Christmas Market - Dresden

Christmas market in Dresden
Dresden Christmas Striezelmarkt on Altmarkt - © GNTB/Kaster, Andreas
Zittauer Schmalspurbahn Kurort Oybin
Zittauer Schmalspurbahn Bertsdorf
Zittauer Schmalspurbahn Bertsdorf

Holiday Highlights

  • Unlimited mainline rail travel within Germany for duration of stay
  • Unlimited travel on public transport systems of Dresden for duration of stay
  • Christmas Market in Dresden
  • Cranzahl and Oberwiesenthal, Zittau, Freital-Hainsberg and Radeburg narrow gauge steam railways (at an additional cost)
  • Overnight stays in Aachen and Cologne on the outbound and return journeys
  • 8 Days from £1,120pp
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Tour Dates:
Saturday 1 December to Saturday 8 December 2018

Enjoy some festive shopping and all the trimmings with the added opportunity of exploring several surviving steam railways in the Dresden area. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the city’s Christmas Markets and an option to join daily excursions to ride nostalgic steam trains.


Day 1 – Aachen

Taking the Eurostar from London we head to Brussels to connect to a high speed train to Aachen for an overnight stay. We have a short walk to our hotel, the Ibis am Marschiertor.

Day 2 – Arrive Dresden

We take the classic rail route along the Rhine to Frankfurt before heading east to Dresden, our base for the next 5 nights. Included is a transport ticket to allow unlimited travel on Dresden’s public transport system for the duration of our stay.

Days 3 to 5 – Steam Railway Daily Excursions

On these days the tour leader will organise optional, escorted excursions to the Cranzahl and Oberwiesenthal, Zittau, Freital-Hainsberg and Radeberg narrow gauge steam railways. The cost of reaching these lines is included in your InterRail pass but the steam train fares must be purchased locally. All these lines survived the communist period and still operate a daily year round service.

Day 6 – Christmas Shopping in Dresden

Today we enjoy a free day in Dresden to experience the city’s festive Christmas Markets that transform Dresden into a colourful, magical place. Savour some traditional Saxon festive treats in the heart of this Baroque city and purchase some traditional gifts for loved ones. Your transport ticket will allow you to travel free around the city on all public transport. If you wish to go further afield using national routes you can use your InterRail pass.

Day 7 – Cologne

Travel by ICE service via Frankfurt to our final overnight stop, Cologne.

Day 8 – Homeward Bound

A morning departure via the high speed line to Brussels and finally London. Arrive back in London mid-afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis am Marschiertor, Aachen

InterCity Hotel, Dresden

Ibis Kôln am Dom, Cologne

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard Standard class rail travel throughout
  • InterRail Pass for Germany, which includes FREE travel from your home station to London
  • Public transport ticket for Dresden
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,120
Single room supplement: £210
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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