Peruse the Christmas markets of Germany, Austria, and Hungary, experiencing the wonder of the season as a local. The medieval history showcased on the banks of the iconic Danube serves to add festive flavour to your journey – for a seasonal escape dusted with Christmas cheer.
We begin in the Franconian capital of Nuremberg, renowned for its wartime heritage sites and exquisite, medieval Old Town. Visit the city’s moving WWII sites on a guided tour, concluding with an exploration of the documentation centre. Or, for something a little more festive, join a gingerbread baking class and learn how to knock up a batch of this yuletide favourite.
In Regensburg, visit the romantic medieval marketplaces of Thurn and Taxis Palace for one of the most magical and festive experiences on the continent. Browse the traditional Christmas stalls by lantern-light, searching for the perfect gift for loved ones back home.
Crossing the Austrian border, visit magical Salzburg, the iconic setting of The Sound of Music, whose alpine scenery and fairy-tale cityscape promises to invoke Christmas cheer. Then it’s on to Melk and Vienna, where you’re free to explore the wonderful Christmas markets (Krippenmarkt to the locals) at your leisure
Since the 13th century, the Viennese have held festive markets throughout December, selling a selection of amazing gifts and delicious treats. Every year, markets spring up throughout the city, with an array of stalls selling local festive favourites and offering fun games and activities.
Then it’s on to the opulent Palais Liechtenstein, where you’ll enjoy an exclusive classic Viennese concert courtesy of Scenic Enrich.