Written on 8th December 2015

Christmas Markets to visit during your business trip

The Appointment Group Global Corporate Travel team have selected the most memorable Christmas markets around Europe. Although Strasbourg, Cologne and Copenhagen might have the most internationally renowned markets, there are plenty more to recommend, some of which you might come across during your business obligations. Whether you have a couple of hours to spare before a flight or a free evening, these markets will be a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours and do some Christmas shopping!

Zurich

When and where: 19th November to 24th December 2015, Zurich main railway station.
Zurich's most central Christmas Market takes place inside the main hall of the train station. Featuring 150 stalls it is one of the biggest indoor Christmas Markets in Europe.

Just off the train, commuters and travellers flock to the market following the irresistible scent of mulled wine and cinnamon. A 50-ft-tall Christmas tree decorated with thousands of sparkly Swarovski crystals is the highlight of the "Christkindlimarkt".

Alternatively, located in the Niederdorf quarter, is Zurich's oldest Christmas market. This market is a tiny world of its own. The numerous market stalls line the centrally located Niederdorfstrasse and spill onto Hirschenplatz and Rosenhof. A visit during the Advent period is an absolute must.

More information: zuerich.com; christkindlimarkt.ch/2015
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Berlin

When and where: 25th November to 27th December 2015, across the city.

It may be one of Europe’s most progressive capitals, but this German powerhouse isn’t afraid to deck the halls when the calendar hits Advent.

Berlin is the city to visit for getting into Christmas atmosphere and with over 60 markets to choose from, we strongly recommend wearing comfortable shoes. Enjoy the ice rinks, futuristic light shows and the giant urban toboggan run.

Visit the chic WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt for a feast, with everything from French specialties to Austrian cuisine can be found. More traditional is the Lucia Christmas market in the Kulturbrauerei. It is focused on Scandinavian countries and offers Swedish and Danish specialties amongst other delicacies.

Alternatively please consult the cultural event programme, available in any hotel, to get an overview of all the events occurring in Berlin during the festive season.

More information: www.visitberlin.de
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Hamburg

When and where: 23rd November – 23rd December 2015, The Hamburg Town Hall

Discover history, tradition and a Hanseatic heritage at one of Hamburg's many wonderful Christmas markets. For sheer diversity Hamburg is hard to beat. The prettiest market is set just outside Hamburg's most impressive town hall. Hosted by Roncalli's Circus, you can discover lots of lovingly decorated stalls and the punch is even served by clowns and circus artistes.

The market is filled with hand-crafted Christmas decorations from the Erzgebirge region and looked after by woodcarvers from Tyrol, bakers form Aachen (producing their famous “printen” cookies on the scene) or gingerbread makers from Nuremberg and the pottery is made by artists from the Lausitz region. Silversmiths and many other artisans and craftsmen from all over Germany invite you to marvel, join in, taste or simply enjoy this fantastic atmosphere in Hamburg.

Finally, romantics opt for the Jungfernstieg market, whose focus is on posh food and gifts; crowd-avoiders choose the smaller Fleetinsel market by the water, where fairy lights twinkle on two antique sailing vessels.

More Information: http://www.geneve-tourisme.ch/en/no-index/winter/
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Geneva

When and where: 21st November 2015 to 10th January 2016

Christmas is fast approaching and so too are a whole host of festive events! Geneva is the perfect place to bring out the child in you. Marvel at the city's bright, twinkling lights and its warm, glowing atmosphere. Merry Christmas!

From Saturday 21 November to Sunday 10 January, Cirque de Noël will present its new show in Plaine de Plainpalais. Jugglers, animal trainers, magicians, acrobats and clowns invite you to watch an amazing show.

Christmas trees, crafts, stars and carousels await the young and old in the streets of Carouge. Beautiful Christmas aromas, lights and decorations will also take your breath away.

More Information: visitberlin.de
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