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December 22, 2021

Road tripping through the European Winter Wonderland

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Road tripping through the European Winter Wonderland

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Lightyear Journeys is a monthly evolving selection of imagined trips to fuel your wanderlust. Always within Lightyear One’s 725km range, it’s a carefully curated selection of eco-luxury trips and destinations.

When we mention that Lightyear One, the world’s first long-range solar car, can drive for 725km, it can be difficult to imagine how long this scope can be. That’s why we took this imaginary road trip through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, and Switzerland, where we drove a total of 703km.

Brussels - Winter Wonders

As one of the biggest holiday markets in Europe, the Winter Wonders event in Brussels is something no Christmas aficionado can miss. With over 200 huts, full of sweets, food, ornaments, and accessories, you will forget all about the cold.

Not only that, but the children will also enjoy the Ferris wheel, ice rink, sound and light show the township of Brussels had prepared for them.

And, if spending holidays in the country of waffles, chocolate, and beers doesn’t excite you, we can’t imagine what will.

Luxembourg - A Catholic Christmas

From Brussels, we get in your Lightyear One and drive to Luxembourg city, the capital of the country of the same name.

As the majority of the population is Catholic, attending mass is a big tradition here. On the night of the 24th of December, you can’t miss the midnight sermon at the Notre Dame Cathedral in the capital.

We took this imaginary road trip through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, and Switzerland, where we drove a total of 703km.

And for the less religious out there, Luxembourg also has a great Christmas market, where you can try their traditional Gromperekichelcher (potato fritters).

Strasbourg - The Capital of Christmas

After driving 260 km, we reach Strasbourg, home of the oldest Christmas market in Europe. Since 1570, this Christkindlesmärik doesn’t only host a Christmas tree of over 30 metres, but also over 300 outdoor booths.

We continue our journey to the fourth country on our route, unbothered by the winter weather. Although lower temperatures can increase the vampire drain of a regular electric vehicle, the advantage of a car that can be both charged through solar power, as well as through a normal outlet, is that you don’t need to worry about charging for months on end.

Freiburg im Breisgau - A delicious stop

If there is something that makes Germany, and, by default, Freiburg im Breisgau stand out during the holidays, it is the extensive menu of warming drinks and sweets.

The country that offered us Glühwein (mulled wine), Feuerzangenbowle (“Fire Tong” Punch), and Lebkuchen (gingerbread) is a place where you can take a break and enjoy a true taste of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

And, if you are the driver, try the alcohol free options, which keep the taste and keep your driving safe.

Zurich - The Penguin Parade

Switzerland is not just a great destination for the holidays, but a great destination for winter enthusiasts. There are over 10 Christmas markets in the city of Zurich, but the country is full of ski resorts, where you can enjoy winter sports to the max.

Oh, and the best part? The Zurich Zoo hosts a daily Penguin Parade. When temperatures drop under 10°C, penguins take a daily stroll for lunch, and everybody can join them.

So, when it comes to celebrating the holidays, Western Europe is here to deliver. With Christmas markets and assorted traditions, you will never get bored in the month of December in Europe.

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December is a month full of celebrations and traditions. For the 11th instalment of our Journey series, we take a tour of Western Europe and visit five cities in five countries, all with one full battery.

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