British Airways (BA/BAW) has announced a winter warmer offer with short breaks to Christmas Markets in Europe from just £99 per person.
With summer firmly over and the weather turning autumnal its definitely the time when most of us turn our attention to winter breaks and for many, that means a trip to a European city for a Christmas market.
Gothenburg, Vienna and Budapest are high on the list for many as the offer some of the very best pre-Christmas atmosphere to be found in Europe.
With that in mind, British Airways holidays are offering some special deals.
Gothenburg (November 25 to December 29 2019)
Combine a city break and shopping for unique gifts with a visit to one of the many Christmas markets in Gothenburg where festive knits, food, cake and Glögg can be found in abundance.
The largest Christmas Market in Scandinavia can be found at Liseberg, where millions of Christmas lights transform the amusement park into a glittering winter wonderland.
In the old district of Haga and Gunnebo House and Gardens, cosier markets can be found offering Christmas scents, arts and crafts stall and unique gift ideas. Kronhusjul – in one of Gothenburg’s oldest buildings – is a must for those longing for a classic Christmas feel in a traditional environment.
British Airways Holidays offers two nights at the 4* Scandic Backadal from £189 per person, travelling December 1 to December 15. Includes Euro Traveller return flights from Heathrow and accommodation with breakfast.
Budapest (November 8 2019 to January 1 2020)
Enjoy tinkling market stalls and majestic architecture during the Christmas season in Budapest, where mulled wine, marzipan candies and traditional chimney cake can be found at a number of Christmas markets.
Handcrafted gifts, Hungarian delicacies and ice skating can be found at the Budapest Basilica Christmas Fair, a traditional market set against the backdrop of St Stephen’s Basilica.
A larger market can be found at the centrally located Vörösmarty Square, where food and craft stalls and nativity scenes can be experienced while enjoying blackcurrant rum punch and Hungarian honey cookies.
British Airways Holidays offers two nights at the 3* City Hotel Ring, from £149 per person, travelling December 2 to December 17. Includes Euro Traveller return flights from Heathrow and accommodation.
Prague (November 30 2019 to January 6 2020)
Christmas markets in Prague are some of the most beautiful in Europe. A winter wonderland of chalet style stalls, Christmas carols, hearty food and local drinks awaits in the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas Square in the New Town. You’ll find the national Christmas tree in the former, amid beautiful baroque architecture, draped in a blaze of lights which are switched on every evening at 4.30pm accompanied by classical music. Prague hosts a number of other charming must-see markets dotted across the Czech capital with an array of festive food and a wide selection of traditional handicrafts, such as ornate glass baubles, delicate embroidered lace and beautiful painted pottery.
British Airways Holidays offers two nights at the 4* Duo, from £99 per person, travelling December 1 to December 17. Includes Euro Traveller return flights from Heathrow and accommodation with breakfast.
British Airways Holidays offers two nights at the 4* International Prague, from £129 per person, travelling December 3 to December 17. Includes Euro Traveller return flights from Heathrow and accommodation with breakfast.
Vienna (November 16 to December 24 2019)
Christmas markets are an age-old part of Austria’s elegant capital, Vienna, with the earliest dating back to 1298 when Albrecht I granted his citizens a December market. Now, they are held all over the city, and are well worth a visit – in particular the Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall.
Set on the Rathausplatz, the Wiener Christkindlmärkt is truly magical. Vienna’s biggest Christmas Market spreads out in front of the magical towers and spires of the gorgeously gothic City Hall to create a fairyland of 150 stalls, Christmas workshops and a carousel. Visitors will find handcrafted gifts, delectable culinary treats and glühwein at every turn, before ice skating through City Hall Park. Revel in the aromas of roasting chestnuts at the nearby Christmas Village Belvedere Palace, which is also a must see, set against a palatial backdrop and with a focus on arts, crafts and traditional foods.
Nuremberg (November 28 to December 23 2019)
Experience Nuremberg at its best with the world famous Christkindlesmarkt on the Hauptmarkt square in the old quarter. With its 400 hundred years of history, the market is unrivalled in its tradition and atmosphere.
Visitors can soak up the medieval charm while enjoying traditional grilled Nuremberg sausages and lebkucken with a glass of glühwein. Over 180 wooden stalls offer traditional wares including sweets, Christmas tree ornaments, candles and toys, whilst brass ensembles and children’s choirs provide festive entertainment. A visit to the Children’s Market is an unforgettable experience for little ones who can take a ride on a merry go round and a steam railway before tucking into some local yuletide treats.
British Airways Holidays offers three nights at the 4* NH Collection Nuernberg City from £299 per person, travelling November 29 to December 24. Includes Euro Traveller return flights from Gatwick and accommodation.
Berlin (November 25 to December 25 2019)
With over 60 Christmas markets, the German capital is filled with the comforting aroma of spiced mulled wine, cheesy tartiflet and grilled sausages throughout the whole of November and December. There is something for everyone from the spectacular Weihnachtsauber at the Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most popular markets in Berlin, to the wonderful Winter World at Potsdamer Platz. Head to Alexanderplatz Christmas market to see Europe’s largest Christmas pyramid, all under the gaze of the famous TV Tower. British Airways Holidays offers two nights at the 3* Comfort Hotel Lichtenberg, from £149 per person, travelling December 1 to December 18. Includes Euro Traveller return flights from Heathrow and accommodation.
These offers must booked October 13. For reservations visit the British Airways Website.