CHRISTMAS MARKETS CRUISE ON THE DANUBE
There are few things more magical than experiencing the lead-up to a European Christmas. The winter air is crisp and, if you’re lucky, you might even experience a light snowfall. The sun sets early and, as the darkness draws in, millions of lights are switched on, turning cities across the continent into veritable fairylands. If, like me, you’re from the Southern Hemisphere, where Christmas is usually hot and sunny, the spectacle is breath-taking. I still have a clear picture of standing in a Christmas Market in Vienna, surrounded by stalls decked out with twinkling Christmas lights, drinking hot gluhwein and munching on a schnitzel wrapped in a toasted sesame bun while a light dusting of snow floated from the sky and settled in the fabric of my jacket.
One of the best ways to experience this magic must surely be on a river cruise from Nuremburg in Germany, over the Continental Divide and down the Danube to Budapest – possibly the most beautiful city I have seen in all my years of barefoot travel.
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