Catch the Christmas in Europe spirit in Wurzburg and medieval Rothenburg, visit Prague and Berlin as well as the popular Christmas Markets in Nuremberg and Dresden!
If you ask Germans about the three most popular Christmas Markets in the country, you will most probably have Nuremberg and Dresden on this list. This Christmas Market Holiday combines those popular Markets with Wurzburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber (along the Romantic Road), Berlin, Frankfurt and Prague.
The Vacation Package from/to Frankfurt International Airport is a Rail/Express Coach combination tour, the rail tickets included are valid in 2nd-class (see the tableau this is already included in the price of your tour). It is possible to upgrade all of the Rail Tickets to 1st-class Rail for an extra of US $ 259.00 per person (which also includes the reservation fee for specific seats)! Here you find everything that is included in the price of this tour such as rail tickets, admissions, tours, accommodation, buffet breakfast.
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|two sharing a double room||one in a single room||three sharing a triple room|
|US $ 1,479||US $ 2,279||US $ 1,319|
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Day 1 Frankfurt
Start your Central Europe Christmas Rail Tour with a train ride from Frankfurt Int. Aiprort to Frankfurt Central Station (travel time about 11 minutes). Frankfurt is a very modern metropolis which nevertheless offers many historic sites such as the Romerberg (hill of the Romans) with its beautifully restored timber-framed houses, of course the Goethe Haus where the world famous poet once lived, the Paulskirche, symbol for democracy and freedom in Germany, “Alt-Sachsenhausen“, where in Schellgasse number 6 you will find Frankfurt’s oldest timber-framed house which was built around 1291, to name only a few of Frankfurt’s historic landmarks.
The Frankfurt museum riverbank is one of the most important locations for museums in Germany and Europe. The exhibition buildings are lined up on both sides of the Main riverbank, several famous museums are to be found in the city centre. Visit the “Stadel“, the German Museum of Architecture as well as the Museum of Applied Art or the “Schirn Kunsthalle” to name only a very few. Don’t miss out on Frankfurt’s “Zeil“, a huge pedestrian zone where shopping is the name of the game. So, if you arrive early enough in Frankfurt, visiting this interesting metropolis is certainly worthwhile.
Frankfurt’s Christmas market is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, its beginnings reaching back to the year 1393. The location on Roemerberg square is very romantic, the market attracts over 3 million visitors every year. Advent concerts and trumpet-playing from the tower of St.-Nicholas’s -Church are part of the daily program.
Day 2 Berlin
By train you will get from Frankfurt to Berlin, your hotel is located near Potsdamer Platz. Germany´s capital city is the first stop at your Imerial Europe Rail Tour and a great and dynamic metropolis. The unification of East and West Berlin 25 years ago changed the city in many ways. Berlin fascinates visitors it’s culture and history are unique.
Your vacation package includes the 48 hour Berlin Welcome Card. With this card you will have discounts to 200 museums, city tours and attractions and it includes a pass for unlimited free use of the Berlin public transportation system. With your tour package you will receive Berlin Walking tour suggestions as well as information about the public buses “M100” and “M200”: the buses are public double decker buses which cover many sights of Berlin and are a perfect way to explore the city by hopping on and off those buses. They run very frequently all day from 5am until midnight and if you take both routes you will have a circle taking you from the former Center of East Berlin (“Berlin Alexanderplatz”) to the Center of West Berlin (“Bahnhof Zoo”, “Ku´damm” shopping area). Bus M200 takes you south of the “Tiergarten” to West Berlin´s Bahnhof Zoo where you may want to visit the “Gedachtniskirche” (Memorial Church) as well as the KaDeWe, continental Europe´s largest compartment store, which is located close to the Ku´damm. Bus M100 takes you back through the Tiergarten and partly north of it, passing the “Siegessaule” (Victory Column), Bellevue Palace (built in 1786 for the younger brother of Friedrich II, Ferdinand of Prussia, today: seat of the Germany´s President), the Reichstag (German Parliament), the Brandenburg Gate and the Museum Island back to Berlin Alexanderplatz.
Berlin during Christmas time, a metropolis with almost 80 Christmas Markets to wander around and enjoy. One of the most scenic ones is located on the square of the “Gendarmenmarkt“. Thanks to its beautiful setting in between the “Franzoesischer Dom” (French Cathedral) and the “Deutscher Dom” (German Cathedral), the Christmas market at the “Gendarmenmarkt” is one of the most atmospheric in the city.
Day 3 Berlin
On your second day in Berlin along your Central Europe Christmas Rail Tour your Berlin Welcome Card will still be valid. However, your tour package also includes walking suggestions which cover many of the sights around Brandenburg Gate which can best be visited by foot. From the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (German Parliament) the walking tour passes by the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, to Berlin´s new city center, the “Potsdamer Platz”, to “Checkpoint Charlie”, to East Berlin´s Culture- and Shopping Street “Friedrichstrasse” (site of the “golden twenties”), to the “Gendarmenmarkt”, where the German and French cathedrals are located, via the promenade street “Unter den Linden” to the Museum Island.
The remains of the wall can be visited at Berlin´s East Side Gallery where parts of the wall have been turned into a piece of art. If you are interested in Third Reich history a “must visit” is the documentation center “Topography of Terror“. It is located at the site from where the Nazis planned and managed most of their crimes. For those of you interested to visit a Concentration Camp Memorial site: a half day trip to the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg can be arranged (see Day 7 of our History Rail Tour “Fascination and Terror –Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”).
In the evening you may want to visit another Christmas Market. How about the Christmas Market at Potsdamer Platz, called “Winter World“? Next to the high-rise buildings which were built right after unification the Christmas Market at the Potsdamer Platz does also have an open air ice rink.
Day 4 Dresden
After breakfast the “EuroCity” train will take you from Berlin directly to Dresden. Your hotel is in walking distance from the rail station. You will enjoy a Hop-on Hop-off City tour of Dresden – the bus will take you to the major sights of the city and the ticket is valid all day. Dresden, the river Elbe and the gently rolling landscape between Saxon Switzerland and Meissen determine the nature in which the city is embedded. The Dresden Elbe valley extends some 18 kilometers along the Elbe river from Ubigau Palace and Ostragehege fields to the Pillnitz Palace and the Elbe River island. The Dresden Elbe valley features a combination of landscape and culture which is crowned by the Pillnitz Palace and the centre of Dresden with its many monuments and parks. Dresden is a modern city with lots of history inside, and as the inhabitants are known for their special charm, every visitor will feel welcome immediately. There are many interesting places to see, such as the Frauenkirche (Church Of Our Lady), the Dresden Zwinger, the Semper Opera House and the Royal Palace, to name just a few. There are magnificent promenades along the river Elbe which wait to be discovered as well as many museums and cultural highlights awaiting the interested visitor.
Of course the Christmas Market in Dresden, the “Striezelmarkt” which dates back to 1434. It is located on the “Altmarkt” Market Square, located right in the historical city center of Dresden. A must try when you visit the Christmas Market in Dresden is the “Dresden Christstollen”, a local Christmas Cake, very delicious and famous and throughout Germany. The Striezelmarkt is also popular for its Christmas pyramids, smoking figures and candle holders from which are traditionally made in the nearby mountains of the “Erzgebirge“. At the Christmas Market in Dresden you also find the world’s tallest Christmas pyramid and the world’s biggest nut cracker.
Day 5 Prague
After breakfast you will take the“EuroCity” train from Dresden directly to Prague. Travel time is about 4 hours. Your hotel is in Prague is in walking distance of Prague Central Station. The Old Town of Prague can easily be explored by foot from your hotel. You have all afternoon and evening to see many of the highlights: Karluv Most (Charles Bridge), probably the most beautiful medieval bridge to be found today, the Old Town Square, dominated by the Church of Our Lady of Tyn as well as the Town Hall with its Town Hall Clock (Orloj) which was first installed in 1410. Watch the procession of the twelve Apostles, an hourly event which one should not miss, the Powder Tower (Prasna brana) … and many more!
In the evening you may want to visit the Old Town Square. Here and at close by Wenceslas Square the major Christmas Markets in Prague take place. Unlike most markets in Germany they are also open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Stroll around the wooden stalls which sell traditional handicrafts, glassware, jewelry, Christmas tree ornaments, puppets and dolls beautifully dressed in traditional costumes and much more as well as culinary delights!
Day 6 Prague
Today you have the option to join a free English-speaking walking tour of Prague (information on how to reserve this tour will be provided). This tour will give you an overall impression of the marvelous historic Old Town of Prague. In the afternoon, you may take a closer look on your own since the city of Prague can be easily explored by foot. Maybe you want to start at the Hradschin (Prague Castle), which is the largest medieval castle complex in Europe. Then there is St.Georgskloister where one can literally spend hours marveling at bohemian works of art reaching from Gothic to Baroque. Shrouded in legend is the Golden Alley with its little houses where the alchemists of the 16th century lived and worked. Adjacent to the Prague Castle is Hradcany Square where you will find buildings that are outstanding even in a city like Prague, such as the Lobkowicz Palace hosting the Military Museum or Strahov Cloister with its richly adorned library. From here you can take a walk to the Petrin, a hill on the left bank of the Vltava river. Climb the 299 steps to the top of the steel watchtower; the view over the Golden City is worth every single step you had to climb! There are many more monuments, buildings, romantic spots and historic places to visit in the Golden City; Prague is a treasure chest for everyone who wants to experience history in a very lively and beautiful setting. And to be able to visit the Christmas Markets during this festive season is just another highlight!
Day 7 Nuremberg
Today you will take the Express Coach from Prague to Nuremberg. The city’s history reaches back to the year 1050, its name “nourenberc” translating into “rocky hill”. Nuremberg’s famous landmark, the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), towers above the Old Town, which is protected by the 5 kilometers long city wall with its many towers.
When exploring the beauty of Nuremberg’s medieval Old Town, you can start at the Koenigstor (“Kingsgate”), from where the timber framed buildings, the Gothic Church of St. Lawrence and the Church of St. Sebaldus can be easily reached by foot. Right next to the Koenigstor there is the Handwerkerhof (craft center), here you will feel like you are back in the medieval times, there are craft workshops like they used to have a long time ago as well as a gingerbread bakery.
The Christkindles Markt in Nuremberg is one of the most popular ones in Germany. It is located on Hauptmarkt square, one can enjoy the delicious Nuremberger Bratwurst (sausages) while marveling at the beautifully decorated stalls offering local and traditional handicrafts and specialties in a medieval atmosphere.
The historic flair of Nuremberg with the Old Town surrounded by historic City Walls and the impressive Imperial Castle (which has never been conquered) let Adolf Hitler during the Third Reich choose Nuremberg as the location for their Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Within the monumental Congress Hall a museum and documentation center opened in 2001. Its permanent exhibition “Faszination und Gewalt” (Fascination and Terror) is concerned with the causes, connections, and consequences of the Nazi movement in Germany. So if you are interested in WWII and German Third Reich history you may want to consider a . Information about the Rally Grounds can be found in our blog “Documentation Center Nazi Rally Grounds”.
Day 8 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
In the morning you go by train from Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany`s most beautiful medival cities. Taking a walk thru this charming little town is truly a journey back in time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was once a powerful free imperial town and its monuments, landmarks and buildings still bear witness to these days. Marvel at the half-timbered buildings and at town walls which have stood for hundreds of years, protecting the city since the Middle Ages. Visit the town’s most famous spot, the Ploenlein square, probably the most photographed place in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Also very interesting to see is the Spitalbastei Gate, created by Leonhard Weidmann, the Latin inscription on the gate reading: ” Peace to those who enter, health to those who leave”. The Gothic St. James Church is the town’s most prominent church, here you can take a minute and relax in quietness while you enjoy the beauty of the famous Altar of the Holy Blood and the Twelve Apostles Altar. Every step you take in this old town is a step thru history with yet another beautiful spot to be discovered around the corner.
Rothenburg also offers museums which are cultural highlights, such as the Doll and Toy Museum where the history of playthings is shown, as well as the Crime Museum, where the visitor gets an insight into the law and especially its execution during the last 700 years. A highlight will be the English-speaking tour with the Night Watchman which starts at 8pm (included). Before you join the tour you may want to visit the charming Christmas Market located right in front of the historic Town Hall (from where your tour starts).
Day 9 Wurzburg
Take a train from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Wurzburg. The city is idyllically located in the midst of vineyards, with the medieval Fortress Marienberg towering above. Wurzburg is an old bishop’s seat and a lively town, proudly presenting monuments of different eras. Culture, art, history and hospitality are ever-present in this remarkable city! Fortress Marienberg, Wurzburg´s landmark, has of course changed its appearance a great deal since it was first mentioned, today the oldest part of the fortress is the “Rundkirche” (round church) which was built in the year one thousand. The Cathedral, the Marienkapelle, the “Alte Mainbrucke” (old bridge across the river Main ), the Juliusspital and the “Kappele” are musts, but make sure that you do not miss out on the “Furstbischofliche Residenz“, Prince Bishops Residence (admission included). This “Palace above all Palaces” is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy the beautiful Christmas Market in Wurzburg. The maket in Wurzburg is very atmospheric, the wooden stalls are decorated with lights and Christmas ornaments! If you do not have dinner at the Christmas Market you will find typical Franconian restaurants in Wurzburg Old Town which serve a hearty cuisine and, of course, the world famous Frankenwein (Franconian white wine).
Day 10 Frankfurt Int. Airport
Take the train from Wurzburg to Frankfurt Int. Airport where your Central Europe Christmas Rail Tour ends. Please let us know if you would like to extend your tour by adding a night or two – we will be happy to arrange this for you.Would you like to download an overview of the 10 Day Central Europe Christmas Rail Tour (10R01) as a pdf to print it out or to forward it to a friend? Please download it right here:
|Day 1 - Frankfurt Int. Airport to Frankfurt/ Frankfurt||Unrestricted train ticket (not restricted to a specific time or train type - also valid for High-Speed "ICE" trains) from Frankfurt Int. Airport to Frankfurt Central Station (travel time about 11 minutes)||Hotel Concord (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Frankfurt Central Station|
|Day 2 - Frankfurt to Berlin/ Berlin||Train ticket from Frankfurt directly to Berlin (travel time about 4:20 hours), ticket for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (buses, trams, subways) within Berlin||Amano Grand Central (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Berlin Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Frankfurt, 48-hour Berlin Welcome Card (free use of public transportation system; discounts on many cultural and touristic highlights)|
|Day 3 - Berlin||Ticket for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (buses, trams, subways) within Berlin||Amano Grand Central (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Berlin Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Berlin, 48-hour Berlin Welcome Card (free use of public transportation system; discounts on many cultural and touristic highlights)|
|Day 4 - Berlin to Dresden/ Dresden||Train ticket from Berlin directly to Dresden (travel time about 2:00 hours)||Hotel Pullmann Dresden Newa (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Dresden Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Berlin, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus ticket in Dresden (valid all day)|
|Day 5 - Dresden to Prague/ Prague||Train ticket from Dresden directly to Prague (travel time about 2:20 hours)||987 Design Hotel Prague (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Prague Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Dresden|
|Day 6 - Prague||no train ticket needed||987 Design Hotel Prague (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Prague Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Prague|
|Day 7 - Prague to Nuremberg/ Nuremberg||Coach ticket from Prague Central Station to Nurmberg (travel time about 3:40 hrs)||Hotel Victoria (or similar if not available), located within the Old Town, right across from Nuremberg Central Station - 3 walking minutes)||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Prague|
|Day 8 - Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber/ Rothenburg ob Tauber||Train ticket from Nuremberg to Rothenburg (travel time about 1:15 hours)||Hotel Spitzweg (or similar if not available), located within the Old Town, right across from Rothenburg Central Station - 10 walking minutes)||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Nuremberg, english speaking tour with the Night Watchman|
|Day 9 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Wurzburg/ Wurzburg||Train ticket from Rothenburg ob der Tauber directly to Wurzburg (travel time about 1:10 hours)||Wurzburger Hof (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Wurzburg Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Rothenburg ob der Tauber|
|Day 10 - Wurzburg to Frankfurt Int. Airport/ Frankfurt Int. Airport||Train ticket from Wurzburg directly to Frankfurt Int. Airport (travel time about 1:30 hours)||no hotel needed||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Wurzburg|
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8-DAY ROMANTIC ROAD CHRISTMAS TOUR We completed our tour and I wanted to thank you for the fine work you did in arranging everything for us. The car was the perfect size! As we went from Christmas Market to Christmas Market, the amount of gifts we purchased grew to the point where we had to purchase another suitcase to carry all the gifts home with us. All of the hotels were very well located. It was wonderful staying close to or in the old parts of the cities we visited. The weather was a bit difficult, being cold and snowy at times….We loved your suggested dining places and suggest that you include more of these in your tour information sheets for other cities. When there are two nights, it would be nice to have two separate restaurants to visit. In Wurzburg, we particularly enjoyed the Ratskeller. Also, I would suggest that in your tour information sheets that you include the German names for the places to visit either instead of or along with the English translation. The navigation system we brought with us did not have the English translations for any of the tour stops. Also, if we had to ask for help from people in the towns we visited, the German name would be very important. – Bob E.,Chicago, USA
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Excellent job organizing the trip for us to Germany, Austria and Prague. Excellent hotels. Excellent upgrades to first class trains delivered ahead of time in packet at first hotel. I would highly recommend to anyone. Easier to do than I had imagined. Thank you for everything.
Our customized 14-day Christmas Market tour of Germany and the Czech Republic was totally amazing. We are fairly seasoned travelers (aged 72 and 67) and have visited over 50 countries. The entire program that you customized for us was truly amazing. From the great pre-trip communications and information you provided, to our arrival back home, everything you did and arranged contributed to one of the very best trips we have ever taken.
Visiting the Christmas Markets was a real “bucket list” highlight, but the wonderful hotels, their locations, and your great transportation arrangements were “icing on the cake.” The only minor suggestions for improvement that I have is that I agree with a few other reviewers that better directions to the hotels (no north/south, east/west directions out of the train stations) would be an improvement and including a few more restaurant suggestions would be nice. However, neither was a major problem for us, as the people in both Germany and the Czech Republic were ALWAYS so friendly and helpful.
I can not express adequately how impressed I was with how promptly and effectively Michaela and the To-Europe team handled a problem we had in Dresden when the hotel informed us that we still needed to pay for our room. I contacted To-Europe, and within just a few hours the situation was straightened out. This was on a Sunday! What great customer support!!!
Thanks so much for what really was a trip of a lifetime.
From the first contact with the team at to-Europe I was confident of a great trip. We were a group of 6 (3 couples) .The quick responses to questions and the sending of all documentation went without a hitch.
The hotels were all of a very high quality (especially in Prague) and all the breakfasts were substantial and varied.
The location of the hotels was exceptional. Close to the main stations (I do understand a recent review about heading north or south on arrival as that was a little confusing but we asked questions of people and didn't take long to get where we were headed.).
There was an issue with one hotel but the response from the team was quick and efficient so felt we were not abandoned in Central Europe.
The trip to Rothenburg did need two changes. A suggestion would be to have the two nights as we did in Nuremburg and undertake it as a day trip as we did which made it a lot easier without baggage except for all the goodies we bought!
All the inclusions were really appreciated and meant that there was less outlay wherever we went.
The suggested walking tours (self guided ones) were excellent especially in Berlin.
I would highly recommend this company and would travel with them again .
Thank you to-Europe for all of your work and efficiency..
We were very pleased with our trip, the organization was excellent, the hotels were simply amazing and the travel passes came in very handy. It was very nice to have the extra tours and information in each city. However, we did find some surprises in our package on arrival in Frankfurt. We were not aware of a bus trip and if we had not checked the day before at the station would have missed it. Also, one train ticket was labelled open, yet apparently was reserved as first class at a specific time. We did miss this one, but it did not affect travel as another train came almost immediately. As well, travel from Rothenburg to Wurtzburg required three very quick exchanges between trains. This was not easy and almost caused injury rushing between platforms, up stairs (no escalator/elevators). We realize these tours are for experienced travelers, but felt the Google directions were a poor substitute for actual directions. With a company of this size, it would be better to send an employee on each trip and get a first hand description of directions, like "exit front of station, go to cross lights and cross street. Turn left and go two blocks down to such street, turn right to hotel." Saying north/south means nothing to some travelers. The kindness of the German people saved us a lot of anxiety. We did not stay out after dark, we did not feel safe where our hotels were located. We realize they were close to the train station, and were grateful for this, but it also attracted a lot of groups of youth, and homeless at night. We would have rather paid for a taxi and had a hotel further away, but then that being said, our hotels were simply amazing inspite of the area.
We would recommend this tour , it was an experience we will never forget. The wonderful people, food and sights vastly made up for the travel instruction problems.
We recently completed a 10 day Central Europe Christmas Markets Train tour and we had a fabulous time. From the outset, Michaela and the team at to-Europe were a pleasure to deal with and very responsive. They made customisation of the tour easy and we had a great time. The accommodation was good and easy to access, and, of course, the Christmas markets were amazing, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
Thomas and To-Europe Team,
We absolutely loved our 12 day tour of German Christmas markets. All hotel accommodations were comfortable with excellent breakfasts. Any questions we had regarding the tour were answered quickly. Everything was perfectly arranged. We felt very comfortable navigating Germany and Prague with instructions provided with this independent tour. We would definitely book another trip with To-Europe again.
Ben and Sarah
I can't say enough about to-Europe and their exceptional planning, communication, responsiveness and assistance for our trip. Not to mention that the trip itself was perfect. We added a few days at the end of the trip and Thomas made all the arrangements for us, it was flawless. Our reservations, train tickets, and all other paperwork worked perfect. I must say the hotels that we stayed in were beyond our expectations, they were all fabulous. And the breakfast are huge. All staff in each hotel were very nice and helpful. Only thing I would change next time is to stay more than one day in each city. However, I now know that to-Europe can design your tour to your expectations and desires. I have already recommended to-Europe to friends who have checked out the website and are very impressed. I'm already planning my next trip back to Europe in my head, and have no doubt to-Europe will be my go to tour planners. Thank you for an exceptional trip. - Gail S, Oregon USA