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Europe's best Christmas markets

Winter’s coming so are Christmas markets. Some of the best are just a short flight away. Here are our favorites to visit this year.

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The home of “hygge” offers markets with a cozy Christmas feel. The Danish capital has a wide variety of Christmas markets, from the alternative Christmas market in the freetown Christiania, to one of the most famous in the world at the magical Tivoli Gardens.

The Christmas markets are open from the beginning of November until the end of December.

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Grab a glass of Gluhwein and a plate of Bavarian specialty Käsespätzle and stroll around Munich’s Christmas markets. Here you’ll find plenty of stalls with cute things to buy and there are also wonderful decorations to enjoy, including the giant Christmas tree that goes up each year on Marienplatz, decorated with thousands of lights.

You can enjoy Christmas markets in Munich from November until the end of December.

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Berlin has perhaps the best variety of Christmas markets out there, with over 60 to choose from throughout the season, which stretches from November right through to February. The German capital offers all types of Christmas market, from the most famous, at Gendarmenmarkt, to Winter World at Potsdamer Platz, which includes Europe’s largest mobile toboggan run.

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Amsterdam offers over 26 different Christmas markets, so there’s plenty to choose from. Whichever you visit, do make sure to try out a Dutch specialty, “Oliebollen” – a kind of doughnut, typically on offer at Christmas time. Even if the deep-fried pastry isn’t very healthy it may do you some good anyway – according to local myth, if you eat an Oliebollen it will protect you from the evil goddess Perchta!

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