Unique Christmas Special in Europe
Budapest – Vienna – Prague
Stay 3 Nights in Budapest, 3 Nights in Vienna and 3 Nights in Prague with this Unique Christmas Special in Europe travelling by Rail from city to city.
What makes many of the Christmas markets really enticing and outstanding in Budapest is that there is a real focus on trying to preserve authentic Hungarian folk art, traditions and offer really good quality handcrafts rather than commercialized kitchy Christmas gifts.
So the Christmas fairs in Budapest are more about buying little hand made gifts, drinking mulled wines, nibbling Hungarian pastries (like the chimney shaped cylindrical ‘Kurtos kalacs’), eating traditional street foods (sausages, snacks, roast chestnut, etc.), and having fun by meeting, mingling, chatting and listening to the nice Christmas concerts on the stages of the markets.
The festive Christmas markets showcase young and old talents of Hungary, who really make their products with love, care, carrying on traditions of long years in glass blowing, knitting, wood carving, candle making, pottery, leather trade (belt making, bag making, shoe making, etc.), traditional Hungarian embroidery and lace work, etc. Don’t expect dazzling handicrafts, just nice and pleasant gifts, most of which make nice little presents, unassuming lovely gifts.
Step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with seasonal treats and stallholders get shoppers in the Christmas spirit with handcrafted goods.
The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is an unforgettable highlight for those eager to get into the spirit of the season. The unique backdrop gives this market a charm of its own. The delicious aromas are sure to lull all visitors into the seasonal joy.
Inside the City Hall on the ground floor there is an area dedicated to children. Here they can learn how to make Christmas cookies or candles.
The Prague Christmas markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts selling traditional handicrafts. Such as glassware, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, ceramics, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats, gloves and scarves, and puppets and dolls beautifully dressed in traditional costume.
There are plenty of nice items to buy, to use as gifts or to decorate your home with.
But Christmas markets are not just about shopping. Visitors can observe traditional foods being made, and sample all manner of local produce. Large hams are roasted on spits, there are terribly unhealthy but wonderfully tasty barbequed sausages (klobása). Cakes and pastries prepared in front of you, such as ‘Trdelník’, a hot sugar coated pastry.
To accompany the food, try one of the famous Czech beers. Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar. Or choose from a variety of hot drinks. Outdoor Christmas shopping is so much nicer with a cup of hot mulled wine (svařené víno or svařák) in your hand!