Basel was this month named the 14th Best Small City in the World by Monocle Magazine, based on their Small Cities Index. A cool European city, Basel’s Christmas market at Barfüsserplatz is also considered one of the biggest and prettiest in Switzerland. Spreading from the steps of BarfüsserKirche into the square, the market has lots of lovely little stalls peddling their wares and delicious treats aplenty.
Motel One Basel is just a few hundred yards from this Christmas market, meaning there is no better Basel base from which to take in the city’s festive charms.
Rooms start from 118 CHF (approx. £90)
Return flights London to Basel from £60 with EasyJet
Hamburg is a city made for festive escapes. With a fun, inclusive and outgoing culture the Hanseatic city know how to enjoy themselves, and their array of Christmas markets illustrate this perfectly.
The Santa Pauli market in the city’s St. Pauli district is renowned for taking a unique look at the holiday season, with adult-themed treats and shows it’s branding as an XXX-mas market is well deserved. Meanwhile, Hamburg’s trendy St Georg area is home to Winter Pride; Europe’s favourite LGBT Christmas market which celebrates Christmas in-keeping with the city’s progressive and welcoming attitude.
Motel One Hamburg-Alster is also located in St Georg and is the perfect basecamp from which to strike out and explore the city.
Rooms start from 79 EUR
Return flights London to Hamburg from £80 with EasyJet
Leipzig’s tradition of Christmas Markets dates back to 1458, making the market in the central Augustusplatz one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. It is also one of the largest and most beautiful of the country’s markets, with 300 stands and the unique backdrop of Leipzig’s culture and gastronomy. The market runs until 23 December.
Motel One Leipzig-Post is located right on Augustusplatz and the terrace of the Cloud Bar offers an unrivalled vantage point of the merriment below.
Rooms start from 69 EUR
Return flights London to Berlin from £180, Train from Berlin Hbf – Leipzig Hbf from £46 (1hr15)
The Dutch capital is strongly associated with ‘SinterKlaas’ (St. Nicolas) and they’re dedication to the Christmas market is no surprise. From December 21 this year, Amsterdam’s large convention center- RAI Amsterdam – will be transformed into Winter Paradise. This indoor/outdoor extravaganza will have a carousel, skating rinks, curling, ice racing, VR experiences and even the iconic Coca-Cola Truck.
Motel One Amsterdam-Waterlooplein is in the heart of the city of canals and is just 15 minutes on public transport from Winer Paradise.
Rooms start from 89 EUR
Return flights London to Amsterdam from £60 with EasyJet
The sun-soaked city in Catalonia may not be the first place to spring to mind when one thinks of Christmas markets, but the Fira de Santa Llucia is a Christmas-time tradition that has roots in Barcelona as far back as 1786. The celebration showcases beautifully crafted nativity scenes and plenty of artisanal stands with a plethora of gifts and treats on offer. Visitors can expect a uniquely Catalan take on a Christmas fair. The market is open until 23 December.
Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella, the brands first hotel in Spain, has an enviable central location next to Ciutadella Park and is a short stroll from the Fira se Santa Llucia at Avinguda de la Catedral.
Rooms start from 79 EUR
Return flights London to Barcelona from £50 with EasyJet
The Polish capital is a much-loved winter destination and Motel One recently opened their very first Polish location in the heart of the city. The famed market in Castle Square is not the only festive option for visitors to Warsaw, with another beautiful and decidedly less crowded market taking up residence at the Palace of Culture & Science.
Motel One Warsaw-Chopin is located opposite the historic Fryderyk Chopin Museum and Chopin Institute and takes inspiration from the famed composer’s life and work. The hotel is just a leisurely stroll from both Castle Square and the Palace of Culture and Science.
Rooms start from 259 PLN (approx. £52)
Return flights London to Warsaw from £89 with Wizz Air