At times, in North America, you may feel that the Christmas season is losing some of its tradition.
Well, now it’s time to step back into the past and reclaim the Christmas traditions you remember as a child.
Europe’s historic Christmas markets specialize in handmade crafts, mulled drinks, and other holiday treats. Imagine walking through miles of lit up stalls with a cup of Glogg (a steaming hot mulled red wine laden with raisins, almond, cinnamon sticks, and cloves – all of which are steeped in aquavit or schnapps) and, a Christmas market favourite – an iced doughnut in the other hand. Wow this is what the holiday season is all about, right?
The markets begin 4 weeks before Christmas in most cases and close on December 24th. Millions of tourists and locals alike visit the markets during the holiday season, which makes the atmosphere electric and the experience like no other in the world.
The Christmas markets help romanticize the holidays for many and leave them with memories that carry on long after the visit has ended. Travelling at this time and visiting historic city’s like Linz, Nuremburg, and Vienna often remind people of what Christmas should be – a holiday full of carolling, loved ones, hand crafted goods, and relaxation, as opposed to line ups at big box stores for the latest gadget.
Travel is about experiences unlike ones you can partake in at home. If you are looking to travel to museum-like city’s and flicker back to yesteryear, if only for a short time, the Christmas markets are for you.
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