There’s nowhere like the European Alps for getting into the Christmas spirit, with fairylit markets touting mulled wine, gingerbread biscuits and handmade, traditional decorations. Christmas shopping sorted – as well as a stay in a lesser-known, extra-romantic mountain village.
The Alps take on a special kind of magic at Christmas time. Medieval villages in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy string fairy lights over Christmas markets selling mulled wine and handcrafted goodies from wood cabins, to the festive backdrop of snowy mountains. While tourists often gravitate to bigger, more famous markets like those in Salzburg and Innsbruck, these intimate, lesser-known spots provide a chance to experience a slice of local life. And perusing stall after stall of Alpine craftsmanship and warming food and drink is especially welcoming after a day hitting the world-class slopes.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Marion Kutter.