Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Christmas Market has been voted Europe’s second best by European Best Destinations, with the Estonian capital Tallinn winning the top prize. Recently struck by a terrorist attack, Strasbourg completes the podium while Poznań finishes 6th and Prague 9th.
“Christmas spirit sparkles in front of Budapest’s grandest cathedral during the Advent Feast at the Basilica,” say European Best Destinations, “this open-air festive-season market welcomes everyone with delightful gift items, delicious Hungarian and international food such as the favourite flódni, the Hungarium chimney cake, mouth-watering burgers and a range of fish dishes.”
After winning the top prize three years in a row, Zagreb was out of competition this year and it is the Christmas market in Tallinn, which “has become one of the must-see events in Europe”, that was awarded the title of Best Christmas Market in Europe 2019.
Voted Poland’s best Christmas market for its first participation, Poznań Bethlehem with its ice sculpture festival “unique in Europe” was voted 6th best in Europe while the one in Prague set up on the Old Town Square of the Czech capital was voted 9th. Amongst a number of Christmas markets in France and Germany, Chester was voted best in the UK, above Manchester, Bath, London and Birmingham.
Completing the podium after Tallinn and Budapest, Strasbourg Christmas market was struck yesterday by a terrorist attack which killed three people and wounded 13. It is not the first time Christmas markets have been the target of attacks in recent years. In 2016, a truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, leaving 12 people dead and 56 others injured. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Germany since 1980.