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Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest

8 Days | Explore the festive markets of Germany, Austria and Hungary

4.6 out of 5 based on 22 reviews submitted.
Festivals and Events
AUD $3,110
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Indulge the senses by exploring the best of Central Europe’s festive market scene. Feel the bustling energy of Munich’s charismatic Christmas markets, savour the smell of spicy festive delights in Salzburg, see the sights of vibrant Vienna and take a therapeutic soak in the thermal baths of Budapest. Meander from stall to stall, discovering new sights, sounds, flavours and fashions.

Trip overview

Map of Europe Christmas Markets: Munich To Budapest including Austria, Germany and Hungary
Munich, Germany
Budapest, Hungary
Festivals and Events
Germany, Austria, Hungary
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 24.96 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • This trip takes you to a variety of Christmas markets across central Europe. Contrast the various traditions, cuisines and of course, mulled wine, in several amazing cities
  • Munich's Christmas markets are probably the most famous of them all. Authentic Bavarian food, ale and music make this an unforgettable Christmas experience
  • Explore Salzburg’s markets and travel high above the rooftops of the Baroque historical district to the fully preserved castle, the Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • Vienna's Christmas markets are as ornamental as its architecture. Austria's capital provides a spectacular seasonal shopping affair, with tonnes of hand-crafted toys, candles and paintings on offer. Where better to pick up those last-minute gifts?
  • Jolly Budapest really embraces the Christmas spirit. Take a walk through the streets to find every street, tree and market lit up in lights

Is this trip right for you?
  • While the Christmas markets we visit are all beautiful, they can get very busy, so please be prepared for crowds. We'll also spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, and as it is winter it would be advisable you bring warm clothing and are adequately prepared for the weather.
  • The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning, toilets, a snack bar (or vending machine) and power points. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.


Map of Europe Christmas Markets: Munich To Budapest including Austria, Germany and Hungary



7 breakfasts, 1 dinner


Train, Metro


Hotel (7 nights)

  • Munich - Welcome Dinner
  • Munich - Gluehwein (Mulled Wine) Tasting
  • Munich - Christmas Market Visit
  • Salzburg - Christmas Market Visit
  • Salzburg - Hohensalzburg Fortress Visit
  • Salzburg - Hohensalzburg Cable Car
  • Salzburg- Christmas Market small tasting
  • Vienna - Christmas Market Visit
  • Budapest - Christmas Market Visit
Add on activities
  • Munich - Alte Pinakothek Art Gallery - EUR12
  • Munich - Bavarian Royal Palace - EUR13
  • Munich - Deutsches Museum - EUR14
  • Munich - Third Reich Tour - EUR15
  • Munich - Bavarian National Museum - EUR7
  • Munich - BMW World - Free
  • Munich - BMW Museum - EUR10
  • Salzburg - Sound of Music Tour - EUR45
  • Salzburg - Mozart's Birthplace - EUR12
  • Salzburg - Mirabell Palace and Gardens - Free
  • Salzburg - Three Village Christmas Market Tour - EUR25
  • Berchtesgaden - Salt Mine Visit - EUR17
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR22
  • Vienna - Hofburg Palace & Sisi Museum - EUR16
  • Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR14
  • Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Lower Gallery) - EUR15
  • Vienna - Vienna Boys Choir Concert - EUR70
  • Vienna - Spanish Riding School Practice - EUR28
  • Vienna - Albertina Museum - EUR19
  • Vienna - Leopold Museum - EUR15
  • Budapest - Parliament Tour - HUF10000
  • Budapest - Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF7000
  • Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Baths (starting from) - HUF9400
  • Budapest - Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
  • Budapest - Buda Castle Explorer Urban Adventure - EUR55
  • Budapest - Bites & Sights Food Tour Urban Adventure - EUR79
  • Budapest - Faust Wine Cellar Tasting - EUR21
  • Budapest - Best Beers of Budapest Urban Adventures - EUR74

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip, including all nights. Availability is limited due to small property we use. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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4.6 out of 5 based on 22 reviews submitted.
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Kathryn · Traveled December 2022
Great way to experience festive Xmas however, more time needed on each city and an organised person could do these activities/travel without a tour as it isn’t very detailed.
Review submitted 07 Jan 2023

Sue · Traveled December 2022
This is a fantastic trip, the Christmas market are amazing! We stood in the main square in Munich, the snow was gently falling, a choir were singing from the balcony and the lights on the huge Christmas tree sparkled.. it was magical! And that was just day two!!!
Review submitted 27 Dec 2022

Juden · Traveled December 2022
This was an excellent & well-organized tour led by Vanessa Baumann who was very approachable and sensitive to each individual members’ needs. All the hotel accommodations were clean and centrally located & close to the city center with excellent breakfast provided, esp Hotel Europa. Would definitely recommend to friends & family! Aside from the extensive walking involved in certain parts of the tour, this is an excellent trip overall!
Review submitted 31 Dec 2022

Ella · Traveled December 2022
This trip was phenomenal, the places have been beautiful and really enjoyable and the team leader has been exceptional.
Review submitted 19 Dec 2022

Bethany · Traveled December 2022
Definitely recommend this fun trip to wonderful Christmas markets. Intrepid coordinates train transport, hotels, and walking tours to the major markets. You then have plenty of free time to explore your own interests. Tatiana was an enthusiastic guide who was ready to answer all questions. Bring warm clothes, a big appetite and comfortable walking shoes for a great introduction to these Christmas traditions.
Review submitted 25 Dec 2022
Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest
AUD $3,110