To Christmas markets by train: our top 5
The countdown to Christmas has begun! Thankfully you don't have to wait till the second half of December to get into the mood. At the end of November, there are enjoyable Christmas markets all over Europe. With stalls, an ice rink or Ferris wheel, lots of food and lights wherever you look. All are easily accessible by train.
And the winner is… London! Enjoy great Christmas markets, beautifully lit streets and special shop windows in Europe's Christmas shopping capital. It's easy to get there with Eurostar. On the way there, you need to change trains once, but on the way home you can sit back and relax. Ideal as you’re travelling back with all those shopping bags. There is now an increased availability of cheap tickets: our Christmas present to you. Cheers to an unforgettable Christmas!
In the metropolis of Berlin, you will find no less than 100 Christmas markets. There's something for everyone! Go to Alexanderplatz, for example, where you'll see a complete fair next to quaint stalls. Or would you rather dream away from the beautifully lit Schloß Charlottenburg? With Intercity Berlin, you can travel quickly and comfortably to this Christmas market walhalla. You can decide which markets to visit while on the train.
The city of Sissi, opera, classical arts, and baroque architecture, and one of the most atmospheric Christmas markets. It’s like Christmas was created for this beautiful city. Vienna is well worth a visit. Feel free to take a few days off to soak up the typical Viennese Christmas atmosphere. ICE International brings you from Amsterdam to Vienna with two layovers. You can also travel at night with ÖBB Nightjet, which departs from Dusseldorf. The Christmas market in Vienna is open from 15 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.
At the end of the year, Dusseldorf's city centre changes into a fairytale land. Walk from square to square through decorated shopping streets and shop till you drop. And do occasionally stop to refuel with a cup of hot chocolate. If you travel with ICE International, you can of course also enjoy a glass of Glühwein. The train will take you straight home so that you can relax in your favourite chair.
At the largest Christmas market in Belgium, 240 stalls sell a wide variety of Christmas items: from lovely gifts to delicious Belgian delicacies. In the Ferris wheel – which is decorated with 18,000 lights – you can look out over all the stalls and the ice rink.Intercity Brussels takes you quickly to the heart of the city. You'll board the train, and before you know it, you've arrived. Brussels is that close!