Visiting Europe’s Christmas Markets on a Viking River Cruise

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I’ve always heard that the European Christmas markets are spectacular but to be honest, I’d never had a strong desire to see them since I’m more of a warm weather kind of guy. I’d rather visit Europe in the spring, summer or autumn and save my winter travel for places like the South Pacific or […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Bratislava, Slovakia

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DAY 6: Bratislava, Slovakia Friday Bratislava is only a 40-minute drive from Vienna so it doesn’t take long to get there by boat. Bratislava is the capital Slovakia and is the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary. We arrived early and skipped the walking tour to explore the city on […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Durnstein, Austria

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Durnstein While most of the passengers went on an optional wine tour to sample some local vintages from this famous, wine-producing region, Natalie and I walked into the small village with a population of 250; it was a short 10-minute walk. There is no longer a Christmas market here – that ended a few years […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Melk, Austria

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DAY 4: Melk, Austria Wednesday This was the one day we overslept, which was a bummer because we missed the morning tour of the 900-year-old abbey at Melk. We later walked up there (about 20 minutes from the boat) but they wouldn’t let us into the Benedictine monastery without a guide and during the winter […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Linz, Austria

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DAY 3: Linz & Salzburg, Austria Tuesday We woke up in Linz, Austria and after breakfast aboard our boat, we boarded one of the four tour buses headed to the city of Salzburg. It’s a scenic two-hour drive through the Austrian countryside when we returned back to the boat in time for dinner but skipped […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Passau, Germany

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DAY 1: Passau, Germany Sunday We flew into Munich, then met a Viking guide outside of baggage claim and boarded the transfer bus with other passengers to our ship in Passau. The ride takes just under two hours and most people slept. Cabins aren’t ready until around 3pm so plan your flights accordingly. We arrived […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Vienna, Austria

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DAY 5: Vienna, Austria Thursday We woke up in the Austrian capital of Vienna. This is the one destination we needed to take a bus into the center of town since it’s a good 20-minute ride without traffic. Some passengers took the subway, which was smart because our ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Budapest, Hungary

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DAY 7: Budapest, Hungary Saturday The day began by getting up early and going on a bus tour of both sides of the city: the older Buda and more cosmopolitan Pest. Our boat was docked on the Pest side in an ideal location — right across the street from the Four Seasons Gresham Palace (If […]