The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, in Europe it’s made more enchanting with the tradition of Vienna, Austriaoutdoor Christmas markets. Most towns and cities offer up these beloved winter wonderlands each one a sensory sensation. Twinkling Christmas lights illuminate the many vendor stalls while the scents of evergreen boughs and bratwurst mingle with the aroma of hot, spicy wine to the tune of local choirs and concerts.
One of the best ways to enjoy a variety of cities and their markets is on a river cruise. Plan ahead, these sailings sell out a year in advance. River boat cruising has the advantage of letting you enjoy many ports of call, effortlessly traveling while you sleep, with the simplicity of unpacking only once. Bring an extra suitcase because these fairytale markets offer irresistible holiday shopping treasures.