Combine an autumn city break with a spot of Christmas shopping
Holiday homes near Christmas markets in Vienna, Brussels, Prague & Bath
As the autumn leaves start to fall and the nights draw in, now is the perfect time to cheer yourself up by planning a pre-Christmas shopping trip. With many European Christmas markets starting in mid November, you can combine an autumn city break with a spot of Christmas shopping to spice up your festive season stockings. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, lists hundreds of holiday homes in popular Christmas market destinations, such as Vienna, Brussels, Prague and Bath.
Visiting a Christmas market is a great excuse for an autumn trip and provides plenty of opportunities for fun. The lights and carols, hearty, warming food, and hot mulled wine will warm your spirits and offer shopping in a jolly environment. Visit the Christkindlmarkt in Vienna, one of the oldest in Europe, with a history of over 700 years. Or food-lovers should try Brussels for its numerous stalls selling Belgian chocolates, gingerbread and jars of preserved fruits. Cultural aficionadas will also love Prague, where the Christmas market combines traditional events with folk displays.
Alternatively, if you would rather stay closer to home, there are plenty of renowned markets in the UK, including Bath, where the centre is transformed into a Christmas shopper’s heaven every year.
Get into the festive spirit and choose from one of the properties below or browse www.HomeAway.co.uk for more.
Prices quoted are per property per night during the Christmas market season.
Elegant apartment in the leisure quarter of Vienna Turn-of-the-century elegance combines with an easy setting by some of Vienna's fine coffee houses and Praterstern station to bring you this handsome apartment in Vienna. An arrangement of colonial style antiques and décor tune in with the herringbone parquet and grand ceilings, while its modern designer accessories bring the space up to date.
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4. £85 per night based on 2 sharing
Spectacular skyscraper apartment in the centre of Brussels Designed by a young but renowned Belgian architect in the nineties on an existing unit from 1968, this is an impressive minimalist apartment located in the very centre of Brussels exactly between the old city and the European quarter and offering breathtaking views from its huge windows.
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. £116 per night
Classic apartment located in the elegant Vinohrady district in Prague This is an exquisite property featuring antiques that blend with modernity and unique Prague photo prints. The muted poppy and pistachio tones create a relaxed mode, to reflect Vinohrady, with its attractive townhouses, terrace cafés and antiques bazaars dotted around the quiet streets which slope down towards central Prague.
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, £112 per night based on 2 sharing
Historic townhouse in the heart of Bath This warm and inviting townhouse is ideally located in the heart of Bath. Originally built as a merchant`s home, the property has gone through many transitions in its life of almost 280 years. It is now a comfortable and cosy home, filled with charming antiques and wonderful period details. The location is ideal for anyone wanting to be centrally located at the heart of the city.
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. £420 per night