THE Czech Republic has become one of the most popular Eastern European holiday destinations for Australian travellers, particularly during Christmas when the country celebrates with many local Christmas Markets alight with decorations as carols and the aroma of wood-cooked sausages fill the air.
The capital, Prague, comes alive at Christmas and has many markets to explore including the most popular ones in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The markets are designed to capture the spirit of typical folk with much traditional Christmas food and beverage available as well as decorations and gifts. Enjoy a warmed mulled wine or punch as the city squares are filed with music from choirs and dance bands.
Smaller towns across the country each hold special Christmas markets over the festive season, including the picturesque medieval town of Cesky Krumlov in its centrally located town square. In the mountainous Karlovy Vary markets line the banks of the Ohra River, while in the small town of Cheb the local markets include an ice skating rink set up for visitors to enjoy.
Local Czech Republic specialists, Beyond Travel, have a selection of great value packages in Czech Republic over winter months, including a four day Christmas Markets itinerary from only $390 per person twin share, perfect for stopovers and to celebrate the festive season in Europe.
The price includes three nights’ accommodation at the four star Majestic Plaza hotel with daily breakfast, private airport transfers, half-day tour of Kutna Hora and the “Bone Church”, entrance to the Museum of the Infant Jesus of Prague, tickets to a Christmas concert and a traditional hot beverage at the Wenceslas Square markets.