Christmas away with your loved ones (Picture: fotostorm/ Getty Photographs)




BERLIN 


Fascinating and quirky at any time of yr, Berlin is one metropolis that embraces winter. With greater than 50 nostalgic Christmas markets open till the top of December; eating places providing festive menus and sights that are nearly empty, that is maybe the very best time to go to.





Berlin is a metropolis that embraces winter (Picture: traveltonic)




COSMOPOLITAN: The combination of studios and flats within the Berlin Boutique Residences are within the full of life (Picture: traveltonic)



The Berlin Boutique Residences, primarily based within the central Prenzlauer Berg district, is a clutch of studios and flats that are positioned in a renovated 19th century tenement block. Simply outdoors the door are cosmopolitan eating places, household play areas and unbiased boutiques.


All flats are brightly colored with wallpapered function partitions, reclaimed furnishings and a communal courtyard.


Every weekend in Mauerpark there’s a huge flea market.


i-escape (0117 946 7072/i-escape.com) gives 4 nights (December 23-27) from £150 (4 sharing), self-catering. easyJet (easyjet.com) gives one-way flights from Luton to Berlin from £29. visitberlin.com





On Christmas Day, the Pope delivers his message at midday from his condominium (Picture: PR Photograph)



ROME


Lights strung throughout slim cobbled streets, a large Christmas tree in St Peter’s Sq. in addition to top-class sights open on Boxing Day, what’s to not like about Christmas in Rome?


It’s, in spite of everything, the place the Christmas celebration originated with the primary mass being mentioned on the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.


On Christmas Day, the Pope delivers his message at midday from his condominium.





ROME FREE: L’Appartamentino is within the coronary heart of the motion (Picture: PR photograph)



Purchase roasted chestnuts and be entertained by roving musicians in Piazza Navona earlier than skating beneath the shadow of Castel Sant’Angelo.


L’Appartamentino sits in Rome’s full of life Trastevere district which is residence to piazzas, pizzerias and artisan outlets with the Colosseum and its huge Christmas bushes close by.


Cottages.com (0345 498 6900) gives seven nights (December 22-28) from £938 (sleeps 5). British Airways (0344 493 0125/ba.com) gives one-way flights from Gatwick and Heathrow to Rome from £34.





RIVER RETREAT: The Golden Bamboo in Paris is an artwork lover’s dream (Picture: PR photograph)



PARIS


Think about an eccentric previous French aunt’s condominium and you have the measure of this quintessentially French area.


The Golden Bamboo, with an unbelievable artwork assortment overlaying each floor, velvet sofas and chairs; piles of artwork books, candlesticks and wealthy materials.


It feels very lived-in and is positioned close to to the Seine river within the 16th arrondissement, near the Palais de Tokyo museum.


The bed room has vintage furnishings, shuttered home windows and loads of cupboard space.




Paris is gorgeous at Christmas with the twinkling lights adorning the bushes of the Champs-Élysées and outlets wrapped in big ribbons.


If you happen to’ve kids in tow, allow them to run off their power within the huge Bois de Boulogne with a boating lake and theme park.


Plum Information (0203 795 1390/ plumguide.com) gives 5 nights (December 23-28) at The Golden Bamboo from £1,808 (sleeps 4), self-catering. Eurostar (03432 186 186/ eurostar.com) gives one-way fares from St Pancras to Paris from £29.





One & Solely Amsterdam Residence (Picture: Thijs Wolzak)



AMSTERDAM 


An amazing discover, this condominium is aptly named the One And Solely Bed room.


Situated in central Amsterdam, giant home windows look over town’s rooftops.


The all-white fashionable area options designer furnishings, white wood flooring and an open kitchen.


There is a separate bed room, an excellent rest room with a walk-in bathe and lengthy eating desk for entertaining.


For individuals who do not feel like cooking there’s an onsite restaurant and bar.




The Rembrandt Home Museum is close by and 15 minutes away, are the acclaimed Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum.


Town is an image at Christmas with vibrant lights strung alongside the canals and the unbelievable Amsterdam Gentle Competition sees worldwide artists remodeling public locations into mild installations.


From December 23-27, you possibly can witness the Swan Lake ballet that includes 48 swans or a carol live performance held in most church buildings.


Reserving.com (reserving.com) gives 5 nights (December 22-27) on the One and Solely Bed room from £1,330 (Sleeps two).




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