Europe’s Christmas Markets
As Christmas approaches, many of Europe’s cities and towns, including Regensburg, Passau, Prague and Budapest, begin to bustle with preparations. In the town centres, locals come together to share mulled wine, while crafts and local produce reflecting regional cultures are laid out in quaint market stalls for residents and visitors alike to consider as they choose unique gifts for friends and family.
View the Christmas Markets virtual tour here.
The Famous Markets of Nuremberg
The most famous of Germany’s Christmas Markets opens every year in the historical city of Nuremberg, in Main Market Square. Throughout December, the Old Town is peppered with stalls and decked out in Christmas regalia for Christkindlesmarkt, steeped in centuries of tradition. The tantalising scents of sweet roasted almonds and gingerbread permeate the air, while the aroma of mulled wine also contributes to the festive atmosphere. Around 200 stall holders present their wares of artisan ornaments, traditional gifts and mouth-watering regional cuisine. With stalls festooned in red and white cloth, the market has earned itself the name of ‘Little Town from Wood and Cloth’.
Note that most Christmas Markets are open from Nov. 25-Dec. 23.
New Year’s Eve With a Big Difference
Welcome in the new year with a unique celebration on board one of our ships. Our unique New Year’s Eve party is always a very special event. Enjoy a celebratory drink with your new friends and dance the night away to live music.
Our ‘White Christmas & New Year’s Eve’ tour will be escorted by Kenneth W Park, a lecturer, curator and consultant in the arts and philanthropy. One of Australia’s foremost raconteurs, Kenneth is a captivating presenter with a passionate love of European art, culture and history. He looks forward to joining you for this magical journey.
Watch Europe come alive as you cruise through some of the continent’s most impressive Christmas sights. In Cologne, visit the Christmas Market and by night, see twinkling Christmas lights flickering across the city. In Rothenburg, one of Europe’s most celebrated Christmas markets awaits. The ‘Route of Nativity Scenes’ in Bamberg spectacularly retells the story of Jesus’ birth and will capture the hearts of many; while the world’s largest Christmas market in Nuremberg will offer treats to take home for every traveller. Continuing to Regensburg, you have the choice to see the Old Kornmarkt Christmas Market or the ‘royal’ Christmas Markets at the Thurn & Taxis Palace.
In Salzburg, you can visit the impressive Christmas Market, and Vienna’s Christmas Market will also prove to be a delight to explore – don’t forget to sample the traditional hot punch.
Finally, the Christmas markets of Bratislava and Prague will provide a fitting conclusion to a Christmas tour you’re sure to remember forever.