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Tour 1: 2nd Largest Christmas Market in France

Christmas Markets in France otherwise known as marché de noel, provide a great opportunity for a winter weekend break. Thez exclude a fantastic atmosphere and offer great shopping opportunities but with a Gallic flavor - not to mention replenishing wine stocks for the Christmas season.

Of all the Christmas Markets of France, the on ein Metz ranks as one of the most visited. For the past 25 years, the Metz Christmas Market in Lorraine has become the second largest Christmas Market in France in terms visitors, welcoming up to 2 million people every year.

Aside from the Christmas market Metz has a rich 3,000 year history and features noteworthy buildings such as the Gothic Staint-Stephen Cathedral with its largest expanse of stained-glass windows in the world, the Basilica of Staint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains being the oldest church in France, its Imperial Station Palace displaying the apartment of the German Kaiser, or its Opera House, the oldest one working in France. Another landmark of the city is the Germans' Gate, a medieval bridge castle from the 13th century reminding visitors of the historic Garrison heritage of Metz.

Tour 2: Nordic Market with Christmas rooftop decorating contest & Antique Market

The Stuttgart Christmas Market is among the oldest Christmas Markets in Germany, with a document tracing its roots all the way back to 1692. Year for yea, the Stuttgart Christmas Market enchants its guests anew with the festive atmosphere and about 290 stalls including traders, operators and fairground rides. more than 3.5 million visitors from near and far get in the mood for Christmas year for year with typical Christmas cookies and mulled wine, Christmas carols and Christmas lights.

Highlights: Don't miss the giant advent calendar at the main market. The Town Hall blocks off strategic windows with numbers and reveals one image a day up until Christmas. Admirer the astonishing rooftops with dazzling displays of baubles, lights, mechanical reindeers and more.

At the Karlsplatz there is a finnish themed market complete with piping hot Gloegi and salmon and even features an actual Lavvu (similar to a North American tipi). There you should also look out for a long white tent filled with antique treasures from old books and globes to pricier antiques and paintings.

Tour 3: Experience Christmas Market in the Gingerbread City

Every year, the squares and alleyways around the cathedral and town hall become a real treat for the senses in the run-up to Christmas. Aachen's festive market is known and loved far beyond the region for its special and authentic atmosphere. After dark in particular, the floodlit cathedral and town hall provide an impressive backdrop for the Christmas market experience. Visitors should definitely try the famous Printen cake, which is exported all around the world. The "Aachener Printen" is a special sort of brown gingerbread which is manufactored since 1820. According to the organizers, the market attracts around 1.5 million visitors every year. Hardly surprising considering that Aachen's Christmas Market ranks as one of the largest and prettiest events of its type in Germany.

Highlights:
After you visited the beautiful Christmas Market, there will be a stop at two wellknown factories. At Lindt Chocolate Factory and at Lambertz Factory you can purchase all kinds of delicious Christmas goodies for up to 50% off regular price.

The Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate factory is acknowledged as being the world leader in the sector of premium chocolate. Since 2006, the in-house chocolate production from the Chocolate Museum in Cologne has been under the direction of the Lindt & Sprüngli company.

In 1688 Lambertz began makin Printen gingerbread cookies in Aachen. Lambertz has expanded the variety of cookies by developing different flavor profiles and cookie designs which have been savored and adored throughout Europe. Lambertz has remained at the forefront of the instudry by using exceptional ingredients and attention to detail. Presently Lambertz is featuring a selection of their finest cookies in the United States.

Tour 4: Dutch Christmas Market

Maastricht is a beautiful city in the province of Limburg, so visiting Maastricht in The Netherlands is always a good idea. However, during December Maastricht has something more to offer than being a beautiful medieval city. The Christmas Market of Maastricht is held in the most famous square of the city, Vrijthof. From the 29th November until the 31st of December this square turns Maastricht into a Christmas spirit.

Magical Maastricht on Vrijtho square is a place to come together and celebrate winter. Enjoy a ride on the huge Ferris Wheel, the Alpine-inspired chalet ('Almhütte'), a 900m² sheltered ice rink, a Christmas market with hot chocolate, local pastries, and other tempting goodies from the region. Pop by Santa's Grotto for a cosy get-together next to a crackling fire. Visit all the beautiful decorated cribs that are spread throughout the Christmas Market and discover the indoor part of the Maastricht Christmas Market. Even when it's pouring outside, you can enjoy the market.

Walk the magical 'lichtroute' until the 6th of January 2020. You will see the most beautiful parts of Maastricht beautifully lit up by Christmas lights and decorations. Stroll through the loveliest little streets, discover the magical hotspots, and be enthralled by the magic that surrounds you. If you follow the route from the beginning to the end you'll also discover the historical icons and the cultural and culinary hotspots, while you experience the unique vibe that characterizes each of the districts in the center of the city. From Wyck to Céramique and from the Jeker quarter to the Stokstraat quarter; each of these linked to one another by an unending chain of mesmerizing lights.

Tour 5: Combine two great cities (Düsseldorf & Cologne)

Cosy, themed markets scattered along the streets of Germany's fashion capital, complete with twinkling lights, a big ice rink, a giant ferris wheel overlooking the Rhine, and yes, a Lindt chocolate store that's liberal with free samples. Düsseldorf is a pretty big city, but there are seven main Christmas Markets all located in the city center, near the Altstadt (Old Town) area.

The Engelchen-Markt (little angel's market) in Heinrich-Heine-Platz is solid proof that great things come in small packages (and that there is no such thing as too much gold or sparkles).

Set along the scenic backdrop of Düsseldorf's Rathaus (City Hall), the Handwerker-Markt (craft fair) in Marktplatz is like a curtesy little Christmas village, complete with a tall glittering tree and red Christmas huts selling all sorts of handicrafts.

While walking between those two markets, you'll find a variety of cute Christmas stalls scattered along Flinger Straße. With a picture-perfect backdrop of the Old Town's colorful facades, the stalls themselves are painted like Düsseldorf burgher houses which is irritatingly cute!

Along the way, you'll also encounter a big Christmas pyramid selling mulled wine. While here, keep an eye on the peculiar figures rotating around, who don't look at all like traditional Christmas figures. The spinning figurines in this pyramid are actually important Düsseldorf public figures.

Another nice market you should visit is at Schadowplatz and yet another one along one of Düsseldorf's main shopping streets. The Schadow-Markt is a nice addition to your Düsseldorf shopping adventure. Why not supplement your shopping at big-box retailers like Karstadt with some lovely Christmas market stall?

With a scenic location overlooking Hofgarten, the Kö-Bogen-Markt is a must, especially if you have young ones in tow. Alongside pretty wooden huts selling the usual goods, there's a special childrens' activity tent. If you're on the hunt for live music as well, the Lichterhimmel at this market is where a variety of live musical performances will take place throughout the season.
Seven Christmas Markets can be found in the city center of Cologne as well. Each has its own special atmosphere and its own program.

In the city's heart the "Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral" awaits its visitors in front of the historic backdrop of the Cathedral with a tremendous Christmas tree and lots of light chains stretching over the Christmas huts like a woven net with the Christmas tree as the center point. On the stage in the center of this market there are several live music performances.

Not far away, located on the squares "Alter Markt" and "Heumarkt", the "Heinzels Winter Fairytale" (Brownie Market) attracts with a spectacular ice rink and directly located on the Rhine, next to the chocolate museum, the "Harbor Christmas Market" excudes a maritime flair.

In the center of the larger shopping areas, the "Market of Angels" presents itself on the square "Neumarkt" under a magnificently shining star-spattered sky and quite near on "Rudolfplatz", young and old enjoy the spirit of the "Village of St. Nicholas".

Nearby, between "Rudolfplatz" and "Schaafenstrasse", everyone is welcome to experience the heavenly ambiance of Cologne's new gay and lesbian Christmas Market "Heavenue" and on the edge of the popular "Belgien Quarter" people meet on the cozy "Christmas Market at Stadtgarten" within Cologne's oldest park.

Tour 6: Oldest Christmas Market in Germany

If you like Christmas, you'll love Dresden! Eleven completely different Christmas markets lie right at your feet: From the very traditional to the merry medieval to the aprés-ski charm of the Hüttenzauber - you'll find it all. From the main rail station the twinkling Christmas mile leads along Prager Strasse to Altmarkt, winding around the Frauenkirche and across Neumarkt to the Hauptstrasse Christmas Market on the other side of the Elbe and the Neustädter Advent amidst the resplendent Baroque Quarter.

Experience the bustling marketplace and traditional Saxon treats of the holiday season in the heart of the baroque city of Dresden. The Dresden Striezelmarkt located at Dresden Altmarkt square is thought to be Germany's oldest Christmas market, 1434. It's now in its 585th iteration. Its claim to fame is its candle pyramid, which is the world's tallest at 14 meters tall. The highlight of Dresden's Christmas markets is the Dresdener Stollenfest, on December 9th. A giant stollen - a cake, once called a Striezel, from which the Striezelmarkt in Dresden takes its name - is cut into thousands of pieces and shared by the thousands of guests. Communal cake-eating aside, try the local Christmas food and drink; scour the stalls and stands for gifts and ornaments; and keep an eye out for incredible local crafts.

Only 120 bakeries and pastry shops in and around Dresden are licensed to make the real Dresdener Christstollen - 100% artisan baking according to a traditional recipe and strict quality criteria. In other words, an incomparable experience for the taste buds!

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Itinerary

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Tour 1: Christmas Market Metz
0900

Departing Spangdahlem
Breakfast stop on route (not included)

1100
1800

Departing Metz

2000

ETA at Spangdahlem

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Tour 2: Christmas Market Stuttgart
0900

Departing Spangdahlem
Breakfast stop on route (not included)

1100
1800

Departing Stuttgart

2000

ETA at Spangdahlem

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Tour 3: Christmas Market Aachen
0900
Departing Spangdahlem
1000
ETA at Aachen
Free time
2000
Departing Aachen
2200

ETA at Spangdahlem

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Tour 4: Christmas Market Maastricht
1000
Departing Spangdahlem
1230
ETA at Maastricht
Free time
1800
Departing Maastricht
2030

ETA at Spangdahlem

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Tour 5: Christmas Markets Cologne & Duesseldorf
0800

Departing Spangdahlem
Breakfast stop on route (not included)

1100
ETA at Duesseldorf
Free time
1400
Departing Duesseldorf
1500
ETA Cologne
Free time
1900
Departing Cologne
2100

ETA at Spangdahlem

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Tour 6: Christmas Market Dresden
0600 - Day 1

Departing Spangdahlem
Breakfast stop on route (not included)

1400
ETA at Dresden
Free time
0800 - Day 2
Breakfast at hotel
1000
Guided City Tour
1200
Departing Dresden
2000

ETA at Spangdahlem

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