A key ingredient to the winter festivities in Europe, Christmas markets date all the way back to the Middle Ages. If you haven’t already heard of them, these markets are basically fairytale winter wonderlands. Each with uniquely designed stalls, usually illuminated with beautiful lights, they are all very photogenic and picturesque. These markets are most popular among tourist, but also loved among locals. Each stall of each market is home to its own one-of-a-kind goos, from hot wine and Tredník to ornaments and notebooks. One of the highlights of my winter trip to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic last year was the many Christmas markets I got to explore while there. So, since its now the holiday season, I thought it’d be fun to write a post about some of the markets that I visited this time last year.