THERE’S nothing like mulled wine under twinkling lights to get you into the festive spirit.
So we’ve picked out six European cities known for their incredible Christmas markets where you can do just that.
And to help get you there, we’ve found some bargain deals as well, with flights and hotels near the markets included.
Read on to find out where to go this winter.
Berlin – from November 21
Berlin is one of the best cities for Christmas markets and there are a lot to choose from.
WeihnachtsZauber at Gendarmenmarkt, Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and Berliner Weihnachtszeit at the Rotes Rathaus are some of the bigger and most popular options though.
Almost all of the markets will have traditional chalet-style huts with gluhwein (the German version of mulled wine) and food stalls selling things like raclette.
You’ll also be able to pick up traditional crafts and Christmas decorations.
However, because there are so many different markets around the city, it doesn’t matter too much where you stay.
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One of the cheapest deals we found for Berlin was for a 2-night stay at the 4* NH Berlin Alexanderplatz.
With flights from London Stansted on November 26, you’ll pay just £136pp with Thomas Cook.
You can also find city break deals to Berlin with:
- British Airways
- Jet2 Holidays
Basel – from November 23
Located on the border of France and Germany, the Swiss city of Basel is normally known for its summer activities, like swimming along the Rhine river.
But in winter, this cosmopolitan city hosts two of the biggest and prettiest Christmas markets in Switzerland – at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz.
Luckily they’re really close to each other so it’s easy to enjoy both in one day.
You can get to Basel a few ways but the nearest airport is actually over the border in France.
British Airways has one of the cheaper deals there, with prices from £224pp.
You’ll stay for two nights on a room-only basis at the 4* Radisson Blu Hotel – Basel, with flights from London Heathrow on November 26.
EasyJet also flies there and you can find their deals here.
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