10 of the Most Magical Christmas Destinations in Europe | Add to Bucketlist , Vacation Deals
Are you tired of watching holiday reruns and tepid turkey? Are you in the mood for something merrier? Here are a nigh- angelic assorted alternative advent destinations to restore your Christmas spirit.
The city that invented the snow globe is a great place to explore in the winter. You can browse the country’s oldest Christmas market located at Freyung Wein or purchase presents from the local artisans at Karlsplatz. Visit the popular Konzerthaus outdoor ice skating rink and see if you can manage to let go of the safety railings. Get a feel for Vienna‘s musical heritage by attending a Christmas concert in the famous St, Anna’s Church. See the impressive architecture and chat with bohemians at an underground Viennese folk music gig or a coffee house.
Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany
“The Romantic Road” was based on the old Roman road and was built after the war. One of the country’s biggest attractions, you can use this route to see numerous historic locations including the famous fortified medieval city of Rothenburg. Because of its connection to Wilhelm Wohlfahrt, the famous owner of the original Christmas shop. It’s known as “the Christmas Town.” You can visit the Wohlfahrt Christmas Village and the Christmas Museum all year round. Stay at an inn that comes complete with gingerbread architecture right out of “Hansel and Gretel.”
Made famous by the famous storyteller Hans Christian Anderson, you will be enchanted by Copenhagen’s cobbled streets and old-world charm. Take in the almond scent of the ancient canal district, Nyhavn. Stroll around the Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market and enjoy the wandering Pixie Band.
See the seasonal light shows over the lake and sample a cup of GlØgg. If you need a break stop in at one of the cozy cafes such as The Living Room where you warm yourself by the fire in the basement. Later, ice skate under the winking winter stars.
Oulanka National Park, Finnish Lapland
Let’s be honest here. Lapland is often tied into sketchy Santa Claus-connected package deals and even overpriced seasonal tourist traps, but nevertheless, it deserves its place here. This park is situated on Finish Lapland’s northern border.
It’s a unique blend of breathtaking landscapes forming a winter wilderness of sandy banks, rushing rapids, river valleys, and pine forests. Hikers have access to free log cabins. You can ski or head for the Rytisuo Snowshoeing Trail. Breath in the fresh air and see the beauty of an early sunset over the white virgin snow.
Reykjavik overflows with the Christmas spirit. The city celebrates several festivities focusing on peace and harmony and the traditions of Iceland. There are many markets, concerts, and incredible illuminations.
Enjoy the Icelandic architecture. Visit Yule Town located in Ingolfstorg Square. Local legend has it that a few days prior to Christmas, mischievous muscled mountain ogres enter the town and incite mayhem.
Look for them in the craft market. Foodies will want to sample the wares at the famous Jalakras Street Food Christmas Market. Maybe you can catch the kaleidoscopic Northern Lights as well.
If you’re into winter sports then this village ensconced in the Swiss Alps is for you. Here you’ll find 270km (or nearly 168 miles) ski runs and a snow park for freestyle snowboarding. You can also go night skiing or take a ski tour.
Take in the breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and the Rhone Valley. Sample to local food and wine at the popular Abbaye de Salez Christmas Market. Visit quaint Gryon and have tea with Father Christmas. See the huge Advent Calendar watch as a new decoration is turned on every night.
November and December are great months to visit Bruges and take in the quaint parks, magnificent medieval architecture, and impressive plazas and squares. Indeed, the entire city becomes a virtual winter wonderland. Christmas lanterns light up the cobbled streets and the Christmas markets are picture-perfect.
If you loved “Edward Scissorhands”, just wait until you attend the famous Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival. Go ice skating under the festive lights on the outdoor rink by Grote Markt. If you’re traveling with a lover, be sure to take a meandering romantic stroll along the canals too.
The Cotswolds, England
In the Cotswolds, even the hotels create special seasonal experiences for their guests. The Millhouse Hotel located in Kingham offers carols, cream tea, and memorable midnight mince pies. You can also indulge in an inebriating alcohol-injected rest by a roaring fire at the favored Snooty Fox found in Tetbury.
Any Advent adventurer can also enjoy an assortment of Brit quintessential Christmas events. Options include “Carols in the Barn” at Winterbourne, midnight masses and quaint Christmas fêtes in 11th-century Churches. There’s also the Westonbrit’s Enchanted Christmas Trail and a few famous international Christmas Markets as well.
Celtic Castles, Ireland
Score a Christmas castle package on the Emerald Isle. Live large like landed gentry amidst the lovely landscape at Dromoland Castle Hotel in Co. Clare. Only eight miles from the local airport, it’s ancient walls embody an excellent mix of medieval charm and expected modern-day amenities.
In Co. Cork you can room at the lovely Lismore Castle. Constructed by King John in 1185, it’s ensconced amongst verdant valleys and includes Jacobean defensive walls, period rooms and appetizing banquet halls where a gourmet chef serves you local dishes. Wander through the woodlands and take in the sculptures too.
The beautiful town of Riga is where the classic Christmas tradition of decorating the tree began. Here you will discover an incredible Christmas Fair that offers an assortment of local food and Latvian handicrafts. The area is aglow and the air is heavy with the sweet scent of roasted sugar almonds.
While everyone visits Prague and Budapest, Riga is an underrated rival well worth a look-see. It is highlighted by awesome Art Nouveau architecture and elegant, attractive spires. The overall atmosphere of the area provides the perfect place for a memorable Christmas adventure.
Happy Holidays! Bon Voyage!
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