Iconic Christmas Markets River Cruise

Contrary to what most people think, river cruises can actually be inexpensive. This is especially true when travelers plan ahead of time. And with the offer of AmaWaterways and Europeanbarging.com regarding their 2019 Fall European Christmas Market River Cruise, one can save up to $1000 when booking early. Moreover, travelers are given free $50 ship board credit each. For added convenience, payment plans and special priced airfares are also available.

German Town Decorated for Christmas

Iconic Christmas Markets River Cruise

This 8-day tour starts from Nuremburg, Germany and ends in Budapest. More than a regular river cruise, the itinerary for this journey highlights the Christmas markets in every city that will be visited.

For those guests that book the pre cruise stay in Prague, Czech Republic, the first tour will include the 1000 year old Prague Castle. The Christmas market in the Old Town Square will also be visited. The next day, travelers are taken to Nuremberg, Germany, to explore the various colorful Christmas markets in the town and join the ship. One of these is the Christkindlesmarkt, one of the largest Christmas markets in the world. Following that, the city of Regensburg will be toured. The highlight for this city is the romantic Christmas market located in Thum and Taxis Castle. The next destination, Passau, is where tourists can explore various markets to get authentic Bavarian-style crafts. The next day, the Benedictine Abbey in Melk will be visited. This monastery is one of Europe’s largest and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. In the city of Vienna, travelers can go to several beautiful Christmas markets in Rathaus, Karlsplatz, and Theresapatz. And on the last day, tourists are taken to the Christmas market at Budapest, Hungary where shopping for traditional Hungarian treats can be made.

This cruise is only one of the Affordable River Cruises that Europeanbarging offers. For as low as $2499, everyone can finally enjoy Europe and some of its beautiful sceneries. The Iconic Christmas Market Cruise is a new itinerary for 2018. There is still good availability for 2018 with up to $500 off per person. Contact Europeanbarging with any questions or availability. 888-869-7907

Festive Christmas Markets in Cologne

 

The Christmas Markets in Cologne are one of the 2 most visited markets in Germany, following behind Dortmund, with over 4 million visitors each year. Cologne is a stop offered on Christmas Market themed Rhine River Cruises. In Cologne, you have a choice of seven Christmas Markets.  Each Christmas Market features a different theme.

The entire city of Cologne comes to life during the holiday season like a Christmas Celebration Theme Park. There are seven markets, each with a unique and fun twist, to entice visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Regional specialties like baked apples, cinnamon cookies, chocolate and mulled wine will enthrall the senses – as will a host of delicious, sugary desserts.

The largest and arguably most spectacular of the markets is the grand Cathedral Market. Centrally located in the Cathedral Square of the city center, next to the Cologne central train station, wooden pavilions offer: wood carvings, children’s toys, and other holiday specialties, as well a a great variety of holiday food and cider. A must stop is the delicious chocolate workshop.   The market stalls surround one of the largest Christmas Trees in the region.  Next to the tree is a large stage where a variety of live music performances are held.

Another popular Christmas Market is Neumarkt.  this is the oldest Christmas Market in Cologne ‘Market of Angels’ Angels dressed in white and glittering powder spread cheer as they walk past rows of charming booths featuring Holiday décor.

Next to the Chocolate Museum, the Harbour Christmas Market celebrates Cologne’s maritime history with a three-mast wooden boat 50 feet wide and docked in the harbor serving mulled wine specialties out of its hull. Pagoda tents with pointed, billowed roofs continue the maritime theme reminding you of the planks and sails of a ship. “Rhine Pirates” wander through the park, delighting guests with sailor’s yarns and pirate juggling.

At the Old Market or Alter Markt, Gnomes lurk in every nook and cranny here, celebrating the legend of a curious wife attempt to get a glimpse of the fabled creatures causing them to flee. There are alleyways of specialty foods, fashion accessories and artisanal gifts also, a roundabout puppet theater and a special Santa Claus Quarter.  Visitors will be thrilled to find a spectacular skating rink.

Christmas Avenue is another new Christmas market holiday celebrating the season in LGBT and old German style. The annual festival is located in the heart of the gay district. You will find Pink, purple and sometimes glittering chalets, pink nutcrackers and purple pottery.  Along with more traditional gifts.

The idyllic market on the Stadtgarten, full of unusual holiday handicrafts, and the charming Rudolfplatz are other fun spots. A small green train, the Christmas-Market-Express, drives through streets of the old city and links visitors to four of the major markets.

Typically the Christmas Markets open around the 3rd – 4th weekend in November and stay open till Christmas Eve.

Anytime of the year is a good time to book a Christmas Market River Cruise, whether a short 5 night or a longer 14 night.  When cruising on a Christmas Market themed cruise, you have the opportunity to visit Christmas Markets in several towns and countries.  Check out our Christmas Market Cruise itineraries and our Cologne Christmas Market video.

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EU Christmas Markets

The origin of Christmas markets dates back to early 1400’s in Germany. With the passage of time, these markets came to be held in countries all over the world. Christmas in Europe is a time for elaborate celebration. Christmas markets are captivating street markets where the romance of holiday meets with grand tradition. Christmas markets celebrate the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas and are staged throughout the Advent period from the end of November to the third week of December. Some of these markets open till New Years. Every city, town and village of Europe lightens up to Christmas celebrations with beautifully decorated shops and houses.

Christmas markets-tradition and celebration

Christmas markets are usually staged in town squares. As you stroll through these markets, you get mesmerized with the atmosphere that is truly traditional and nostalgic. Smells of mulled wines, gingerbread and roasting sausages waft through the cold air, handmade ornaments adorn ancient fir trees and master glassblowers and other artisans ply their crafts in wooden stalls. Delightful festive lights and charming gifts completely absorb you in the grand celebrations.

Christmas market cruise helps you visit maximum number of Christmas markets

Next, the river cruise will take you to Rudesheim featuring over 120 market stalls from 12 countries in “The Christmas Market of the Nations” and Europe’s largest Nativity scene, Frankfurt’s “Weihnachtsmarket” , Fussen Germany Christmas Market; Strasbourg with France’s oldest Christmas Market or Colmar Christmas Market or Mulhouse’s Christmas Market.
You can’t resist the temptation to visit as many Christmas markets as you can. So how will you do that? Here is when Christmas market cruise comes to your help. A river cruise can help you quickly move from one Christmas market to another so that you can see the maximum number of these charming markets. Let’s see how a river cruise can be helpful for you. Cologne is situated on the Rhine River with its Christmas Market near the Cathedral or its Medieval Christmas Market on the banks of the Rhine with entertainers, minstrels and jesters. Through a river cruise you can move from Cologne to Koblenz- where the Rhine and Mosel rivers meet, enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride, visit over 130 decorated stalls or listen to a Christmas concert at the Town Hall.
In Germany, along the Main River, there are Nuremburg Christmas Markets, Rothenberg Christmas Market and Regensburg Christmas Markets. A river cruise can quickly take you from one Christmas market to another. Along Danube, there are the Passau Christmas Markets, the Vienna Christmas Markets and Salzburg Old Town Christmas Markets (usually offered an an excursion from the ships).
We can provide you with several Christmas market cruise itineraries. For example, seven night cruises on the Rhine and Danube and a shorter Danube Christmas Market cruise that has several land extension options are available. To know more about our packages, please feel free to call us at this number or click here! There is nothing like a river cruise that can work wonders for you during the holiday season! Book one of our river cruise and indulge yourself in the charming, sparkling and those so inviting Christmas markets!