Whether looking for the perfect day trip during the festive season or organising a large-scale coach transfer for a group, one of the best and most popular choices is to visit a Christmas market in Europe. But with so many to choose from, which are the must-see markets when organising your Winter coach trips? Here are some of the highlights.
A Fairy Tale in Bruges
The ever-popular medieval city of Bruges holds one of Europe’s favourite Christmas markets thanks to its magical, chocolate-box setting which you can explore at the same time as visiting its charming market. As well as traditional stalls and an ice rink, why not take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the cobbled streets, find a Belgium waffle or two, or even climb the 366 steps of the Belfry to take in the festive sights below.
With their first market held in 1298, Austria’s beautiful Christmas market in Vienna is one of Europe’s oldest. Taking place in front of City Hall, there are over 150 stalls, providing everything from hearty sausages to delicious punch to warm the cockles. It’s a place for all the family, with activities including reindeer rides and Christmas workshops for children, as well as a large ice rink for all to brave.
Markets Across France
From the illuminated lights and half-timber houses of Colmar to the Frozen Fairyland in Metz, France really goes to town when it comes to Christmas markets, attracting visitors from all over the world. However, one of the highlights has to be the famous Strasbourg Christmas market with events taking place across the city. This includes over 300 stalls to enjoy, a live nativity and a range of concerts, so you’ll find plenty to help you get into the festive spirit.
A Tale of Two Markets in Prague
The Czech Republic’s capital, Prague, has two offerings, including one located in the Old Town Square and the other in Wenceslas Square. Situated within a few minutes from one another on foot, you can visit both in one outing. In such a romantic setting, you can explore the beautiful city while taking in the traditional wooden huts, huge Christmas tree and mouth-watering local treats on offer.
If you don’t fancy a trip abroad this Winter, two of the best Christmas markets in the UK are open in Bath and Winchester. Bath’s offering is ideal for those who love shopping, with their market lining the picturesque streets with over 180 chalets. You can find anything from personalised gifts and festive decorations to tasty snacks and mulled wine. Over half a million visitors a year also enjoy Winchester’s Christmas market, where you can find an array of food and drink options, British crafts and an enchanting nativity scene.
Want to organise a Christmas market coach trip?
Speak to the team at Mayday Travel who have experienced in-house planners and a range of coach travel options for you to take advantage of, including reliable pickup and drop-offs. We help customers across London, Surrey and the South East, including areas of Camden, Battersea and Chelsea. Call 020 8680 5111 now to arrange your Winter outing.