Unlock Europe’s Christmas Hotspots with Altovita


New online holiday rental service offers curated experiences for Winter travellers. Altovita, a new online marketplace, provides affordable quality accommodation that has been professionally inspected, perfect for those who want to start the festivities while on a magical European city break.

The booking platform, which removes the hit and miss nature of short-term accommodation, offers homes that are handpicked, reviewed and inspected by its team of home curators. Each home is assessed against Altovita’s extensive listing criteria to ensure the utmost quality. Each listing is then awarded a number of ‘Altos’, depending on how it excels  across the criteria. Each of the Altos represent an incremental essence of quality and ensure guests have the best experience possible.

Located in each destination city, Altovita home curators use their local knowledge to create bespoke travel guides for each listing. These reveal that Vienna, Budapest and Prague are some of the best places to visit during the winter period, offering memorable experiences this season.

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Prague’s markets are the most popular in Europe. They transform Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square into a magical winter wonderland. Visitors can soak up the festive atmosphere, browse the stalls, and enjoy Christmas carols, hearty food and local drinks. For the most authentic experience, Altovita suggests sampling traditional dishes and festive treats at the local Havelske Trziste on Jiriho z Podebrad square.

The Futuristic Hub apartment is chosen by Altovita for its dramatic star gazing views. It is ideal for large families or groups of friends who love a home full of surprises.


Budapest’s Christmas market is great for foodies. Indulge in an array of signature delicacies – everything from goulash to chimney cake and Beigli – a traditional rolled cake stuffed with walnuts and poppy-seeds. Visit the Advent Fair in Old Buda for a more authentic experience – it’s a local secret so you won’t be surrounded by tourists.

To relax, warm up and take a dip in their natural springs or spin around the ice rink beside St Stephen’s Basilica. Altovita has handpicked the Broadway apartment for its elegance, stunning interiors and premium Danish design furniture. Its layout boost an airy open plan living space – the perfect setting for a festive meal.


Take a step back in time with a visit to the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung (the oldest Christmas market in Vienna). Equally breathtaking is the world renowned Rathausplatz Christmas market. Framed by the stunning city hall and brimming with traditional stalls, a visit here is sure to fill you with festive cheer. Travellers can buy handcrafted decorations or traditional festive treats such as roasted chestnuts or Vanillekipferl (vanilla infused crescent shaped cookies).

When visiting Vienna, cosy up at the Regal Abode apartment. Altovita selected this property for its comfortable and beautifully designed communal spaces. Dine, relax and sleep in these opulent surroundings for a memorable stay that will infuse your visit with Viennese grandeur.

You can book your winter getaway in these beautiful locations at www.altovita.com. Check out our Instagram and Facebook channels for more information.


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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