What could be more magical at Christmastime than being among a winter wonderland scene? Many of Europe’s traditional markets are set against picture-postcard backdrops. Towns and cities come to life in a wintery glow, draped in baubles, handmade wreaths and garlands, complemented by the melodic sounds of carols and classical music – as well as a sprinkling of snow, if you’re lucky.
Whether it’s the markets in front of Budapest’s grand St Stephen’s Basilica cathedral or Vienna’s opulent Schönbrunn Palace, some of Europe’s major cities are all the more enchanting this time of year. Meanwhile, the gothic architecture and medieval timber-framed buildings of lesser-known destinations like Regensburg, Nuremberg and Heidelberg helps to elevate a traditional old-world charm at Christmas.