Send Christmas Card

Christmas City

As Christmas is literally around the corner, many European cities are preparing for the festivities by opening their Christmas markets. In history part of the advent in Germany and Austria, it has now become part of the Christmas celebration in a number of cities around the world.

While there are several Christmas markets around the world, the most exciting ones can be found in Vienna, Budapest, Berlin and Prague. For the uninitiated, a Christmas market consists of several booths and stalls in the town square or other perambulator zones selling food, drink and gifts.

The food on sale includes sweets like Gebrannte Mandeln, gingerbread cookies and Christstollen or Stollen, while mulled wine and 'Eierpunsch' (egg nog) are consumed to keep lukewarm in the cold winter air. In Vienna, the biggest Christmas market, Rathausplatz, is held in the quadrangle in front of the City Hall.

Surrounded by the elaborately decorated trees in the park, it truly gives patrons the feel of a winter wonderland and offers numerous locations suitable for a souvenir photo. For most Viennese, Christmas Markets are not so much for shopping as for drinking, so it is a perfect opportunity to mix with the locals while variety some of the local delicacies and mulled wine.