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The most picturesque villages of Europe to see over Christmas…

There are places that, at Christmas time, so they seem light live nativity. Are those villages or small towns that, with snow and Christmas markets, are even more striking. Enough to be worth a trip.

Here are the most beautiful in Europe:

Colmar, France


Is one of the most picturesque towns across the Alps and is located in the Alsace region. And ‘famous for its half-timbered houses and winter, with the Christmas lights, they become even more picturesque. From November 21 to December 23 in Colmar also take place in the traditional Christmas markets. Located in the historic center, the markets are tastefully decorated and give each square a unique atmosphere. An opportunity to discover the architectural heritage that has made it famous.


Bruges, Belgium


Already fascinating with its ancient buildings that are reflected in the canals, Bruges becomes magical at Christmas. The profiles of the illuminated houses make it very romantic. The ice rink invites everyone to wear shoes. Inevitable are the flea market on the Markt where shopping and Christmas markets and Stevinplein Walplein, from November 22 to January 2. Do not miss the Festival of Ice Sculpture Land of the Hobbits. Bruges is one of the most fascinating to visit in winter.


Hallstatt, Austria


The most romantic time to visit one of the most beautiful villages of Europe is precisely the winter. Hallstatt everything is covered in snow and you only see the smoke from the chimneys pointed out. The historic town overlooking the lake is dedicated to Christmas traditions. In addition to the Christmas markets, the feast is the most beloved of December 20 (Krambamperl Brennen, the fire of Thomas) and Santa Claus, here, do not get pulled by reindeer, but on a boat sailing on the lake. From November 29 every Saturday guided tours.


Magdeburg, Germany


The state capital, with a history spanning over 1200 years, shines the light of the Christmas market in the frame of the historic town hall with the famous Knight of Magdeburg. Not only children are fascinated by the environment, but also adults. During Advent in the basement of the fortress Mark there is much to discover: the first in the modern Advent market by the bright colors and then in the town’s finest. The market takes place from November 24 to December 30.


Riederalp, Switzerland


This picturesque village of huts made of wood that is located in the Canton of Valais is one of Switzerland’s most famous and popular both in winter and summer. And ‘completely closed to traffic. E ‘lies on a plateau at 2,000 meters above sea level which offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Alps on 4000 including the Matterhorn and Dom. If you like to add experience to experience, Riederalp can be reached with the famous Glacier Express, the train from St. Moritz to Zermatt and Davos, passes through the Goms and comes close to the Aletsch Arena, on the list of world Natural Heritage by UNESCO for its exceptional beauty.


Cazma, Croatia


Place of stirring history and glorious, Cazma has become over time the cultural, economic and tourist Moslavina. Renowned for its unspoiled nature and the ecological farming, is a paradise for lovers of outdoor sports: in a word, for lovers of natural beauty. To Cazma is a land with a rich cultural heritage and people who jealously guards its traditions. The farm is particularly striking in the Salaj family estate which, at Christmas, lights up like Bethlehem, turning into a real enchanted place. This family, in fact, for the Christmas season prepares a special treat for all the Christmas time enthusiasts: from December 6 to January 8, 2015, their garden is illuminated by hundreds of thousands of colored lights that create a sparkling atmosphere of light and festive. The stable, the manger and the decorations all over the surrounding courtyard, decorated with multicolored lights, offer a setting unforgettable night.


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