Sail the European Christmas Markets for the most magical cruise experience during the most festive time of the year. Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans and delight in delicious culinary treats or mulled wine while enjoying the charm of Old World Europe. We’ve rounded up the best markets and experiences to enjoy on a holiday river cruise.

A Danube Christmas Markets Cruise
With a sail along the Danube, you can visit the world-famous Nuremberg Christmas Market known for its large selection of artisan-crafted items, delicious food like Nuremberg’s famous sausage and gingerbread, and magnificent setting in old town Nuremberg. The Thurn und Taxis Market in Regensburg is a must when your river cruise stops in this port. This market is carefully curated with artisans from all over Germany and sits in the most picturesque winter-wonderland setting. Your stop in Vienna offers multiple markets around town. Visit the Schönbrunn Christmas Market for one of the best in Vienna. In the evening, the illuminated Palace provides a delightful backdrop to this well-curated market.

Christmas Markets Sail along the Rhine
Cologne’s largest Christmas market sits at the steps of its awe-inspiring cathedral. For a festive treat, try Reibekuchen — available in Cologne and other German markets. These delicious potato pancakes are served with apple sauce on top. In Heidelberg, you will marvel at the beauty of Old Town Heidelberg fully decorated for the holidays with the castle as the most perfect backdrop. On this sail, you will see beautiful Strasbourg located in Alsace, France. Considered to be the oldest Christmas Market in Europe, the Christkindelsmärik in Strasbourg dates to 1570.

The Ultimate Christmas Markets River Cruise
If time allows, combine the Danube and the Rhine for the most enchanting holiday experience. Your river cruise truly becomes the ultimate floating hotel as you stop, shop, and sightsee along both rivers. Options to ring in the New Year are available as well. Contact your FROSCH Travel Consultant for additional itineraries and for a custom-tailored river cruise itinerary.

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