Travel

There is something idyllic about holing up in a rustic cabin during the fall and winter. Curling up with heavy blankets on a well-loved couch with heat emanating from a crackling fire while shutting out the brutal elements of the season sounds like a small slice of heaven.
Located in northeastern France is the striking town of Colmar. The Alsatian town, teeming with cobblestone streets, half-timbered medieval buildings, Gothic churches and quaint shops is a town made to inspire fairytales.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and for many, adding yet another gorgeous Christmas market to the long list of those already visited ranks high on their agendas.
Christmas is just around the corner and the endless lists of markets in every city, town and village can become overwhelming. It’s hard to decide which market is best and has something truly unique in comparison to the countless others.
Although people who celebrate Christmas usually do so around the same time of year, many families create their own ways to celebrate the season, mixing both traditional and contemporary events.
The feeling of stepping back in time isn’t difficult to come across when traveling through Europe. With history lurking around every corner, it’s hard to avoid.
After two extraordinary ski seasons, we can cautiously hope for a ski season resembling those not-so-long-ago days on the slopes. Could a ski holiday be just what’s needed to guide you and yours on a smooth steep trail toward normalcy?
Less than an hour from the Kaiserslautern Military Community, Mannheim is home to two Christmas markets and a Fairy-Tale Forest (Mannheimer Märchenwald). The largest and most famous market is comprised of 200 booths circling the Art Nouveau water tower (Wasserturm).
Strasbourg is one of Europe’s most picturesque villages. When the holidays arrive, the city turns into a magical wonderland filled with cheerful lights, Christmas music and delicious food.
Known as the fourth-largest city in Morocco, Marrakech is a colorful city rich in history and housed by the friendliest locals. After spending 14 days traipsing through this beautiful country, I spent the last two days exploring the “Red City” and taking in all it had to offer.
Ready to experience the childlike magic and wonder of these vintage winter postcard scenes come to life?
Here are a few tips for making the most of your European Christmas market experience:
Taking the train
This time of year is magical in Germany. It feels as though the entire country transforms into a winter wonderland. Although the lively Christmas markets that mark the festive holiday season may look different this year, there is still plenty of frosty fun and shenanigans to be had.
Heading to Heidelberg during the holidays? Here are eight things you should know about the 2021 Heidelberg Christmas market.
Paris in spring is a riot of flowers. Autumn turns Tuscany into a patchwork of ochre. When winter comes, Hallstatt, Austria, is transformed into a magical ice kingdom. Germany’s hip capital city of Berlin shines bright throughout the year.
If you love plaid, castles and beautiful old cities, Edinburgh is the place for you this fall season. Scotland’s capital is brimming with old-world charm and enough scotch to satisfy the thirstiest of visitors! 
This time of year is magical in Germany. It feels as though the entire country transforms into a winter wonderland. Although the lively Christmas markets that mark the festive holiday season may look different this year, there is still plenty of frosty fun and shenanigans to be had.