Perhaps at no other time of the year, as during Christmas, the cities become more beautiful and magical, rediscovering the desire to go out together, to turn around in the typical squares, to choose between gifts and decorations while the Christmas carols spread serenity and children they play waiting for Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, or Santa Lucia. Every European city has its “Christmas”, which is characterized by its spirit and makes it a truly unique experience.
Christmas is always very much felt in Austria, and the thematic initiatives between November and December are not counted. Vienna is a city that marries with the winter atmosphere, with its palaces and imperial castles that make the ideal background for cold, clear evenings, with a thousand lights reflecting on baroque windows and sumptuous cafes ready to welcome cold visitors every hour of the day. On the Town Hall Square, the Rathaus, is the largest Christmas market in the country, with music, scents and delicious desserts: more than 140 stalls to enjoy gingerbread and gourmet wursts, drinking hot chocolate and brusque vinegar.
Always one of the favorite European capitals for a few days of bite-and-run flights, Prague in December is a real charm, starting from 5th of the month, on St. Nicholas or Mikulas, when three figures hunt for the historical center among the curiosity of tourists: St. Nicholas, the Angel and the Devil Cert. Prague has dozens of native markets, from Wenceslas Square to Namesti Republiky, where the hot wine, the svarák, sits up. The focal point of the celebrations is the large tree – each year chosen among the forests of the Krkonose Mountains – which is decorated in front of the church of Our Lady of Tyn.
A destination far away from the classic Christmas party kit, without trees or reindeer or snow (here very rare), but which, for obvious reasons, is much closer to the spirit of religious Christmas. Visit the Holy City par excellence, to which three different religions have been watching for centuries, is the occasion to rediscover the historical and spiritual data of this holiday, for once depicting everything that has been gradually overlapped with the story of the Nativity of Jesus: the atmosphere that breathes in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, between the scented candle of candles, is something really unique.
It’s a mistake thinking of Berlin as too “trendy” for a traditional holiday like Christmas. Here, too, St. Nicholas – Nikolaustag – represents the beginning of three weeks full of joy and Christmas spirit: the children put their shoes off the door and then find them in the morning of December 6, full of sweets and candies if they behaved well during the year, otherwise disappointing twigs. The Christmas markets are actually Germans, and therefore the capital of Germany can not be hid: turn between the small wooden huts in search of typical memories, such as the wooden pendants of the Mountains, and enjoy a slice of the huge Stollen , fruit cakes that are prepared for the occasion.
Here in the deep North – not far from Santa Claus Village – December 25 is really something special: snow never fails, it is dark very soon and lights on fir trees and larches light up in mid-afternoon in a ‘ magical atmosphere that envelops the capital of Sweden for almost the entire day (starting from 3:30 pm!). In place of St. Nicholas here is especially celebrated Santa Lucia, December 13, with many candles lit up at the windows. Lucia, along with her bridesmaids, offers saffron and ginger biscuits during the many courtesies that make this day special.
The Ville Lumière and Christmas? A perfect wedding celebrated every year. The French capital, if possible, is even more “drawn” from its most elegant jewels, such as the Champs-Elysées – which become the most exclusive Christmas shopping center on the planet – and Place de la Concorde where it is erected a large panoramic wheel with views of the famous avenue and the gardens of the Tuilieries. Among the districts are all a series of skating rinks and snow villages, and of course the markets. Do not miss a leap into the most exclusive department stores, such as the Galeries Lafayette Haussman, which showcase the most amazing decorations.
Christmas in Naples is definitely a peculiar feature: a rich reinterpretation of Nativity folklore that can not be left out of the Parthenopean par excellence of celebrations, that is, the crib. Via San Gregorio Armeno shows every year the incredible level of craftsmanship in the creation of statues that also represent the characters of contemporaneity most talked about during the year, but there are a lot of craft workshops that show unique pieces of art incredible wealth, with the most typical figures, from Benito to Cicci Bacco, from black Vicienzo and zi Pascale.
The delightful Copenhagen is a jewel throughout the year: Let us look at Christmas, when in the town of the fairytale master, Hans Christian Andersen, every opportunity becomes the right time to celebrate the winter festivities. In particular, the Christmas market in the Tivoli Park – which for the occasion is wearing its finest dress – is considered the largest in Scandinavia, and two million are the light bulbs that illuminate the rides and cottages. street vendors offer their almonds covered with sugar and cinnamon.
Romantic and medieval, Bruges is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas in Belgium: the unmissable market is in the main square, around the ice skating rink, under the watchful eye of beautiful buildings with a sloping roof. It was impossible to go without having to taste Belgian chocolate and above all the typical Christmas cakes, such as the Bûche de Noël, rolled sponge cake filled with rum and cream, or the Speculoos, cinnamon biscuits, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, with the features of St. Nicholas.
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