If you’re looking to book a last minute festive break, look no further than Germany.

With our love for the German-style Christmas market growing stronger each year as we see an abundance of wooden chalets inundate our towns and cities full of Christmas decorations and mulled wine, why not indulge in the real thing this year?

With approximately a 2 hour flight to most German cities, it’s perfect for a short weekend break.

You’ll find a far bigger variety of produce amongst the stalls and in a lot of cases much better quality of craftsmanship.

The dazzling array of glühwein flavours on offer will make your eyes water so have fun working your way through the menu (the same goes for the sausages).

Then delight in wandering around the stalls cradling a warming drink whilst shopping. Unlike the UK, you are not restricted to a specific area.

They’ll be many different designs of mug as well including tankards and stiefels (boots), so for a couple of Euros deposit you’ll be spoilt for choice on which to take home for a cheap souvenir!

So how do you choose where to go?

Well, if you head to one of the big cities, you’re in for a real treat as you explore line after line of some of the biggest Christmas markets in the World, while seeing some famous sights at the same time.

The markets spill through beautiful medieval squares, steeped in history and surrounded by stunning buildings.

Cologne’s famous cathedral, Nuremburg’s achingly beautiful Frauenkirche and Berlin’s pair of Baroque cathedrals all watch over extensive markets.

Munich’s grand main square Marienplatz hosts a dazzling tree as well as a wonderfully romantic market by the Chinese Tower in the English Garden.

Or perhaps you want to experience where the tradition began with Germany’s oldest Christmas market in Dresden.

Smaller places like Bamberg, Cochem and Rothenburg ob der Tauber offer a more intimate experience with their quaint half-timbered buildings lit festively in thousands of twinkling lights. It’s like wandering through a fairytale and if you’re lucky, you could experience all this in snow. Now that would be magical!

Just make sure you leave plenty of room in your luggage allowance to bring plenty of gifts home! You can fly direct to Berlin from East Midlands Airport with Ryanair and from Birmingham and Manchester to many other cities across Germany. Now you just have to choose!

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