By: Lucy Fernandez, Owner
In early December of last year, I enjoyed the unique experience of visiting the Christmas Markets along the Danube. I love river cruising because it offers an easy-paced and relaxing way to see Europe, but the cruises during the season of the Christmas Markets really ramp up my excitement. In fairy-tale settings, we were warmly embraced by locals, including artisans themselves, and they invited us to join in for the time-honored traditions of Christmas in Europe.
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Throughout Europe (especially Germany and Eastern Europe), in a historic tradition dating back hundreds of years, many towns and villages open their “Christmas Market” for the holiday season. Buildings light up with Christmas decorations, vendors sell hand-made, traditional toys and other Christmas mementos, and the town square is turned into an open-air celebration of Christmas. (You can watch this short video to get an idea of what to expect at a European Christmas Market.)
The Christmas Markets in Europe are rich with tradition and history, each one a unique reflection of local culture. If you have an interest in a unique Christmas vacation you’ll remember for a lifetime, consider a European Christmas Market tour with Viking River Cruises.
Let’s pick a few major cities and take a closer look at what makes some of the more notable destinations on the European Christmas Market river cruise so special.Continue reading