There is no place more festive and merry than Prague during Christmas. This was the last city I visited as part of my work adventures, so I’m going a bit out of order here – but I wanted to post about Christmas in Europe before the holiday season was over. Prague is a special European city, I’m not sure if its the architecture, the colors, or the fact that Prague has a castle that sits atop a hill — but its a city that has stepped out of the pages of a fairytale.
Prague Christmas Market
There are many beautiful sites to visit, but in December the place to be is the Christmas market. Set in the Old Town Square, the market is an establishment of small wooden huts selling items like
- handcrafted ornaments,
- amber jewelry
- Bohemian glass.
In December, aside from the ever present Old Town Hall and Týn Church, the square is dominated by a large sparkling Christmas tree. Back home large trees like this are usually made up of smaller ones strategically placed atop one another. But upon close inspection, I found out that this is actually one massive tree.
Of course, the sites to see in Prague are not just located in Old Town Square. While there, in between work and meetings, and despite the chilly cold, I made a point to explore Charles Bridge, the Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral. All were festive places ready to celebrate Christmas – but none compared to the Christmas cheer thriving in the square.
If you ever get the chance to visit Prague – GO! It really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and if you happen to get to go during Christmas time, well then your trip will be all the more special. Enjoy !