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Get into the festive spirit with Christmas market breaks and enjoy an enchanting winter adventure. Wander around food stands, sip on something mulled and soak up the heart-warming atmosphere.

Discover the best Christmas markets in Europe and get to see the big sights minus the summer crowds – filled instead with ultra-Christmassy stalls festooned with lights and decorations. Pick out your favourite hand-crafted baubles in Austria, nibble some classic Bratwurst sausage at Christmas German markets and try the hot sugar-coated pastries in the Czech Republic.

Where are the best European Christmas markets?

A visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a chance to combine an indulgent city break with shopping for truly individual gifts. This is our pick of the continent’s best cities to soak up the fairy-tale festive atmosphere.

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There are few cities with more fairy tale appeal than Prague.

Simon Heptinstall,  Travel writer

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