Christmas Traditions in Austria and Germany: A Feast for the Senses
Immerse yourself in the flavors and traditions of a European Christmas, celebrating timeless customs, music and local delicacies perfected over generations.
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Program No. 17164RJ
12 days
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You pass a wooden stall and the spicy aroma of mulled wine fills the air; a few steps farther and it is the scent of warm gingerbread floating out the door of an old-fashioned bakery that makes your mouth water. In the world-famous Christmas markets of Vienna, Salzburg and Munich, the smells and the sights are as wonderful as the tastes and sounds. Experience the beloved holiday customs of Central Europe as you stroll among the artisans selling hand-crafted decorations, candles and toys at the markets and enjoy magical Advent celebrations and joyful music.
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Keep the Pace
Walking and standing for up to 2.5 hours during field trips, sometimes twice per day, mostly on downtown city streets with cobblestones.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a festive Advent evening at a private farmhouse in the Salzburg countryside.
  • Explore Vienna’s traditional Christmas market on the Rathausplatz, sampling Sauerkraut and sausage, roasted chestnuts and hot punch.
  • At St. Florian's Abbey, admire impressive Baroque architecture and attend a special concert performed on the Bruckner organ.
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Heidi Federle
Dr. Heidi Federle was born and raised in Graz, Austria. She also lived in England, Italy and South Africa before she settling in Salzburg, Austria. She loves to introduce people to the culture and backstory of her country while sharing her knowledge of history and fine art. She earned a doctorate from the University of Salzburg in 2008, writing her dissertation on "The Archbishop's Court Life in the 17th and 18th Century."
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