As Christmas has now come and gone, my wife and I started thinking about Christmas next year. One thought that seems to have taken seed is going to Europe in December--probably not for Christmas itself--to enjoy some winter weather, possibly snow-covered mountains and rooftops, and a few Christmas markets. Of course the internet is full of lists of the "best" Christmas markets. And those lists are helpful. But... We'd like to read more before we settle on a possible set of itineraries. Does anybody know of any comprehensive websites or books that describe the different cities and markets in sufficient detail to plan a trip around? Or, alternatively, if someone has their own thoughts to share, that would be appreciated as well. We would most likely want do Bavaria, Austria, and/or Czech Republic. Of course Munich, Vienna and Prague are large cities and so they have a large variety of markets. Nuremburg, I have read, is also a wonderful christmas market destination. But what hidden gems are there in the smaller cities and towns? And is there any major reason to avoid the three areas I mentioned? For more information, we will likely be renting a car or doing train travel, and would probably do 8-10 days total, preferring not to do a Griswald-family-style whirlwind tour but would rather be relaxed and enjoy each place for a sufficient amount of time to appreciate its own character. In other words, 3-4 days in any major city, and at least an overnight in any smaller ones. Oh, and is a rental car practical at all in mid-December driving around Bavaria, Bohemia, and/or the Austrian Tyrol? Are road closures an issue if we wanted to go to Neuschwanstein/Fussen, or Obersalzburg, etc? Thanks in advance!