The 25 Best Places to Spend Christmas in Europe

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With the rapid rise of mass tourism, summer travel to Europe has become increasingly problematic. Record-breaking heat, record-breaking visitor numbers, and horrific tourist behavior are leading to many situations where locals simply wish travelers would stop visiting. 

But Christmas in Europe is a different beast entirely. The cold weather of European cities in winter naturally limits the number of visitors. The holiday season lends a fairytale glow to these ancient towns and historic buildings that feels positively magical.

The oldest European Christmas traditions– including Christmas markets, evergreen trees and wreaths, Yule logs, mulled wine (a.k.a. Glühwein), and Nativity scenes– date back 500 years. And some go back even further, to the pagan

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