Christmas markets and a magical atmosphere – Part 2

Here we are with the second appointment for November, last week we left with the first part of the top 10 dedicated to the cities that host the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. In today’s article we will leave room for five other cities with a charming atmosphere. Are you ready to continue this wonderful journey through Christmas with lights and sweet melodies? All you have to do is let yourself be carried away by the magical atmosphere and follow the journey of sostravel.com starting from a city that is a symbol of rebirth for all of Europe: Nuremberg.

Nuremberg, the European toy capital
Nuremberg, the European toy capital

A typically medieval city characterized by a lengthy tradition but with a direct look to the future. Nuremberg has always carved out a prominent position in the panorama of Christmas markets. In particular, the opening is linked to a true “ceremony”, are you curious to find out what it is? We’ll tell you about it! In this city everything starts with the announcement “of the Christmas angel”, a time when a girl between 16 and 19 years of age cites a prologue and starts the celebrations. In particular, the figure of the Christmas angel is linked to 1933 when the power passed to the Nazis, starting the darkest period for the whole country. Today, fortunately, the Christmas Angel is no longer connected to a political meaning but has regained the genuine image of a Christmas figure with blond curls and has become a true symbol of rebirth. Before continuing our journey, let’s reveal a final curiosity about Nuremberg! Did you know that it is considered the European toy capital? In fact, in all the stalls you will find many small toys made of wood: excellent for your souvenirs!

Vienna, the old Austro-Hungarian capital where romanticism, tradition and craftsmanship merge creating a perfect balance
Vienna, the old Austro-Hungarian capital where romanticism, tradition and craftsmanship merge creating a perfect balance

Let’s leave Nuremberg now and head to another city in Europe. It is the turn of Vienna, the old Austro-Hungarian capital where romanticism, tradition and craftsmanship merge creating a perfect balance. Walking through the streets of the historic center you will be overwhelmed by the scent of Christmas cookies, hot punch, toasted almonds and Christmas lights that give life to a fantastic festive air. And that’s not all! Wrapped in so much love, you can go to one of the most romantic places in the city, the tree of hearts, a place that attracts lovers from all over the world.

Salisburgo, the home to the Stille Nacht
Salisburgo, the home to the Stille Nacht

We continue the climb along this second part of the Top 10 with another Austrian city: Salzburg. Although Austria is not the home of Christmas markets, it still boasts some of the most beautiful markets in Europe. The Austrian cities are characterized by a warm and welcoming atmosphere also thanks to the numerous musical events taking place in this period, by no coincidence Austria is home to the Stille Nacht which was performed for the first time in the church of San Nicholas Oberndorf near Salzburg. The melodies, the scent of the typical sweets and the numerous stalls with local products will keep you company in the visit of this welcoming city.

Munich, a city that turns into a true kaleidoscope of lights, sounds and colors for Christmas
Munich, a city that turns into a true kaleidoscope of lights, sounds and colors for Christmas

We leave Austria and head to Germany and in particular to the beautiful Munich, a city that turns into a true kaleidoscope of lights, sounds and colors for Christmas, giving a unique and suggestive atmosphere. The most famous market in this city is the one held in Marienplatz called Christkindlmarkt, made particularly suggestive by the scenery in which it is immersed: the New Town Hall with its Glockenspiel tower dominates the north side of the Square and the silhouette of the bell tower of the Sankt Peter Kirche in the south. The setting of the markets is made even more magical by the live performances of a band which, at 5.30pm, from the balcony of the Town Hall performs the sweet Christmas melodies of the Alps.

Prague, one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Europe
Prague, one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Europe

We end today’s appointment by flying to Prague, one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Europe at any time of the year and in particular during this one. The atmosphere in Prague is one of the most magical. Among the main streets of the city, from Wenceslas to the old square, there is an air of celebration. It all culminates in the old square with a beautiful Christmas tree coming directly from the Krkonoše mountains. On the occasion of Christmas, the square where the Church of Saint Nicholas and the Town Hall with the tower of the Prague Astronomical Clock are located, become the protagonists of a scenography capable of giving a unique atmosphere to the entire square. Don’t miss the stalls with typical local products from handicrafts to handmade jewelry and Bohemian crystals, up to local sweets and the tasty local wine called svařák.

Today’s article ends here and finally our Top 10 is complete. Sostravel.com sets the appointment for next week, are you curious to find out what the next city will be? Continue to follow sostravel.com’s journey to discover the most magical cities of the Christmas season.