Discover the traditions of Vienna’s Christmas markets. Revel in the aromas of roasting chestnuts, wander through the Christmas village of Belvedere Palace and ice skate through City Hall Park. When: 17 November - 1 January
Zeit für Glühwein und Lebkuchen
Get into the Christmas spirit with a winter adventure and explore enchanting Christmas markets. Pick up glistening gifts, wander around food stands, sip on warming drinks and soak up the heart-warming atmosphere.
Choose from a merry selection of Christmassy destinations, enjoy a city break and make the most of this magical time of year. Immerse yourself in the best traditional markets when you stay in Vienna, which date back to the thirteenth century. See miniature puppets, glistening lights and delicate handblown glass. Or go to Innsbruck for a romantic Christmas retreat – see Christmas tree lights bounce off the snow-dusted mountain backdrop and smell the aroma of sweet gingerbread. Visit the best festive food spot in Budapest. Stroll through the stalls and try kurtoskalacs (a cinnamon-pastry chimney cake), toki pompos (a Hungarian-styled pizza with bacon, onion and cream), home-made chocolates and honey cakes. Whether it’s cosy alpine themed lodges or twinkling fairground rides you're looking for, choose the festive destination for you.
Scandinavian chic, German traditions or maybe something different?
Nordic Christmas Markets
What better place to feel the Christmas spirit than in breath-taking Iceland. Dark days are filled with sparkling Christmas lights, the sweet scent of cinnamon and snowman-making conditions.
Daten für 2018: 22. November – 26. Dezember
Keep cosy in the chilly winter weather of Finland. Pop on your thickest coat, make your way to the picturesque setting of Senate Square and walk about the joyful Christmas stalls.
Daten für 2018: 1.-22. Dezember
Venture to the capital of Sweden and discover the sensational old town, with the spectacular market in Stortorgret Square. Relish the Christmas Nordic cuisine stalls and browse through the selection of handmade toys.
2018 dates: 22 November - 23 December
Savour festivities in Sweden. Visit the markets of Gothenburg and tuck into traditional Christmas food – try delicious pickled herring. See the singing Christmas tree choir, sip Glögg and explore Kronhusjul market.
Daten für 2018: 29 November – 6 January
Something a bit different
Indulge in delicious Austrian stollen, sweet or savoury doughnuts and winter warming punch. Watch enchanting Christmas processions and enjoy the romantic glistening glow of lights against beautiful medieval architecture.
Daten für 2018: 23. November – 6. Januar
Head to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, for Christmas market magic. Voted the Best European Christmas Market three years in a row, come and see why for yourself. Wrap up and watch Christmas concerts in Zagreb Square, soak up the open-air shopping in Ban Josip Jelačić Square and grab a bite in European Square. Gaze at the Christmas lights that sparkle throughout the city, then meander to Zrinjevac Park to see the old music pavilion and nibble baked štrukle (soft cheese in pastry), before exploring the Ice Park on King Tomislav Square.
Daten für 2018: 2 Decemnber - 6 January
Feel the warmth of festivities in Austria. Pop along to Hellbrunn Palace, for a real Christmas treat, where you can hop in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.
Daten für 2018: 22. November – 26. Dezember
Erleben Sie selbst, wie in dieser schottischen Stadt im tiefsten Winter Leben einkehrt. Schlendern Sie über den Weihnachtsmarkt an der George Street, wo Sie Buttertoffee mit weihnachtlichen Aromen und hübsche Geschenke erstehen können. Anschließend können Sie im „Santa Land‟ in den East Princes St Gardens das Weihnachtsbaumlabyrinth und die Höhle des Weihnachtsmanns besuchen oder eine Karussellfahrt machen. Fahren Sie auf dem Eislaufplatz am St Andrews Square Schlittschuh und wärmen Sie sich anschließend bei einem Hotdog und einem Glas Glühwein wieder auf.
2018 dates: 16 November - 24 December
It’s the season to be jolly at the Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. The Atmosphere Rooftop bar, located on the 8th floor, transforms into the most exclusive Christmas market. Fairtytale views set the festive scene, there’s a cosy Ritz-Chalet to warm up in and lots of tasty delicacies to tuck into. Who would you take on this luxury city break? Book a stay on ba.com/vienna. #travel #vienna #christmasmarket #rooftop #winter
Germany & Switzerland
Try a German bratwurst and taste the famous gingerbread. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, then climb the stairs of the Church of Our Lady for sensational views. Set in the mesmerising medieval old town square of Hauptmarkt, smell the aroma of ginger bread, see Christmas decorations twinkle and feel the warmth of delicious mulled wine. The Nuremberg Christmas Market is endearing, traditional and Germany’s favourite.
Daten für 2018: 22. November – 23. Dezember
Feel the Christmas spirit in Germany. Wander through Cologne Cathedral market, stroll along the glistening Harbour market at the Chocolate Museum, then amble about the Old market by the town hall.
Daten für 2018: 26 November– 23 December
Revel in the variety of Switzerland, including the Christmas markets of Zurich. Find yourself gazing up at the magnificent Opera House of Sechseläutenplatz Christmas market. Browse through fabulous stands of designer pieces and dazzling jewellery, before indulging in a hot pot of traditional, tantalising fondue. Pop along to Niederdorf Quarter, in the old town, for the oldest market bursting with charm. Visit the stunning indoor market at the main train station, with elegant stalls, aromas of cinnamon and mulled wine, as well as the dazzling Christmas tree – dressed in thousands of Swarovski crystals.
Daten für 2018: 22 November- 24 December
Make a move to the magical Marienplatz, see the festive Christmas village of Residenz and the sparkle of the medieval market, Wittelsbacherplatz. Ramble around and enjoy the Bavarian character within the markets, pick up soft sheepskin jackets and sip on hot beer. Visit Wintertollwood for a party atmosphere and relish the festive fun. Join in with the Bavarian sing-a-longs, take a look at authentic Nativity scenes and browse through stalls with quirky crafts.
Daten für 2018: 27. November – 24. Dezember