Explore the festive markets of Germany, Austria and Hungary
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.
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
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
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 trip notes.
While the Christmas markets we visit are all beautiful, they can get very busy, so please be prepared for crowds.
In many Central European cities streets are made of cobblestones. In addition, some of the accommodation we use across this region may not have lifts, so you will be expected to carry your luggage up and down some stairs. It is recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/case at home and bring a backpack instead.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
This trip runs throughout December, which can be one of the coldest months in central Europe. Please make sure you bring warm clothing with you and are adequately prepared for the weather.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
A single supplement is available on this trip throughout. Please ask your travel consultant for more details.
Our Christmas Markets of Central Europe trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 18 reviews in the last year.
Brilliant trip if you are a Christmas lover but make sure you pack light!
Review submitted 13 Dec 2017
This is a neat trip, but be prepared for lots of free time. You’re better off knowing what you want to see ahead of time and/or to have it mapped out, because the detailed city maps could be challenging. Map apps on phones were most helpful because the leader-led walks usually ended at a Christmas market where we were left to explore and find our way back (I loved the Tollwood Winter Festival Market in Munich). Bring super-comfortable shoes. Prepare well for the cold; we had temps from 16-40 degrees Fahrenheit; snow and rain (Dec 3-10). Our leader was excellent; outgoing, organized, flexible, sweet, helpful, knowledgeable.
Review submitted 13 Dec 2017