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Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest

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

4.7 out of 5 based on 27 reviews submitted.
Festivals and Events
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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
Start
Munich, Germany
Finish
Budapest, Hungary
Theme
Festivals and Events
Destinations
Hungary, Germany, Austria
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
AMSW
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 under 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.

Itinerary

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

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Train, Metro

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • 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 - Faust Wine Cellar Tasting - EUR21

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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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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 27 reviews submitted.
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Carla · Traveled December 2023
Our group leader, Lilla, provided us with a memorable trip, imparted so much knowledge about each beautiful city we visited, and fostered relationships between tour participants in a fun and easy manner.
Review submitted 26 Dec 2023

Terri · Traveled December 2023
This trip was a magical experience that is a must do for anyone who wants to experiment the Christmas spirit the Eastern European way. This trip was well organized with enough free time to allow you to do whatever you pleased in the cities. Our lead Dani did an excellent job about keeping our group together and informed of the daily activities. Or things to do in our down time. Our group was a fabulous bunch of individuals that started out a strangers in the beginning, and ended as life long friends.
Review submitted 01 Jan 2024

Joanne · Traveled December 2023
This Intrepid tour of the iconic Christmas places in Germany, Austria and Hungary was top notch, supported by a very efficient local Tour Leader who provided excellent recommendations for local eating places and attractions. The Intrepid approach and style of touring is authentic and responsible - exploring by train, public transport and walking tours is a fantastic way to experience new places, and see all the historical “picture postcard” sites and become immersed in the local culture - and the Christmas Markets are just magical! definitely recommend
Review submitted 17 Dec 2023

Anne · Traveled December 2023
This was my first Intrepid trip and I would highly recommend. Excellent leader, well organised and a lovely group of like minded people
Review submitted 09 Dec 2023

Lauren · Traveled December 2023
What an absolutely fabulous trip this was. Nobody does Christmas quite like Europe - and the snowfall at this time made everything look straight out of a fairy tale book! Our sweet guide Johanna was so excited to be on this particular trip with us since The Krampus Parade fell in the middle of our tour - and it was the highlight of my trip! I so adored getting to sightsee every country and try all of the delicious treats and food. The Christmas markets were a blast as well; the mulled wine on a cold night kept us warm and cozy. I feel so full of the Christmas spirit on my way home!
Review submitted 10 Dec 2023
Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest
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CAD $2,784