Dusseldorf Christmas

A cozy Düsseldorf Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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