Christmas Markets on the Danube
A short cruise on the Danube from Vienna to Budapest and Bratislava during the Advent season taking in some of the most enchanting Christmas markets in Europe
Austria conjures up images of alpine scenery, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the waltz, Klimt, Freud and extremely stylish cities. The country’s rich heritage gives every visitor plenty to explore and enjoy – whether you are a history enthusiast, lover of the arts or interested in capturing some of the most breath-taking scenery in Europe.
Lovers of creativity will be spoilt for choice during our Austria tours. The Baroque and Art Nouveau periods produced some exquisite art and architecture by the likes of Egon Schiele and Otto Wagner respectively. There are also many theatres and concert halls from which to appreciate the beauty of Franz Schubert’s music and Johann Strauss’ world-famous waltz.
Austria’s history is set against a mountainous backdrop, with nearly half of the country covered in forest too. As well as the spectacular sea of green trees, highlights include the chic capital Vienna, its traditional alpine villages and the River Danube. Our Austrian river cruises offer an idyllic way to glide through the picturesque landscape, admiring the UNESCO listed Wachau Valley, traditional towns and beautiful flora that characterises this magnificent country.
There’s several cruises in Austria to choose from that allow you to explore at a gentle pace. Secret Danube tour takes you on a truly unforgettable journey on the Danube river, where you will glide through Bulgarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian and Hungarian capitals and countryside. Wander through the traditional old town of Constanta. Visit Bucharest, the Romanian capital, known as ‘Little Paris’ and Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, also known as the ‘White Castle’. Sail past the Iron Gates gorge and into Budapest, the Hungarian capital - one of the most dramatic cities on the Danube.
The Grand Tour of Austria takes you to see both the magnificent alpine beauty and unique cultural landmarks. Visit Beethoven’s home, the Imperial Crypt and the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz and Mayerling in Vienna. Then hop on a train to Salzburg, where you will have a full-day tour of the Lake District including Lakes Fuschl and Mondsee.
Alternatively, you could immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of the Tirol – one of the world’s premier winter destinations thanks to its fine hotels and dramatic scenery. There is so much to do here, from torchlight walks and horse-drawn sleigh rides to simply appreciating the untold beauty of the area. Austria tours to Tirol depart between December and March, when the mountainous backdrops are at their best. Visit in December to experience a magical Christmas atmosphere or later in the season when the weather is milder.
Austria has a moderate climate than can be enjoyed year-round. Temperatures vary depending on where you find yourself and the time of year you visit. That’s why each of our Austrian river cruises and tours depart at times of year when they can be best enjoyed.
Some trips run solely during the warmer summer months, as the pleasant temperatures are perfect for exploring cultural cities and vibrant landscapes. Other tours run purely in winter, when travellers can best enjoy festive markets and snow-capped mountains.
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Vienna and the Danube are inextricably linked with a fine musical heritage – a mini-cruise from Vienna to Budapest and Bratislava enjoying a special music and sightseeing programme
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Weather & Climate
Austria enjoys a moderate continental climate: summers are warm and pleasant with cool nights. Winters are sunny.
When to go
The best time to visit Austria is June to September for those seeking sunshine and low rainfall, whilst November to March are ideal for those seeking snow swept landscapes.
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"Filled with festive colours, scents and flavours, European Christmas markets are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit."
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