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Basilica Christmas market voted most beautiful in Europe

More than 280,000 people voted for their favorite Christmas market in this year’s European Best Destinations (EBD) competition.

St. Stephen’s Basilica Christmas market has been voted the most beautiful in Europe.

More than 280,000 people voted for their favorite Christmas market in this year’s European Best Destinations (EBD) competition, which aims to promote European culture and tourism in cooperation with the European Tourism Agency and the EDEN network.

The Advent fair in front of the Basilica received a record 39,448 votes, ahead of the previous record, the Zagreb Christmas fair, which received 38,830 votes in 2018.

Top 20 European Christmas markets:

  1. Budapest, Advent at the Basilica 
  2. Vienna
  3. Gdansk
  4. Brussels
  5. Montbeliard 
  6. Basel 
  7. Metz 
  8. Cluj Napoca 
  9. Valkenburg 
  10. Novi Sad 
  11. Trier 
  12. Prague 
  13. Govone 
  14. Winchester 
  15. Amiens 
  16. Rothenburg
  17. Cologne 
  18. Leipzig 
  19. Bratislava
  20. Bath

At the Basilica Christmas market, visitors can taste the delicacies of Hungarian cuisine in addition to buying Christmas presents. An important element of the Budapest event is the monumental 3D light show, which is projected onto the facade of St. Stephen’s Basilica in the evenings.

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