Due to expiring airline miles on Singapore Airlines, we have to travel to Frankfurt (only place to go from JFK besides Singapore) arriving on December 22 and departing on December 30. However, we can go anywhere in Europe from there. Knowing the Christmas markets shut down on December 23 and many places are closed from December 24-26, where would you go to maximize your European adventure? There are three of us (two adults and one 10 yr old kid)
We were looking at the Northern lights (Norway?) but were concerned about travel to and fro and if there was enough to do (we could also do a cruise if it fit our timeline). We were thinking about Strasbourg for the Christmas Markets and then moving on from there but will we be too late for it? We could hunker down in Germany and get an airbnb and do day trips and explore a part of the country. We've been considering Austria/Vienna. We're really open to many ideas and love the idea of staying at an airbnb or two and really digging into a place but are worried about losing several days if we're someplace where everything is closed. We did London last year and stayed in a flat in The Angel and loved it (and did our Xmas Feast on the 25th and found enough to do on the 26th that happened to be open).
The one thing we can't do is skiing (as my wife isn't into it) unless there was a place that had it AND many other things to do.
So what would you do if you landed in Frankfurt and could go anywhere else from there - either by plane, train or automobile?