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Christmas Markets: Last Chance!

Winter Festivals and Christmas Markets offer a myriad of opportunities for the curious, the acquisitive and the enthusiastic! Whether you relish the hunt for new and interesting items, tracking the scent of sweet and savory fare as it wafts through the air, championing a cause, or my favorite—people watching, there’s something to capture any imagination and attention span at these European celebrations.

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Austrian Christmas Market Stall

Weinachtsmarkt AUSTRIAKlagenfurt, nestled in the Adriatic Alps, is home to one of Austria’s most prominent seasonal Weinachtsmarkts. The city’s location offers the perfect, scenic landscape when paired with jubilant carolers, bright, twinkling lights and vibrant holiday decorations. Visitors from around the world plan their holidays around attending the Klagenfurt Christmas Market with designs on the plethora of potential gifts that will grace their Christmas trees and stockings.

Tollwood Winter Festival GERMANY–Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute is transformed for your listening pleasure by the replacement of classical notes for African beats! The Christmas Market overflows with local and worldly treasures from Indian merchants with cashmere scarves to Tyrolean cured meats and cheeses, brightly German toys for tots and elegant homegoods from France. When your stomach rumbles, and your thirst must be quenched, follow your nose to the food stalls where organic-gastronomical cuisine and warm glühwein is served on environmentally-friendly porcelain plates and cups. Don’t worry if more traditional fare is more to your palate, there’s less potent beverages and more heart-attack inducing dining options as well! Information and exhibits on ecological, animal welfare and social issues that are the keystone of the festivals inception can be found in the Weltsalon as well as international speakers. Make Munich your winter destination and experience The Tollwood Winter Festival!

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Kürtőskalács – Hungarian Chimney Cakes

Karácsonyi Vásár HUNGARY—Vörösmarty Square in Budapest positively thrums with activity and sound during the Christmas season. The Christmas Market overflows with smart, cottage-style stalls, laden with tantalizing and attractive goods, while eclectic performances, including minstrels, puppet shows and the occasional flash mob are interspersed throughout the square. Personally, I’m looking forward to sampling the Kürtőskalács, which are a Hungarian “chimney cake” with carmelized surgar, cinnamon and nuts. We have similar confections in the states, but as we all know, taste can easily be subjective to location!

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Strasbourg Cathedral

Christkindelsmärik FRANCE–Below the intricate, sculpted figures and imposing tower of Strasbourg’s stunning Gothic Cathedral sprawls the city’s internationally renowned Christkindelsmärik. The longest running Christmas Market in France, the Strasbourg Christmas Market has established its place in the hierarchy of European must-sees! Purchase an eco-friendly collector’s cup to have filled and refilled with the hot or cold beverage of choice as you stroll through the city. A special element is the yearly installation from a specific international country that’s incorporated into the market each year. This year the Czech Republic was invited to participate! Street parades and light shows dazzle the eye as the merchant chalets lure young and old alike with sticky sweets, brightly colored toys, hand-crafted goods and mouth-watering aromas carried on the breeze.

Waterford Crystal Glass Factory

Waterford Winterval IRELAND– Take a detour from the popular cities of Dublin and Cork and find some middle ground where you can still take part in an Irish Christmas Festival. Waterford, Ireland’s Winterval takes you on an enchanting journey throughout the city ensuring your Kemwel car rental will be put through its paces! Take the kiddies to meet the man himself at Santa’s Grotto in the Medieval Museum, before you take a scenic ride on the Winterval Express. Enjoy the artisan food fair and explore the Yuletide Viking Village. Discover illuminated carousel’s and stalls with games of skill and chance. The holidays aren’t complete without taking a turn around the town ice-rink and a visit to the Christmas Market in Cathedral Square will help check off the rest of your holiday list. Since you’re already in town, a visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory will not go amiss if you’re looking for a gift with a touch of elegance. Rekindle your holiday spirit and enjoy the festive charm of Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford for Winterval!

Plzeňské vánoční trhy CZECH REPUBLIC – Despite the wintry chill, you’ll find the Pilsen Christmas Market in the Czech Republic is bursting with light and life. Savor the sweet scent of cinnamon and cloves emanating from the steaming mulled wine in your cup as you join your fellow travelers and Plzeň denizens amidst the festive crowd. Musicians and singers perform quintessential Czech holiday songs to laud the season.  The piping voices of children rise in excitement as they spy games and toys while adults admire the artful craftsmanship of seller’s wares.

Wherever you find yourself during the last days of the holiday season, in whatever way you choose to celebrate, may your time be full of laughter, friends and family, and hope for a bright new year!

Austria: Visual & Performing Arts

Why stick to staring at the stationary art pieces inside museums and galleries, when you can immerse yourself in the bright pageantry of an Austrian art festival? Pack your bags and prepare to discover Austria’s visual and performance art scene with the help of your favorite car rental company, Kemwel.

The human body is transformed into a vibrant canvas of imagery at the Pörtschach World Body Painting Festival, one of the most distinctive visual arts events in Europe. This summer exhibition is devoted to turning the planes and curves of muscle and epidermis into dramatic colorful landscapes with the talented ingenuity of international artists. Participating models are more than mere vessels for these exotic and provocative works. They need a flair for the dramatic that makes their expressions and movements an extension of the artistic armor they’re encased in.

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The contours and colors of the mobile canvases are stunning.

If you can bear to tear yourself away from the eye-catching contours and colors of the many mobile canvases strolling through the festival grounds, there is a full spectrum of side events for all ages including the opportunity to get some temporary art on your own skin.

Prestidigitators versed in the arts of sleight of hand and distraction, aerial, acrobatics artists who swing from a trapeze, silent mummers, and dancers who play with fire–the International Street Art Festival of Linz is brimming with acts and actors who will shock and astound you. Listen to the special program of music in one of the designated sounds courts or the hot Latin rhythms of the Samba Parade. Numerous venues in Linz participate and provide event space for the festival every year, and should you be visiting with children, there is also a well-rounded program of kid-friendly events too!

While the number of music festivals dedicated to classical masters in Austria is immense, there are still chances for someone whose tastes run to more alternative styles to find a line-up to their liking. The FM4 Frequency Festival in St. Polten caters to eclectic tastes with a mix of German and Austrian bands interspersed with more recognizable names from the airwaves. Get the skinny from your fellow concert-goers on how to stretch your musical horizons with any unfamiliar names and make some new friends and acquaintances in the process. Some of 2014’s performances include artists like Placebo, Blink 182, The Neighbourhood, The Eclectic Moniker and Jimmy Eat World.

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Dance workshops for beginners to professionals looking to learn a new trick or two are available.

Aspiring and active dancers will find a home to hone their art at Impuls Tanz in Vienna. Workshops are organized for the dancing hopeful, the advanced and everywhere in between. Whether you choose to dabble in the graceful, delicate movements of ballet or to explore a more modern flow, if you’re comfortable with dancing, but lack confidence on stage, and even if you need to work on perfecting your technique, a wonderful diversity of dance programs allow for your varying level of interest and skill. If you’d rather be an appreciative audience member than to stand on the stage yourself, there is also an excellent variety of international performances to choose from. A new South African interpretation of Swan Lake promises to change the way you look at Tchaikovsky’s well-known ballet, or the production Deep Dish from an Austrian choreographer, Chris Haring, brings something entirely new to the stage.

Are you ready to spend your summer vacation exploring Austria’s outstanding array of artistic events and festivals? Not until you confirm your Kemwel car rental! In three, easy steps, you can book your rental car in Austria online. We guarantee the cheapest rates for renting a car in Austria and offer convenient pick-up locations across the country. Kemwel provides toll-free access to speak with our car rental reservation specialists 24/7 at 1-877-820-0668. With the peak season of travel upon us, get ready to finish finessing the details of your Austrian vacation with Kemwel!

A Colorful Array of Summer Festivals: Europe

Indulge your cultural curiosity while staying appraised of local events, festivals and activities with the help of Kemwel’s travel experts! Add a little color to your travels in these sensational European cities.

La Notte Rosa ITALY

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It’s time to go pink!

Just a short car ride from the border of France, the Italian Riviera has somehow managed to fly under the radar of many sun-worshipping hopefuls in lieu of visiting its more prominent neighbor, the French Riviera. This half-moon crescent of coastline from Comacchio to Cattotica is a picturesque landscape of azure waves, welcoming sands, and the destination for one of Italy’s most dynamic summer parties, Pink Night!

Pink Night party-goers are swathed clothes and accessories in rosy hues as they immerse themselves in pulsating sounds of international DJs and thrum of musician’s instruments. Catch a theatrical performance and dance the night away at the discotheques—everywhere you go, you’re buoyed by the frenetic vibes of this grand event. In the sky, explosions of pink pyrotechnics burst in profusion from dozens of sandy shores, while ocean waters are bathed in pink illuminations. While Rimini is the focal point of festivities, more than 25 mile stretches of beachfront towns along either side of the city collaborate in fostering the elements of the infectiously, electric atmosphere.

La fête de la Lavande FRANCE

Venerated for both its delicate fragrance and herbal qualities, French lavender is most commonly associated with the region of Provence in Southern France. Drivers follow the scenic Lavender Road which winds through the countryside, past the wild and cultivated growth of this aromatic, purple flower.

The star of Provence tourism is undoubtedly the regions lavender fields, and during the summer months, villages throughout the region celebrate their floral bounty with a series of welcoming festivals. Stroll through the lavender fields and pick your own fragrant bouquet souvenirs, or watch the speed and skill executed by participants hewing lavender in the sickle competition. Market stalls sell botanic lavender wares in every possible form, from authentic perfumes and candies, to soaps and sachets. The lavender parade that takes place in Digne-les-Baines goes so far as to incorporate a truck filled with lavender water that disperses the scent as it leads the procession through the town. Take your car rental on a tour from the rural communities to the more commonly recognized cities in Provence like Avignon and Aix-en-Provence who also host their own lavender based events and activities.

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French lavender is venerated for its delicate fragrance and herbal qualities.

La Noche Blanca del Flamenco SPAIN

The city of Córdoba is a bonafide cultural landmine in the region of Andalusia, Spain. Iberian, Roman and Islamic influences have all shaped Córdoba into the aesthetic and intellectual treasure that it is today.

The White Night of Flamenco (La Noche Blanca del Flamenco) is one of the many exceptional, summer events you’ll find in Córdoba from year to year. Original pieces are carefully written and choreographed exclusively for this event. The scintillating footsteps of Flamenco dancers echo across stages and on street corners across the city, while musical performances with enthrall you with their powerful and passion infused sounds. There is an eclectic program of activities scattered throughout the city, to further engage your senses. You could visit Córdoba at any time during the year, but we recommend scheduling your travels to coincide with one of these captivating occasions.

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The scintillating movements and punctuated footsteps of Flamenco dancers radiate across stages and on street corners across Córdoba

There are even more colorful cultural events to discover on your travels in Europe throughout the year! Your Kemwel car rental gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore each destination at a pace that suits your individual needs. Take advantage of our price match guarantee and exceptional special offers using Kemwel’s simple, online booking engine. Knowledgeable rental car reservationists are available 24/7 toll-free at 1-877-820-0668. Confirm your next car rental online today!

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