Famed for its Christmas markets and elaborate street decorations, Germany turns into a winter wonderland in November and December with over 2,500 traditional markets, all offering original handmade gifts, seasonal food and drink, as well as yuletide fun with ice rinks, street artists, and concerts. Highlights include:
•Munich – start your wicked winter road-trip in this buzzing city. Centred around a 1,000 ft Christmas tree, the Munich Christmas Market has over 120 stalls offering a range of original gifts from decorations to wooden toys, traditional arts and crafts and Bavarian specialities, including traditional fried sausage and Gluehwein (hot spiced wine).
•Nuremberg – drive north from Munich to the world’s largest Christmas market in the medieval city of Nuremberg. With nearly two million visitors each year, the whole city comes alive with concerts, torch lit processions to the castle, horse-drawn coach rides through the city and the streets are lined with festive market stalls selling famous Nuremberg ginger bread.
•Cologne – head north-west through Frankfurt to Cologne which hosts eight different markets throughout the city. The most impressive market takes place in front of the spectacular Cologne Cathedral and is ideal for those wanting to take home a selection of sweet delicacies. Combining traditional and modern touches, a large ice rink is set up in Heumarkt as well as a floating Christmas market on board the MS Wappen von Mainz.
Wicked Campers provide a choice of two-seater and multi-seater vans which seat up to five people, available to hire in the UK and across Europe. Each campervan is individually graffitied and comes complete with a large bed, table, camping stools, CD player and/or iPod connection, sink, tap, cool box, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and a gas stove. For multi-seater vans, an additional tent is provided.
For a winter getaway, prices for seven days’ European campervan hire for travel throughout November and December 2011 start from £66 per person based on five sharing a multi-seater van. Valid for pick-up and drop-off from a choice European cities, the price includes insurance for one driver aged 25 and over, unlimited mileage and 24-hour roadside assistance. One way fees apply if picking up/dropping off at a different depot. Flights and congestion charge not included. For more information and prices for five days’ hire, visit http://www.wickedcampers.co.uk or call 0808 234 8461.
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