With Christmas fast approaching, getting gifts for your loved ones can be a fairly stressful experience. So, why not get away for a week and purchase some festive treats and presents from the authentic Christmas Markets themselves? For only £91 all in, you can experience the magical Christmas markets in Berlin and visit Amsterdam, the one and only ‘floating city’.Please note: This route has been found using the following dates only. Prices may vary depending on when you choose to travel.
Thursday 12th December
Fly with Easyjet from London Luton to Amsterdam – £33
This European Capital is known as the ‘floating city’ where its 165 waterways create almost 90 islands, all connected by beautiful bridges. Being a small city, visitors can get a real feel for its sights and people without rushing to see everything in too little time.
The Van Gogh Museum and the House of Anne Frank are just two of the amazing museums to visit whilst in Amsterdam. However, if the history of beer is more up your street, you could go on the Heineken experience which takes you through a tour around the former brewery so you can learn about the beer making process (whilst having a few pints as well).
Alongside their famous floating flower market, Amsterdam have their very own Christmas markets. The city also holds a light festival throughout December and January to celebrate the festive season where the best light artists from Holland artfully decorate and light up the city’s canals with their work.
BerlinMonday 16th December
Fly with Easyjet from Amsterdam to Berlin – £31
Arguably one of Europe’s most exciting capitals, Berlin is a must-see destination and a popular stop for student interrailers beginning their voyage into eastern Europe. This city has an exciting history which you won’t fail to notice as you take a walk around – look out for the stark differences between west and east Berlin, shaped by its division up until the collapse of the Berlin wall in 1989.
Even if you’re not into history, Berlin is a great place to visit thanks to its buzzing nightlife, cheap drinks and great food!
Do: Sandeman’s New Europe walking tour (free) and pub crawl (€12 – discounted further if you buy on the walking tour)
Eat: Currywurst – from all good street food vendors (seriously this stuff is everywhere)
See: Berlin Christmas Market
Return to London
Thursday 19th December
Fly with Ryanair from Berlin to London Stansted – £27
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