Strasbourg

Explore Europe’s oldest Christmas market

5 hrs 43 mins from St Pancras Int’l, with a quick change in Paris

Dates: 25 Nov – 31 Dec 2016

Perfect for foodies

Sitting at the crossroads of Europe, Strasbourg offers a tantalising mix of German and French culture, language and of course cuisine, while its 445-year-old Christmas market is Europe’s oldest.

So wrap up warm and head out to explore the Capital of Christmas. To get your bearings, head to Place Kléber where an enormous Christmas tree is encircled by the quaint wooden chalets of the Sharing Village, and the grand surrounding buildings emit a warm, festive glow.

From there it’s just a short walk to the Children’s Village in Place Saint Thomas where little ones can delight in games, activities and Christmas shows.

If food’s more your thing, loop back along the river to Place des Meuniers for a heavenly slice of all things Alsatian. Forget the run-of-the-mill vin chaud and waffles, and indulge in rich, jewel-coloured plum jam, gingerbread-spiced nougat and sugar-glazed or cinnamon-sprinkled bredele biscuits. Bon appétit!

 
 

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