We weren’t sure how a Christmas market was going to fit in Brussels, our only knowledge of the city was as the administrative centre of the EU and a commercial hub, so we made our trip with no expectations, but we were pleasantly surprised! The market, or rather markets, are spread over several areas of the city which all lead from one to the other, so it’s actually much larger than it first appears to be, there’s definitely more than meets the eye!
Having never visited Holland before, we were eager to take a trip to Valkenburg Christmas markets, especially as it’s known as ‘The Christmas Town’ of the Netherlands! It certainly lived up to expectations, not just the markets but the whole town is transformed into a winter wonderland, from the bars and restaurants to street signs and statues!
Where to start with Cologne Christmas markets?! The first point to make is that there’s not just one, but seven Christmas markets situated across the city, each with its own unique theme and merchandise. At the end of November every year the city goes into full Christmas market mode, the organisation is as efficient as only a German city could be, with maps, sign posts and decorations to guide you to the correct venues.