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Christmas markets (abroad)

  • 20-08-2021 8:26am
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,562 ✭✭✭ Xterminator


    Anyone planning to go away to Christmas markets this year? There seems to be a fair bit of uncertainty around travel and covid etc.

    myself and the wife are fully vaccinated and have the cert etc. Herself would like to visit a nice market this year. Thinking something like Berlin. Are we mad? is anyone else booking now?



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  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 10,845 Mod ✭✭✭✭ miamee


    We have loved going to a few Christmas markets as a weekend getaway in the past but OH is not interested in travel with all the testing and certs etc. even though we are both fully vaccinated and have our Covid certs. We might see closer to the time rather than booking now (if it was up to me, I probably would book now!)

    I think the furthest we'll be going is to Belfast this year, their market is a nice one, closest to the real thing you'll get here



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,717 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    I think we might do the same this year. We usually do a day trip to the outlets in Banbridge however thinking that over night in Belfast and take in the markets might be a nice change.



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    I'm thinking the same thing- Belfast is a nice middle ground without having to have PCR tests, show certs at airport security etc... Must check it out!



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,692 ✭✭✭ DvB


    Belfast is a great spot anyway, I was in college up there so got to know it well back then & head up regularly ever since. The christmas market in Donegal Square (assume its still there!? or have they moved it??) is great though, last time I was there it was a real pure Christmas buzz. The few drinks afterwards didn't hurt either 😀

    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,344 ✭✭✭ tscul32


    We got to belfast every year with the kids for an overnight and a visit to the city hall market. Wasn't on last year unfortunately but we booked our hotel during the summer for this December, delighted to hear it's going ahead. We did have a notion of trying for a mainland Europe market but not worth the hassle this year. The belfast one is lovely though.



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  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    Oh, sounds lovely, Smell the Glove. Make sure you take pics! 🎄


    The Valkenburg Christmas Market in South Holland, down near Maastricht and beside the Belgian border is amazing- the market is in the caves under the town, so doesn't matter if it's raining/snowing/freezing! I went a few years ago and the whole place is gorgeous at Christmas. 🙂



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,021 ✭✭✭ Smell the glove


    Sounds unbelievable. I'll have to Google that now! Off to Gent ourselves, it looks lovely over there at Christmastime.



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    It's such a shame we can't do Christmas markets in this country! 😂



  • Registered Users Posts: 40 Del Boy


    Highly recommend Prague for Xmas markets. Went couple of years ago. Very cheap city. Lots to see and do.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,717 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    Sounds like Belfast is good choice. I'll start looking into it. Anyone recommend any hotels?



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,562 ✭✭✭ Xterminator


    i've booked cologne. i love the German take on the markets - the sights, the food and the atmosphere.



  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 10,845 Mod ✭✭✭✭ miamee


    No it is still there in the grounds of City Hall as far as I know. Unless they move to a more spaced out location but I can't see that happening.



  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 10,845 Mod ✭✭✭✭ miamee


    This sounds absolutely amazing Posy, I'll have to look it up. I know the cold and stopping for a Gluhwein or a Glug is all part of it but someof them can be bitterly cold...in a cave sounds perfect!

    We spent one evening at the markets in Cologne the year we went to Dusseldorf, and they were stunning. Incredibly busy to the point we left early (on a train back to Dusseldorf) but you could see why it was so popular!



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,692 ✭✭✭ DvB


    Agree. Its the perfect spot for it. Would be a shame if they had to move it elsewhere.

    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 498 ✭✭ pigtail33


    I visited those a few years ago, and loved every minute! There are so many different markets dotted around the city. They all sell quite similar products, but all have a different feel about them. The main one, beside the Cathedral does quite very busy though. I'd love to go back.



  • Registered Users Posts: 730 ✭✭✭ Dazler97


    Will we not get run out as where from the South and most unionist live there



  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 10,845 Mod ✭✭✭✭ miamee


    No of course not, that is a myth. I have been to Belfast many times over the past 15 years or more and never had an ounce of trouble or feeling I was going to be 'run out'.



  • Registered Users Posts: 730 ✭✭✭ Dazler97


    Good because I've already been attacked up here for being Irish it's awful



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    There is crime in Belfast, like any city, but if you're in the centre and don't wander into any area festooned with Union Jacks, you should be fine! I'm sorry you hear you had a bad experience before, it's certainly not the norm.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,692 ✭✭✭ DvB


    Lived up there for 3 years, most definitely not the norm at all. Use your common sense as Posy described and you'll be as safe as you would be in any city.

    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,344 ✭✭✭ tscul32


    I have never had an issue in Belfast and been visiting several times a year for a lot of years.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,344 ✭✭✭ tscul32


    Personally, we go cheap and cheerful. Premier Inn all the way. Beds always super comfy, book room only and breakfast at the George's market if a weekend. Weve two rooms booked this year for the 5 of us, got a Friday night for £34 per room.



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    Oh, that's good value!

    If you want fancy, I imagine the Europa would be your best bet. 😁



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,717 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    Thanks guys will have a look.

    Similar to others, have been going 'up north' for years (have family up there) and have never had any trouble anywhere.



  • Registered Users Posts: 35 Shirlywhirl


    We've booked Munich! Possibly a mad idea but we thought we'd chance it. Hotel is free cancellation and flights where fairly cheap if we do have to cancel. Really hope to go though, missed Christmas markets last year! Berlin markets are great, we were there two years ago. We also went to a thing called Christmas Garden Berlin, it was so nice. Lots of light installations and a mini market in a park. If you go this year you should see if that's on as well.



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,334 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Loughc


    Now this looks class.



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 2,295 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Mystery Egg


    I used to live in Scotland and went to Edinburgh every Christmas for the markets and atmosphere. It's wonderful. Highly recommended. You'll get cheap flights but accommodation can be dear enough.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,490 ✭✭✭ frash


    Giving this a bit of a bump

    Considering going to Cologne

    If anyone has been before, do they have any accomadation recommendations?

    AirBnB pricey enough but with Mrs Frash + 4 kids I think it's the best option



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