Since the late Middle Ages, Christmas Markets have appeared in town squares and city centres across Europe. In recent years, they've grown into a cultural phenomena, attracting thousands of seasonal visitors to a growing list of vendors, attractions and elaborate decorative displays. Still, to the delight of the contemporary traveller, many of these Christmas Markets maintain a traditional atmosphere that hearken back to the Europe of old.
Have you ever thought about spending your holiday uncovering the sights, sounds and flavours of Europe? If so, here is our list of the five most authentic Christmas Markets worth exploring in some of the best European cities to visit at Christmastime.