Discover the Essence of Christmas on the Rhine 

21 June 2024
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The holiday season is fast approaching, and you’re searching for that perfect December holiday package to delight and excite your family. Look no further than the Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise along the Rhine River. Imagine drifting through Europe’s most charming towns, each adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations, offering a truly magical Christmas experience. 

In this blog post, we will explore the joy of a Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise, showcasing the unique traditions, markets, and experiences that make this holiday adventure unforgettable. From discovering unique ornaments in Basel to witnessing the dazzling tree in Strasbourg, exploring Koblenz’s festive town hall to uncovering treasures by Cologne’s cathedral, every moment promises to be filled with festive cheer. 

The Allure of Christmas Markets 

A Tradition Steeped in History 

Christmas markets have been a cherished tradition in Europe for centuries. Dating back to the late Middle Ages, these markets were originally established to provide townspeople with the necessary goods and festive ornaments for the Christmas season. Over time, they evolved into vibrant holiday fairs, attracting visitors from around the world with their enchanting atmosphere and unique offerings. 

What Makes Christmas Markets Special? 

Christmas markets are more than just a place to shop; they are a feast for the senses. Imagine wandering through rows of wooden stalls, the air filled with the scent of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread. The sound of carolers singing festive tunes, the sight of twinkling lights and beautifully decorated stalls, and the taste of seasonal treats create a truly immersive holiday experience. 

Why Choose a Christmas Market Cruise? 

A Christmas market cruise offers the perfect way to explore multiple markets while enjoying the comfort and luxury of a Uniworld river cruise. Instead of navigating crowded streets and long queues, you can relax on deck, taking in the picturesque scenery as you glide from one charming town to the next. It’s a stress-free and enchanting way to experience the best of Europe’s holiday traditions. 

Basel’s Unique Ornaments 

The Heart of Swiss Christmas 

Your Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise begins in Basel, Switzerland, a city renowned for its rich history and vibrant cultural scene. Basel’s Christmas market is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Switzerland, offering a delightful array of handmade ornaments and festive decorations. 

Discovering Unique Treasures 

One of the highlights of Basel’s Christmas market is its selection of unique ornaments. From intricately crafted glass baubles to hand-painted wooden figurines, you’ll find a treasure trove of decorations to adorn your Christmas tree. These ornaments make wonderful souvenirs and gifts, each one a piece of art that captures the spirit of the season. 

A Stroll Through Festive Stalls 

Take a leisurely stroll through the market’s festive stalls, where you’ll find an array of holiday delights. Warm up with a cup of mulled wine, sample Swiss chocolates and pastries, and browse for unique gifts and crafts. Basel’s market is a feast for the senses, offering something special for every visitor. 

Strasbourg’s Dazzling Tree 

The Capital of Christmas 

Next, your cruise takes you to Strasbourg, France, often referred to as the “Capital of Christmas.” Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in Europe, dating back to 1570. The city’s holiday spirit is palpable, with every street and square adorned with festive lights and decorations. 

The Iconic Christmas Tree 

At the heart of Strasbourg’s Christmas market stands the iconic Christmas tree, a dazzling spectacle that draws visitors from far and wide. Towering over the market square, this magnificent tree is adorned with thousands of lights and ornaments, creating a breathtaking sight. It’s the perfect backdrop for holiday photos and a symbol of the city’s festive spirit. 

Exploring Strasbourg’s Markets 

Strasbourg’s Christmas market is spread across several squares, each offering its own unique charm. From the traditional Alsatian crafts and delicacies at Place Broglie to the international delights at Place de la Cathédrale, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the chance to sample local specialties like tarte flambée and spiced wine, and be sure to pick up some handmade gifts and decorations. 

Koblenz’s Festive Town Hall 

A Town Rich in History 

Continuing along the Rhine, your cruise arrives in Koblenz, Germany, a town steeped in history and charm. Koblenz’s Christmas market is set against the backdrop of the town’s picturesque architecture, creating a magical atmosphere that’s perfect for the holiday season. 

The Festive Town Hall 

One of the highlights of Koblenz’s Christmas market is the town hall, beautifully adorned with festive decorations. The town hall’s façade becomes a canvas for a dazzling light show, adding to the enchantment of the market. It’s a sight that captures the joy and wonder of Christmas. 

Enjoying Local Delights 

Koblenz’s market offers a delightful array of local treats and crafts. Warm up with a steaming mug of glühwein, sample traditional German sausages and pretzels, and browse for unique gifts and ornaments. The market’s charming stalls and festive ambiance make it a must-visit destination on your Christmas market cruise. 

Cologne’s Unexpected Treasures 

A City of Gothic Splendour 

Your final stop on the Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise is Cologne, Germany, a city renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture and vibrant cultural scene. Cologne’s Christmas market is set against the backdrop of the iconic Cologne Cathedral, creating a breathtaking setting for holiday festivities. 

Treasures by the Cathedral 

Cologne’s Christmas market is known for its unique and unexpected treasures. From handcrafted jewellery to intricate woodwork, you’ll find a wide variety of gifts and decorations. The market’s festive stalls are a treasure trove of holiday delights, offering something special for every visitor. 

A Taste of Cologne 

Cologne’s market is also a culinary delight. Indulge in local specialties like reibekuchen (potato pancakes) and kölsch beer, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine. The market’s lively atmosphere and delicious treats make it a perfect place to soak in the holiday spirit. 

An Unforgettable Holiday Experience 

A Journey of Festive Discovery 

A Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise is more than just a holiday; it’s a journey of festive discovery. From the charming markets of Basel and Strasbourg to the historic streets of Koblenz and Cologne, each destination offers its own unique charm and holiday traditions. 

Join the Uniworld Family 

By choosing a Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise, you’re joining a family of travellers who appreciate the finer things in life. Uniworld’s commitment to excellence and attention to detail ensures that every aspect of your holiday is perfect. 

Celebrate the Magic of Christmas 

A Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise offers a magical way to celebrate the holiday season. From the enchanting markets and festive towns to the culinary delights and luxurious comforts on board, every moment is designed to bring joy and wonder. 

A Holiday to Remember 

If you’re looking for a holiday that combines the charm of European Christmas markets with the luxury of a river cruise, the Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise is the perfect choice. It’s a holiday to remember, filled with festive cheer and unforgettable experiences. 

Ready to Set Sail? 

Ready to set sail on your Christmas adventure? Discover the magic of a Uniworld Christmas Market Cruise and create memories that will last a lifetime. Book your cruise today and experience the joy of Christmas on the Rhine. 

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