Salzburg: It only needs a little snow and Salzburg with its castle and picturesque baroque buildings looks like a single snow globe. And then there is the typical Salzburger Nockerln dessert, which symbolizes Salzburg’s three local mountains: Mönchsberg, Kapuzinerberg and Gaisberg. In this case, they are naturally sprinkled with icing sugar. It couldn’t be more romantic.

Colmar: Whether a short trip or a few more days – a holiday in the town, characterised by half-timbered houses, colourful windows and not least one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe, is the epitome of Alsatian Christmas magic. A winter ice-skating game on the Place Rapp, an open-air concert in Kleinvenedig or a tour of the historic centre are just a few ideas for your Christmas holiday in Colmar.

Rovaniemi: Visiting Santa’s official hometown is undoubtedly a good reason to travel to Rovaniemi. City bus no. 8 takes you hourly to Santa’s village, from where you can take husky or reindeer sleigh rides or spend the night in the igloo village. So close to the Arctic Circle, there is not only a snow guarantee, but also the aurora borealis to suit the occasion.

Prague: The “Golden City” Prague is not only a hot spot for New Year’s Eve trips, but with its narrow alleys and the wintry Vltava it is also a real insider tip for relaxed holidays for two at Christmas.

Dresden: With Dresden, a German city has rightly made it into our ranking. No wonder, because this is due to the unique Christmas atmosphere that arises in the shade of the baroque splendour on the banks of the Elbe. And the Christmas Stollen, which is served to you at every corner in Dresden, is certainly not entirely innocent of this.

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