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Europe Christmas markets gather steam

Potsdamer Platz Winter World Xmas marketMost of the annual Christmas markets in the UK and mainland Europe have already started up. For retail therapy aficionados and fun seekers the big question at this time of year is which Christmas market is going to be the most exciting and provide the best bang for the buck.

The New York Post recently released its recommendations for the best Christmas markets in Europe. Berlin topped the list with the Post’s reporters saying the Potsdamer Platz Winter World was the flagship of more than a score of Christmas themed markets in the German capital.

Winter World kicks off at the start of November and is a staple of the winter attractions for Berliners and a multitude of tourists right through until New Year’s Eve. The Christmas market starts a couple of weeks later and is the place to sample mulled wines and traditional German delicacies as well as browse through a collection of toys guaranteed to gladden the hearts of the young and the young at heart.

The Post’s second top choice for Christmas markets was also in Germany, but this time in the former East Germany. Historic Dresden hosts the nation’s longest established Christmas market. The almost 600-year-old Dresden Striezelmarkt delights with its assortment of locally produced handicrafts, ornaments, toys, fabrics and Christstollen cake.

Vienna’s Christmas market portfolio came third on the list with the likes of squares at Stephansplatz and Schönbrunn Palace plus the Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s own seasonal spectacular providing that wow factor. Christmas markets staged in Budapest and Prague made up the top five of the best destinations for 2017 Christmas markets.

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