Magic at reasonable prices.
Across Europe in December are Christmas jarmarki. In Germany traded on the water, in Lithuania arrange the laser 3D-show in Latvia, you can visit the rabbit-town, and in France instead of Santa there will be thirteen guys.
Recall that this year for the Ukrainians, the date December 25th, when Catholics otmechajut Christmas, December 25, for the Ukrainians became an official holiday.
France — Strasbourg
Fair Christkindelsmärik in this city is from 1570. It captures 10 of the main squares of Strasbourg, which in the days offer more than 300 wooden houses. In place Kleber decorate a 400-year old spruce, and the largest Christmas market is located on Cathedral square.
This year the honorary guest of the fair will be Iceland, so is Santa Claus here to run the show will be a group of thirteen Yule Lads. And special delicacies will be smoked salmon and lamb, fish soup, Icelandic hot dogs. From traditional Christmas treats at this fair you can buy vin chaud, cookies bredele with nuts, oranges, cinnamon or praline.
Low-cost with a transfer Kiev — Budapest, Budapest — Baden-Baden (Karlsruhe) and back — €155 per person (flights without Luggage and food). Bus from Baden-Baden to Strasbourg is €4 per person.
Double room in the hotel — €50-200 per night. Breakfast is included in the price.
Hiking group tour of the Old city from €10, private tours from €100-120. Hour walk on the boat — €13. Wine tour of the Alsace wine-tasting — from €130 per person.
Tea and coffee — €5, lunch — from €15-20 per person, dinner with a bottle of wine — from €60 for two. A glass of Alsatian wine — from €3, beer from €4,5. The famous French foie Gras — €15.
Lithuania — Vilnius
During the Christmas holidays the Vilnius TV tower becomes a Christmas tree — it is decorated with Christmas lights. On the Cathedral square, the main Christmas tree is lit December 1, and from that moment will start the Christmas markets throughout the country. The opening of a holiday village with over 50 houses sold kugelis (baked potato with cheese), Bigus (a dish of vegetables and several types of meat), smoked pork, ragaisis (pie). Here you can also buy handmade gifts from their authors.
The highlight of the trade fair in Vilnius tourist train, which runs along the square. A feature of fairs in Vilnius — charity. Paying entrance €1, you will visit the fairs organized by the staff of the embassies in Vilnius, or professionals of non-governmental organizations. 25-28 December on the wall of the Cathedral will be shown a 3D laser show. During the 15 minutes the lights go out all over Christmas town and guests will have the opportunity to see the real story.
Low-cost Kiev — Vilnius and back from €85 per person (1.5 hour flight).
Double room in the hotel — €20-80 per night. Breakfast is included in the price. The hostel — from €18-30 per night for two. The price includes a very light Breakfast.
Free tour of the Old town starts daily at 10:00 from the monument to Gediminas in the Cathedral square. Private tour of the Old city — from €80. The entrance ticket to the Museum of contemporary art — €3, and on Wednesdays you can get there for free. A ticket to the Museum of illusion — €10.
Tea and coffee from €2, Lithuanian draught beer from €2 per 0.5 liter, German and Czech varieties — from €3.5 per 0.5 l. most of the pubs offers to taste the beer shots for free. Dinner — from €10 for one, the restaurant in the old centre — from €20-30.
Latvia — Riga
The dome square is the main fair of the city. Here you can buy hot wine, roasted almonds, world famous for Slippers and mats of wool, as well as pork knuckle or ham cold smoked. In addition to the main fair in the city offer playgrounds in the Park Egle (Kalku street) and the square Līvu laukums (Livu). And in the Park Esplanade located rabbit town, where live representatives of 65 species of these furry animals.
Here is the Academy of fine arts, where in December is fair, where you can view and purchase the work of local artists. To meet the rest of Latvia, go to Kalnciems market, there is during the Christmas season, merchants gather from different districts of Latvia.
Direct flight Kiev — Riga and back from €140 per person.
Double room in hotel €20-100 per night. Breakfast is included in the price. Night in a hostel — €8-10 per person.
Two-hour group walking tour — from €10, private tour — €50-80 (1-4 people). A ticket for the sightseeing bus with audio guide in Russian — €15 for the whole day. Entrance fees to museums — from €3-7. If you buy a tourist map Riga Pass (for 24 hours, from €22,5), you get unlimited travel on public transport, free excursions and discounts at restaurants and tickets to museums.
Lunch — €10-13, a trip to the pizzeria — €6-7. Dinner in the Old town — €20-40. One glass of local beer — €1,8–2, cappuccino — €2.
Germany — Cologne
In this, the city hosts seven Christmas markets. The most ambitious — at the Cologne Cathedral, where more than 160 stalls. Here not only is the main tree of the city, but near it, glassblowers and blacksmiths in the eyes of the audience made Souvenirs. To immerse children in the tales of the brothers Grimm will be at the Fairgrounds Rudolfplatz. And wishing to skate should go to Heimat der Heinzel on Heumarkt. A true Paradise for chocolate lovers — the port fair Cologne Harbour.
Cheap Kiev — Cologne and back from €135 per person.
Double room in the hotel — €25-100 per night. Breakfast is included in the price.
A Christmas cruise on the Rhine from €20 per person. Night group tour of the Old city from €13. Cologne brewery tour — from €26 (with tasting). Private tour — from €100. Entrance ticket to the famous chocolate Museum — €9 per adult, family ticket (2 adults and children under 16 years) — €25.
The average bill for lunch is €10 per person. The snacks in fast food — €6-7. Dinner for two in the restaurant — from €55.
One glass of beer “kölsch” — €1,5–1,8.
Germany — Hamburg
You can visit this place as much as 15 Christmas markets. The most important and large-scale — the square in front of city hall. All the stalls are grouped by themes: in one area of the stalls with sweets, the other with leather, wood, then silver, etc. Children should bring outside toys Spielzeuggasse, where is located the biggest in Europe, a train and many toy stores.
At the fair Jungfernstieg fall into Europe’s largest complex of indoor shopping galleries, where you can sample delicious food and shop for romantic gifts. Less crowded fair on the water Fleetinsel, where you trade on a boat. Adult tourists will be interested in the fair of San Pauli in Riperban — “red light district”, here not only you can buy “adult toys”, but to go for a walk along the Elbe on the old boat.
Cheap Kiev — Hamburg and back from €130 per person (2.5 hour flight).
Double room in the hotel — €40-150 per night. Breakfast is included in the price. Hostel — €24-30 per night for two.
A ticket to the Park of miniatures — €11,5, private 3-hour walking tour — from €100 (1-4 persons), group — from €30 per person. A ticket for the sightseeing bus with audio guide in Russian — €18 for the whole day (you can get at bus stops and catch the next bus on the same ticket).
Breakfast is €7-15 per person, light lunch — €10-20, dinner in the restaurant — from €50 for two. Mug of beer in a pub €3,5, mulled wine — €2,5–4 for a mug. The famous fish market and the Hamburger Fischmarkt, which is only open on Sunday morning, you can buy a delicious fish and meat street-food — from €3.
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