Budapest, Hungary – After finishing second last year, the Hungarian capital’s Advent Feast at the Basilica was finally voted Europe’s Best Christmas Market for 2020 by travelers on the European Best Destinations website. Vienna and Gdańsk complete the podium.
Respectively 12th and 19th, Prague and Bratislava finished outside of the Top 10.
“In addition to being the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe, Budapest’s Advent Feast at the Basilica deserves the title of Best Christmas market with the spirit of Christmas but also the title of Best eco-friendly Christmas market”, writes the travel website.
“Advent Feast at the Basilica is held with a community spirit in mind: guests can enjoy charity-boosting concerts, and preserve the environment by using eco-friendly cups, and cutlery, while leftovers are being recycled”, it adds.
According to the website, the Christmas market also has the biggest 3D light show in Europe.
Third, but “probably the most romantic Christmas market”, Gdańsk’s Christmas Fair is said to captivate both visitors and locals who are “most happy to spend their winter time here” while its remarkable atmosphere is mostly created by a “unique and mood-setting scenery”.
Last year, it was Poznań that was voted Poland’s Best Christmas Market by finishing 6th in Europe.
Down from 9th last year to 12th this year, but still the best in the Czech Republic, Prague’s Christmas Market is said to be “a traditional Czech marketplace, where, in dozens of wooden stalls, merchants offer typical Christmas goods and accessories such as traditional Czech blown glass balls, products made of pearls or straw glass, hand-embroidered tablecloths, wooden toys, biscuit cutters and many other things”.
Just making this year’s ranking at 19th, Winter in Bratislava is said to be a very musical Christmas market with many “folk songs and dances” and “great concerts, opera and ballet performances”.
Find out the complete ranking here. Here’s this year’s Top 10:
- Budapest, Hungary
- Vienna, Austria
- Gdańsk, Poland
- Brussels, Belgium
- Montbeliard, France
- Basel, Switzerland
- Metz, France
- Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- Valkenburg, The Netherlands
- Novi Sad, Serbia