Seeing The Christmas Markets

Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016

Christmas Market Tours can be experienced by river cruising or on land. Many of our tour operators offer Christmas Market Tours. Christmas on the Danube is the most popular Christmas Market Tour. Collette Vacations features a 6 night Danube River Cruise starting in Wurzburg, Germany with a walking tour of the city and a motor coach to Rothenberg before boarding the river cruise boat in Nuremberg. The ship will make stops in Regensburg, Passau, the Wachau Valley, Durnstein and Vienna in Austria. A shore excursion is offered in each port at no additional charge before disembarking in Vienna.

The Classic Christmas Market Land Tour Collette Vacations offers starts in Zurich and ends in Munich with sightseeing in the Black Forest, Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Rothenberg including the Neuschwanstein Castle and Oberammergau. While in Oberammergau, a visit to Innsbruck is included. Another interesting experience Collette offers is a Christmas Market Tour staying in Innsbruck for 5 nights and taking day trips to Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau and Neuschwanstein Castle.

Insight Vacations offers Christmas Market Land Tours in Germany, Poland, Prague, Austria and Bavaria. Alpine Christmas Markets is a 10 day tour starting in Munich and ending in Zurich with stops in Salzburg, Innsbruck, the Black Forest, Freiburg, Strasbourg and Alsace. Their Christmas Markets of Germany is a 9 day regional tour stopping in Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenberg and Munich. Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague and Germany starts in Krakow and visits Wroclaw, the Venice of Poland, then on to Kutna Hora and Prague before viewing the German cities of Dresden and Berlin. Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria begins in Vienna and ends in Munich with Salzburg, Innsbruck, through the German Alps to Oberammergau, and Neuschwanstein.

Trafalgar has 3 Christmas "Spectaculars" this year with a 10 day Christmas Markets Tour of Strasbourg and the Black Forest, the German Christmas Markets and Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Let's not leave out Avalon Waterways festive season offerings. They have a 5 day Christmastime in Alsace and Germany, an 8 day Christmas in the Heart of Germany and the ever time popular Christmastime on the Danube for 9 days from Vienna to Prague.

No matter what Christmas Market Tour you choose, you will be in awe of the local craftsmen displaying their unique offerings to make unusual Christmas gifts.

2016 Christmastime Tour in Vienna

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016

Images of St. Nicholas- with his devilish nemesis, Krampus- Advent wreaths, twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts, sausages and kartoffelpuffer (potato cakes), hot glühwein and fruity punch... all signs of a 2016 Christmastime Tour in Vienna! Many Christkindlmarkts big and small grace Austria's capital at yuletide, and you'll explore two of the major ones. Magic's in the air at the Wiener Christkindlmarkt  on the Rathausplatz in front of the city hall, Vienna's oldest and largest Christmas market... live music, tastefully lit trees, holiday arts and crafts, tempting treats and smiling faces are everywhere. And at the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, you'll tour rooms that the Habsburgs once lived in, and browse through lovely hand-blown glass ornaments, red Viennese hearts, Victorian-style sweets and other treasures in the palace's own, equally impressive Christmas Market... guaranteed to warm your heart.



A Sense-ational Holiday

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cherished traditions and holiday spirit make the Christmas Markets in Europe magical. Cities and towns along the Rhine and Danube come alive with bright lights, seasonal goodies and delighted visitors of all ages. There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly roasted chestnuts at local European Christmas Markets and shopping for unique, hand made crafts. Browse a selection of Christmas Market tours, Christmas Market river cruises and holiday tours in Europe. Visit the major cities of Germany and Austria and begin your holiday season with a wonderful centuries-old tradition, the Christmas Markets.

The legendary Europe Christmas Markets mark the beginning of Advent and bring the magic of the holiday season to life. Each town, village and even city seems to participate with festively decorated stalls in enchanting settings.  These are laden with unusual gifts, arts and crafts and seasonal food & drink that complete the setting of winter wonderland. Witness first hand how each town and city center transforms during this time of year through a unique blend of hand made crafts, regional delicacies, glittering lights, nativity scenes and magnificent Christmas trees.

Christmas Markets in Passau

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Navigating the narrow lanes and archways of this Bavarian town on the Danube and Inn rivers is a pleasure any time of year- but never more so than now, when the Christmas Market transforms Passau's historic Baroque center into a wonderland brimming with bratwurst, lebkuchen, glühwein and good cheer. At the center of it all is St. Stephan's Cathedral, whose massive pipe organ- the largest in Europe- stars in concerts throughout the season. Your day in Passau includes a visit to Café Simon to see how they've been making their delicious gingerbread for four generations.

Christmas Markets: Munich

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Woodcarvings from Oberammergau... lebkuchen from Nürnberg... glassware from the Bavarian forest... just a few of the must-have holiday treasures inviting you to Munich's Weihnachtsmarkt- among the oldest and most magical in Europe, held today on the Marienplatz. It's the largest of 20 or so diverse markets scattered throughout the city, from the Kripperlmarkt, specializing in nativity items, to the Tollwood ethnic festival on the Theresienwiese. Walk, eat, drink, sing, laugh, discover... it's Christmastime in Munich... and ours is the only Christmas Market riverboat cruise that takes you there- in Tauk Style!

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