Christmas Markets in Prague
January 23, 2012 § 16 Comments
After seeing the Mucha Museum, we made our way back to the Old Town Square. This little walk actually became one of the reason for me to fall in love with this city. Prague was a very pretty town, full of old colourful little houses lining up the cobblestone streets; every corner you turn, it’s a different scene. However this city turned magical at night, especially around the time of Christmas when the streets were decorated with a warm glow of light.
Before I saw the tents, I could already hear the music. That night, they have some gypsy-ish music performance. Violin, drums with strong passionate rhythm, that’s exactly my cup of tea. Next to the stage, there was a huge blinking christmas tree. I do prefer christmas tree with candles, but this was actually quite nice and it fit in with the surrounding I think.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that the Christmas markets in Prague was a bit different, especially the food. Besides the usual suspect: sausages and hot wine, there were something else I didn’t see in Vienna. First, it was the Prague Ham which was fully cooked and smoked. It was sold by the weight, but they tended to slice more off than what you asked for. Then the mysterious Trdelnik caught my attention…
There were lots of stand selling Trdelnik, I believe it must be very popular among the local. All the bakers(?) started from scratch by rolling out a dough and turn them into a long strip. Then they wrapped the strip around a wooden scroll, which will be then placed over the heat. When they were done, they would be dipped into cinnamon sugar for a final touch before handing it over to customers. It tasted a bit like donuts, but not as sugary.
There were also a little barn for the kids with sheep and a horse… Wait, was that a horse? actually I couldn’t really tell. However, it was very cute and very eager to play with the passer-by.