The Minimalist Traveller

Christmas Markets. Winter wonderland in Prague

So… For some unknown reason, you’ve ended up in Europe in the winter. The season where it’s impossible to wear enough layers to keep you warm when outside. Yet… the winter in Europe is also a wonderful time to visit all the incredible Christmas markets that pop up on the squares and street corners in many cities. If you’re looking for some holiday mood along with the smell of the Christmas trees and hot wine or the sound of the carols, check out my recommendations and book your flights.

I’ve visited a lot of the Christmas markets in Europe and will list some of my favorites for you in this and some upcoming posts. Stay tuned for Berlin, Munich, Vienna and Tallinn.

My favourites, the Christmas markets in Prague are also considered to be among the best ones in Europe. This year you are welcome to visit them from 2.12.2017 until 06.01.2018.

The main markets are at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, only 5 minutes’ walk from each other. There are several smaller ones too, like on Namesti Republika, at Havel’s Market, in front of the castle and my favourite, on Namesti Miru.

Out of the two bigger ones, I just love the Old Town Square market with the incredibly beautiful and mighty Christmas tree. If you climb up the Town Hall, you will have a spectacular view of the market. Especially after sunset when all the lights are on.

Wenceslas Square has a brightly lit Christmas tree too, which can be admired from all around the square, but due to the market being on the alley between variety of shops and restaurants, it has more commercial feeling and is less cosy than the Old Town Square one.

I used to live in Vinohrady and when walking home from the centre, I always passed the Christmas market on Namesti Miru. I loved it. It had a great Christmas tree and a lot less stalls than big markets, but it was also less crowded and when looking down from the church entrance, the view was pretty impressive still. And I just loved walking through all that Christmas smell of hot wine and sugary trdelniks.