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Weekend in Strasbourg

The capital of the historic region of Alsace, on France’s eastern border, puts on a show in winter with Christmas markets, to add to its year-round display of medieval finery, and its rich cuisine and renowned wine.
Rue du Bain-aux-Plantes in the Petite France quarter
COMPILED BY RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM KERRY CHRISTIANI. PHOTOGRAPHS: WESTEND 61/GETTY, SASS, ACHIM/GETTY

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Cathedrale Notre-Dame £

(cathedrale-strasbourg.fr)

Strasbourg's cathedral was completed in all its Gothic grandeur in 1439. The lace-fine facade lifts the gaze to flying buttresses and leering gargoyles. The interior is exquisitely lit by stained glass, including the jewel-like western rose window. The astronomical clock strikes solar noon at 12.30pm with a parade of figures portraying the different stages of life and Jesus with his Apostles. A staircase twists up to the 66m-high viewing platform, from which a spire soars another 76m.

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In the January issue… Find your dream winter amid Yuletide cheer in Vermont, fire festivals in the snowbound Japan Alps and a selection of seasonal experiences out of the ordinary, from the Cairngorms to Lapland; also, head off on a Great Escape to the east of Germany, taking in Berlin, Dresden and classic scenery around both cities; take a food tour of Mexico through five great recipes; and much more