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Travelling to Austria by rail is one of the finest ways to experience the elegant alpine scenery from the comfort of your own seat. From towering snow-capped mountains to deep, turquoise ribbon lakes, the views that can be seen from the train are among the most magnificent vistas in Europe, especially in the winter. Having taken in the stunning landscapes, you will arrive at your destination feeling relaxed and ready to get into the festive spirit.
Nowhere is as magical as Austria at Christmas time; with its stylish cities and snowy alpine towns you will find scenes that look like they have been lifted straight off a greetings card. We have a range of itineraries on offer which provide a contrast between small, intimate towns and visits to larger, busier cities, many of which feature the exciting Austrian Christmas Markets in November and December.
Alternatively, there is our Danube Christmas Markets Cruise that allows you to leave the train behind for a few days and travel in style onboard our ship with its beautifully appointed, elegant cabins, delicious food and evening entertainment.
The ship docks at select locations as it passes through Austria, some of which include visits to delightful Austrian Christmas Markets selling seasonal gifts, handmade crafts, trinkets and a variety of food and drink. By visiting the Austrian Christmas Markets, it is guaranteed that you will start feeling festive with snow covered roofs all around, twinkling fairy lights and sweet aromas of mulled wine and gingerbread in the air.
The country's capital Vienna holds an Austrian Christmas Market each year in December. The main market is held at the front of the town hall, however, there are wooden stalls situated all over the city, giving you plenty of opportunity to find presents and souvenirs for friends and relatives back home. As well as the market stalls there are plenty of impressive sights to see around Vienna, including the Hofburg Palace and the famous Opera House. Why not give your feet a rest in one of the many coffee houses, or perhaps treat yourself to a Mozart or Strauss concert?
Another of the larger cities we visit on our tours is Salzburg, situated in the East of the country. Famous for its Baroque architecture and being the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg also has its own Austrian Christmas Market. Located around the city's cathedral in the historic Old Town, the market sells traditional homemade and seasonal goods as well as typically Austrian food and drink. All around you will hear choirs of carol singers as you watch horse-drawn carriages passing by giving their tours of the city.
The Tyrol is another region to which we provide a variety of tours. If you enjoy visiting Christmas Markets in Austria then Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol, may appeal to you. With temperatures often falling below zero, this cold, crisp city surrounded by high snow-capped mountains will bestow an especially festive feeling into any traveller. Here the Austrian Christmas Market is set in the heart of the Old Town and consists of dozens of stalls selling various hand-crafted goods, particularly sweets. In contrast to city visits we provide tours to more intimate towns such as Mayrhofen in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol, reached by a narrow gauge railway known as the Zillertalbahn. A vintage steam locomotive hauls the restored four-wheeled carriages through the Ziller Valley up to Mayrhofen where you will see traditional alpine farms mixed with modern hotels. Have a browse through our choice of holidays and you will be sure to find your perfect Christmas in Austria.
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