Christmas Markets Cruising
There’s something magical about Europe during the winter months. Sure, it’s cold, in places even snowing, but it’s just so romantic and infused with that White Christmas feel. If you’ve never experienced a European Christmas before, then cruising down the winding Danube or beautiful Rhine is the perfect way to see Vienna, Budapest and Prague (and many other gorgeous European medieval cities) and visit their famous Christmas markets. Here’s a brief guide on what to expect when visiting a European Christmas market for the first time.
Why Visit a Christmas Market
If you haven’t been excited over Christmas since you were ten-years old, then there’s nothing like a Christmas market to reinvigorate your latent Christmas spirit! The Europeans really know how to celebrate this festive season in style, and no doubt you’ll have lots of fun if you decide to visit one. Think traditional snow-covered Christmas trees, fairy lights, jovial singing and dancing, a warm glass of spiced mulled wine, endless delectable treats and… the list goes on! If that isn’t enough to get you in the Christmas mood, we don’t know what will!
Different Christmas markets in different countries – and even different cities – each reflect their own unique cultural heritage in their overall atmosphere. For example, German Christmas markets are remarkably different from each other, depending on which one you visit. Cologne has a more traditional Christmassy feel, whilst Berlin is more avant-garde. The Christmas market in Budapest incorporates lots of Hungarian traditional dance and folk songs, in addition to your stock-standard Christmas hits. And in Prague, travellers can feast on fresh carp and honey liquor – traditional Czech Christmas food. But in general, all Christmas markets have a cheery and friendly feel to them that will warm you up no matter how low the temperatures are.
What to Expect
Again, just what you can expect from visiting a European Christmas market really depends on which one you’re lucky enough to experience. Depending on where you visit, you can expect to learn a few traditional dance moves and a few verses of song. You can expect to see stalls lined with gingerbread, wooden toys, and nougat, and streets lined with Christmas decorations, lighted windows, and images of Santa Clause and his reindeers. You can expect to see huge choirs belting out your famous Christmas carols, along with local musicians plying their trade and you can expect to be seduced by the most wonderful smells of fresh food. But, hey, why not take a trip over to Europe during the Christmas period and see for yourself? You’ll be guaranteed to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with stunning river views and make plenty of wonderful memories to treasure.
If you think you’d like to see just what all the fuss is about, then call 1300 954 661 and speak with one of our friendly Cruiseabout consultants about our 2015 Christmas European river cruises. We can find the right cruise for you, so get in touch today and book your European Christmas vacation!