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Rick Steves' European Christmas: Germany

Rick Steves | Posted 12.17.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

When it comes to traditional holiday images, Germany's Bavaria is the heartland. Here we'll savor classic holiday themes: glittering trees, old-time carols, and colorful Christmas markets.

15 European Christmas Markets We Love To Love Year After Year

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 12.22.2015 | Travel

If you were wondering whether Christmastime really is the most wonderful time of the year, look no further than Europe's Christmas markets. Seriously,...

Feelin' Festive: 6 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in London

Eating Europe Tours | Posted 11.30.2016 | Travel
Eating Europe Tours

There's nothing that us Londoners love more than Christmas! From the twinkling lights of Oxford Street to the smell of mulled wine in the air, it's al...

Why the European Christmas Market Is Much Better than the American Equivalent -- the Shopping Mall

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 02.21.2015 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

In a tradition that has stood for hundreds of years, the European Christmas Market is a throwback to what it was like to do anticipate the Winter Solstice long before the holidays became so commercialized, especially in America.

10 Best Small Towns For The Holidays

SmarterTravel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Travel

Town squares lit with strings of sparkling lights. Christmas carolers in bonnets and tails. Horse-drawn carriages and snowcapped roofs. If you want...

The 12 European Christmas Markets We Love To Love Every Year

The Huffington Post | Kate Auletta | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel

Every year our little faces light up when we start seeing Christmas markets pop up across Europe. We just love them, we really do. There are the re...

Behind the Scenes at Germany's Famous Markets

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.07.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Some make pilgrimages to find the first orange leaf of fall. But I am in search of December. North Pole workshops could be gearing up at this very moment. But that is secret stuff. Since I can't get a visitor's pass there, I've got a different plan.

Europe's 10 Best Christmas Markets

Reuters | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Many holiday shoppers order their gifts online to avoid crowds, but there are some unique shopping opportunities around E...

Deck the Halls: Celebrating the Holidays Throughout Europe

Andy Steves | Posted 02.03.2014 | Travel
Andy Steves

Whenever I am able to spend a bit of time in a European city over the holidays, I make a point to learn more about the traditions unique to the area.

Holiday Must-See: Budapest's Christmas Markets

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 02.03.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Like many other central European cities, Budapest sees dozens of Christmas markets spring up during the holiday season. Now, more than ever, you'll find many of them supporting local designers and craftspeople, thanks to the city's blossoming creative industry.

Christmas Markets That Renew Your Love For The Holidays

Posted 12.25.2013 | Travel

It began to look a lot like Christmas in Europe a few weeks ago, while we were busy celebrating that lovely holiday of Thanksgiving. Nevertheless,...

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel

While we’re busy (hopefully) beating heavy traffic and prepping turkeys stateside, Singapore has been on its own surefire mission: prepping for the ...

Germany's Winter Wonderlands

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 03.01.2013 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Despite the cold, with the thermometer often sinking below freezing, mothers in thick coats pushing baby carriages swaddled in blankets were as common as bakers with their loaves. And all around me, the world's languages and their owners drifted past, evidence that Christmas markets attract international visitors. Russian couples here, Turkish there, a moment of Italian lyric vowels and a French family outfitting their kids with wool mittens.

Bolzano, Italy's Lovely Christmas Market

Dolomite Mountains | Posted 02.18.2013 | Travel
Dolomite Mountains

Modern day Bolzano presents a magical convergence of the area's rich, ancient past with its modern, vibrant present. One of the best times to visit is from mid-November through most of December, when the area is transformed into a winter wonderland and is bustling with visitors who come to experience the famous Christmas Market of Bolzano.

PHOTOS: Bavarian Celebrations In Germany's Christmas Markets

Viator | Posted 02.08.2013 | Travel

Germany's most famous Christmas Market is often referred to as the "Little Town from Wood and Clot," due to the 180 wooden market stalls decorated with red and white fabrics in the picturesque old town.

PHOTOS: 'Tis The Season!

Posted 07.24.2013 | Travel

In the same week that Angus T. Jones spewed hate at his own television show, "Two and a Half Men," Hostess execs asked for bonuses (despite the compa...

PHOTOS: Christmas Markets In The U.S.

Posted 09.22.2012 | Travel

The German Christmas market is perhaps one of the most beloved of global Christmas traditions. The only problem is, they're in Germany and we're here,...

PHOTOS: Bavarian Alps Lure Summer Tourists With Alpine Splendor

Posted 08.20.2012 | Travel

Unlike Americans, Germans head south for the summer, relying on altitude rather than latitude for reasonable temperatures. Once ensconced in the Bavar...

PHOTOS: The World's Best Christmas Markets

Posted 12.25.2011 | World

What's your favorite part of the holiday season? From iceskating in New York City's parks to the smell of delicious food in Berlin to the Christmas tr...

PHOTOS: Top 10 Christmas Markets Around The World

Cheapflights | Posted 09.10.2012 | Travel

The mingled aromas of glühwein and gingerbread, thousands and thousands of starry lights and stalls heaving with handcrafted gifts: There's nothing like a German Christmas market to put you in the holiday spirit.

PHOTOS: 7 German Christmas Markets Outside Germany

BootsnAll | Posted 02.14.2012 | Travel

Here's some inspiration to brighten up those dark nights: Pack your warmest sweater and head out to a German Christmas market fun.

PHOTOS: Grenade Attack In Belgium Market

Posted 12.14.2011 | World

A grenade and gun attack in the eastern Belgian city of Liege left five people dead, including the attacker, and 119 wounded on Dec. 13, 2011. A 23...

PHOTOS: Berlin's Famed Christmas Market Opens

Posted 12.02.2011 | Travel

This may be Thanksgiving week here in America, but Christmas is upon the rest of the world. Christmas markets overtake Europe around this time eve...

Christmas in Rome: Four Places to Enjoy Italian Traditions

Kathy McCabe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Kathy McCabe

Traveling to Italy so often -- at least several times a year -- I've discovered that my favorite season to visit Italy is winter, especially right around Christmas.

PHOTOS: 16 Cities With The World's Best Christmas Markets

Posted 09.17.2012 | Travel

With Thanksgiving past, we are now thankful that we're officially allowed to daydream about and plan for the holiday season ahead. Whatever the holid...