Europe’s Festive Christmas Markets – Prague, Czech Rep
Our series on Europe’s Christmas Markets continues with a visit to Prague, the Czech Republic’s stylish and sophisticated capital city.
Our last post on Germany’s Christmas Markets included visits to Berlin, Cologne, Bonn, Wessling, Seigburg, Koblenz, Traben-Trabach, Cochem and the adorable town of Bernkastel. Though our time in the Czech Republic was limited to Prague, we absolutely love the picturesque city and, like the Germans, the Czechs know how to put on a great Christmas Market!
The largest and most popular Christmas Market is in Prague’s Old Town Square, located between Wenceslas Square and the exquisite Charles Bridge. The Historic Centre of Prague is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, contributing to Prague’s status as one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.
The Christmas Market at Prague’s world famous Old Town Square. The awesome 14th century “Church of Our Lady before Týn” dominates the square, creating a truly unique and magnificent setting.
Below: Festive Christmas Market in front of the Gothic Týn Church (The Church of Our Lady before Týn).
Below: Cam getting his Christmas Cheer started with a Czech beer. If there’s one thing the Czech’s are great at, it’s brewing a tasty beer!
The popular Christmas Market at Prague’s picturesque Old Town Square.
Above: Merchant serving up the popular Trdelník, a traditional sweet and flaky pastry made by wrapping dough around a stick (wooden or metal) and roasting it over an open flame until it is golden brown. Trdelník is typically served with a dusting of cinnamon, sugar, and/or nuts.
Below: Cam sampling a fresh, sugar coated Trdelník. Verdict – delicious! A must try when visiting Prague.
Nicole enjoying a frothy pint of Czech beer at the Christmas Market.
In our opinion, Europe is the best place to soak up the Christmas spirit during the Holidays. Almost every city we visited had multiple Christmas Markets, each with its own slightly different take. The music, the food, the beer, the crafts, the cheerful people and the atmosphere made it a fantastic holiday season!
Have you experienced a European Christmas Market? What did you think?
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