Top 5 European Christmas Destinations
It’s the final countdown and it’s real! In a few days Christmas will be officially here and we are getting ready for it. For those who haven’t yet decided, where they will spent these holly days we have some last minute and alternative ideas for you! (Considering ourselves rebels)
#5 Salzburg, Austria
What are the places to go when winter rules over the city of Mozart? With no doubt Salzburg is the king of winter sports, so ski is out of the question. It is the main reason why people want to visit Austria in the winter and some of the finest ski areas of the Alps can be found in the South of the Salzburg Province. With a stroll in the city centre a must is to visit Christmas Markets, eat Lebkuchen and drink Glühwein, traditionally people in Austria bake Christmas cookies and pastries in the Advent season , often they become real competitions for the best ones. Finally for an ultimate Christmas experience, track down the history of “Silent Night”: The most famous Christmas Carol of all times was written and composed in Oberndorf, a charming town north of Salzburg.
#4 Rome, Italy
” Tutte le strade portano a Roma” , truer than ever in Christmas time all roads, do lead in Rome. The moment you land in the Eternal City there are certain things that you can’t miss. First things first, pizza and pasta are two musts of the trip, personal suggestion would be Trattoria of Grazziela in the centre of the city. With so many sights to see , i believe that Fontana di Trevi and of course Colosseum and St.Peter’s Basilica are pure diamonds and worth the visit.
#3 Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen you will find a wide range of entertainment, culture and shopping. You can enjoy a continental atmosphere and visit the classic destinations such as Tivoli Gardens amusement park and the Copenhagen Zoo. The city is historic and at the same time very youthful and innovative. Copenhagen, also known as Kongens village, has beautiful docksides to wander along and the famous pedestrian promenade Stroget which stretches from the Town Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv. There are plenty of stores, large malls, restaurants and cafes. Among the throngs of people, you can even find an occasional good theater or street musician.
#2 Munich, Germany
From recent experience, a sum up to this extraordinary and historical city is one word food. Munich is by far the most picturesque town in Germany. With a walk in the old city, you will understand. Among others must places to go are Rat House ( as seen above), which used to be the place where tax issues were resolved, and for those who love football, Allianz Arena is the place to be. As far as food is considered it is literally everywhere, but the most traditional and well known beer house of Munich is not other but Augustiner Keller.
#1 Prague, Czech Republic
The bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague make it a perfect destination for Christmas vacationers who want to immerse themselves in culture. You could devote an entire day to exploring Prazsky hrad (Prague Castle), and after that refuel over a hearty dinner at a classic Czech tavern. Spend some time wandering the Old Town Square before heading over to gape at The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Prague’s best bars are found in cellars, where historic pubs set the scene for a night of traditional tippling.
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