Dusseldorf Christmas

A cozy Düsseldorf Christmas

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There are Christmas markets all over Europe, but some of the best are in Germany. No surprise, since so many of our holiday traditions...
Basel Wish Book

An Advent tradition: Basel’s Wish Book

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For the past twenty years, the Basler Wunschbuch (Basel Wish Book) has been part of the city's Christmas celebrations. The book is an open...
Basel Christmas

The quiet pleasures of a Basel Christmas

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It's Christmas in Basel. Holiday markets closed two days ago, and within 24 hours, all evidence of holiday bustle was gone. How Swiss! For...
Basel Christmas market

A Basel Christmas: Münsterplatz

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Christmas in Basel attracts visitors from all over the world--more than 1/2 million of them. Since 2011, the Christmas market at Münsterplatz, Basel's best...
Basel Christmas market

A Basel Christmas: Barfüsserplatz

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The Christmas market at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz in Basel is one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. Many Christmas markets were originally set...
Baden-Baden

Christmas market chic in Baden-Baden, Germany

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The Christmas market in Baden-Baden, Germany is a lot like the spa town itself: intimate, family-friendly and chic. The Christkindelsmarkt is new by European...
Place du Temple-Neuf

The festive Christmas lights of Strasbourg

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For five glorious weeks at the end of each year, Strasbourg, France puts on a light show that is nothing short of spectacular. All...
The Great Christmas Tree, place Kleber, Strasbourg

Strasbourg’s “Grand Sapin” celebrates its 20th anniversary

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Each December, a gigantic fir tree covered in lights holds court in place Kléber, in the Alsatian city of Strasbourg. It is the centerpiece...
Swiss Grättimaa, Basel, Switzerland

Swiss Grättimaa – early to rise

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One of the signs of Christmas in Basel is the appearance of doughy chaps with raisins for eyes and a scattering of sugar on...

Sliding into 2011 with a Basel Sylvester

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As I went about my business yesterday, picking up goodies for a Sylvester (New Year’s Eve) apéro with friends, each merchant cheerily wished me...
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