Weihnachtsmärkte, Christkindlesmarkt, or simply Christmas Markets are a series of craft, food and beverage stalls arranged during the four weeks of advent (December). While we can’t visit them this year, we’re bringing some of the most nostalgic flavors to you from the most popular Christmas market destinations.👇
Germany (@germanytourism) — According to the Germans, Christmas and advent is “a time for indulging.” This starts early in December with homemade cookies, spicy ginger biscuits and sweet powdered vanilla croissants. One of the most festive sweet treats is the Christmas stollen from the 15th century. The fruit cake is a base of yeast dough, butter raisins and nuts—of which every family has a unique recipe. (pictures #1 & #2)
Glühwein (@viennatouristboard) — A staple throughout many European Christmas markets, Vienna’s take on mulled wine is a tradition that dates back to the 2nd century. There’s nothing more soothing than sipping a warm, spiced wine and meandering the seasonal stalls, however, sipping it in front of the fire isn’t so bad either.
Czech Republic (@visitcz) — Though the traditional pastry of trdelnik is served warm on the streets of Prague and like cities, something more manageable to make at home, while still embracing the Czech charm, are an assortment of Christmas cookies. Linzer sweets (linecké cukroví), vanilla rolls (vanilkové rohlíčky), chocolate, coconut balls (čokoládové a kokosové koule) and Ischl tartlets (Išelské dortíčky) are some of the most popular varieties. (picture #3)
London (@lovegreatbritain) — Mince pies are a staple throughout Britain’s Christmas markets. Filled with dried fruits and spices termed “mincemeat,” the sweet pie is a warming bite that presents all the flavors of the holidays. Dig into one of these to learn what Christmas truly tastes like.
Estonia (@visitestonia) — Estonian marzipan is a centuries-old tradition with local legends surrounding one of the oldest sweets made in Estonia. A mix of almonds and powdered sugar, marzipan is often presented as a work of art and is associated with healing properties stemming from medieval Estonia.