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7 of the best Christmas markets and festive places to go in Europe

Seven of the best Christmas markets in Europe | Orig Pic: Roderick EimeWith autumn cooling into winter, finding places to go in Europe for a quick getaway can be the perfect remedy for the dark nights. With a host of countries getting in the festive spirit too, you’ll find plenty of cheer and great shopping and we’ve put together some of the best Christmas markets to get you in the mood.

Leisurely city sightseeing on cobblestoned streets delicately laden in snow. The soft twinkle of lights emanating from cabins. It’s more than enough to put us in a festive mood.

And if that isn’t quite enough, steamy cups of mulled wine and the rich aroma of local delicacies will draw you in like a warm embrace.

There is something charming about Europe’s best Christmas markets. Visiting them gives you a sense of a pop-up Christmas card unfolding before your eyes.

Here are seven of our favourite destinations for a Christmas market city break – it’s enough to delight even the biggest of bah-humbugs.

But before you dive in – join us this Thursday, November 24, as we talk Christmas markets, in a Facebook Live event from 6pm. Follow our page to get notified when it starts.

Places to go in Europe for the best Christmas markets

Christmas in Salzburg region - decoration in the advent town of Wolfgangsee

1. Visit the Advent Town of Austria

We have travelled extensively in Austria and visited Christmas markets in ViennaSalzburgLinz, and a number of small towns.

One of our favourites though was in the tiny town of St