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5 Handpicked Christmas Market Breaks With 4-Star Hotels From €194pp

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Choose one of my handpicked Christmas market breaks to Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin or Krakow, from only €194!

 

Some cities are best seen in winter and Christmas market breaks provide the best excuse to visit. Market stalls have the perfect stocking fillers, aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine waft through the crisp cold air, and if you are lucky you might even catch a Christmas concert. Many markets open late November and stay open until the New Year so you can choose a pre or post Christmas break.

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I have searched the web to bring you some of my favourite Christmas market breaks, so hopefully there will be a break here to suit you. All 4-star hotels are highly rated on Tripadvisor and all breaks are for three nights. If you want to travel at a different time, or for longer or shorter duration, just click on the links below and edit the search to suit your requirements.
 

 

 

Prague, 10th December, 3 Nights, €208pp

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Prague’s Christmas markets are the perfect picture postcard. The old town square, Charles bridge and Prague’s famous castle are all magically illuminated – it is a stunning sight to behold. The old town square and Wenceslas Square are transformed with market stalls selling local hand crafts, traditional hearty food and plenty of mulled wine.
 

 

 
Enjoy school choirs performing in traditional costumes, or better still go to a classical concert. Housed in ancient churches and grand concert halls around the city, it will add a touch of style to your Christmas market break. Prague’s markets are open from 30th November to 6th January.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on Thursday the 10th of December and enjoy a three-night stay at the 4-star Art Hotel for only €208 – with breakfast included! This hotel offers free amendments before the 5th of December and a €10 deposit secures a booking. The Art Hotel is highly rated on Tripadvisor and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

View flights here €130pp

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Budapest, 5th December, 3 Nights, €294pp

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Budapest has several Christmas markets, but Vörösmarty Square is the most popular. Gerbeaud House is transformed into an enormous Advent Calendar and a new window opens daily at 5pm. Street artists perform, Santa makes an appearance and there are plenty of places to relax and take it all in.
 

 

 
St Stephen’s Basilica, is lit up at night time and resembles a Disney like castle – it is spectacular. Take time to visit the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, which are all UNESCO world heritage sites. Most markets open from 22nd November until 1st January. 
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Budapest on the 5th December and enjoy a three-night stay in the 4-star La Prima Fashion Hotel, with breakfast included for just €294pp. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor, this is a great choice to explore all that Budapest has to offer.

View flights here €142pp

View hotel here €152pp
 

 

 

Berlin, 6th December, 3 Nights, €199

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Berlin has a staggering 50 Christmas markets! Winter World at Potsdamer Platz offers ice skating and tobogganing and is perfect for families, while Alexanderplatz and Charlottenburg have traditional wooden stalls and beer houses. Most open late November but some close before New Year. For a full list of Christmas market dates click here. Don’t miss the Spandau market where rock concerts are usually held every Friday and there are over 500 stalls.
 

 

 
Try to make time to see some of Berlin’s top sights too, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate – the list is endless. 

Read my city guide to Berlin here.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 6th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Heckers Hotel for only €199 per person. This hotel receives excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and is superbly located to explore this vibrant city. This hotel rate also allows for free cancellation. 

View flights here €96pp

View hotel here €103pp
 

 

 

Krakow, 8th December, 3 Nights, €194!

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The old town of Krakow has Europe’s largest market square, and is packed with market stalls selling local hand crafts and tasty food. The city comes alive at night time with live bands playing in trendy basement clubs.
 

 

 
Krakow is a great choice for a city break at any time of year. The historical centre is very easy to navigate and I loved its relaxed vibe. Take time to visit the stunning Wawel castle, walk through the Jewish quarter to see Oscar Schindler’s factory, and if you can bear it, visit nearby Auschwitz . Krakow’s Christmas Market is open from the 27th November until 26th December.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Krakow on the 8th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Ostoya Palace Hotel. Centrally located with great reviews on Tripadvisor, this is superb value to enjoy a Christmas market break in Krakow.  

View flights here €113pp

View hotel here €81pp
 

 

 

Vienna, 11th December, 3 Nights, €279pp

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Christmas markets in Vienna have been a tradition since 1298. Would you believe there are over 20 different markets here? International choir singers perform free of charge and the Christmas atmosphere is truly magical. The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is the most popular and even offers a specific children’s area, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies and decorations.  
 

 

 
Vienna’s markets start a little earlier than most but most close on the 26th of December– see more here.  
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on the 11th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in one of Vienna’s most popular hotels, the Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof Zeitgeist Hotel. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor this hotel will ensure a memorable stay in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

View flights here €104pp

View hotel here €175
 

 

 

Looking for more inspiration for Christmas market breaks? 

 

Read: Europe’s Top 10 Christmas Market Breaks 

 

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Sarah

 

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Pottering around wooden market stalls, listening to carol singing and sipping mulled wine in crisp December air – visiting Christmas markets is a great way to kick off the festive season. But which one should you choose?

 
My top tip if you are visiting any of Europe’s Christmas markets is – watch your dates! Although some markets are open earlier, the majority do not not open until the last weekend of November. There is not much point booking Prague for the 22nd of November if the market doesn’t open until the 30th… All of these favourites are chosen with accessibility in mind, so there are direct flights from Ireland to all of the cities below. Check out my list of Europe’s top 10 Christmas markets and get planning…

Krakow | Berlin | Cologne | Budapest | Prague

Copenhagen | Vienna | Rome | Barcelona | Brussels

 

 

 

Krakow 

Krakow has one of Europes top Christmas markets

Home to Europe’s largest market square, Krakow is an an excellent choice for a Christmas market break. The massive square in the centre of the old town comes alive with hundreds of market stalls. Visit Wawel castle, the fascinating Jewish quarter, and if you are feeling up to it you can take a day trip to nearby Auschwitz. The Christmas Market is expeted to open from 26th of November to January 2nd 2022.

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Berlin

Berlin Christmas Markets

Believe it or not, Berlin has over 50 different Christmas markets to choose from. The Winter World at Potsdamer Platz has super activities including ice skating and tobogganing, and is great fun destination. The traditional Christmas Markets at Alexanderplatz and Charlottenburg house wooden stalls and beer houses.

Christmas markets are expected to open from the 22nd of November to the 29th December. And last but not least, the market in Spandau has over 500 stalls at weekends, with rock concerts every Friday – this usually closes on the 22nd of December. See more here.
 

 

 
Suffice to say Berlin has a market to cover all tastes! Of course with so many other sights to see and some great nightlife, Berlin is a great city to visit at anytime.

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Cologne

Cologne Christmas Markets

Cologne has been one of the most popular destinations for Christmas markets for many years now. Many choose to visit the large market near the Cathedral which offers live music and an ice skating rink.
 

 

 
However, there are several other Christmas markets in Cologne including a specific LGBT Christmas Avenue market, which has a great party atmosphere and lots of stage events. All markets are expected to open from 23rd November to 23rd December.

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Budapest

Budapest Christmas markets

Like many other cities Budapest offers several Christmas markets – the most popular is in Vörösmarty Square. Gerbeaud House is transformed into a giant Advent Calendar and each day a new window opens at 5pm. There are many street performances and Santa Claus programs, and lots of places to chill out and watch them.
 

 

 
At night time visit the market at St Stephen’s Basilica, the whole area is lit up like something from a Disney movie. Most Christmas markets do not open until 19th November, but they usually many remain open until 2nd January – this makes Budapest ideal for a post Christmas market break too.  See more here.

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Prague

Prague Christmas markets

Prague is the picture postcard of Christmas markets. With the old town square, Charles bridge and its famous castle all magically lit up, it is a stunning sight to see. Both the old town square and Wenceslas Square are transformed with market stalls offering local decorations, traditional hearty food and of course plenty of mulled wine.
 

 

 
You can enjoy the school choirs performing in traditional costumes or better still go to a classical concert. Housed in ancient churches and grand concert halls around the city, it will round off your weekend break in style. Markets are open from 27th November to 6th January, see more here.

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen Christmas markets

 

Copenhagen’s most popular market is at Tivoli Gardens, and it attracts over 1 million people each year. This winter wonderland comes with reindeer rides, rollercoasters and of course the traditional market stalls. The Nyhavn Christmas market is expected to open from 12th November to 22nd December, while Tivoli Gardens from the 19th November to 2nd January.
 

 

 
Copenhagen is also popular for a post Christmas break, where you can enjoy some fantastic entertainment and firework displays. See more here.  

Read: My guide to Copenhagen here

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Vienna

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Christmas markets in Vienna have been a tradition since 1298. Would you believe there are over 20 different markets here? There are international choir singers performing free of charge and the Christmas atmosphere is truly magical.
 

 

 
The Viennese Christmas Market  in front of the City Hall is the most popular and even offers a specific children’s area, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies and decorations. Vienna’s Christmas markets start at various times, but most are expected to run from 17th November until 26th December – see more here.  

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Rome

Rome Christmas Markets

Rome may not offer markets on the same scale as some of it’s European counterparts, but that does not make it any less attractive. The Piazza Navona houses the annual Christmas market with traditional stalls and souvenirs. It is usually open until the 6th January, making it a good choice for a post Christmas break too. Santa makes regular appearances and there is a carousel to complete the festival atmosphere.
 

 

 
However, it is the magical crib displays and nativity scenes in numerous churches, that make Rome very special at Christmas time. What better time to visit the Vatican and the beauty of Rome.  

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Barcelona

Barcelona Christmas markets

Another market that dates back many years is Barcelona’s Fira de Santa Llucia market. Dating from 1786 this once traditional market now has over 300 stalls selling everything from Christmas trees to Spanish tapas.
 

 

 
From the 27th November to 23rd December you can buy handcrafted Christmas decorations and enjoy plenty of festive cheer. There are elaborate crib displays and plenty of live entertainment for the whole family. Barcelona is also a great city for high street shopping too, you could easily do all your Christmas shopping in one weekend.

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Brussels

Brussels Christmas Markets

Brussels is becoming increasingly popular with visitors at Christmas time. The city is transformed into a winter wonderland with over 240 market stalls. It also offers tobogganing, ice skating and a massive Ferris wheel, covered in lights. The Christmas market is expected to open from 26th November to 3rd January, so Brussels is also a great option for post Christmas break.

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Munich

Munich Christmas market

Germany’s Christmas markets are renowned all over the world, and Bavaria’s capital has some of the best. Christmas Markets in Munich are expected to open from 22nd November through to 24th December 2021, and there are over 20 markets to choose from.  Check out my travel guide on the best Christmas markets in Munich.

 
Please note that all dates are correct at time of issue, but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is makde, but at no additional charge to you.

 

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5 Cities, 4 Stars, 3 Nights, ALL €199 Or Less!

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Thinking of city break but not sure where? I’ve got you covered! Take your pick from Prague, Rome, Berlin, Budapest or Barcelona. Thats 5 cities, 4 stars, 3 nights, ALL €199 or less!

Prague – €199

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One of Ireland’s most popular city break destinations and once you visit, you will understand why. Not only is it visually beautiful but it combines medieval with contemporary in the best possible way. Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, every where you turn there is an architectural masterpiece. One of its gems is that it is so compact, so you should get to see most of the city in your three day break. Once you have seen the sights make sure you check out Prague’s fantastic night life and of course their world famous beers!

Fly from Dublin to Prague on the 19th of December and enjoy a three night stay at the Atos Hotel for only €199!

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Berlin – €199

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One of Europe’s culture capitals, Berlin’s modern history is evident on every corner.  Take a stroll along the Berlin Wall and marvel at the murals, see the soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie and catch the sunset at the Brandenburg gate. There are a staggering 175 museums to choose from and Berlin is home to some of the best nightlife in Europe! For more tips and advice on discovering this fantastic city, check out my blog here.

Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 13th of December and spend three nights in the 4* California am Kurfuerstendamm for only €199.

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Budapest – €199

Budapest Christmas market

The romantic Danube splits Budapest into two cities, Buda on one side and Pest on the other – so technically you get two cities for the price of one!  The Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue are all UNESCO world heritage sites so you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing. The famous Christmas market at Vorosmarty Square is open from the 11th of November so you can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere with mulled wine and local crafts. Prices are very reasonable in Budapest too. Not only is this deal amazing value, but you should find that you won’t need too much spending money while you are there!

Fly from Dublin to Budpest on the 13th of December and enjoy three nights in the 4* Kings Hotel from only €199!

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Rome – €199

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The Vatican, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, need I go on?  You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the stunning architecture that is all over. Rome is visually stunning and will blow you away no matter how many times you visit.  In between ancient buildings and UNESCO world heritage sites you will find designer shops and trendy restaurants. Rome is magical – go see it!

Fly from Dublin to Rome on the 30th of November and spend three nights in the 4* Delle Province hotel form only  €199 per person.

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Barcelona – €164

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Full of famous landmarks like the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, but Barcelona is as much about the simple things as the world famous sights. Strolling along the Ramblas, watching the street artists and stopping off for some tapas and a glass of Rioja is pretty special too. Barcelona is buzzing. There is great shopping, great nightlife and of course great food! You can also spend a day at the beach, take a trip to Port Aventura, Europe’s largest theme park, or visit one of the world’s biggest football clubs. It’s safe to say, there is something for everyone in Barcelona.

Fly from Dublin to Barcelona on the 13th of December and enjoy a three night stay in the 4* Zenit Borrell hotel for only €188.

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So there you have it, 5 cities, 4 stars, 3 nights, all €169 or less! The only decision to make is which one to choose?  Please note that if the above dates don’t suit, check DEALFINDER to find the best possible prices for the dates you want to go.

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by ClickandGo.com but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

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Prague Weekend Break, Flights & 3 Nights, 4* Hotel, 13th May €297!

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It is hard not to fall in love with Prague. Not only is it visually stunning but with extraordinary cultural sights and great night life, it is not surprising that it is one of Ireland’s top city break destinations.

Often compared to Paris in terms of beauty, Prague has architectural masterpieces untouched by war or natural disasters.  This is a rarity these days and walking around the city you cant help but admire your surroundings. Wenceslas Square is the main gathering point, full of designer shops, cafes and bars, it’s always buzzing with a great atmosphere. The medieval Charles Bridge connects the old town to the impressive Castle and is filled with artists selling paintings and caricatures. I love the fact that Prague is so compact and easy to navigate. Unlike many large European cities you will get to tick the main tourist attractions off your list and by the end of your stay you will feel like you really know the city. There is plenty of bold to go with the beautiful – it has some of the best nightlife you are likely to find in any European city. And lets not forget the beer – some would say Prague has the best beer in the world, well it’s worth investigating anyway!

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I found a great deal staying in the superb The Lindner Hotel Prague Castle. This Hotel receives excellent reviews on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. It is situated close to Prague Castle and with easy access to all of Prague’s other main attractions. Fly from Dublin to Prague on the 13th of May and spend three nights in this great city for only €297 per person.

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