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Travel: Christmas Markets in Bratislava

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Travel: Christmas Markets in Bratislava

Bratislava is Slovakia’s capital city. It sits along the Danube River by the border of Austria and Hungary. It is surrounded by vineyards and Little Carpathian Mountains and crossed by lush green biking and hiking trails.

The pedestrian-only 18th-century town is known for its lively bar and café scene. Its atmosphere is enriched by the Bratislava Castle which is perched on a hilltop and overlooks the region below it.

The town is lovely any time of year, but it really lights up during the Christmas season. That’s when many markets set up in its streets filling the area with a sense of joy. Here are some you may consider visiting when you’re in town.

Hlavne Namestie (Main Square) and Frantiskanske Square

The main Bratislava Christmas market it is located in the Main Square and Hviezdoslav Square in the city center. It opens in late November and closes just before Christmas. It offers unique gifts and delicious treats. Guests can also be entertained by concerts and opera and ballet performances, and they can skate at open-air ice skating rinks.

Food items to try at the market include:

  • Loksa: A dense, salty pancake often served as a treat. It is traditionally made with butter but can be served with a variety of toppings including anything from cabbage and sausage to Nutella.

  • Goose: Goose is often served in the area in the winter and autumn seasons.

  • Mead (Medovina): This is a sweet, hot drink that is one of the oldest Slavic alcoholic drinks. It is a tasty honey wine that’s packed with vitamins.

  • Mulled wine: You will find a variety of red and white mulled wines at the market.

  • Punch: There are many types of punch sold at the market. You can find nonalcoholic fruit versions as well as a turbo punch mixed with absinthe.

  • Cinganska Pecienka: Literally translated as gypsy roast, this is a roll filled with chicken or pork, mustard, and onion.

  • Klobasa: Klobasa is sausage. At the market, you will find several sausage varieties which are usually served with mustard and bread.

  • Chleba S Mastou A Cibul’Ou: This is bread with fat and onion.

  • Strudels: You will find a variety of strudels at the market including nut, cherry, cream cheese, poppy seed, and apple.

  • Trdelnik: This large, sweet pastry is prepared with cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, or nut flavorings.

  • Medovnik: This is similar to gingerbread, but it has a honey and caramel taste.

  • Oblatky: These are wafers that are usually eaten with honey before Christmas dinner. They are a symbol of peace and joy. At the market, you will find them with a variety of sweet fillings including nuts and chocolate.

While the Bratislava Market was once confined to the Main Square, it has since spread out into smaller markets located throughout the city. These include:

Old Town Hall’s Court

This court is also known as the Museum of City History. It’s full of culture and it’s a great place to find Slovak craft products and mulled wine. There are no food stands in the area, but there is a petting zoo.

Hviezdoslav’s Square

Hviezdoslav’s Square is a quick walk from the Main Square. It is bigger and has more stands that begin in front of the national theater and spread throughout the square. The stands sell food as well as a variety of souvenirs. There’s also a skating rink set up.

Eurovea

Eurovea is one of Bratislava’s shopping malls. During the Christmas season, there are a few stalls set up outside to create a small Christmas market. The area is well decorated making for a terrific photo opp.

Markets at the Castle

Markets at the Castle is a tradition that started in 2016. It features folk and modern bands, theater performances, and Christmas performances. There’s also plenty of charitable giving for local organizations.

The market opens in late November with a performance by a Bratislava folk band. The stalls will be selling a variety of goods including mulled wine, mead, real gypsy meat, and lokshe stuffed with goose liver.

Children will be able to enjoy a carousel, live animals, and a nativity scene. They can also go into the gallery to hear Christmas stories.

There are also several workshops that show guests how to make decorations from corn husks, and how to paint designs on glass and ornaments with a 3D printer.

A small circus comes to the markets to perform in mid-December. There is also space set aside for local charities and non-profits where you can donate blankets, toys, clothing, and other goods.

On the last weekend of the market, the Fencing Company offers a period presentation and an exhibition of weapons. The grand finale is a children’s disco and a big party with live deejays.

Christmas Days in Incheba

Christmas Days in Incheba provides gifts for the entire family including toys, books, clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, electronics, home décor, handmade pieces, and traditional products. It also offers games and activities the whole family can enjoy. It provides a fun and relaxing atmosphere during the stressful pre-Christmas season.

Old Market Hall (Stara Trznica)

Stara Trznica is a popular city center that hosts various events during the end of the year including bazaars and food markets. The front of the building is lit up with trees and decorations. It’s a great place to find gifts for your loved ones.

Markets at Dulovo Square

Dulovo Square is a newer Christmas market destination. It offers alternative and local goods including handmade products and souvenirs.

If you are looking for a terrific Christmas market experience, Bratislava is the place to be. Its many markets fill the city with the spirit of joy and make for a great way to cross off items from your gift list. Will you be scheduling a trip for the next holiday season?

Read more of A Christmas Blog or Shop Now at Schmidt Christmas Market

Travel: Christmas Markets in Bratislava

Travel: Christmas Markets in Bratislava

Posted by Hedi Schreiber on

Bratislava is Slovakia’s capital city. It sits along the Danube River by the border of Austria and Hungary. It is surrounded by vineyards and Little Carpathian Mountains and crossed by lush green biking and hiking trails.

The pedestrian-only 18th-century town is known for its lively bar and café scene. Its atmosphere is enriched by the Bratislava Castle which is perched on a hilltop and overlooks the region below it.

The town is lovely any time of year, but it really lights up during the Christmas season. That’s when many markets set up in its streets filling the area with a sense of joy. Here are some you may consider visiting when you’re in town.

Hlavne Namestie (Main Square) and Frantiskanske Square

The main Bratislava Christmas market it is located in the Main Square and Hviezdoslav Square in the city center. It opens in late November and closes just before Christmas. It offers unique gifts and delicious treats. Guests can also be entertained by concerts and opera and ballet performances, and they can skate at open-air ice skating rinks.

Food items to try at the market include:

  • Loksa: A dense, salty pancake often served as a treat. It is traditionally made with butter but can be served with a variety of toppings including anything from cabbage and sausage to Nutella.

  • Goose: Goose is often served in the area in the winter and autumn seasons.

  • Mead (Medovina): This is a sweet, hot drink that is one of the oldest Slavic alcoholic drinks. It is a tasty honey wine that’s packed with vitamins.

  • Mulled wine: You will find a variety of red and white mulled wines at the market.

  • Punch: There are many types of punch sold at the market. You can find nonalcoholic fruit versions as well as a turbo punch mixed with absinthe.

  • Cinganska Pecienka: Literally translated as gypsy roast, this is a roll filled with chicken or pork, mustard, and onion.

  • Klobasa: Klobasa is sausage. At the market, you will find several sausage varieties which are usually served with mustard and bread.

  • Chleba S Mastou A Cibul’Ou: This is bread with fat and onion.

  • Strudels: You will find a variety of strudels at the market including nut, cherry, cream cheese, poppy seed, and apple.

  • Trdelnik: This large, sweet pastry is prepared with cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, or nut flavorings.

  • Medovnik: This is similar to gingerbread, but it has a honey and caramel taste.

  • Oblatky: These are wafers that are usually eaten with honey before Christmas dinner. They are a symbol of peace and joy. At the market, you will find them with a variety of sweet fillings including nuts and chocolate.

While the Bratislava Market was once confined to the Main Square, it has since spread out into smaller markets located throughout the city. These include:

Old Town Hall’s Court

This court is also known as the Museum of City History. It’s full of culture and it’s a great place to find Slovak craft products and mulled wine. There are no food stands in the area, but there is a petting zoo.

Hviezdoslav’s Square

Hviezdoslav’s Square is a quick walk from the Main Square. It is bigger and has more stands that begin in front of the national theater and spread throughout the square. The stands sell food as well as a variety of souvenirs. There’s also a skating rink set up.

Eurovea

Eurovea is one of Bratislava’s shopping malls. During the Christmas season, there are a few stalls set up outside to create a small Christmas market. The area is well decorated making for a terrific photo opp.

Markets at the Castle

Markets at the Castle is a tradition that started in 2016. It features folk and modern bands, theater performances, and Christmas performances. There’s also plenty of charitable giving for local organizations.

The market opens in late November with a performance by a Bratislava folk band. The stalls will be selling a variety of goods including mulled wine, mead, real gypsy meat, and lokshe stuffed with goose liver.

Children will be able to enjoy a carousel, live animals, and a nativity scene. They can also go into the gallery to hear Christmas stories.

There are also several workshops that show guests how to make decorations from corn husks, and how to paint designs on glass and ornaments with a 3D printer.

A small circus comes to the markets to perform in mid-December. There is also space set aside for local charities and non-profits where you can donate blankets, toys, clothing, and other goods.

On the last weekend of the market, the Fencing Company offers a period presentation and an exhibition of weapons. The grand finale is a children’s disco and a big party with live deejays.

Christmas Days in Incheba

Christmas Days in Incheba provides gifts for the entire family including toys, books, clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, electronics, home décor, handmade pieces, and traditional products. It also offers games and activities the whole family can enjoy. It provides a fun and relaxing atmosphere during the stressful pre-Christmas season.

Old Market Hall (Stara Trznica)

Stara Trznica is a popular city center that hosts various events during the end of the year including bazaars and food markets. The front of the building is lit up with trees and decorations. It’s a great place to find gifts for your loved ones.

Markets at Dulovo Square

Dulovo Square is a newer Christmas market destination. It offers alternative and local goods including handmade products and souvenirs.

If you are looking for a terrific Christmas market experience, Bratislava is the place to be. Its many markets fill the city with the spirit of joy and make for a great way to cross off items from your gift list. Will you be scheduling a trip for the next holiday season?

Read more of A Christmas Blog or Shop Now at Schmidt Christmas Market


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