Numerous tourists traveling every year in order to visit the most spectacular Christmas markets. In this week’s post we recommend you to know the most outstanding ones in some of our accessible destinations.
Prague, Czech Republic
The Christmas spirit invades Prague every year. A beautifully decorated fir tree, 25 meters high, stands out in the heart of the Old City. In its famous historic square, wooden cabins full of decorations and lights are installed.
Locals and tourists are already prepared to celebrate their traditions and sing Christmas carols. On this occasion, the main market in Prague will open from November 26 to January 6.
The Christmas market in the Old Town Square is the best known, but there are others in different parts of the capital of the Czech Republic. They are located in Wenceslas Square (November 26 – January 6), Republic Square (November 26 – January 6), Tyl Square (November 26 – December 24), Peace Square (November 20 – December 24), Prague Castle (November 23 – January 6) and the Smíchov neighborhood (November 24 – December 24).
Some popular products are garlands, gloves, ceramics, wooden toys, and various handicrafts. It is also common to buy delicious roasted hams, meatballs, fish soup, gingerbread, Czech beer or mulled wine.
To fully enjoy your stay in the city, the official website of tourism in Prague provides an accessibility map and useful information for people with reduced mobility. Also, on our website you can download an Prague Accessible City Guide for free and find a variety of adapted accommodation.
Vienna is another city that gains magic in the Advent period. The Christmas market on Rathausplatz, known as the “Christkindlmarkt“, receives many visitors from home and abroad who are amazed at its beauty.
In the illuminated stalls you can buy toasted almonds and chestnuts, freshly baked cookies, cakes, tree decorations, figures for the nativity scene, wooden kitchen utensils, handmade sweaters or lanterns.
This 2022, the Christkindlmarkt will be from November 19 to December 26. There are also other beautiful markets in St. Charles Square (November 18 – December 23), the courtyard of Schönbrunn Palace (November 19 – January 4), the Spittelberg neighborhood (November 11 – December 23) , the Belvedere Palace (November 18 – December 26), Maria Theresien Square (November 16 – December 26) and Freyung Square (November 18 – December 23).
As you can see, all the markets have already been installed, so hurry up and plan your dream trip to Vienna now.
The German capital has also opened all its Christmas markets. The most popular has always been held at the Gendarmenmarkt, although this year and the next two it will move to the Bebelplatz (November 21 – December 30).
As usual, hundreds of visitors can taste gourmet specialties in the air-conditioned tents and get valuable handicrafts. In addition, the music of international artists is heard daily.
Charlottenburg Palace (November 21 – December 26), the historic center of Spandau (November 21 – December 22), the Kulturbrauerei (November 21 – December 22) or Britz Castle (Advent weekends ) are some of the places that host other Christmas markets.
Berlin is one of the most accessible cities in Europe, so we recommend that you take the opportunity to visit it at this very special time.
New York City, USA
New York is one of the best accessible destinations to visit at Christmas. The Big Apple invites us to dream like few cities do.
Bryant Park takes its inspiration from European markets and brings together numerous artisans each year who sell precious Christmas items. According to the park’s official website, some posts have level access, while others have a step at the entrance. It is recommended to contact an assistant who will add a portable ramp and accompany you during the visit if required.
When you’re done exploring the market, you can also have fun at the adjacent ice rink. There are sleds adapted for wheelchair users.
Deservedly, Madrid’s Christmas markets gain international popularity every year. The one located in the Plaza Mayor is the best known, and has its origins in the 17th century.
From November 25 to December 31, the Spanish capital will have 104 Christmas booths in said central square. Visitors will be able to get musical instruments, toys, decorations or nativity scenes, among other carefully crafted items.
Other traditional markets will be in the Plaza de España, the Plaza de Juan Goytisolo or the Plaza de Isabel II. In addition, from December 1 to 30, the Feria Mercado de Artesanía de la Comunidad de Madrid is held, where you can find unique gifts for loved ones.
It is highly recommended to visit Madrid in these winter months. The joy that characterizes the Spanish combines perfectly with Christmas. You will always have the feeling of being at home.
Lastly, we must mention the Winter Wonderland in London. Hyde Park is filled with markets, attractions and food stalls. In addition, Christmas music accompanies families in an unforgettable experience.
This year, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will take place from November 18 to January 2. The event is accessible to people with reduced mobility, and you can find all the information about it on the official website.
Another London festival that continues the tradition of Christmas markets is the Winter Festival. The Southbank Center is the ideal place to have a hot chocolate and experience Christmas like never before.
Tell us, what is your favorite Christmas market? How is its accessibility?
Sources: Visit Czech Republic, Prague Experience, Radio Prague International, The Official Tourist Website for Prague, Austria Tourism Portal, Wiener Christkindlmarkt, Visit Berlin, Bryant Park, Turismo de la ciudad de Madrid, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Southbank Centre,