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Good picks for late december?

Old Oct 21st 2004, 6:37 am
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Steve&Cindy
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Default Good picks for late december?

We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in Frankfurt
but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of the year,
ideas or tips are welcome!!
So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas markets and
maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy getaway.

Thanks!
 
Old Oct 21st 2004, 10:03 am
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Dominique Foucart
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Steve&Cindy a exprimé avec précision :
    > We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in Frankfurt
    > but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    > Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of the year,
    > ideas or tips are welcome!!
    > So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas markets and
    > maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy getaway.
    > Thanks!

Hello from Brussels,

It really depends of what you want to do. If you want to enjoy Xmas
markets, you have nice one in Germany and in Alsace.

If you want romantic places with snow, you get to select the place you
go in function of the chances to get snow or to decide at the last
minute.

You will find a lot of good train connections and cheap flights from
Frankfurt if you book them well in advance. Beware that as of December
18th, Xmas holiday period starts as a peak season in ski resorts.

If you have more specific requests, don't hesitate to ask.

Dominique

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Dominique Foucart
Brussels, Capital City of European Community
Trails and Hikes in Haute-Savoie: http://www.samoens.int.ms
Appartment Rental for Hiking and Skiing:
http://dfoucart.tripod.com/samoensquejaime
 
Old Oct 21st 2004, 10:41 am
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Steve&Cindy
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Thanks for your prompt answer.
We are not really into skiing, so any nice town with reliable snow (around
xmas and new year) with some places to eat and have a coffee will make us
happy.

Thanks!


"Dominique Foucart" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > Steve&Cindy a exprimé avec précision :
    > > We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in
Frankfurt
    > > but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    > > Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of the
year,
    > > ideas or tips are welcome!!
    > > So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas markets and
    > > maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy getaway.
    > >
    > > Thanks!
    > Hello from Brussels,
    > It really depends of what you want to do. If you want to enjoy Xmas
    > markets, you have nice one in Germany and in Alsace.
    > If you want romantic places with snow, you get to select the place you
    > go in function of the chances to get snow or to decide at the last
    > minute.
    > You will find a lot of good train connections and cheap flights from
    > Frankfurt if you book them well in advance. Beware that as of December
    > 18th, Xmas holiday period starts as a peak season in ski resorts.
    > If you have more specific requests, don't hesitate to ask.
    > Dominique
    > --
    > Dominique Foucart
    > Brussels, Capital City of European Community
    > Trails and Hikes in Haute-Savoie: http://www.samoens.int.ms
    > Appartment Rental for Hiking and Skiing:
    > http://dfoucart.tripod.com/samoensquejaime
 
Old Oct 21st 2004, 11:22 pm
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Emilia
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Salzburg?
http://www2.salzburg.info/veranstaltungen_484.htm



"Steve&Cindy" <[email protected]> wrote in
news:[email protected]:

    > Thanks for your prompt answer.
    > We are not really into skiing, so any nice town with reliable snow
    > (around xmas and new year) with some places to eat and have a coffee
    > will make us happy.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    >
    > "Dominique Foucart" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >> Steve&Cindy a exprimé avec précision :
    >> > We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in
    > Frankfurt
    >> > but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    >> > Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of
    >> > the
    > year,
    >> > ideas or tips are welcome!!
    >> > So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas
    >> > markets and maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy
    >> > getaway.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks!
    >> Hello from Brussels,
    >> It really depends of what you want to do. If you want to enjoy Xmas
    >> markets, you have nice one in Germany and in Alsace.
    >> If you want romantic places with snow, you get to select the place
    >> you go in function of the chances to get snow or to decide at the
    >> last minute.
    >> You will find a lot of good train connections and cheap flights from
    >> Frankfurt if you book them well in advance. Beware that as of
    >> December 18th, Xmas holiday period starts as a peak season in ski
    >> resorts.
    >> If you have more specific requests, don't hesitate to ask.
    >> Dominique
    >> --
    >> Dominique Foucart
    >> Brussels, Capital City of European Community
    >> Trails and Hikes in Haute-Savoie: http://www.samoens.int.ms
    >> Appartment Rental for Hiking and Skiing:
    >> http://dfoucart.tripod.com/samoensquejaime
    >
    >
 
Old Oct 21st 2004, 11:29 pm
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nitram
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On 22 Oct 2004 13:22:07 +0200, Emilia <emilia@(spam-so-)easy.com>
wrote:

    >Salzburg?
    >http://www2.salzburg.info/veranstaltungen_484.htm

"The Sound of Music Land"
--
Martin
 
Old Oct 21st 2004, 11:33 pm
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Tim Challenger
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On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 13:29:14 +0200, [email protected] wrote:

    > On 22 Oct 2004 13:22:07 +0200, Emilia <emilia@(spam-so-)easy.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Salzburg?
    >>http://www2.salzburg.info/veranstaltungen_484.htm
    >
    > "The Sound of Music Land"

Known to everybody except, oddly enough the Austrians (Salzburgers
excluded).
--
Tim C.
 
Old Oct 21st 2004, 11:36 pm
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nitram
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On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 13:33:23 +0200, Tim Challenger
<[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 13:29:14 +0200, [email protected] wrote:
    >> On 22 Oct 2004 13:22:07 +0200, Emilia <emilia@(spam-so-)easy.com>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>Salzburg?
    >>>http://www2.salzburg.info/veranstaltungen_484.htm
    >>
    >> "The Sound of Music Land"
    >Known to everybody except, oddly enough the Austrians (Salzburgers
    >excluded).

The first time I visited Salzburg was in 1967, the tourist office in
the centre of the old town was plastered with posters that had written
on them "The Sound of Music Land".
I was probably the only person in the world, who hadn't seen SoM.
I had an aversion to Julie Andrews.
--
Martin
 
Old Oct 22nd 2004, 2:29 am
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Martin Bienwald
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Steve&Cindy schrieb:

My favourite christmas markets are at Tuebingen and Quedlinburg. Unlike
other christmas markets, they are open only one resp. two weekends in
December:

Tuebingen (Dec 10-12): In addition to local craftspeople and shops, many
stalls are operated by local non-profit organizations and private citizens.
Thus the market has a unique, non-commercial atmosphere - you may buy
spiced wine from some students' society, cookies from a local charity, and
so on. It's the biggest christmas market I've seen yet, filling almost
all the narrow streets of the old town centre, and takes 3-4 hours if you
want to see it all.

Quedlinburg (Dec 4-5 and 11-12): "Advent in den Höfen" (advent in the
backyards) is another unique form of christmas market: it is held in about
20 historical backyards of the old town. There is also a regular christmas
market on the town's market place.

Both towns are quite worth seeing even without their christmas markets.

... Martin
 
Old Oct 22nd 2004, 4:13 am
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B Vaughan
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On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 12:37:26 -0600, "Steve&Cindy"
<[email protected]> wrote:

    >We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in Frankfurt
    >but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    >Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of the year,
    >ideas or tips are welcome!!
    >So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas markets and
    >maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy getaway.

I don't know what you mean by "late December", but just remember that
all the Christmas markets vanish the minute Christmas arrives.

You can find Christmas markets in Germany, Austria, northern Italy
(specifically Trentino-Alto Adige) and probably other places as well.
Some towns in central Italy are beginning to feature them, but not on
the the scale of the German-speaking areas.
--
Barbara Vaughan
My email address is my first initial followed by my surname at libero dot it
I answer travel questions only in the newsgroup
 
Old Oct 22nd 2004, 8:46 am
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Sascha
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"Steve&Cindy" <[email protected]> schrieb :

    > We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in Frankfurt
    > but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    > Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of the year,
    > ideas or tips are welcome!!
    > So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas markets and
    > maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy getaway.
    > Thanks!
For hot chocolate, Berne , Switzerland is will do.:-)
 
Old Oct 22nd 2004, 9:05 am
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Steve&Cindy
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Thanks everybody for your answers.
What we really meant by "Late December" was the second half of the month. We
will be there for sure several days before the 24th.


"B Vaughan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 12:37:26 -0600, "Steve&Cindy"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in Frankfurt
    > >but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    > >Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of the
year,
    > >ideas or tips are welcome!!
    > >So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas markets and
    > >maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy getaway.
    > I don't know what you mean by "late December", but just remember that
    > all the Christmas markets vanish the minute Christmas arrives.
    > You can find Christmas markets in Germany, Austria, northern Italy
    > (specifically Trentino-Alto Adige) and probably other places as well.
    > Some towns in central Italy are beginning to feature them, but not on
    > the the scale of the German-speaking areas.
    > --
    > Barbara Vaughan
    > My email address is my first initial followed by my surname at libero dot
it
    > I answer travel questions only in the newsgroup
 
Old Oct 22nd 2004, 9:41 am
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Steve&Cindy
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Thanks for the link! it looks very promising.

"Emilia" <emilia@(spam-so-)easy.com> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > Salzburg?
    > http://www2.salzburg.info/veranstaltungen_484.htm
    > "Steve&Cindy" <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:
    > > Thanks for your prompt answer.
    > > We are not really into skiing, so any nice town with reliable snow
    > > (around xmas and new year) with some places to eat and have a coffee
    > > will make us happy.
    > >
    > > Thanks!
    > >
    > >
    > > "Dominique Foucart" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]...
    > >> Steve&Cindy a exprimé avec précision :
    > >> > We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in
    > > Frankfurt
    > >> > but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    > >> > Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of
    > >> > the
    > > year,
    > >> > ideas or tips are welcome!!
    > >> > So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas
    > >> > markets and maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy
    > >> > getaway.
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks!
    > >>
    > >> Hello from Brussels,
    > >>
    > >> It really depends of what you want to do. If you want to enjoy Xmas
    > >> markets, you have nice one in Germany and in Alsace.
    > >>
    > >> If you want romantic places with snow, you get to select the place
    > >> you go in function of the chances to get snow or to decide at the
    > >> last minute.
    > >>
    > >> You will find a lot of good train connections and cheap flights from
    > >> Frankfurt if you book them well in advance. Beware that as of
    > >> December 18th, Xmas holiday period starts as a peak season in ski
    > >> resorts.
    > >>
    > >> If you have more specific requests, don't hesitate to ask.
    > >>
    > >> Dominique
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Dominique Foucart
    > >> Brussels, Capital City of European Community
    > >> Trails and Hikes in Haute-Savoie: http://www.samoens.int.ms
    > >> Appartment Rental for Hiking and Skiing:
    > >> http://dfoucart.tripod.com/samoensquejaime
    > >>
    > >
    > >
 
Old Oct 22nd 2004, 9:57 am
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nitram
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On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 18:13:58 +0200, B Vaughan<[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 12:37:26 -0600, "Steve&Cindy"
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >>We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in Frankfurt
    >>but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    >>Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of the year,
    >>ideas or tips are welcome!!
    >>So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas markets and
    >>maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy getaway.
    >I don't know what you mean by "late December", but just remember that
    >all the Christmas markets vanish the minute Christmas arrives.
    >You can find Christmas markets in Germany, Austria, northern Italy
    >(specifically Trentino-Alto Adige) and probably other places as well.
    >Some towns in central Italy are beginning to feature them, but not on
    >the the scale of the German-speaking areas.

Some places have them all the year round, there's one in Rotenburg am
Tauber.
--
Martin
 
Old Oct 22nd 2004, 10:26 am
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Martin Stock
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"Steve&Cindy" <[email protected]> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
news:[email protected]...
    > We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in Frankfurt
    > but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    > Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of the
year,
    > ideas or tips are welcome!!
    > So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas markets and
    > maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy getaway.
http://www.open-eye-publishing.com/c...as_markets.htm

The biggest ones are in Stuttgart and Nuremberg.
For snow some smaller cities are better. First the most big cities lie in
river valleys at rather low attitude (Munich with 500m above sea level is
one of the highest located big cities in Europe). And in big cities the
temperature is often slightly higher - which may be just one or two degrees
too much.

Bigger cities have e.g. the advantage that you have more museums and
cultural offers.
An idea would be to stay e.g. in Munich and be flexible on making a (or
more) trip towards the Bavarian Alps if the weather is nice. Neuschwanstein
Castle is also nice in winter.
http://www.neuschwanstein.de
http://www.hohenschwangau.de/552.0.html (in winter)
Or to stay in Dresden with a trip to the ore mountains (Erzgebirge) - e.g.
the Christmas Markets in Annaberg-Buchholz and Schneeberg (first links). The
ore mountains are also rather snow safe.

For such trips you can buy a Bavaria Ticket or Saxony Ticket. These tickets
are valid for one day on all local trains in Bavaria respectively Saxony. On
weekdays however only past 9am. These tickets are valid for up to 5 persons
travelling together. Furthermore they cover all local transport in cities
like Munich or Dresden. Price ~ EUR 25,-.
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 3:59 am
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Steve&Cindy
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Thanks for your post and links, my wife is in love with the castle.
We also like the idea of the small cities a lot, even better if they are at
higher altitudes :)

Thanks.

"Martin Stock" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > "Steve&Cindy" <[email protected]> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > We are considering visiting Europe in december, we'll arrive in
Frankfurt
    > > but we can take trains or low-cost flights to other cities.
    > > Maybe some cities are better choices than others for that time of the
    > year,
    > > ideas or tips are welcome!!
    > > So far we only have vague ideas like visiting some christmas markets and
    > > maybe drinking some hot chocolate in a romantic snowy getaway.
    > http://www.open-eye-publishing.com/c...as_markets.htm
    > The biggest ones are in Stuttgart and Nuremberg.
    > For snow some smaller cities are better. First the most big cities lie in
    > river valleys at rather low attitude (Munich with 500m above sea level is
    > one of the highest located big cities in Europe). And in big cities the
    > temperature is often slightly higher - which may be just one or two
degrees
    > too much.
    > Bigger cities have e.g. the advantage that you have more museums and
    > cultural offers.
    > An idea would be to stay e.g. in Munich and be flexible on making a (or
    > more) trip towards the Bavarian Alps if the weather is nice.
Neuschwanstein
    > Castle is also nice in winter.
    > http://www.neuschwanstein.de
    > http://www.hohenschwangau.de/552.0.html (in winter)
    > Or to stay in Dresden with a trip to the ore mountains (Erzgebirge) - e.g.
    > the Christmas Markets in Annaberg-Buchholz and Schneeberg (first links).
The
    > ore mountains are also rather snow safe.
    > For such trips you can buy a Bavaria Ticket or Saxony Ticket. These
tickets
    > are valid for one day on all local trains in Bavaria respectively Saxony.
On
    > weekdays however only past 9am. These tickets are valid for up to 5
persons
    > travelling together. Furthermore they cover all local transport in cities
    > like Munich or Dresden. Price ~ EUR 25,-.
 

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