Switzerland's top 3 Christmas villages

There are a few things that create the perfect holiday spirit. They include snow, sledding, and hot chocolate. You can find them all in Switzerland's Christmas villages. They are just some of the reasons why Switzerland is one of the best places in Europe to celebrate Christmas. These three Swiss villages are the top spots for the holidays.

3. St. Gallen

This is one of the most popular Christmas towns in Switzerland because the people here really know how to decorate. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

During the holidays, the city glows with the light of 700 stars suspended above the streets. It's an impressive sight. Add to this the largest Christmas tree in Switzerland, which is erected every year in front of the city's cathedral, and the Christmas atmosphere is unbelievable.

When visiting St. Gallen, be sure to see the Abbey Quarter, home to the oldest library in Switzerland.

2. Lucerne

You should visit Lucerne if you are looking for a traditional Christmas this year. This is a village that is completely transformed for Christmas. No important element is left out.

Lucerne starts celebrating with the beginning of Advent. The Live On Ice skating rink opens its doors when the Christmas lights come on. Located right on the lake, it is open to the public. Then the streets fill with the stalls of the city's seven markets. Artisans sell handmade gifts for the season.

To experience it all, take a two-hour walking tour of Lucerne. Learn from a professional guide where the best festivals are. Also learn about some of the city's lesser-known Christmas traditions. This will really help you get into the Christmas spirit.

Lucerne is not only about Christmas festivities, but also about skiing under the stars and snowshoeing. Lucerne is a magical place.

Be sure to head up to mount Rigi, Pilatus or the Stanserhorn. You can also add an element of adventure to your vacation by taking the cog railway or funicular Another attraction in Lucerne is the magnificent Chapel Bridge, Europe's oldest wooden bridge and water tower. It is Lucerne's incredible and most photographed landmark.

1. Montreux

Montreux is considered the best Christmas town for its unparalleled festive atmosphere. The abundance of activities makes it the best place to spend your Christmas vacation in Switzerland. And of course it's just a beautiful resor, too.

The Swiss city of Montreux is home to the country's largest Christmas market. It is located right on the lakefront, which creates an exceptional Christmas atmosphere. More than one hundred and sixty chalet-style stalls line the lakeside promenade. The aroma of mulled wine and fondue cheese wafts from them against a backdrop of handcrafted products on display.

You can also listen to medieval music in a castle with turrets and live reenactments of history. Without a doubt, Chillon Castle exudes a festive atmosphere and is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland.

Another thing that really makes Montreux the best Christmas town in Switzerland is the new train. It can take you to the real Santa's house, which is located on the Rocher de Naye mountain.

Another great train is the Golden Pass. It connects Montreux to Zweisimmen and takes passengers from the shores of Lake Geneva to the magnificent Alpine scenery.


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