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Christmas Markets of Germany & Denmark

Departed 13th Dec 2018 8 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1838
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Join Balmoral on a magical cruise to Germany and Denmark for the chance to go in search of that special gift or simply soak up the friendly festive atmosphere of some of Europe’s very best Christmas markets.
 

Germany really comes to life at ‘the most wonderful time of year’ and with a day each in Bremen and Hamburg, you’ll have opportunities to enjoy the country’s famous yuletide spirit to the full. In both cities you’ll discover dreamland-esque Christmas markets draped with twinkling lights and decorations and packed with pretty wooden huts selling a variety of gifts and delicious traditional treats such as glühwein and lebkuchen. From Bremen you can also tour to Oldenburg and be enchanted by the Old Quarter, transformed into a dazzling ‘winter wonderland’ at Christmas. Aside from the festive markets there’s much more to pack in too. You could take in the historic structures of Bremen’s UNESCO-listed city centre and the many highlights of Hamburg, including the gothic-style St Nikolai Church, the Chilehaus and the unique Miniatur Wunderland – home to world’s largest model railway – to name just a few. You’ll also experience daytime scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal, passing through this incredible German waterway twice of your unforgettable festive adventure. [ReadMore]

Sandwiched between your calls into Bremen and Hamburg is a full day in Copenhagen. Any time spent in the delightful Danish capital is memorable, but even more so at Christmas when you can savour the fairytale atmosphere and mesmerising displays of light and decoration. A particular highlight is the busy festive market hosted at the legendary Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. You’ll find plenty of stalls offering everything from Nordic handicrafts to tempting local delicacies, such as gløgg wine and æbleskiver apple pancakes. Alternatively you could choose to take a walking tour of the city and see the sights, including the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg Palaces; explore the charming Nyhavn waterfront district; or head to the pedestrianised streets of Strøget, which are lined with lovely cafés and superb shops.