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Winter in the City

Many cities have a special charm to them in the winter, when the tourist throngs begin to subside. No waiting in line, no tour groups – that’s the big advantage of travelling in the wintertime. Today’s traveller wants more than merely a change of scenery. We want experiences, encounters, enjoyment. A short holiday is all the rage for a quick change of pace in between.

In the winter, many European cities dazzle with an almost fairy tale atmosphere. Special experiences are waiting all over, beckoning us, making us curious. For many people, the pre-Christmas season is one of the most beautiful times of year, with Christmas markets and cultural highlights, not to mention the great variety of sweet treats and hearty regional fare. After Christmas comes New Year’s, and from January through March the event calendar is filled with no end of glittering balls. There’s so much to discover and try out, so many memories to be made. Read on for some holiday inspiration…

Punch Talk & Happy New Year

A romantic weekend in Salzburg is the perfect way to get in the mood for the holidays. With a warm drink in your hands, you can take your time on a leisurely stroll through the old town and its many Christmas markets. Just outside the city, Hellbrunner Advent Magic at Hellbrunn Palace, Glanegg Advent Farmers’ Market and St. Leonhard Advent Market are all worth a visit.

A real insider’s tip for the pre-Christmas season is Stuttgart. From late November until Christmas, the streets and alleys are filled with the fragrance of cinnamon and mulled wine. The festively lit city centre, with the romantic atmosphere of the Old Castle and the New Palace, makes a gorgeous setting for the Christmas markets.

Berlin is famous for its wild New Year’s parties. In the German capital, the end of the old year is celebrated especially boisterously. If you want to be part of the laughter and merriment and experience the infectious mood, you should organise your trip well in advance.

Hamburg also knows how to let the corks fly when the countdown is on. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display in the port or by the Alster. Be sure to come early enough if you want to have a good vantage point!

A special tip for celebrating the New Year in Austria is Linz. The state capital of Upper Austria is famous for its exuberant New Year’s party on the main square and the varied programme of events, with glittering balls, romantic river cruises and exciting night watchman tours on New Year’s Eve, followed by the stunning New Year’s Concert at the Brucknerhaus concert hall on New Year’s Day.

Every year, ball season in Vienna lets people relive the romance of times long past. Thousands of guests flock to the Austrian capital to experience special all-nighters dancing from dusk till dawn. The choice of events is enormous and many visitors take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a whole weekend dedicated to music and dance.

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