Looking for a way to inject some Christmas spirit into your European business trip this Winter? Why not combine your visit with a trip to one of the best Christmas markets in Europe?
When you’re travelling for business over the Christmas period, it can often feel as though you’re missing out on all of the fun and festivities of the season. However, with bleisure trips on the rise, there’s no reason you should have to miss out on that Christmassy feeling this December! Why not tie in your next business trip with a visit to one of the best Christmas markets in Europe?
There are plenty to choose from across France, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Sweden, and even within the UK. We’ve compiled a list of the best markets in Europe to help inspire your business trip this December.
If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas market, then look no further than Strasbourg. Originating in 1570, it is one of the oldest Christmas markets in the whole of Europe. The markets stretch across 10 different locations in the city, with over 300 stalls you’re sure to find plenty of gift ideas! Strasbourg is just under 2 hours from Central Paris by train.
If you’re visiting Germany for a business trip this Winter, we’d recommend fitting in a visit to Dresden to visit one of their eleven – yes, eleven! – themed Christmas markets, dotted around the city. This year will mark their 584th Striezelmarkt! Situated in East Germany, it takes just under 2 hours to get to from central Berlin.
If your meetings are taking you to West Germany this December, then we’d recommend the gothic city of Cologne. With five separate markets spanning the city, you’re sure to fall in love with one of them! Ranging from the picturesque Harbour market overlooking the river Rhine, to the oldest and arguably most traditional of their markets, Angel’s Christmas market. Cologne is under half-an-hour away from Dusseldorf by train.
Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden
It doesn’t get much more traditional than a Scandinavian Christmas. The Skansen Christmas market in central Stockholm is held every weekend from late November. Not only will you find traditional Christmas wooden decorations, craft workshops and handcrafted gifts, but it’s also home to Skansen Zoo where you can see Nordic animals including Reindeer.
Visiting the Scottish capital for business this Winter? Then we’d recommend fitting in some time to visit their popular Christmas markets. The focus is on food and fun, with plenty of Christmas themed attractions to choose from including a Christmas-tree maze, an ice skating rink and plenty of delicious street-foods on offer.
Vienna is one of those cities that seems to truly encapsulate Christmas spirit. It’s hard not to feel festive if you’re visiting whether for business or pleasure! Their first market was held in 1298, and today they host over 20 different Christmas attractions to choose from, including an ice rink, reindeer rides and a classic nativity scene.
Prague, Czech Republic
Similarly to Vienna, Prague’s fairytale architecture lends itself perfectly to all things Christmas. They host two main Christmas markets, which are situated only a short walk away from each other, one in Old Town Square and the second in Wenceslas Square. Their speciality is the traditional Czech festive foods which are on offer.
There’s really no excuse to miss out on festive fun this Winter! Let us know in the comments if you’re planning on visiting a Christmas market this year. Do you have a favourite Christmas market?