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The German Christmas tradition that’s travelling around the world
The German Christmas tradition that’s travelling around the world

Few delicacies evoke the spirit of the European winter season and Christmas quite like the smell of freshly baked German stollen. It conjures up delightful memories of roaring log fires, beautifully decorated trees, glistening white snow, and of course the warming aroma of spices and fruits.

But while Germany will forever be the home of stollen, people around the world now enjoy this delicious Christmas treat. In fact, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center and Mall of the Emirates Kempinski Dubai have created their own stollen traditions that reflect their local culture.

The home of Kempinski Christmas stollen

The first day of Advent is eagerly anticipated at Hotel Vier ...

Healthy Christmas Treats for the Festive Season
Healthy Christmas Treats for the Festive Season

There is no doubt that Christmas is one of the most indulgent times of the year, but if you are committed to healthy eating or simply want to enjoy this festive season and without feeling guilty, we have compiled some suggestions for delicious snacks and desserts that won’t alter your waistline.

Festive Nibbles

As well as large meals, Christmas is a time of regular snacking – the following are great options to let you do so, guilt-free, and if you are vegan, simply swap out the creamy ingredients with vegan alternatives.

No-bake snowballs

A sweet treat that is healthier for you than candies or chocolate, these easy-to-make snowballs will be enjoyed by everyone. Simply containing ...

Christmas at Kempinski
Christmas at Kempinski

No matter where you are in the world, Christmas will always be magical when you spend it with Kempinski. We deck the halls and host a whole range of spectacular events throughout December, to ensure your time with us in is truly unforgettable.

A White Christmas in Austria

Snow is guaranteed when you celebrate the holidays in Austria, especially if you choose to stay at Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol, Jochberg. Spend a white Christmas out on the slopes, then warm up in pure luxury while you look out towards the magnificent Kitzbühel Alps.

Over the festive period, there will be plenty of Christmas-themed events taking place. One of the largest happens on Christmas Eve - our Christmas Gala ...

Things To Do In Riga In Winter
Things To Do In Riga In Winter

Latvia’s capital Riga, with its beautifully-preserved Old Town and Art Nouveau city centre, makes a great place to visit at any time of year – but in winter, as the snows fall and the street markets begin, it becomes a truly magical destination.

Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in Riga during the colder months:

Christmas markets

It is said that the world’s first Christmas tree was decorated in Riga – today, you can see a large paving stone in the city square marking the spot where it stood in 1510.

Today, Christmas is celebrated with enthusiasm all around Riga. Just follow the enticing sounds and smells to the Old Town Christmas Fair, where stalls sell gingerbread ...

Five tips for surviving the day after a Christmas party
Five tips for surviving the day after a Christmas party

The Christmas party is the most popular social event in most workplaces; a time of year when the workload is temporarily forgotten and colleagues can relax and have fun together.

Christmas parties provide endless conversation topics throughout January and beyond, but with so much energy and consumption concentrated in a merry 24-hour period, partying in style comes at a price, and the next day’s hangover seems unavoidable.

When the next morning does inevitably arrive, guests at Kempinski Hotels should follow our survival guide below in order to refresh, recover and revitalise.

Be still
Provided you managed to make it back to your luxurious hotel bed after the party ended, you don’t need ...

Five exotic Christmas dishes from across the world
Five exotic Christmas dishes from across the world

Christmas is all about relaxing and indulging, but for many of us, the holiday season is not about the presents, but instead it is the time to enjoy all kinds of delicious and extravagant, culinary creations.

Indeed, our fondness for all things festive-food-related is world-wide – here are some of the more interesting Christmas dishes you can find from across the world.

Lampreia de Ovos
A traditional dish from Portugal, Lampreia de Ovos is a sweet cake that features rich egg yolks, cherries, almonds and icing alongside a delicious amount of caramel. Often the centrepiece of a table, the cake is formed into the shape of a lamprey (an eel-like fish), making for a delightfully festive dessert ...

Christmas with Kempinski
Christmas with Kempinski

It is the most wonderful time of the year, and here at Kempinski, we are ready to make your festive season a little more magical. From Alpine resorts to deserts, we have got plenty of Christmas fun taking place in all corners of the globe this winter.

For a little snapshot as to what we mean, take a look at the offerings within just a few of our hotels below. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol

Sitting within Kitzbuehel, Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol hides among the Austrian Alps, making it the ideal Christmas spot for anyone that enjoys spending time near - or on - the slopes. Offering several impressive restaurants and the Das Tirol Ultimate Spa - perfect for warming up ...

Holiday Traditions Around The World
Holiday Traditions Around The World

When the weather in most parts of the world turns darker and colder during winter, it certainly does not dampen our spirits. This season is the most widely celebrated - and from Christmas to New Year's Eve, we definitely know how to party in style!

Yet across the world, we all celebrate in very different ways. From Germany to the Seychelles, the festive season can look radically different depending on where you are celebrating. Here we have a quick run-down of some brilliant holiday traditions you could encounter if you hop on a jet this season.


Germany is home to what many consider to be the most classic of European holiday traditions. Christmas carols, shared meals and Santa ...

Top Five… European Christmas Markets
Top Five… European Christmas Markets

There are few things more traditional than a European Christmas market. Below, we have highlighted a few of our favourite destinations to visit this winter - specifically for their ability to hold a wonderful Christmas market! From local foods to handmade crafts and presents, a trip to one of these markets could mean your Christmas gifts are sorted in no time at all…

Hamburg, Germany

Germany certainly knows how to host a Christmas market. So much so that many European Christmas markets are, in fact, German exports themselves. Hamburg is a particularly festive place to visit if you are looking for some Christmas fun ahead of December.

The main square - Weihnachtsmarkt - that sits outside ...

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