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Best Christmas Markets for Crafts and Handmade items

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I've researched quite a bit on Christmas markets, but I can't find much information on which Christmas markets have the best hand made crafts and interesting goods. I have a blog where I photograph and review all the great souvenirs I find when I travel and I plan to do a section focused on xmas markets that I'll be traveling to this December.

I'll skip Germany this time around, but will likely do Vienna again with a friend who hasn't been.
We plan to fly to maybe two more cities. Budapest? Krakow? I think Alsace is going to have to be on the backburner-- no direct flights to Vienna. My friend wants to go to Prague but my research tells me the craft quality is poor. Although I love out of the way markets, on this trip I need to stick to cities with airports (or easily accessible via train from Vienna)

To give you an idea where I've been recently and my ratings:

Vienna- Schonbrunn Palace-- this was my favorite market for crafts. Gorgeous, interesting ornamants; beautiful handmade hats, lots of tempting (and unique) goods. Atmosphere can't be beat.

Augsburg- loved it, 2nd best for crafts- (wooden toys, home made jams). Best prices.

Vienna- Spittelberg. I'd read this was a great place for hand made stuff-- but it was not-- unless you count handmade in Nepal. But it wasn't commerical junk either, just not much of interest to buy. Great neighborhood atmosphere though.

Vienna- Rathaus- our concierge warned we'd only find "plastic" stuff here. Skipped.

Vienna- walked through several random markets while sightseeing no idea what they officially were called. So so.

Salzburg-- ok, much the same stuff.

Munich- Marienplatz-- some original decorations, but much of the same stuff over and over. Busy.

Munich-Medieval-- really fun market, technically there were original crafts here (many related to the Medieval theme), but the kind you look at and think oh that's interesting--but don't buy.

Munich- forgot name, but central and in a courtyard, pretty small but fun with lots of locals coming by after work. Unmemorable crafts.

Basel, Switzerland-- adorable but very small market, some craft stuff but wouldn't go out of my way. I was here for work and a short stroll through the stalls was plenty.

London- by the eye and the winter market. Obviously did not go to London for xmas markets but in case you were wondering there is nothing worth buying here.

Anyone care to comment? Want to know which you think have tat too so I can cross them off my list! Thanks!

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