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It’s impossible not to get into the festive holiday spirit as we visit the three magical cities of Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. The winter wonderland scenery is stunning and everything is decked out like a holiday train garden come to life. Open-air Christmas markets beckon you to shop for unique gifts for friends and family while enjoying mulled wine or cider and lively street entertainment and music. The old-world atmosphere this time of year is amazing and a thrill for all the senses. ‘Tis the season to be jolly.

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GERMANY: Munich

The magic of traditional German Christmas Markets is attracting many visitors every year. The roots of Munich's Christmas Market go back to the 14th century. It is held on the Marienplatz in the heart of the city center. Back then, just like today, the Munich Christmas Market offers traditional Bavarian and unique Christmas gifts, including wood carvings, gingerbread (Lebkuchen) and exquisite glassware from the Bavarian forest.

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AUSTRIA: Salzburg

Salzburg sits on the border between Austria and Germany and is the capital city of the province which bears its name. Those who want to stay in the city will find plenty of activities and cultural pursuits offered, from memories of Mozart to scenes from the Sound of Music. Basing a ski holiday in Salzburg is optimal. The scenery is stunning, encompassing high Alpine peaks and lush wooded trails. The number of ski resorts in the area are vast and you will be able to visit up to six of them during your stay.

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AUSTRIA: Vienna

Austria’s capital of Vienna hosts around twenty-five markets around town. Markets dating back from 1294 are considered forerunners to today’s Christmas markets. While in Vienna, don’t forget to visit the museums and view the impressive architecture, and the culture that Vienna has to offer.