Everyone believes in fairytales at Christmas time. Once upon a time, people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy the special tools and ingredients they needed to make the treats of the season. They kept warm with hot spiced wine, music, and games while they shopped and chatted with tradespeople. Those were the first Christmas markets, 500 years ago. Today, though the light comes from twinkling electric bulbs rather than torches, bonhomie and fun still prevail.
Discover villages with fairy-tale houses and a friendly, festive atmosphere. Share traditional holiday goodies with the people who made them. Watch as modern children abandon their usual electronics and discover the enchantment of hand-carved wooden toys. The scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts fill the air.
Sail through Christmas country, trying Frankfurt’s famous apple cider, Bamberg’s specially brewed holiday beer, and Nuremberg’s gingerbread. Find the magic of the season in the smiles that meet you along the way.
Share the enchantment of this region with the special young ones in your life on a select holiday sailing with Uniworld’s Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program.
Who will enjoy this cruise: Those who wish to explore Germany’s Christmas Markets while discovering the origins of some of our most-treasured holiday traditions.