If you want to feel the authentic Christmas spirit during these holidays, you should visit these 8 amazing towns that will make you feel as if you were inside a fairytale.
The world is filled with fascinating and fantastical settings: cities and towns with magical markets, beautiful buildings, and utterly endearing streets that can’t fail to transport you into a realm of fantasy. Combining these landmarks with the magic of Christmas leads to something out of a fairytale: a mesmerizing sight full of wonder, lights, and the good old joy of the season. If you want to spend your holiday witnessing the most authentic Christmas spirit, you’ll want to visit these 8 wonderful towns.
You’ll easily fall in love with this charming town no matter what time of the year you visit, but it becomes truly irresistible during Christmas. Its beautiful medieval buildings and its enchanting canals will seamlessly transport you into a realm of fantasy, especially when adorned with twinkling lights and lively markets lined with food and souvenirs. And, of course, with that world-famous Belgian chocolate readily available, the experience is like no other. Since Bruges is among the most well-preserved medieval villages in Europe, it’s not surprising its historical center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Estonia’s capital and largest city is another great example of how medieval towns can showcase the most fantastic elements of Christmas. Tallinn lies far in the north of Europe, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, which means it will not lack the snow necessary for the ultimate Christmas touch. Its medieval walls in Old Town and 13th-century gothic buildings will surely captivate your imagination during winter.
Strasbourg’s medieval houses, whose overhung upper stories overlook the picturesque cobblestone roads, seem taken straight out of a magical movie set. It’s hard to overstate the beauty of this majestic gem of a city, the official seat of the European Parliament and home to the second largest university in France. The oldest Christmas market is also located here.
What’s more magical than a snow-covered European town? A snow-covered European town with the Alps in the background, of course! Located in the beautiful Inn Valley, Innsbruck (or “Inn Bridge”) has been called the capital of winter sports, having hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. With gorgeous and mesmerizing sights and an endearingly charismatic architecture, the Inn Bridge city is a must for any Christmas towns list.
Prague, Czech Republic
Filled with the most spectacular Gothic architecture you’ll ever find, Prague’s amazingly lively streets during Christmas are the closest any of us can get to a holiday fairytale. Not only that, the Czech capital is also teeming with culture and history, featuring some of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe which act as a hub for the mixture of several traditions, cultural values, and other fascinating features of the region and its surroundings.
This beautiful city in northern Bavaria is a gem among medieval gems, featuring the fortifications and stone towers of centuries past that reveal a fascinating history and provide the perfect background for the most magical Christmas markets in Germany. Sure, you’ll want to travel to Nuremberg no matter the season, but if you happen to visit during Christmas you’ll be witness to something very special indeed.
Petit-Champlain, Quebec City, Canada
Famous for being the oldest commercial district in North America, the Quarter du Petit-Champlain is a small zone within Quebec City that looks like the fantasy town within the pages of those magical stories you read as a child. While the whole city of Quebec is covered in snow during the winter, this picturesque neighborhood will captivate you with its historical architecture and lovely cobblestone alleys that’ll remind you what Christmas is supposed to feel like.
Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi, Finland
Deep in the heart of Finland lies Rovaniemi, the endearing capital of Lapland. Famous for its snow-covered vistas and fantasy settings, Rovaniemi also features a rather appealing Christmas attraction: Santa’s very own village. Since it opened in 1985 as the official home of the beloved character, the attraction has been hugely successful, counting with a wide array of shops, restaurants, Christmas landmarks, and live reindeers!
There are many more locations like these around the world if you're looking for a traditional Christmas feel. Bern in Switzerland and Hallstatt in Austria are some examples, and you can surely come up with your own. Most of them are European, understandably, and they all manage to capture that Christmas magic perfectly. What about you? Do you know of other great Christmas locations to visit during these holidays? Leave your suggestion in the comments below!
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