Much of Europe is known for its beer and wine production. But we don’t just know how to make them; we know how to drink them. From energetic beer festivals to exquisite wine gatherings, there’s plenty to celebrate. Drink up six of the best beer and wine festivals throughout Europe with this gallery.
Europe is a jolly place to be any time of the year. But when Christmas time rolls around, some places become nothing short of magical. It all starts at the Christmas markets sprinkled throughout the continent. From Finland to France, unwrap the wonder of European Christmas markets with this gallery. Then, find your way here in December to experience it firsthand.
Kuopio Christmas market, Finland
In Finland, Christmas isn’t underway until the festivities begin at Kuopio Christmas Market. The city’s marketplace transforms into the North Pole, complete with wintery cabins, handcrafted gifts and Santa himself.
San Marino Christmas
The elegant grounds of San Marino find even more enchantment during the winter months, thanks to the city’s majestic Christmas market. Lights line the buildings, gifts abound at every corner and the entire city takes on the essence of the holiday season
Christmas Market of Lemesos, Cyprus
Tradition is the key ingredient for joy at the Christmas market of Lemesos, in Cyprus. Each building is illuminated with lights while locals and visitors alike enjoy the city’s festive events. Holiday food, gifts and fun are on full display for the weeks leading up to December 31.
Plaisirs D’Hiver - Winterpret in Brussels, Belgium
The Winter Wonders of Brussels is more than a citywide Christmas party. It’s a celebration of the whole year. Complete with festive parades, carnival rides, tasty foods and more, this end-of-the-year gathering is full of fun Christmas things to do.
Christmas in Tivoli, Denmark
During Christmas time, the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen become even more magical than usual. Live reindeer roam in enclosed wintery pastures while locals stroll between booths searching for the perfect gifts. And once the Christmas festivities are complete, firework shows close out this Copenhagen celebration.
Striezelmarkt in Dresden, Germany
Striezelmarkt in Dresden, Germany, is one of Europe’s oldest and most magnificent Christmas markets. It’s been going on for nearly 600 years and attracts millions of visitors every year. It’s full of lights, cake, gifts and a few surprises, making it one of Europe’s absolute classic Christmas destinations.
Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square markets, Czech Republic
The Christmas markets of the Czech Republic share duties to bring holiday joy to locals. Both Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square host uniquely Prague Christmas celebrations. You’ll find live animals enjoying the festivities, handcrafted goods ready to buy and plenty of beer and food to taste.
Austria’s big Christmas market can be found in the city of Mozart at the Salzburg Christmas Market. The entire market is decorated with vibrant floral arrangements, holiday-scented candles and bright red and green lights. The festivities date back to the 15th century and are still going strong.
Christmas market in Strasbourg, France
France’s month long holiday festivities are celebrated at the Strasbourg Christmas market. Garlands and lights adorn the nearby buildings and vendors, making for a bright event. You’ll also find homemade gifts, Christmas-themed food and plenty of holiday cheer.
Europe is a treat in more ways than one, and the local confections make it all the sweeter. You may already know about Belgian chocolate and Italian gelato. But that’s just the start of the sweet treats found in Europe. Let your taste buds travel the continent with these 12 sweet treats.
You’re probably already familiar with the big-time European wine producers of France, Italy and Spain. But there are many more wines to discover in the rest of the continent – and they’re as drinkable as they are affordable. Get to know six lesser-known European wine regions that are just begging to be explored.
Europe is home to some of the World’s most beautiful mountain ranges. The Alps, The Pyrenees and the Carpathian Mountains all stretch along Europe’s landscape. And atop these ranges you’ll find marvelous snowcapped peaks. Browse this gallery to learn more about Europe’s tallest peaks. Then, experience their natural grandeur in person on your next European adventure.
Drink in the stunning landscapes, gleaming lakes, and remarkable wildlife that exist nowhere else in the world.
Europe is full of big adventures. Adventures so big, in fact, that they can’t be contained within four walls. Welcome to the wild side of Europe, where trees shade your discoveries and rivers refresh your explorations. In short, there are a lot to enjoy about the wonders of nature in Europe. From the European Alps to all of the national parks in Europe, adventure awaits. So put on your walking shoes and let’s get moving.
Every year more than ten thousand people attend this charming event, held among the Baroque and Secessionist buildings of the Main Square of Veszprém. Every year fresh Rosés, Rieslings, fröccs (froech – Hungarian speciality: wine with sparkling water) and of course fresh Jazz musicians provide refreshment to lovers of gastro-cultural pleasures. The event is part of VeszprémFest.
This very special hike has become the culinary highlight of the summer in the Saas Valley, where the highest mountains in Switzerland stand. A real treat for all the senses that combines gastronomy and incredible nature, this Gourmet trail is a magical experience for both palate and spirit.
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There are many varieties of šljivovica (a distilled beverage made from plums) in Serbia. What is common is the scent of plums, a golden colour and the Central Serbia intoxicating power of a strong liquor. Less alcoholic, but no less tasty, is a drink prepared from šljivovica when the weather is cold. During winter, when a slava (the feast day of a family’s patron saint) is celebrated, the drink of choice is Šumadija tea or mulled plum brandy.