The eastern city of Strasbourg hosts the best Christmas market in Europe. Photo: NotFrancois/Flickr
So Europe has voted and the results are in. When it comes to best Christmas market on the continent, nowhere beats the eastern French city of Strasbourg. No, not even Vienna.
The famous Christmas market in Strasbourg came out on top in a Europe-wide ranking, published this week.
The competition was hosted by the “Best European Destination” organisation based in Brussels, focusing on promoting tourism and culture in Europe.
Nearly 72,000 people voted online in the competition, which included 15 participating locations around Europe.
Strasbourg in first place took 23.4 percent of the votes (16,759), putting it well ahead of second place Aachen, Germany with 13,465 votes, followed by Vienna, Austria with 10,242 votes.
“There's no doubt, Strasbourg is the capital of Christmas, and it's not only because the Christmas market is the largest and most visited one, but also because visitors and every inhabitant in Strasbourg share the spirit of Christmas," said one visitor who voted.
Another French city Lille came in fifth in the rankings.
“I have come to this Christmas market for years now and every year it's even more beautiful, it is really moving and not just for the Christmas market but also for the beauty of the city. The other shops are also very interesting," said one visitor.
The market city locations were evaluated based on their popularity, value for money and all-round Christmas spirit.
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by Simone Flückiger