London to Europe Business Trips You’ll Want to Extend this Festive Season
Now that travel restrictions have been relaxed and the dreaded red list has been scrapped, employees are once again travelling further afield for business trips. After the last two years, this is welcome news and Londonoffices want to help you maximise on your much missed business trips this winter.
As we know, from around November through to January, Europe is flooded with stunning sights of twinkling lights and flamboyant trees along with the smell of cinnamon and gingerbread. And, some of the best spots for such festivities are accessible via a train or two from London.
Getting the Eurostar to Brussels? Just an hour further on the train and you’re in the beautiful, romantic city, Bruges. As one of the best rated cities in Europe for its markets, it’s no surprise the Christmas markets are so highly regarded too.
Beginning 20th November and running till January 3rd, you can enjoy endless chocolate, beer and waffles from the twinkling stalls surrounded by stunning Gothic architecture. And, if seeing more of the city appeals, how does a snowy tour on a beautiful horse drawn carriage sound?
Mixing business with pleasure, there’s nowhere better for a fun festive extension to your business trip this winter than Amsterdam. While there aren’t any Christmas markets specifically, the beautiful, enchanted streets transform around November. They become flooded with the sights and smells of Bitterballen, mulled wine and seasonal gifts.
With the Eurostar travelling direct to Amsterdam in around 4.5hours, business commutes are effortless and the opportunity to bring a little leisure time to your trip is almost too easy. Now go and grab that planner.
You can get to Brussels from London in about the same time as it takes to get to Birmingham. Visiting the Christmas markets whilst you’re there is a no brainer. With many business trips heading to Brussels and beyond, we couldn’t leave this beauty off the list.
From late November to early January, you can explore 2km of sparkly, twinkly, lively market stalls and pop-up bars. While you’re there, take in the views from the Ferris wheel and enjoy the wonder of the magnificent light show.
If you have a little more time on your hands when in Brussels, a quick connecting train to Cologne is a must around the festive period. Or, if you’re in the city on business, staying a day or two longer is highly recommended. The spectacular Christmas market runs from 22 November to 23 December 2021 and the sights really are special.
Just like something out of a movie, the elaborate stalls, each with their own theme are accompanied by an amazing ice-skating rink and a varied entertainment programme. And of course, all of this is not without its delicious delicacies and treats, particularly of the fish variety.
Last, but not least, Strasbourg. As our closest neighbour, business meetings in France are common and travelling there from London couldn’t be easier. When coming into Paris, you’re only a short ride away from several spectacular destinations you won’t want to miss during the winter months. For us, Strasbourg is certainly one of the best.
The Strasbourg Christmas market is the oldest market in France, dating back to 1570, earning it the nickname, the Capital of Christmas. The festivities are more concise here and only run from 26th November through to 30th December so you’ll want to time that trip right. However, the transformed winter wonderland with festive garlands and ample mulled wine are sure to be worth it.
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