5 European Castles That Are Straight Out Of A Fairytale

Did you spend your childhood dreaming of being a Princess? Feast your eyes on these European castles that are straight out of a fairytale.

Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany

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Surrounded by a seemingly enchanted forest and perched on a snowy hilltop, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria looks like it is a screen shot from a Disney Movie. As a matter of fact, the castle inspired Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle.

One of the most modern European castles, Neuschwanstein was built in 1869 as the retreat of Ludwig II of Bavaria. After his death in 1886, this fairytale wonder was opened to the public. It has received approximately 61 million visits in it’s lifetime.

Despite its relatively young age, its romantic architecture and dreamy location make it a must-visit for any wannabe Princess or architecture guru.

The Interior

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The castle is decorated in a classical Medieval style. The interior was heavily decided by Ludwig II himself who had a keen interest in decorating and architecture.

The designs throughout the castle also pay homage to the German legends of Lohengrin. Alongside this, various scenes from the operas of Richard Wagnar inspired murals and decorative borders.

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The bedroom features two murals depicting the legend of Tristan and Isolde.  The two characters are also prominently featured in the rooms wooden carvings and as ceramic tiles on the stove.

The stunning bed is certainly fit for a king and features silk bedding with hand embroidered lions, swans and lilies.

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Chateau De Chambord, France

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Once upon a time, in the Loire Valley, King Francis I built one of the most extravagant hunting lodges in the world. Fast forward 500 years and Chateau de Chambord remains one of the most recognizable castles in Europe.

As a matter of fact, this French wonder even inspired the Beast’s home in the 2017 ‘Beauty and The Beast’ movie.

Chateau de Chambord is a perfect example of French Renaissance architecture and blends traditional French Medieval forms with classic Renaissance elements.

The Interior

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As the largest castle in France, the Chateau de Chombord features a whopping 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 84 staircases.

The ground floor consists of reception rooms, the mezzanine level consists of the Royal Houses and the top level is a hunting museum.

The Royal Houses have very lavish interiors, including gilded gold walls, painted murals and chandeliers.

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Balmoral Castle, Scotland

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Scotland may be best known for kilts and haggis, but it’s pretty impressive in the castle scene too!

Balmoral Castle is located in rural Scotland in Aberdeenshire and has acted as residence for the British Royal Family since the mid 1800s. The estate and original castle were purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852 and has since housed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.

Despite being known as a castle, Balmoral has the architectural structure of a Victorian country house. It features various architectural styles and influences including Scottish Baronial style and 16th Century French Chateaux.

Interior

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With an estimated price of $500 million, we can only expect that the interior of Balmoral Castle is as stunning as the exterior.

This beautiful dining room combines elements of a classic country lodge with stunning regal details.

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Prague Castle, Czech Republic

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As well as looking straight out of the pages of a fairytale, Prague Castle is reportedly the largest castle on the entire globe. Spanning a huge 70,000 square meters, this castle features an array of eclectic architecture styles.

Prague Castle has elements that were built in 870, some that were built in the 1920s, and everything in between. Due to the construction of the castle spanning 1059 years, it has buildings that represent almost every architectural style from the last Millennium.

The Interior

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Although Prague Castle offers a wide variety of interior styles, this library looks like it has been taken straight out of Beauty and The Beast.

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Do you dream of being a princess for a day? Prague Castle has a variety of suites that visitors can stay in! It is one of the few European castles that offer this service and with decor this grand, how can you say no?

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Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria

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Hohenwerfen Castle certainly proves that the Austrians know how to build the picture perfect fairytale castle!

Situated on a 623 meter hilltop overlooking the small town of Werfen, this castle has the Alps as its stunning backdrop.

The Medieval castle was built in 1075 by the Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg for war purposes. Since then, it has been used as a hunting lodge, a world war 2 training camp and a prison.

The Interior

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Despite areas of the castle being badly damaged by fire, traditional Medieval interiors can still be viewed by visitors.

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9 Instagram Travel Accounts That Will Fill You With Wanderlust

Whether you’re planning a world trip or just need a voyeuristic escape from your 9-5, these Instagram  travel accounts will fill you with wanderlust…

1.@doyoutravel

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Travel blogger Jack Morris will leave you longing for far away places, exotic animals and wonders of nature.

The 26 year old Brit now makes a huge living from traveling the world with his Australian girlfriend Lauren Bullen. Lauren also has her own super popular feed @gypsea_lust, which has over a million followers drooling over her travels.

The pair make a living from traveling the world together, canoodling in bright blue Balinese waterfalls, island hopping and enjoying brunches with giraffes.

Jealous? Us? Never!

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We can’t give you Taj Mahal views, but we can give you the hand crafted Indian decor pieces that make up this adorable setup.

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2. @ohhcouture

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If there were an award for the most stylish traveler to follow on Instagram, it would undoubtedly go to Leonie Hanne aka @ohhcouture.

The blonde beauty mixes premium hotels with Dior dresses and can be seen fluttering around Positano in frilly frocks, being adorable in Disneyland and enjoying brunches in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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3. @muradosmann

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Anyone who has an Instagram account will have seen #followme pop up on their feed. The trend was coined by Murad Osmann, who travels the world with his gorgeous girlfriend Nataly Osmann.

The photos often show Nataly stood in front of a beautiful destination in the said countries traditional dress.

A lot of effort goes into each and every photo and we love it!

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What can we say… we adore an Indian inspired bedding set!

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4. @theblondeabroad

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This Californian hottie certainly knows what makes a great travel pic! Follow her gram for endless bikini body goals, pretty destinations and bucket list inspirations.

In total, Kiki has traveled to a whopping 54 countries. We’d like to see the stamps on her passport!

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Erm… can we live in this lobby? Nope? Well we can still be inspired by those stunning prints…

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5. @saltinourhair

saltinourhair-instagram-feedThe peachy pastel hues and stunning beach destinations are why you need to click that follow button on @saltinourhair’s profile!

Dutch couple Hannah and Nick started their Instagram in May 2016 and, since then, have managed to rack up an unbelievable 91.3k followers.

Teach us yours ways guys…

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We can’t take you to a Moroccan bazaar, but we can bring you the printed goods!

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6. @swedishnomad

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Alex, The Swedish Nomad, began traveling in 2010 with just 1000 euros in his bank account.

Alongside his impressive Instagram account, Alex also runs a blog of the same name, which is jam-packed full of useful travel guides for a variety of destinations.

7. @femmetravel

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The best thing about @femmetravel is the variety. Unlike the other Instagram travel accounts we have featured, @femmetravel simply re-posts wanderlust-inducing travel photos from a variety of female travelers on the ‘gram!

This account is a fantastic way to find new travel feeds to follow, as well as inspire you for your own adventures.

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@femmetravel is also delivering the goods when it comes to decor inspiration? We are loving this Moroccan teal set-up. As a matter of fact, we may just recreate it ourselves…

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8. @xkflyaway

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And the winner of the most visually appealling feed goes to **insert drum roll** @xkflyaway!

This gorgeous couple takes us around the world in a pastel-hued array of stunning destinations, unreal views and beautiful scenery.

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We’ve got those colorful rugs covered, as for the balloons, you could always watch them on TV and pretend…

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9. @beautifulhotels

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This Instagram travel feed will have you drooling over all the stunning hotels you may or may not be able to afford.

It’s a fantastic source of home decor inspiration too.

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Which of these Instagram travel accounts is your fave? Let us know in the comments below…

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10 Wanderlust-Filled Boho Areas

The love of gypsy decor and the love and travel come hand in hand. Those who have a soft spot for bohemian style often are filled with fernweh; the longing for somewhere they have no yet been.

Whether you’re traveling, or simply looking for inspiration for your own home, these boho areas are so dreamy, you’ll have to pinch yourself!

A Mountain-side Picnic

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We hope you don’t have vertigo! This dreamy picnic has the views to please a million gypsy souls. Printed cushions and beautiful throws make for boho areas that are pretty and comfy in equal part.

To recreate, grab a printed throw and two printed cushion covers. Then pack your favorite treats and head to the most beautiful view you can find.

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Cappadocia, Turkey

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Wouldn’t this be a wonderful sight to wake up to? Archaic Turkish architecture reflects a stunning sunrise, whilst hot air balloons decorate the sky.

For a snug boho area that is made for views, grab a large throw, a quilt or comforter and several pillows.

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Boho Glamping

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If you’re not down with the kids, ‘glamping’ is basically the upmarket version of camping. Dowdy tents and camo have been switched for an airy boho dream of fairy lights, hanging lanterns and an abundance of printed pillows!

Just don’t forget to take bug spray!

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Boho Beach Party

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This dreamy set-up is perfect for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, or just for the fun of it! The only rule is: there needs to be enough people to carry this heavy wooden table!

Keeping the palette sandy, this set-up is made for the boho beach babe. Embrace textured pieces such as hemp, bamboo and wood to keep it rustic and add pops of print in understated, neutral tones.

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Shabby Seaside Set Up

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Vintage lovers: this one’s for you! An abundance of lace, brocade and mish-mashed colors make this shabby chic set-up one of the easiest boho areas to recreate!

Bring florals to the seaside in the form of retro vases and flora-embellished crockery.

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Forest Dream

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If you’re more of a forest fairy, this stunning, boho picnic area is certainly for you! With a stunning hanging canopy cascading from the trees, an abundance of hanging decorations, and an abundance of prints and textures, it really does go to show that more is more in boho areas.

To stop it looking too cluttered, stick to a predominately pastel palette. Add several throws or blankets in various prints and top with as many printed pillow covers as you can carry.

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RV Goals

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Every gypsy girl gang needs a retro campervan! These ladies have fitted theirs out to absolute bohemian-dream perfection!

Hanging dream catchers, Native American prints and beaded curtains make for something truly stunning that is surprisingly easy to recreate.

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Minimal Boho Beach

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Forget heavy tables and actual furniture, this cute picnic area is all about keeping it simple.

Beachcomb to find a large swig or piece of driftwood to hang lanterns off. Then dot the floor with printed pillows in two contrasting tones. Dot the surrounding sand with mini lanterns for something truly magical.

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On The Pier

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If you’re not lucky to live out in the wilderness, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own inner-city boho areas! Find a pier, park or green area and get it set up!

This stunning Aztec-print conglomeration of feminine pinks is all a girl needs to escape to fantasy land…

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Rooftop Hang

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Now this is what we call city living! Go up to the highest roof top in your city and set up a teepee, pronto!

Add velvety cushions, flowers and aztec print rugs and you have the cutest boho hangout in town!

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5 Instagram Hotels For Your Bucketlist

Once upon a time, hotel owners and managers relied on brochures, travel magazines and travel agents as their primary source of marketing. Today, it’s a whole different game; one that fits in the palm of your hands. The idea of ‘Instagram Hotels’ is something that more and more companies are looking into.

2017 is set to be more about influencer marketing than ever, with more and more of the travel market jumping onto its perfectly filtered bandwagon. And who can blame them? Instagram influencers offer a type of advertising that is not only glossy and picturesque, but relatable.

Take for example, popular travel bloggers Lauren Bullen and Jack Morris, who, before racking up a massive 2 million followers, were just normal, everyday Joe’s like you and me. It gives us that tiny glimpse of hope that we don’t need to win the lottery or be born a Kardashian to have moments of pure lavishness.

With more and more Instagram hotels popping up on our feeds, we can’t help but feel serious FOMO. As we sit on our 9-5 desks, we dream of that square of Marrakech pool with the perfect level of ‘Clarendon’. **Sighs**

Put down your phone and bring out your bucketlist, as we show you 5 Instagram hotels you have to visit. Plus, if you have the budget of a pauper, we show you how to bring elements of these Instagram hotels to your home decor. Double win!

Riad Yasmine, Marrakech

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This is the one that haunts you in your dreams: that perfect symmetry, that tiled aqua pool, those impeccably placed palms. This slice of paradise is the Riad Yasmine in Marrakech, ‘a safe haven of peace’ with only seven rooms.

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Any travel lover will have undoubtedly seen several of their favorite travel bloggers floating in this heavenly pool, and that’s no coincidence. The Riad Yasmine was specifically created to be aesthetically pleasing, in order to go ‘viral’ on Instagram. The hotel regularly works with travel bloggers, who, in turn, share their perfect squares of paradise with their thousands of followers.

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As if the main pool area wasn’t enough, the rooms themselves also boast classic Moroccan architecture in a photogenic brick palette. To top it off, there’s also a cute resident cat called Bowie. And nothing goes viral like a cute cat.

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Azulik, Tuluum

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A favorite of celebrities and Instagrammers alike, Azulik is a jungle tree house wonder that suspends right into the Mexican ocean. This eco-retreat has absolutely no electricity, allowing guests to completely detach from the post-modern world and go back to nature, all whilst staying in the lap of luxury.

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There’s swings at the bar, staircases cascading down into the turquoise ocean and outdoor private bathtubs. Sounds like the perfect playground for adults!

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If that wasn’t enough to make you turn greener than Shrek, the resort itself is in a rainforest canopy and, quite literally, stands above the jungle.

Home Inspiration

Despite it’s reputation with Instagram royalty, the decor of Azulik is rustic, natural and clean. Bring this wanderlust-filled vibe to your home with driftwood, drapey white fabric and an abundance of greenery.

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Urban Cowboy B & B, Nashville/Brooklyn

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The Urban Cowboy looks like the love child of a wandering bohemian and a concrete cowboy. With two photogenic locations in Nashville and Brooklyn, the Urban Cowboy is fast becoming a favorite destination for Instagram-lovers.

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The antithesis of the upmarket New York hotel, the Urban Cowboy Brooklyn is ‘a much needed antidote to the mind-numbing pace of Manhattan’. Known for attracting artist, this super hipster spot has certainly gained recognition in the two years it’s been open.

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The decor of the Urban Cowboy is undeniably unique. Bring this Western-meets-bohemian vibe into your home with seventies style boho prints, carved wood and clashing patterns in brown tones.

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Byron Beach Abodes, Byron Bay

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This Byron Bay holiday rental company offers a number of wonderful rental properties in the stunning, Australian coastal town.

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Clean white decor, immaculate pools and outdoor bath tubs make these properties truly amiable. Many of the properties have a unique, cottage-like charm combines with an edge of tropical bohemia.

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Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

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Celebrities and Instagram stars flock to this Southern France hotel in abundance and who can blame them? This former private mansion boasts a salt water swimming pool that is literally carved into a cliff overlooking the French Riviera.

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Although it’s been around since the 1800s, the Instagram generation have undoubtedly given it a new lease of life. It’s popular with the fashion pack and has hosted the Chanel couture house.

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If you dream of staying in this palace, why not inject its decor into your home? Think Marie Antoinette on vacation and you’re on the right tracks!

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The 7 Best Christmas Markets In The World

When the snow starts to fall and the Christmas lights begin to twinkle like fireflies, we start to get that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Christmas is officially here. But if you thought that your home town, with it’s Christmas lights and carolers was as magical as it gets, I beg to differ. Christmas Markets are like opening up a Christmas fairy tale book and jumping straight into the action on the pages.

As well as endless gifting options, Christmas Markets have that certain something that captures the epitome of the Christmas spirit flawlessly. When exploring the bustling stalls, you can smell the mulled wine, hear the soft lullaby of carols and are surrounded by enough lights to put Las Vegas to shame.

Today, we give you our ultimate bucketlist of Christmas Markets. From the fairy tale cuteness of Europe, to the snow-filled wonderlands of Canada, here are the top seven Christmas markets in the world.

Prague, Czech Republic

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Before Christmas, the countries capital plays host to a Christmas Market that brings fairy tale magic and good food together. Market Square is transformed into a Winter Wonderland and is surrounded by lit up Christmas trees, giant castles and a giant Bethlehem scene.

The market itself consists of quaint wooden huts. Visitors can pick up a range of wonderful handmade gifts, including dolls, scarves and Christmas tree ornaments. Foreigners have to try the klobasa, which is a scrumptious Czech sausage.

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Toronto, Canada

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Europe watch out! Canada’s Capital is providing serious Christmas Market competition! Serving a tasty conglomeration of German and Canadian foods, this Christmas Market is a foodies dream. Alongside this, you can enjoy mulled wine by a giant fireplace.

The kids can enjoy stories from real life elves, as well as paying a visit to Santa himself!

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Copenhagen, Denmark

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As the home of The Little Mermaid, one can only expect that Copenhagen would pull out all the stops when it comes to creating Christmas magic! Tivoli Gardens amusement park is transformed into a stunning Christmas market. Stalls, Christmas joy and rides? Sign us up! Alongside this, there are nightly light shows and regular firework displays.

The city itself transforms into a buzzing plethora of Christmas Markets and boasts a whopping seven in total. The Hans Christian Andersen Market is like walking straight into one of the iconic authors fairy tales and even has a nostalgic carousel.

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Munich, Germany

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This Bavarian market boasts a towering 85 foot glittery Christmas tree! If that’s not enough to get you in the festive spirit, the array of traditional wooden stalls offer some of the best street food that Germany has to offer. Just the sound of the sausages is enough to make us drool!

For the little ones, there is the ‘Heavenly Workshop’, in which children dress as angels and get involved in arts, crafts and baking.

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Tallin, Estonia

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The Christmas tree in the squares center has been set up since 1441. This means that is the first Christmas in Europe to be displayed to the public. If this wasn’t awesome enough, lights and decorations transform market stalls into something quaint that you would have expected to see hundreds of years ago.

Warm drinks are a popular way to beat the Christmas chill, or you can indulge in local delicacies such as black blood pudding and sour cabbage.

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Winter Wonderland, London, England

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This event, held in London’s Hyde Park, is free to enter. This attraction is more than just a run-of-the-mill Christmas Market, it includes a circus, a giant ice skating rink and a giant observation wheel. 2016 sees the market include a walk-in ice kingdom and the chance to watch a professional skating show.

If you prefer a standard market, Winter Wonderland will not let you down! German food stalls, handmade trinkets and decorations make this one hard to beat!

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Vienna, Austria

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These Christmas markets date all the way back to 1298! Originally called ‘krippenmarkt’, these markets still hold the old-age magic that many modern markets have lost.

Alongside an abundance of market stalls, the market also boasts nativity performances and Christmas concerts.

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