Candlelit stalls piled high with hand-made gifts, local foods, wine in beautiful packaging, and traditional decorations to add to your collection. What better excuse could you have for enjoying one of these seasonal short breaks by train?
But our guided rail tours to some of Europe's finest Christmas Markets offer much more than a quick shopping trip. Many British Christmas traditions originated in mainland Europe, such as Christmas trees and advent calendars, not to mention some of our favourite carols. In the face of increasing commercialism, a few days away on our Christmas Markets holidays by train enjoying age-old customs in an enchanting setting is a wonderful way to re-discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Discover the beautiful West Country in the run-up to Christmas on this exciting break. We visit the Christmas Markets of bustling Bristol and glorious Bath, before taking in a steam railway and charming Lacock Abbey.
Sample the sights and smells of three wonderful Bavarian Christmas Markets by train as we visit Regensburg, Rothenburg and arguably Germany's most famous Christmas Market, Nuremberg.
Explore beautifully preserved Bruges and historic Ypres - along with their charming Christmas Markets - on this festive tour. We also discover some of Belgium's most poignant memorials of the First World War.
Ancient half-timbered houses with timeless charm clamour for attention in the beautiful Alsatian towns of Colmar and Strasbourg, which come alive with Christmas atmosphere during the annual 'Marché de Nöel'.
Sample the Christmas Markets in Cologne from the comfort of the 5-star Wasserturm Hotel, and visit Wuppertal's Christmas Markets, connected by its unique suspended railway and its historic "Kaiserwagen".
Cologne has five incredible bustling Christmas Markets to choose from. Sample local bratwurst, beers and mulled wine in Europe's Christmas Market capital, before we take in the sights of Bonn.
Discover some of Germany's best-loved 'fairytale' cities as they are illuminated for advent. Colourful guided tours uncover the Brothers Grimm fairytales and fascinating histories along with fabulous Christmas markets.
The Harz Mountains' timeless towns and landscapes are perfect for a taste of Advent tradition in Germany. Visit three Christmas markets, two UNESCO listed Old Towns and enjoy an exhilarating steam train ride.
With its idyllic location and romantic castle, Heidelberg has long been one of Germany's most popular destinations. Discover the city and its Christmas Market before visiting Frankfurt's world-famous markets.
On this Christmas Market holiday we stay in Luxembourg and uncover the Grand Duchy's seasonal highlights, castles and wines. We also pay a visit to the charming Christmas Market in nearby Metz.
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