Celebrate the holiday season with centuries-old traditions and brand-new style. Budapest has celebrated Christmas for a thousand years, since the time of St. Stephen, the king who founded Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm. As you ramble through the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square in Budapest, admiring the handmade porcelain, stop to watch as kürtös kalács—a pastry—is baked on rods over an open fire and then coated with sugar before it’s handed to you.
In Bratislava, where a lively young art scene is revitalizing the compact city core, stalls abound with traditional Slovakian Christmas items like medovníky (spiced ginger cookies) and šúpolie (figurines made from corn husks). Sing along with carolers in elegant yet cozy Vienna as you shop for Austrian lace. Follow the lights down the Landstrasse in Linzto the Volksgarten, where you’ll find a fairy-tale Christmas—large, animated displays of scenes from fairytales that will entrance the child in you. Or mail a letter from Christkindl, where children from all over the world send their Christmas wish lists.
Glorious Baroque architecture, delightful concerts, and ravishing scenery will make this Christmas season unforgettable as you sail through the holidays on the Danube.
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Music lovers will find many special holiday treats on this cruise, from onboard caroling to a classical concert in Vienna to an exclusive organ recital. Delight in the opportunity to find unique gifts at enchanting Christmas markets.