Once upon a time, in a city inhabited by wonderful people, where ancient and modern met to create a peculiar architecture that left visitors enchanted… well, you already know how much I love Poland, so let’s jump into the wonderful Christmas atmosphere, shall we?
One of the most beautiful and vibrant Christmas markets in Europe is located in Warsaw, capital city of Poland. On December 8th, a huge Christmas tree was finally placed on the main square in front of the royal castle and finally lighted up in a spectacular show, attended by thousands of Poles as well as tourists.
Christmas markets are everywhere: there is one on the old town market square, where an ice rink was placed; another one is right behind St. Anne’s church; then another is along Międzymurze Piotra Biegańskiego… there are so many options that it is hard to decide where to go!
- The Old Town Market Square
If you want to try typical Christmas dishes, then that’s your place. The best thing to try when you’re here and you need to warm up a little bit is the typical Polish sausage with cucumber, mustard and ketchup. I took a picture but it’s kind of ambiguous, so I’d rather not post it here for now.
- Międzymurze Piotra Biegańskiego Market
Walk along this street with a cup of Polish mulled wine. Mulled wine always makes me happy (and super-dizzy). I got to try it in two different countries (Germany and Sweden) before trying the Polish version too. It’s different from Glühwein and Glögg, I’d say much stronger. Poles usually put some sherry in it and a small piece of orange. Needless to say that it’s delicious and warms you up very quickly, but also be aware if you don’t drink alcohol — and most importantly, don’t drink if you’re underage.
- St. Anne’s Church Market
What’s better than finishing a meal with something sweet? Head to St. Anne’s Church Market and get a chimney cake (Sękacz). It’s a sugar explosion but definitely makes your day even better. It’s similar to the original Hungarian version called Kürtőskalács. Don’t ask me to pronounce these, unfortunately I gave up my Hungarian course after four months and even though I would love to learn Polish, I think that life is too short to learn Polish. (Let me know if you want to read something about the hardest languages in the world to learn).
I know that by now your stomach must be full, so why not burning everything off with some ice-skating?
I ticked ice-skating off my bucket list, but I would love to do it again. On the old market square you can find a ring and stay there for 1 hour or 1/2 hour. The admission to the rink is free, but skates cost 10,00 zł (1 hour) or 5,00 zł (1/2 hour). The price written here might change and the information provided might not be 100% accurate, you can find more info here.