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THE BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURES NEAR SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

MATADOR NETWORK

If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Seoul is the city that doesn’t even sit down. Home to over 10 million people, the South Korean capital buzzes with life 24 hours a day. Whether you’re looking for a place to study, eat, sing your heart out, or dance the night away, there is always something to do in this dynamic, high-tech city.

But what about when you want to get away from it all and do nothing? Where can you go to enjoy a slice of nature, get some peace and quiet, or just a breath of fresh air in one of the most densely populated cities in the world? Fortunately, Seoul has an answer for that, too.

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THINGS TO DO IN BUDAPEST AT CHRISTMAS

URBAN ADVENTURES

At first glance, Budapest was nothing like I’d imagined it would be. The streets were calm, quiet, and, well… pretty much empty. To be fair, it was also barely 5 am.

We had just arrived on an overnight bus from Poland, and were groggily making our way from the bus station to the city center. We checked into our hostel, took a much needed nap, and headed out to explore Budapest’s Christmas scene on the Merry Markets and Mulled Wine tour that afternoon.

Post-nap, Budapest looked much more like the lively winter wonderland I envisioned, and it definitely didn’t disappoint as far as its holiday markets were concerned. If you’re heading to the Hungarian capital this winter, here are the festive foods, drinks, and Christmas market squares you’ll want to check off your list.

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A GUIDE TO ZAGREB’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS

URBAN ADVENTURES

Zagreb was voted Europe’s Best Christmas Market in 2016, 2017, and again in 2018. It’s highly possible the Croatian capital could have snagged another win this year… (that is, if holding the title four years in a row weren’t against the competition’s rules)!

Zagreb may have passed the 2019 torch to Tallinn, but don’t write off this holiday hotspot just yet. After all, you don’t get voted the Best European Christmas Market three years in a row for nothing.

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A GUIDE TO PRAGUE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS

URBAN ADVENTURES

Largely untouched during the first and second World Wars, Prague is often referred to as the most well preserved Medieval city in Europe, and, in 1992, its entire city center was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

As you walk along the picturesque cobblestone streets (past gothic cathedrals and the world’s largest castle), you will undoubtedly feel as though you’re strolling through the pages of a storybook. There’s just one thing that could make it all feel more enchanting – Vánoční trhytrdelník, or in English… Christmas markets. Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and charming wooden chalet’s fill Prague’s medieval squares during the holidays, making this fairytale town feel even more magical.

Heading to the Czech capital this Christmas? Here are some things to know before you go.

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