Christmas is almost here… After all these years of traveling across Europe in December, I´ve realized an obvious thing – every European city is beautiful in its own way over the holiday season. Especially, when it comes to the big capitals like Paris or Prague. Nevertheless, there were some surprise places I´ve unexpectedly fallen in love with. Places, where Christmas music, arts&crafts, bakeries&decorations all together create a wonderful holiday atmosphere.

Dreaming of a white Christmas in Europe?! this year I´ve tried to recall for you all of my favorite “Christmassy” towns to pick top 5 destinations for a magical Christmas in Europe!

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My Top 5 Christmas Destinations in Europe

1. Colmar / France

Back in 2016, I visited Colmar on my way to Strasbourg. Initially, it was not even a part of my Alsace route. Can´t stress enough how happy I am now that I didn’t skip Colmar. Many people recommended Strasbourg as a place for the best Christmas atmosphere in France. And even though Strasbourg was quite festive as well, my absolute favorite was definitely Colmar. (Read more…)

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Colmar/ Alsace, France

2. Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Germany

If I am to pick my favorite European country to search for the Christmas spirit – it is going to be Germany. This is where you find the best Christmas markets in Europe: Nuremberg, Munich, Dresden, Berlin…

Also read: Holiday Mood – Vintage Christmas Playlist

German Christmas markets and cities over the holiday season – it´s a topic for a separate post, because each and every place there is unique. Cold weather (potentially even a snowfall) always add some unforgettable charm to the Christmas street food smells, like grilled Currywurst or fresh-made Gluhwine.

The brightest impression from my German memory box is currently the city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. On the photo below there is one of the local shops! How do you leave a place like this anyway?! Even one day in Rothenburg ob der Tauber will give you the chance to experience all that makes this town so magical!

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Käthe Wohlfahrt – Weihnachtsdorf

3. Vienna / Austria

Almost every list of European Christmas destinations starts with Vienna. And as much as I try to avoid the crowds and go for the less touristic cities, Vienna is a must stop. And of course, Prague, Budapest, Paris, Tallin and many other famous capitals look charming over the holiday season. However, Vienna is the city, which had impressed me the most with one of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Besides, with the rich history Vienna has – you can add some epic sightseeing to your Christmas in Europe.

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Rathaus Vienna Town Hall
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Views from Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel

4. Lucerne / Switzerland

Lucerne is another “Winter Wonderland” place I fell in love with. Switzerland is a great country to visit over the winter holidays. Especially the “German side”, where you could find Christmas markets similar to the German ones, but with fewer people and breathtaking natural landscapes around. (Read more…)

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Lozärner Wiehnachtsmärt in Lucerne

5. Cologne / Germany

I never expected Cologne would make it to my personal top 5. Indeed, I´ve never really considered it as a Christmas destination at all. There were 5 main Fairytale Christmas markets and a little train circulating in between.

Also read: Fairytale Christmas in Switzerland – Top 3 Cities

The city of Cologne itself might not be as charming as Rothenburg ob der Tauber or some other German little villages, but the glorious lights of Kölner Dom, sparkling cruise boats on the Rhine river and plenty of Christmas-inspired activities&events, alltogether make Cologne one of the coolest place to experience a magical Christmas in Europe.

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Heinzels Wintermärchen

What about you? Which are your favorite Christmas/New Year´s Eve destinations?

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Also read:
Holiday Mood: Vintage Christmas Playlist
Personal Post: Happy Holidays & All About My Best Christmas Present Ever
Fairytale Christmas in Switzerland: Top 3 Cities
The Magic of Christmas: Colmar
Christmas in New York: Magic vs Commercialization


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