Picture This: The Christmas Market of Bratislava, Slovakia

The Christmas Market in front of Old Town Hall in Bratislava, Slovakia

The Hlavne namestie, main square, is filled with booths, mostly selling food and drink, and tables under small shelters where the purchases can be enjoyed

On Hlavne namestie, the main square of Bratislava, on a cold winter's night, we found the Christmas Market.

The entire plaza in front of the Old Town Hall (Stará radnica) was filled with booths, most selling food and drink, and tables under small shelters where the purchases could be enjoyed.

A very social situation that we were more than happy to jump into the middle of.

Roland Fountain (Rolandova fontána), sometimes called the Maximilian fountain in Bratislava, Slovakia

At the center of it all is the Roland Fountain (Rolandova fontána), sometimes called the Maximilian Fountain because it was commissioned in 1527 by the Hungarian king Maximilian.

This makes it the oldest fountain in Bratislava. Max's statue stands on top surveying the square.

Due to the temperatures, and the fact that it looks so downright festive, the water had been replaced by twinkling lights.

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Mulled wine at the Christmas Market in Bratislava, Slovakia

Nearly everyone was warming themselves with varene vino, the local version of mulled wine, but in a twist we hadn't seen before, hot white wine seemed just as popular as the red. Had to give that a try.

Our verdict was that while delicious, it lacked the superior cockle-warming qualities of the red variety.

Perhaps the most popular vino vender was named "The Flinstones." Yaba-daba-do (we think)!

We also gave zemiakové placky with cheese a try. This is a pancake made of shredded potatoes, crisp on the outside and chewy within, covered in a layer of tangy white sheep cheese.

We also gave zemiakové placky a try. This is a pancake made of shredded potatoes, crisp on the outside and chewy within. We chose to get ours covered in a layer of mild, yet tangy white sheep cheese.

Very tasty and stick-to-your-ribs on a chilly December evening.

Spinning hams at the Christmas Market in Bratislava, Slovakia
Most food offerings involved meat, lots and lots of meat.

It all looked (okay, almost all) good, but the potato-and-cheese bomb we had just devoured didn't seem to want any company, so we spent the rest of the night checking out the wares.Bread with crispy pork fat oil in Bratislava, Slovakia Mastny chlieb cibulou or Chlieb oskvarkovy

Bratislava, Slovakia

See all of our adventures in beautiful Bratislava!

See more about the history of Christmas markets and our explorations of these markets around the world!

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com




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