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All cities have high and low seasons, the exact dates and months will depend on the city. Generally speaking peak months for city breaks are March to June, September and October. City centre hotels can have great deals in July & August, although flights can be expensive over this summer period unless you book up well in advance. For the very best deals, travel from November to February, excluding the holiday period over Christmas and New Year.
The tradition of the Christmas Market goes as far back as the late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe. It is believed that the Dresden Christmas market, first held in 1434, is amongst the oldest. The sights and aromas of a Christmas Market awaken the spirit of Christmas in us all. It is a wonderful time of year when cities take on a whole new persona with the brightly decorated stalls, coloured lights and the seasonal aromas of Christmas food and drink.
Traditionalists will want to head to Germany or Austria for their Christmas Market city break. Berlin is a perennial best seller and features well over 50 Christmas Markets and advent bazaars every year. Of the 50 markets one of the most popular is the market situated next to Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The great thing about this market is you are also right by the bustling Kurfüstendamm – another shoppers’ paradise. As a Christmas Market favourite, accommodation fills quickly around this time, so make sure you book well in advance.
Christmas Markets don’t just stop with Germany and Austria. There are many other rising stars on the Christmas Market scene. The Baltic cities of Tallinn & Riga attach great importance to the traditions of Christmas with both cities claiming to be the home of the first Christmas tree. Today the Christmas Markets bring a fairytale charm to the cities and you can be sure to find some unique Christmas gifts from the local craftsmen.
CLOSER TO HOME
Don’t feel you have to travel far to enjoy a Christmas Market break. Edinburgh, London, Leeds and Lincoln to name but a few of our own cities would make ideal Christmas Market breaks. Alternatively, a quick journey by Eurostar can have you in the heart of Brussels and Paris where tasty seasonal fayre is the order of the day. Bruges is just a short onward rail journey from Brussels and beckons with a promise of romantic canals, cosy cafés and delicious hand-made chocolates.
WHY STOP AT JUST ONE?
If all that choice is leaving you undecided, why not visit more than one Christmas Market? We are experts at tailor-making multi centre city breaks. Prague, Vienna & Budapest would be a winning combination during the festive season with all three cities boasting wonderful Christmas Markets. Stay closer to home and travel by rail to Brussels and Bruges where fine Belgian crafts, food and drink will have you counting the sleeps until Santa’s arrival!
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