I love Christmas Markets. I am crazy about them and when I was living in London, I just couldn’t help myself to fly to Germany and Austria (the two countries with the most famous markets) to visit them in December. People may think they are commercial and they destroy the true value of Christmas like Santa Claus. Still in an icy cold winter night, the little wooden stalls, the hot food and the beautiful lights really gave me warmth and happiness.
Germany is the most famous country for Christmas Market. Yet my most favorite market is actually in Vienna – the Wiener Christkindlmarkt (Vienna Christmas Market) at the town square of the Rathaus (City Hall). The market was big and the backdrop of the fully lit City Hall was so beautiful. If you are planning a trip to visit Christmas Markets in Europe, it is the one you cannot miss.
The picture was taken at one of the many Christmas miniature stalls there. Christmas miniatures are one of the most popular merchandise in Christmas Markets. They include cottages, people, vehicles, etc. and even Christmas Market stalls itself. The problem of buying them is that even individual item is not expensive, you need to buy a critical mass to create a meaningful scene – and it will cost a fortune!