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.

  • Tour length: 2 hours
  • Countries visited: Germany
  • Cities visited: Munich

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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.

  • Tour length: 2 hours
  • Countries visited: Czech Republic
  • Cities visited: Prague

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3. 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.

  • Tour length: 2.5 hours
  • Countries visited: Hungary
  • Cities visited: Budapest

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4. 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.

  • Tour length: 3 hours
  • Countries visited: Slovakia
  • Cities visited: Bratislava

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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.

  • Tour length: 8 days
  • Countries visited: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein
  • Cities visited: Vienna, Salzburg, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Munich, Vaduz

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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.

  • Tour length: 8 days
  • Countries visited: Germany
  • Cities visited: Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig

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1. 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

  • Tour length: 8 days
  • Countries visited: Austria, Germany
  • Cities visited: Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck

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2. 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.

  • Tour length: 9 days
  • Countries visited: Czechia (Czech Republic), Poland, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Cities visited: Prague, Kraków, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest

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3. Bruges Christmas Markets via Topdeck

Gear up for a Christmas weekend in Bruge.

Visit one of the home of Europe's best Christmas markets and indulge in the local fare. Sip wine and munch in some waffles.

  • Tour length: 2 days
  • Countries visited: UK
  • Cities visited: London, Bruges, Belgium

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