Three Countries Christmas Markets – Belgium, Germany & Holland
Three Countries Christmas Markets: Hasselt in Belgium, Valkenburg in Holland and Aachen in Germany
During this festive tour, enjoy the delights of three different Christmas Markets. Spread across three different countries, each one of them has something different to offer. Soak up the festive atmosphere in all three countries. Not only do we visit three different Christmas Markets, being based in Liège also allows you to enjoy Europe’s oldest market.
Start by heading to Hasselt in Belgium to visit Winterland – the town’s delightful Christmas market village. Over the years, this has grown from a handful of stalls to an entire Christmas village. It offers a range of stalls and local produce, but also fun activities! There’s a carousel, and furthermore, a large rink for ice skating.
Valkenburg’s Christmas markets are especially interesting, located deep within the town’s underground cave system. The caves are simply stunning, featuring wonderful murals and holding many secrets. In these magical caves, you’ll discover a huge variety of Christmas gifts and treats. The town is also famous for its fascinating castle, which is well worth a visit!
The Christmas Village in Aachen exudes festive cheer! Hundreds of little lights illuminate the square, lined with historic buildings. With a glorious Cathedral backdrop, potter amongst the stands in search of the delicious Aachen Printen gingerbread.
This is a fantastic festive tour. Not only is it packed with Christmas markets, but it also takes you to three different countries. Explore the differences in the markets from country to country as well as the different towns. While on this trip, you’ll have the chance to see lots of sights as you absorb festive cheer!
Arrive in Belgium
Travel to Liège and check into your hotel. Spend the evening enjoying the town’s Christmas Markets. Liège boasts the country’s largest and oldest Christmas Village, which has a charming traditional feel. There’s an ice skating rink as well as plenty of food and drink stands and stalls selling Christmas decorations and other seasonal products.
Visit Holland and the famous markets in the caves of Valkenburg. Spend the full day exploring Valkenburg and the magnificent markets held in the underground caves. Drink hot chocolate whilst browsing the stalls and take in the magical location and atmosphere. It is unlike any Christmas Market you have ever seen!
Visitors can easily spend hours exploring the nooks and hidden corners of the caves while browsing winter clothing and accessories, jewellery, antiques, desserts, cooking utensils and more. Some of the most popular items found at Valkenburg include hand-blown glass ornaments and Belgian chocolates. However, it is the impressive structures of the caves rather than the merchandise that make the event as popular as it is.
The Valkenburg Christmas Markets have an entrance charge, payable locally.
Head over the border into Germany to discover the charming town of Aachen. Enjoy free time exploring the great old town and its cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still often referred to as Aix-la-Chapelle, after Charlemagne’s great Palatine Chapel, it is a ‘must’ for any art-lover. Aachen’s brightly lit Christmas market is set around the cathedral and town hall. This lovingly decorated “Christmas village” on the market square has something for everyone. One local speciality you really must try is the Aachen Printen, a kind of gingerbread.
Return to the UK
After breakfast, check out of the hotel before continuing your journey back to the UK by coach, air or train.
Hotel Walram ***
Located only two minutes walk to the town centre, on the banks of the River Geul this highly recommended hotel has coach parking close by. The hotel has a lift, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and solarium. Rooms have en-suite facilities, TV, hairdryer and telephone.
Ibis Liège Centre Opera***
Situated in the city centre, next to the opera house, in the Opéra shopping centre, the ibis-hotel Liège Centre Opéra is within walking distance of the Archéoforum. Take a journey through time thanks to the archaeological remains on hand. St Paul’s Cathedral, framed by beautiful gardens, is also very close by. Parking is available nearby for a fee.
Mercure Liège City Centre ***
Located next to the river La Meuse and offers guests comfort and modern conveniences in a historic setting in town. The 17th-century restaurant and bar, a former “Recollectines” convent, creates a stunning environment to enjoy a gourmet meal. When the evening falls, relax and sip a drink on the outdoor terrace in the beautiful gardens. The hotel is easily accessible by coach and 10 minutes away from the modern Liège-Guillemins train station . There is secure parking available on-site.
|Dates||Hotel||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|25 November 2022 x 3 nights||Walram, Valkenburg||From £229.00 per person||From £59.00 per person|
|02 December 2022 x 3 nights*||Ibis Liege Centre Opera||From £205.00 per person||From £75.00 per person|
*Based on bed & breakfast