Best Christmas market tours in Europe
The magic of Christmas comes alive in these Christmas market tours.
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Once you’ve seen one Christmas market, you have NOT seen them all.
Head to Vienna and you’ll find stalls lined with Austrian artifacts in a baroque setting. Go to Munich and traditional Jesus-shaped Fatschnkindl pastry will await your tastebuds. Book in to Prague for hearty meats and puppets dressed in national costume.
Europe has no shortage of Christmas markets, and if you’re hoping to experience each country’s unique celebration, a market tour can navigate you through the best and provide historical and traditional commentary as well.
Check out these tours taking in the best of Europe's Christmas markets, ranging from just a few hours to multiple days.
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1. Munich Christmas Markets Tour
Drink hot gluhwein (mulled wine) and delight in the tastes of the traditional gingerbread cookie lebkuchen as you wander the beautiful wooden huts of Munich.
Markets abound throughout Munich's Old Town and this two-hour walking tour will give you a taster of the best of the best. Wander through the oldest market in the city and explore the medieval market then return again at your own pace afterwards.
2. Prague Christmas Walking Tour
The old city of Prague is a city steeped in history, beauty and intriguing Christmas delicacies.
Over the course of this walking tour you'll be introduced to Czech traditions like eating carp and potato salad on Christmas Eve. If you're not brave enough for that, then just enjoy sipping on mulled wine while gazing upon the ancient city of Prague.
3. Salzburg Christmas Market Tour
Wander through Salzburg's Christmas markets and stuff your bags with authentic Austrian goodies.
Visit the Christmas Museum of Salzburg and the Salzburger Dom cathedral and listen to your guide tell fascinating stories about Austria's Christmas traditions as you walk through the city.
4. Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Winetasting
This 2.5 hour walking tour of Budapest takes you to Andrássy Avenue, St Stephen's Basilica and the Hungarian State Opera House before veering into a cellar for a tasting of three local wines.
From there, you'll make your way to the Christmas markets where you can peruse Hungarian handicrafts and delicacies, before capping off the tour with a hot cup of mulled wine.
5. Bratislava Christmas Market Food Tour
Meet your guide at the Slovak National Theatre for some complimentary mulled wine, then stroll through the old town while your guide tells you about Slovakia's Christmas traditions, the history of Bratislava and its culture and foods.
Try local specialties like loksha, ciganska and hot honey wine at the Christmas markets.
6. Christmas Market Tour in Warsaw
Combine sightseeing, shopping and delectable food on this tour of Warsaw and its Christmas Market.
You'll learn all about Polish traditions, taste some local wine and see some top attractions, including Sigismund's Column, St. Anne's Cathedral and the old city walls.
7. Christmas Lights and Markets Tour in London
Get into the spirit of Christmas as you explore London's Christmas light displays on the way past Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the London Eye.
Stop at Charles Dickens' favourite pub to listen to your guide's stories about Dickens' legendary Christmas character, Ebenezer Scrooge, then end the night at the Riverside Christmas Market.
8. Berlin Christmas Markets Walking Tour
Absorb the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas in Berlin on this four hour walking tour.
You'll visit three fantastic Christmas markets at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in old West Berlin, the medieval centre of Spandau and Charlottenburg Palace. Your guide will also tell you about the city's landmarks as you walk.
1. Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland
Explore the very best of Europe's Christmas markets on this eight-day, seven-city tour. Start in Vienna with a full day and night of sightseeing, then eat, drink and be merry on your way to Lucerne.
2. German Christmas Markets
As well as bringing you to Christmas markets in cities all over Germany.
This tour includes fantastic sightseeing opportunities such as Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Dresden's Opera House and Zwinger Palace, and Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag building, TV Tower and Checkpoint Charlie.
3. Festive St. Petersburg and Moscow
Step right into a fairytale on this tour of two of Russia's imperial cities.
From modern culture to ancient history, you'll discover this incredible nation in comfort and style. Highlights include Red Square, St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospect and the Moscow Kremlin.
4. Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague and Germany
This tour invites you to enjoy the medieval charm of five cities, with a stop to see the famous Skull Chapel in Kutná Hora. Highlights include Prague Castle, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall, Dresden's Zwinger Palace and Kraków's Wawel Hill.
With Christmas markets galore and always a hot glass of Glühwein to be found, the cheery glow will last for months.
5. Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria
Experience the magic of traditional Austrian and Bavarian Christmas markets on this eight-day tour.
As well as the markets, you'll see Vienna's jaw-dropping Schönbrunn Palace, Mozart's family home, the Bavarian Alps and, nestled among them, the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein. This is King Ludwig II's most ambitious castle and is thought to have inspired
6. Eastern Lights
Live an Eastern European fairytale on this Christmas and New Year trip from Prague to Budapest.
Visit amazing Christmas markets, explore ancient castles, attend a classical music concert, bathe in thermal springs, warm up with plenty of hot mulled wine and enjoy the best that Eastern Europe has to offer.
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