8 Enchanting activities you can do on a European Christmas Holiday
Christmas time in Europe is like nothing else on Earth (especially when compared to Christmas in Australia!). From snow-covered fairytale castles, to beautiful Christmas markets and alleyways dotted with choirs singing carols, Europe at Christmas time is something everyone should take the time to experience at least once.
1. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage
A favourite activity around the world, there is nowhere better to ride a horse-drawn carriage than through the stunning countryside of Austria, Germany or Switzerland. You’ll be able to capture the true atmosphere of your location at Christmas time by travelling in the most traditional way possible. Giddy up!
2. Visit a traditional European Christmas market
3. Savour European Christmas treats
From roasted chestnuts, steaming mugs of gluhwein, super sized pretezels and heart shaped ginger cookies, you will be spoilt for choice with a huge array of delectable foods available from the Christmas Markets. In Germany, be sure to taste the amazing bratwurst, a very delicious sausage.
4. Tour the great cathedrals
At Christmas time, the magnificent cathedrals of Europe are decorated to the nines with stunning lights and Christmas displays. There’s no better time to experience these awe-inspiring constructions than when they’re in full swing with celebrations. You might even be able to catch a traditional Christmas service or a stunning vocal choral arrangement!
5. Take a cable car to the top of the mountains
The alpine villages in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France are riddled with lifts and cable cars that whisk you up the mountains. Relax in a mountain top cafe with a hot chocolate and steaming apple strudel whilst taking in the stunning mountain views that go on forever.
6. Visit a palace or two
Europe is home to some of the most amazing castles and palaces in the world, whether they’re from the Gothic, Renaissance or Medieval eras. At Christmas time they light up with decorations, festivities and a lively atmosphere, so it’s the perfect time to experience the grandeur and luxuriousness of a time that once was.
7. Ride the famous Glacier Express
The Glacier Express is one of the most scenic train rides in the world, with panoramic window views that glide through the stunning Swiss Alps. You’ll travel through stunning mountain scenery that will make for amazing photos - no matter the weather!
8. Play in the snow!
There is a good chance you will have the opportunity to play in the snow on your European festive holiday. Tobogganing, building a snowman, creating snow angels and walking along snow covered valleys are just a few of the fun activities you can do in the snow. And of course, skiing is an option in many of the European alpine villages.