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.
'Tis the season to be jolly
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.
Scandinavian chic, German traditions or maybe something different?
Hygge Christmas Markets
Where better to soak up a slice of Christmas joy than in Scandinavia? Take a break in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen and enjoy a festive retreat. From the jubilant atmosphere of Tivoli Gardens, to the picturesque Nyhavn Harbour market and central Kongens Nytorv. Wrap up with a scarf before exploring, snack on roasted almonds and warm-up with a hot chocolate.
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.
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.
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.
A mid-week visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a chance to combine an indulgent city break with shopping for truly individual gifts. Travel writer Simon Heptinstall – who once drove through 12 European countries in one day – reveals five of the continent’s best cities to soak up the fairy-tale festive atmosphere.
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
Venture to Germany and enjoy the scenic setting of Römerberg and St Paul's Square in Frankfurt. Gaze up at the huge centrepiece Christmas tree, sift through hand-crafted goods and listen out for carollers singing away. Eat your way around the market and try hot German sausages, pretzels, potato pancakes and chocolate-drizzled waffles – what’s not to love?
Germany’s second-largest city makes for a great Christmas market break. Colourful, traditional and authentic, it’s time to enjoy the bright lights, twinkling trees, crepe stands and stalls bursting with jovial decorations. Wander around the Weinachtsmarkt and watch out for Santa on his sleigh, flying across the square at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm – book your merry adventure to Hamburg now.
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.
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.
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.
Feel the warmth of festivities in Austria. Salzburg is home to several Christmas markets, from the main market around Cathedral Square, to the sparkle of the Mirabell Palace market. Wrap up in big coats, warm your hands with a cup of mulled wine and soak up the wintery enchantment of the city. Pop along to Hellbrunn Palace, for a real Christmas treat
See this Scottish city come to life in the prime of winter. Venture through the Christmas market along George Street for festive fudge and pretty gifts. Then, make a move to the Christmas Tree Maze, visit Santa’s Grotto and hop on a carousel ride, all at East Princes St Gardens – which has its very own Santa Land. Glide along the ice rink at St Andrews Square, then warm up as you nibble on a hot dog and sip mulled wine.
Head to Holland this Christmas and discover over 25 markets in Amsterdam. Whether ice-skating outside the Rijksmuseum is on your agenda, snacking on delicious Oliebollen (Dutch doughnuts) or sipping cups of hot cocoa as you walk over canal bridges sprinkled in twinkling lights – Amsterdam makes for a brilliant festive weekend escape.
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Christmas is coming – catch a flight to our new route Cologne. Discover the opulent Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg for your winter wonderland stay. Explore twinkling Christmas markets nearby, warm up in the 4 Elements Spa, then get cosy in the Salvador Dali Bar. Visit ba.com/AlthoffGrandhotel #cologne #christmasmarkets #winteriscoming #luxurystays #travel