European Christmas Markets

 

Discover an ancient tradition

The European Christmas markets, also known as Christkindlmarkt, date back to the late middle ages and are held in the four weeks of Advent. In simple terms they embellish a tradition of towns and villages expressing joy in the heart of the Festive Season.

Usually held in the old cobbled stone town centres and surrounded by historic houses and churches, local craftsmen, restaurateurs and ordinary townsfolk set up shop in rows of wooden stalls. They sell everything from mulled wine served from giant, steaming cauldrons to handcrafted wooden toys, pottery, gifts and colourful decorations.

Pink cheeked children wrapped in woollen hats and bright red mittens enjoy merry-go-rounds, while parents consider the freshly cut Christmas trees, looking for that one perfect tree to take home. Brass bands and carol singers gather on ancient stone steps and compete with the sizzle of bratwurst sausages and the raised voices of locals intent on laughter and happiness.
 

We give you time to explore

Originating in Germany, Christmas markets are now popular through much of Europe and take on all shapes and sizes. The skill is to define which are the most important to visit. We have done so!

Each of our Christmas itineraries has been carefully designed to provide ample time in at least one of the great markets such as Nurnberg, Vienna, Montreux, Strasbourg and Salzburg. We also visit additional markets such as Wurzburg, Munich, and Bern and the smaller, ‘just perfect’ markets such as in Rothenburg and Innsbruck (both approximately 100 metres from our hotels). The markets are best enjoyed at dusk when fairy lights twinkle and candle flames flicker and shimmer. What memories!


German Christmas Markets

Frankfurt: German Christmas Break, German Fairytale Christmas, Medieval Bohemian Christmas, German & Austrian Christmas Markets, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol, Bavarian Fairytale Christmas
Wurzburg: German Fairytale Christmas, Medieval Bohemian Christmas, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol, Bavarian Fairytale Christmas
Nurnberg: German Fairytale Christmas, Medieval Bohemian Christmas, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol, Bavarian Fairytale Christmas
Munich: German Fairytale Christmas, Christmas in the Slovenian Alps, Christmas in a Swiss Spa Resort, Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol, Christmas in an Italian Castle, German & Austrian Christmas Markets, Bavarian Fairytale Christmas
Rothenburg: German Fairytale Christmas, Medieval Bohemian Christmas, German & Austrian Christmas Markets, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol, Bavarian Fairytale Christmas
Stuttgart: German Christmas Break
Lindau: Christmas in a Swiss Spa Resort
Bamberg: Bavarian Fairytale Christmas
 

Austrian Christmas Markets 

Vienna - City Hall: Austrian White Christmas, Medieval Bohemian Christmas, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol
Vienna - Schonbrunn Palace: Austrian White Christmas, Medieval Bohemian Christmas, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol
Salzburg: Austrian White Christmas, Austrian Christmas Break, Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol, Christmas in a Swiss Spa Resort, Christmas in an Italian Castle, German & Austrian Christmas Markets, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol, Christmas in the Austrian Lakes, German White Christmas
Innsbruck: Austrian Christmas Break, Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol, Christmas in a Swiss Spa Resort, Christmas in an Italian Castle, Christmas in the Slovenian Alps, German & Austrian Christmas Markets, German White Christmas
Mondsee: Austrian White Christmas, Christmas in a Swiss Spa Resort, Christmas in an Italian Castle, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol


Switzerland Christmas Markets 

Berne: Swiss Christmas Break, Christmas in the Swiss Alps
Luzern: Swiss Christmas Break


Czech Republic Christmas Markets 

Prague: Medieval Bohemian Christmas, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol
Cesky Krumlov: Medieval Bohemian Christmas, Bohemia & Christmas in the Tyrol


French Christmas Markets 

Paris: Christmas in the Swiss Alps
Strasbourg: German Christmas Break
Colmar: German Christmas Break


Italian Christmas Markets 

Bolzano: Christmas in the Slovenian AlpsChristmas in an Italian Castle


Slovenian Christmas Markets 

Ljubljana: Christmas in the Slovenian Alps