Discover the delights of the season in Germany and Austria. “Welcome, young and old, to my little community of wood and cloth.” These are the words that open the Nuremberg Christmas Market, spoken by the Christkind. Though the iconic representative of the market is named for the infant Jesus, e—yes, she— is a pretty girl dressed as a crowned angel. All over Germany, the Christkind is a symbol of the holiday’s magic.
This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful of the holiday markets in Central Europe. At each market, you’ll find wooden stalls displaying traditional crafts that range from quirky little characters made of fruit and dressed in Bavarian costume to beautifully carved and painted Nativity figures. You’ll also find exquisite ornaments and fine contemporary crafts, along with fairy-tale villages decked in holiday finery. Sparkling lights illuminate ancient cathedral squares, and the sound of children’s laughter mingles with carols. Sample Linzer torte in the city where it was invented; see Vienna at its most magical.
Celebrate the season in a new way as you rove through old lands, and remember, as the Christkind says, “While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy it brings is eternal.”
Who will enjoy this cruise: Those looking to experience Europe at its most magical will enjoy the chance to discover the delightful holiday traditions and treats of Germany and Austria, and to find those special gifts for loved ones back home.