Visit the Christmas Markets in Zurich and see how the city shines like its Swarovski decorations.

White Christmas Outside, Warm Market Inside

The festive Christmas Market held at Zürich’s busy Hauptbahnhof Train Station (aka Zürich’s Main Station) is one of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe. It may be a white Christmas and winter wonderland outside but keep cozy and warm in here – with 150 festively decorated market stalls to get in the yuletide spirit. The fragrant aroma of cinnamon, glühwein (mulled wine), glögg (another mulled wine), traditional tirggel biscuits (which have been enjoyed here since 1461), Christstollen fruit loaf and roasted almonds waft through the station, beckoning commuting travelers and shoppers alike. Find charming handmade gifts – including holiday ornaments, jewelry and handmade candles as you listen to Christmas carols. But of course, the big showstopper here is the 50-foot Christmas tree decorated with between 5,000-7,000 Swarovski crystals and ornaments.

Originating in 1994, this is one of Europe’s newer markets, kicking off with just a dozen stalls. While it has flourished in the relatively few years since its founding to 150 stalls, its location of the Hauptbahnhof station lends to an older, more established feel. Opened in 1871, this Neo-Renaissance masterpiece features an elegant triumphal arch at the main entrance and faces the dazzling Bahnhofstrasse. Richly decorated lobbies, atriums, restaurants, halls and a monumental fountain commemorating Swiss Alfred Escher – it is clear to see why it is listed in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National Significance – and is a must-see in its own right.

Stroll Down Christmas Lane

Of course, there are many other ways to celebrate Zürich’s holiday season. One of the favorites is strolling down the vibrant and exclusive Bahnhofstrasse. Zurich’s tantalizing shopping avenue is always at its most stunning when aglow for the holiday. Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most expensive and exquisite shopping avenues in the world, is on par with New York City’s 5th Avenue – and home to stores like Bvlgari, Hermés, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Shopping here anytime is a special treat but during the holidays, the street becomes particularly magical. As if the bling in nearby Tiffany’s and Dior weren’t quite enough, 12,000 glittering LED lights are sure to keep the festive twinkle in shoppers’ eyes. The annual Santa Claus Parade also uses the Bahnhofstrasse as its festive route.

Explore the Christmas Village

The Wienachtsdorf is another one of Zürich’s popular holiday markets. Set in Old Town near the spectacular Opera House, the market caters to shoppers with 100 red market stalls, delicious foods and artisanal goodies. Look for incredible fondue chalets and intricate wooden ornaments to add a something cheery and bright to the festivities.

Experience the Singing Tree

The Christmas Market at Werdmühleplatz is Zürich’s newest market, distinguished by its unique "singing Christmas tree." Children circle this many-tiered stage, whichrises up in the shape of a tree, where kids line around and sing carols. This sweet and charming small market is sure to charm you.

Why Reserve Our Optional Land Packages in Zürich and Lucerne

Add bonus time in Switzerland to your Christmas Markets on the Rhine river cruise! Make the most of your international airfare and indulge your wanderlust by exploring these breathtaking cities. Whether you’re interested in Swiss cultural and holiday traditions, are a Swiss chocolate enthusiast or simply wish to extend your journey, this 4-night land package, which includes a highlights tour in Basel, is sure to inspire you.

What’s Included in Your Optional Land Package

  • 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne (or similar)
  • 2 nights hotel in Zürich at the Zürich Marriott Hotel (or similar)
  • Visits to Christmas Markets in both cities
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • Convenient transfers between your hotel and ship
  • Guided tours
  • The services of one of our wonderful Cruise Managers – unique in the industry

Contact your preferred travel advisor to extend your Christmas Markets on the Rhine journey into Lucerne and Zürich today!

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