The Christmas Markets of Northern Europe
Nowhere hits an unmistakeably festive note with quite the same style as the charming Christmas markets of the countries of northern Europe.
In Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium they’ve got the Christmas spirit off to a tee, with stall upon friendly stall adding Christmas cheer to their historic city and town centres.
And at these markets, the alluring, distinctly Christmassy scent of hot gluhwein, the sizzle of moreish bratwursts and enticing artisan festive gifts and decorations adding old-fashioned yuletide warmth to the chilly November and December air.
Northern Europe’s Christmas markets have proved such a hit with British visitors over the years that we’ve started to copy the concept at home of late in our towns and cities; Birmingham, in particular, puts on a spectacular effort every Christmas.
A festive mini-cruise
An unbeatable leisurely way of enjoying the great Christmas markets of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands is by taking a festive mini-cruise at that time of year.
This way, you can spend your days soaking up the markets’ special atmosphere, stopping here and there for a hot drink and a bit of a graze from the tempting food stalls, and then retreat from the crowds back to your stylish and comfortable river cruise boat for evenings of relaxation, a great meal and entertainment.
And then the next day, on the ship meanders gently down river to the next port of call, with its own magical Christmas market.
Bruges, Amsterdam, Bremen…here we come.