One of the most beautiful time of the year is Christmas. Cities are festively adorned with large Christmas trees full of lights, Christmas markets are created and crowds of people flood the streets with smiles shopping for gifts for their loved ones.
These are 10 of the most beautiful cities in Europe to spend Christmas time and get into the holiday spirit :
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities during Christmas. It is a city taken out of a fairytale, full of Christmas lights and ornaments. Featuring the second oldest market, Prague boasts the most beautiful and the best Christmas market in the whole of Europe.
Paris at Christmas becomes even more bright and beautiful. You will find your Christmas spirit by wandering in every corner of the city. There are many Christmas markets and impressive Christmas trees to admire, such as the unique one in the Gallerie Lafayette. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is adorned with many lights along the road and creates an impressive setting for this special time of the year.
As everyone says, London is one of the most beautiful places in Europe to visit during Christmas, as you will love all the celebrations of the city at that time. On holiday days, the British capital becomes more glamorous than ever, impressively decorated, with imaginative shop windows and colorful lights that create the perfect atmosphere for walks in the city.
From the city's beautiful afternoon sky, the solemnly decked streets of Graben and Kärntner Strasse to the Belvedere Palace, every corner of Vienna is magical during Christmas. Its imposing buildings and castles are decorated and the spectacular Christmas markets take off the Christmas mood.
One of my favorite cities to spend the Christmas holidays is Milan. The huge Christmas tree that stands in front of the Duomo, the impressive and luxurious decoration inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II along with the markets full of Christmas goods and Italian food are just some of the things you will enjoy in this magical city.
The picturesque European city may have one of the smallest Christmas markets, but it is also one of the most historical and beautiful ones. Especially when the snow is placed on the alpine rooftops, in the old city of Salzburg, the landscape looks like it comes out of a fairy tale.
The magical city of Cologne in Germany could not be missing from our list. It is known for its impressive cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece that dominates the city. It is considered one of the best Christmas markets in Germany, so it is a wonderful opportunity to get into the magical atmosphere of Christmas.
In the frozen northern part of Europe is the village of Santa Claus. What's better than that? In the north of Finland, Lapland is waiting for you for a trip to the Christmas fairy tale. With its impressive icy landscapes, bright illuminated trees, ornate ice sculptures, there is no doubt that Rovaniemi is one of the best European cities to spend the Christmas holidays.
Grindelwald is one of the most popular mountain resorts in Switzerland known for its stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains and a big variety of outdoor activities. Skiing is, undoubtedly, the main trodden of the village. But those who love hiking also find huge interest in the frozen lakes and waterfalls. The atmosphere here is magical through Christmas time. Take a hot wine and explore the crowded streets.
Europe's most well-preserved historic city, Bruges, is known for its rare beauty and looks exactly as you would imagine a medieval city. Many tourists visit Bruges all year round. But Christmas with the parade of snow, the festive bright lights and the interesting options it offers, it emerges as the ultimate winter destination.