If you’ve been dreaming of a Christmas vacation in Europe, here are 10 must-visit places across the continent, as shared to us by Insight Vacations.
1. The Christmas Markets of Frankfurt
Go get your shopping on! You can expect to see various buildings decked out in sparkling fairy lights at one of the oldest Christmas Markets in Germany.
2. Chillon Castle in Switzerland
Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, this island castle offers a stunning sight that will remind you of medieval times. In fact, the oldest part of the castle was supposedly constructed in 1005!
3. The Main Square of Prague
Soak in the history of Prague by walking up to the astronomical clock and snap the stunning sight from above. Definitely Instagram-worthy!
4. The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
With artwork dating back to the 17th century, the Chapel Bridge of Lucerne was built in 1333 and runs diagonally across the Reuss River in Switzerland.
5. Piazza Navona in Rome
Noted as one of the most beautiful squares in all of Rome, you might find its sculptures familiar as it was featured in the Dan Brown movie ‘Angels & Demons’.
6. The City of Salzburg in winter
A perfect location if you’re looking for a winter wonderland panorama and Baroque architecture. Some scenes from the ‘Sound of Music’ was also shot in this very city in Austria.
7. The Great Market Hall in Budapest
What is the most produced spice in Hungary? The answer is paprika! And you can find it, along with local delicacies, at this market which has proved to be a favourite spot with tourists and locals alike.
8. Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
It is said that Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the animated film was modelled after this castle, which receives a whopping 61 million visitors annually!
9. The Mountains of Innsbruck in Austria
It’s hard to miss the mountain range of Innsbruck when you’re in the city. While you’ll get great photos from down on the ground, you might want to take a funicular up to the top for a spectacular view.
10. The snow-capped roofs of Heidelberg
Don’t miss some of the most amazing baroque architecture in Germany! Heidelberg is also home to the oldest university in the country.
Muneerah Bee, December 2015