Europe’s Most Spectacular Winter Wonderlands

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Europe is magical any time of year, but come winter, when the snow glistens and Christmas markets light up the cities, it is never lovelier.

As a Christmas baby, I’ve spent several years jetting off to Europe to celebrate my birthday. Bundled in a heavy coat, boots and hats, I’ve explored and discovered some of Europe’s most picturesque towns, sampling rich foods and toasting to myself along the way. These are 20 of the best destinations you will find in Europe during the winter months — and some of my personal favorites.

Vienna, Austria

Just add snow to Austria’s capital city, and its Baroque palaces and historic Old Town become a winter wonderland.

Temperatures in this cosmopolitan city hover between the 30s and 40s Fahrenheit, so you’ll want to bundle up as you stroll through the annual Vienna Christmas Market, which transforms City Hall Square (Rathaus) into a sea of twinkling lights from Nov. 15 through Dec. 26. You can ice skate here, as well, then grab a Viennese hot chocolate, a concoction of egg yolk, semi-sweet chocolate and whipped cream.

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