The main corridor of Vienna's Christkindlmarkt in front of City Hall. The Vienna “December Market,” which started in 1294, is said to be the birthplace of the Christmas Market tradition.
Viennese children in making cookies in Santa’s workshop.
Wool handicrafts in Budapest.
Sausage and ham at a stall in Vienna.
Ceiling in the guest gathering hall in the Benedictine Abbey at Melk, Austria, which was founded 1089.
A buffet of hors d'oeuvres aboard one of Viking River Cruises' Longboats.
Christkindlmarkt in Bratislava, Slovakia
Santa's workshop in Vienna City Hall.
A main street in Salzburg, Austria near the home of Mozart.
Jumbo pastries in Vienna.
Apricot and vanilla jumbo cream puffs in Vienna.
"Frohe Weihnachten" (Merry Christmas) in front of Vienna's City Hall.
Emmersdorf, Austria in December.
The atrium of one of Viking River Cruise's new Longboat vessels.
The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest.
Coconut bars in Vienna. Shown here (from top left): banana, apple, cherry, cacao, rum, amaretto, marzipan, nougat and praline.
A castle on the Danube Rive near Austria-Germany border in the snow of December.
Schneeballs (shown here at the market in Salzburg) are raw cookie dough that is rolled, roughly twisted into a ball shape and then deep-fried and dipped in chocolate and nuts.
Kakastöke Porkölt. Translation? “Rooster Testicle Stew.”
Take a Christmas Markets cruise and experience one of Europe’s best holiday traditions.