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Seasonal city breaks: 10 of the best pre-Christmas European getaways

Seasonal city breaks: 10 of the best pre-Christmas European getaways From a bedecked Zagreb to twinkling Turin, here are the best places to spark your festive spirit With an ice-skating rink, a huge ferris wheel and an attractive Christmas market (7 December-6 January), Ghent offers no shortage of opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit. But beyond the baubles and twinkly lights, there’s plenty to keep winter visitors to this Flemish city happy, from browsing the bric-a-brac stalls of the Bij Sint-Jacobs flea market to hanging out with the hipsters at the Holy Food Market, a cocktail bar and food hall in the beautiful 17th century Baudelo Chapel.1898 The Post is a cosy and cosseting boutique hotel in a…

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Need a hygge? Try Copenhagen for a happiness fix

Need a hygge? Try Copenhagen for a happiness fix With its startling architecture and world class food the Danish capital is all about enjoying the good life … at a price. Our writer is also struck by the story behind a statue – and it’s not of a mermaid I arrived at Copenhagen’s Central Station with Danny Kaye’s voice blaring in my head. Maybe he was right when he sang about wonderful Copenhagen. When you get off the train, after a 15-minute journey from the airport you are greeted by the turrets and rollercoasters of a huge theme park. Within seconds of tugging my case across the concourse, all I could hear were the squeals and screams from the…

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From Stonehenge to Iceland’s Arctic Henge, by motorbike – photo essay

From Stonehenge to Iceland’s Arctic Henge, by motorbike – photo essay Stonehenge is the springboard for a motorbike and ferry trip to a modern, pagan-inspired monument in Iceland, taking in Germany, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands – and some seriously unkind weather for those on two wheels Like Stonehenge in southern England, Arctic Henge acts as a kind of huge sundial, capturing sunlight and casting shadows. It has four aligned six-metre-high gates with a 10-metre central column. When completed it will be 52 metres in diameter. It is still being built from locally quarried basalt rock on an outcrop of land in north-east Iceland, overlooking the remote village of Raufarhöfn – the corner of the mainland closest to the…

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20 of the best Nordic summer holidays

20 of the best Nordic summer holidays Stylish lakeside cabins, bear-spotting, Viking adventures and midnight sun and fun await in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland Continue reading… https://www.theguardian.com/uk/travel/rssTravel | The GuardianLatest travel news and reviews on UK and world holidays, travel guides to global destinations, city breaks, hotels and restaurant information from the Guardian, the world’s leading liberal voicehttps://assets.guim.co.uk/images/guardian-logo-rss.c45beb1bafa34b347ac333af2e6fe23f.pngTravel887Gemma Bowes -geoquono- Tweet

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Legoland and beyond: a laid-back family break in Denmark

Legoland and beyond: a laid-back family break in Denmark The brand new Lego House and the original Legoland are obvious child-pleasers, but Denmark’s wider Jutland region has all the ingredients for a hassle-free family break If you asked your child to devise the perfect holiday, what would it look like? Lots of pool time? A chance to play all day? Animal attractions? There are plenty of places that might spring to mind, but a small inland Danish town is probably not among them. Billund in Jutland, however, has not one but three major draws for families: the world’s first Legoland, opened in 1968; Scandinavia’s biggest water park, Lalandia; and, since September, the Lego House. On top of that, in…

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Bring on Valhalla: on the Viking trail in Denmark

Bring on Valhalla: on the Viking trail in Denmark West Jutland is bringing old Norse culture to life with interactive attractions alongside historic sites. Mother and daughter immerse themselves in a land of legend The longhouse is warm and dark. Embers smoulder in a fire-pit in the centre of the hall; above it hang blackened joints of meat. The air is thick with wood smoke. As our eyes adjust to the gloom, we make out the wide seating platforms, strewn with sheepskins on one side, and heavy chairs on the other. Shields and tapestries line the walls and carved wooden figures stand guard. Continue reading… West Jutland is bringing old Norse culture to life with interactive attractions alongside historic…

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