snow, time-honored traditions, Gothic churches with fabulous choirs, and charming medieval squares brought to life by colorful Christmas stalls.

Some cities celebrate Christmas in grand style, others with peculiar customs and yuletide nostalgia aplenty, and some of them are simply at their finest during this time of the year. Check them out and get in the holiday spirit!

Vienna, Austria

Vienna Christmas Market

It’s hard to find a city that celebrates Christmas with such grace and elegance like Vienna. The sparkling, elegant Christmas markets, the café culture, and the old-world charm on the streets give the city a magical appeal, while its imperial architecture – basked in twinkling lights – makes for a wonderful backdrop for a fun-filled winter break.

Indulge in glühwein, sausages, and freshly baked pastries at Vienna’s ubiquitous Christkindlmarkts; go ice skating on Rathausplatz; pay a visit to the Snow Globe Museum in the 17th District; or attend one of the legendary Christmas concerts held in the city’s sumptuous churches during this time of year.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Christmas in Copenhagen

Christmas finds Copenhagen brimming with shining lights, festive spirit, and hyggelige cafés, where inventive design and legendary Danish coziness blend harmoniously to make your experience unique.

Adorned with Christmas markets and tasteful decorations, the entire city radiates a special kind of atmosphere. But, no other place in town is wrapped up in Christmas magic like the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. Each year, the second oldest amusement park on the planet is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular Christmas light displays, exciting rides, and sweet little stalls selling all kinds of gifts and traditional goods.

Complement your Christmas in Copenhagen with a stroll along the beautifully decorated waterfront district of Nyhavn; visit the quirky Christiania Christmas Market; or take part in the Royal Copenhagen’s Christmas table tradition – a 50-year-old event featuring six designer Christmas tables, each with its own story and significance.

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Rovaniemi, Lapland

Santa Claus Village

With its otherworldly frosty landscapes, brightly lit Christmas trees, and elaborate ice sculptures, there’s no doubt Rovaniemi is the most christmassy place on Earth. And the fact that Santa Claus himself lives only 8 km away only adds to the city’s magical allure.

In addition to the postcard-perfect pink-hued mornings and the vibrant Santa Claus Village, which is clearly the city’s main draw, Rovaniemi offers visitors an eclectic array of museums and an even greater choice of winter activities, including exciting reindeer and husky rides, snowmobile safaris, and spectacular Northern Lights tours.

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Nuremberg, Germany

Christmas in Nuremberg

There’s no better time to visit Nuremberg than during the Christmas season, when the city turns into a genuine winter fairytale. Home to one of the oldest and most spectacular Christmas markets in Germany, hence the world, this picturesque medieval town in Bavaria welcomes its visitors with an extravaganza of Christmas goods, traditions, and activities.

The lavishly decorated stalls peppered around the city’s medieval squares offer everything from toys, lebkuchen (the famous local gingerbread), old-fashioned wooden Ferris wheels, and glühwein booths to high-quality handmade arts and crafts such as candle chimes and foil-winged angels.

In addition to its fabled Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg has a long toy making tradition, and this can be best observed in the city’s Toy Museum.

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Strasbourg, France

Marché de Noël, Strasbourg

Home to the oldest Christmas market in France, a magnificent Gothic cathedral, and a charming UNESCO-listed Old Town, the quaint Alsatian city near the border with Germany is a fantastic destination for your winter trip. You’ll definitely love the delightful Marchés de Noël set up across Strasbourg’s historical plazas and the elaborate displays that adorn the city’s half-timbered houses each year.

In the shadow of its mighty cathedral, you’ll find nearly 300 traditional wooden stalls packed with lovely Christmas tree ornaments, eye-catching Nativity figurines, and heartwarming seasonal specialties such as roasted chestnuts, bredele cookies, or vin chaud (mulled wine). The atmosphere comes alive with carol singing, Nativity plays, and glistening ice skating rinks that you would hardly resist the temptation to jump on.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Christmas market in Prague Old Town Square

Prague, the Gothic fairytale of Europe, celebrates Christmas with glam and grandeur, its breathtaking architecture providing a truly dramatic backdrop for sipping scented mulled wine, taking leisurely walks, or getting lost in the Christmas shopping frenzy.

The biggest, oldest, and most impressive Christmas market in Prague is the one set in the Old Town Square, at the foot of the Church of Our Lady before Týn. Nevertheless, those held in Wenceslas Square and Náměstí Míru are equally appealing.

The cheerful, beautifully decorated wooden huts of Prague Christmas Market are jam-packed with all sorts of festive goodies, from craft gift items and beautiful Christmas tree ornaments to typical Czech delicacies such as spit roasted hams or Trdelník, a traditional hot sugar coated pastry. The entire scene is animated by music, lights, animal stables, and nativity scenes.

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Tickets from 36

Naples

27.01.2020

31.01.2020

Tickets from 43

Rome

15.11.2019

20.11.2019

Tickets from 43

Venice

05.10.2019

09.10.2019

Tickets from 49

Manchester

06.01.2020

09.01.2020

Tickets from 50

Amsterdam

22.02.2020

26.02.2020

Tickets from 50

Copenhagen

25.09.2019

28.09.2019

Tickets from 51

Barcelona

18.10.2019

21.10.2019

Tickets from 53

Stockholm

13.10.2019

18.10.2019

Tickets from 53

Katowice

15.10.2019

17.10.2019

Tickets from 56

Paris

25.11.2019

25.11.2019

Tickets from 57

Cologne

08.09.2019

18.09.2019

Tickets from 60

Gdansk

02.10.2019

09.10.2019

Tickets from 60

Madrid

28.11.2019

01.12.2019

Tickets from 62

Mulhouse

18.09.2019

25.09.2019

Tickets from 64

Bologna

20.12.2019

27.12.2019

Tickets from 64

Riga

26.09.2019

01.10.2019

Tickets from 65

Dublin

14.10.2019

18.10.2019

Tickets from 65

Dusseldorf

11.11.2019

15.11.2019

Tickets from 66

Bari

06.11.2019

13.11.2019

Tickets from 68

Berlin

21.11.2019

26.11.2019

Tickets from 70

Lviv

12.12.2019

19.12.2019

Tickets from 70

Gothenburg

16.09.2019

19.09.2019

Tickets from 75

Bratislava

13.11.2019

13.11.2019

Tickets from 79

Malaga

22.11.2019

24.11.2019

Tickets from 79

Edinburgh

07.02.2020

11.02.2020

Tickets from 81

Warsaw

13.11.2019

18.11.2019

Tickets from 82

Zurich

21.08.2019

24.08.2019

Tickets from 82

Stuttgart

07.11.2019

10.11.2019

Tickets from 83

Sofia

22.10.2019

27.10.2019

Tickets from 83

Tallinn

02.10.2019

09.10.2019

Tickets from 86

Vilnius

04.10.2019

10.10.2019

Tickets from 87

Frankfurt

16.12.2019

20.12.2019

Tickets from 88

Ljubljana

16.12.2019

20.12.2019

Tickets from 91

Alicante

07.11.2019

15.11.2019

Tickets from 91

Bucharest

24.09.2019

26.09.2019

Tickets from 92

Oslo

22.11.2019

25.11.2019

Tickets from 92

Pisa

12.10.2019

15.10.2019

Tickets from 93

Luqa

18.12.2019

21.12.2019

Tickets from 94

Istanbul

15.01.2020

22.01.2020

Tickets from 96

Kiev

03.11.2019

10.11.2019

Tickets from 96

Liverpool

16.10.2019

19.10.2019

Tickets from 97

Kaunas

07.11.2019

11.11.2019

Tickets from 97

Wroclaw

23.12.2019

29.12.2019

Tickets from 98

Cluj-Napoca

08.11.2019

10.11.2019

Tickets from 99

Bordeaux

21.10.2019

23.10.2019

Tickets from 99

Toulouse

05.11.2019

09.11.2019

Tickets from 99

Hamburg

09.11.2019

12.11.2019

Tickets from 100

Porto

16.10.2019

20.10.2019

Tickets from 100

Helsinki

06.10.2019

15.10.2019

Tickets from 101

Saint Petersburg

02.10.2019

10.10.2019

Tickets from 101

Vienna

12.09.2019

24.09.2019

Tickets from 102

Kutaisi

30.11.2019

03.12.2019

Tickets from 102

Belgrade

15.11.2019

22.11.2019

Tickets from 103

Lisbon

22.11.2019

24.11.2019

Tickets from 103

Larnaca

28.11.2019

06.12.2019

Tickets from 103

Marseille

20.09.2019

24.09.2019

Tickets from 103

Valencia

21.09.2019

25.09.2019

Tickets from 103

Odessa

03.11.2019

08.11.2019

Tickets from 104

Lamezia Terme

23.11.2019

26.11.2019

Tickets from 104

Nice

15.11.2019

22.11.2019

Tickets from 105

Nuremberg

08.10.2019

11.10.2019

Tickets from 105

Kharkiv

10.11.2019

24.11.2019

Tickets from 106

Geneva

20.12.2019

27.12.2019

Tickets from 108

Munich

16.11.2019

20.11.2019

Tickets from 109

Poznan

20.09.2019

23.09.2019

Tickets from 109

Florence

15.09.2019

29.09.2019

Tickets from 109

Palma de Mallorca

18.09.2019

19.09.2019

Tickets from 111

Alghero

28.11.2019

30.11.2019

Tickets from 111

Bristol

22.11.2019

26.11.2019

Tickets from 112

Maastricht

11.09.2019

18.09.2019

Tickets from 113

Moscow

22.10.2019

31.10.2019

Tickets from 113

Santiago De Compostela

15.11.2019

17.11.2019

Tickets from 114

Podgorica

09.11.2019

23.11.2019

Tickets from 115

Belfast

23.12.2019

27.12.2019

Tickets from 116

Skopje

06.12.2019

12.12.2019

Tickets from 116

Rzeszow

23.08.2019

26.08.2019

Tickets from 117

Lyon

05.10.2019

10.10.2019

Tickets from 117

Birmingham

31.01.2020

03.02.2020

Tickets from 117

Seville

03.12.2019

08.12.2019

Tickets from 120

Zagreb

19.09.2019

29.09.2019