Christmas Markets by River Ship

What better way to experience Europe’s Christmas markets than by cruising along its rivers?  Calling at several towns along the way, your luxurious river ship lets you easily experience a selection of markets during your cruise.

Enchanting and festive, Europe’s Christmas markets light up the Holiday Season tempting travelers from around the world. Celebrate with pastries, songs, scents, artisan creations and holiday traditions – all a part of Europe’s famed Christmas markets.

It’s like a fairy tale as you glide along the river, stopping in the hearts of cities and towns. Enjoy the cozy ambiance of your festively-decorated river ship, and a dusting of snow along the river banks sets the scene for the markets that have brought magic to Europe for centuries.

Danube River cruises visit some outstanding Christmas markets:

  • Vienna, where you’ll enjoy fresh-baked treats and Christmas punch while wandering the crafts, toys and gift displays. Picture-perfect markets are set up around City Hall, Schonbrunn Palace, Maria-Theresien-Platz and Belvedere palace.
  • Salzburg is special at any time of year but the traditional Christmas stalls around the Cathedral, Hohensalzburg fortress and Hellbrunn Palace add to the city’s timeless charm. The sounds and festivities here are unforgettable, and you can take a day trip from Linz.
  • Budapest’s Christmas markets combine traditional and modern with an exciting laser projection show on St. Stephen’s Basilica as part of the festivities. The expansive and internationally-acclaimed Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square is found in the heart of the city.

Rhine river sailings will amaze you as the Tale of the Three Magi comes to life at Cologne Cathedral and local handiwork, arts and ornaments sparkle at Speyer’s bustling market.

Then visit the largest Swiss Christmas market in Basel where Swiss chocolate, Raclette cheese, mulled wine and hundreds of illuminated pine trees create the joyous atmosphere.

A European river cruise is a memorable way to celebrate the season. Forget the hustle and bustle of normal life. Come to Europe and savor the magic of its Christmas markets.

Panorama of Old Town of Prague at Christmas. | Prague, Czech Republic

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