Bern's Magical Christmas Markets
The Old Town in Bern, Switzerland dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, provides a unique backdrop for the distinctive Bern Christmas markets. Münsterplatz is devoted mainly to arts and crafts, while traditional Christmas market fare such as candles, gifts and handmade souvenirs can be found on Waisenhausplatz, just a 10-minute walk away. Glühwein—hot mulled wine—will help to warm you up, and there are plenty of stalls offering snacks or meals. Stopping into one of the legendary restaurants in the Old Town—either the 350-year-old Klötzlikeller or the Kornhauskeller—is the perfect way to end a visit to this magical market. Bern Tourism
Things are starting to look a lot like Christmas in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, as the streets fill with snow and the stores are stocked with delights for the shopper. Here at the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt store next to the central square in Rothenburg, the colorful scene is full of magic and wonder. Käthe Wohlfahrt GmbH & Co. OHG
This photo of the Aurora Borealis was taken over the Trondheim Fjord in central Norway. Atmospheric conditions have been producing fantastic light shows like this one over the city of Trondheim, a center for foodies because of its large concentration of quality producers of fish and meat. In Trondheim's compact city center, just about everything is within walking distance, and there are dozens of small cozy hotels. Oyvind Schei/My Magical Moments (Facebook)
What can you expect when you travel to Europe?
Europe holds so much promise for a fun vacation, an exciting getaway, or an in-depth look at different cultures. If you've not traveled to Europe before, you'll want to check out the possibilities. And there are many.
You can see so many historical attractions that hundreds of books have been written just on the monuments, castles, fortresses, towns and cities, and ruling families through the years. If you just want to take a vacation, you can relax at one of the large metropolitan hotels and see the sights of a city like Vienna, Berlin, London or Madrid. If you like excitement, you can motorcycle through the Alps, have fun whitewater rafting down a river, or hike to the top of many of Europe's highest peaks.
With so many countries in Europe so close to one another, you can travel from country to country in a few hours, and think of the different cultures that exist in Europe that you can experience.
You can expect a lot from traveling to Europe. Tasting the foods and wines, and meeting the people are other reasons to go.
At European Traveler, we're trying to bring you a little taste of Europe so you can plan better before you go. We cover foods, lodging, travel and attractions and more. I hope you enjoy the detailed stories and spectacular photos of Europe we present.
Maybe I'll see you down the road in Europe soon. You never know!