Cold cobbled streets, mulled wine, candlelit squares and snow-flecked churches; Europe really is a magical, fairtytale-esque place come Christmas time. Though most cities offer something akin to a winter wonderland at this time of year, there are some that really take the Brunkager. Here’s a rundown of the top five European cities to explore for a Christmas break:
Known the world over as a place of unparalleled natural beauty, Costa Rica beckons visitors year-round with its lush rainforests, exotic wildlife and award-winning beaches. Lately, it’s also been climbing the ranks as a thrill-seeker’s dream destination with a line-up of action-packed activities sure to appeal to your inner Bear Grylls. Here’s a list of what’s in store.
Vienna is a wonderland of grand architecture, fabulous opera, mind-blowing museums and quirky art galleries. But the real buzz of the city comes from its coffee houses – a charming social experience that has shaped the Viennese culture. Keen for a caffeine hit surrounded by old-world charm and cultural heritage? We’ve rounded up the best coffee houses for you to visit in the unique European capital of culture and coffee.
What else could weekends possibly be for, if not enjoying the company of your friends and catching up over a glass of fizz in the hours following noon? Leave the shopping for online, the museums for Sundays and the West End for evenings – brunch is where it’s at, and London’s eclectic selection of quirky cafés, dazzling diners and stylish restaurants offer something for any brunch occasion. When it comes to your next prosecco-pouring, smoothie-slurping venture, you need look no further than here: we’ve scoured north, east, south and west to find the coolest spots to share a laugh – and maybe a bottle – with your closest.
Iceland’s eclectic capital may have seen a surge of visitors in recent years, but while most people use Reykjavik as a base for exploring the country’s impressive collection of waterfalls, gushing geysers and dramatic landscapes, there’s more to this city than its epic scenery. Still more famous for its monuments than its menus, underneath its picture-perfect exterior, Reykjavik is fast becoming a gastronomic paradise, with …