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  • Writer's pictureLaura Avital

Experience the Joy of Christmas Markets

A month before Christmas something special begins to unfold across Europe. The holiday season comes to life in town squares and city centers with charming Christmas markets filled with lights, music, seasonal goodies, artisan vendors and — as the song goes — chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

There is nothing like being in Europe during this festive time of the year as the scent of freshly baked gingerbread fills the air and you keep warm with some delicious mulled wine, often served in a collective mug to take back home as a keepsake.

Down by the river

A memorable way to experience some of the best Christmas markets in Europe is on a river cruise. Some of the most popular options are along the Danube, Rhine, Main, or Seine Rivers.

Experience iconic cities like Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, and Paris like never before. Knowledgeable guides will share information about the history and traditions of these unique markets — which often date back to the middle ages — and what sets them apart. It’s also a super convenient way to travel because you only have to unpack once.

Fun for all ages

A festive river cruise is a fantastic option for couples and families alike. Kids will light up as they witness the magic of the season multiple times on itineraries designed to make the most of taking in holiday markets.

One option that’s well suited for families is a special AmaWaterways sailing with Adventures by Disney. These family-friendly river cruises are designed specifically to cater to all ages and are a perfect way for kids to make new friends along the way. Even teenagers won’t grow bored with multiple excursion options and a wide range of activities to keep them entertained.

Highlights to admire

Whether you go by land or by river, there are some fantastic options available.

Fans of the film The Sound of Music can visit iconic filming sites before visiting The Christmas Market in Cathedral Square in Salzburg.

While Budapest is an awesome destination year-round for its architecture and attractions, it is extra memorable during the holiday season with a visit to Vorosmarty Square.

Those seeking Medieval charm will be delighted by Strasbourg, France, and Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt.

And best of all - you can get all of your holiday shopping done without the hassle of crowded malls!


If it’s less about where you go and more about how you travel, there are river cruise and tour options that cater to adventure travelers, wellness enthusiasts, and much more.

Contact me and I'll be happy to answer all your questions and perhaps, start planning your holiday vactaion! Schedule you're free consultation now! (or just give me a call!)

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