If you’re hitting the Danube with Inspirato on our Christmas Markets in Europe Cruise, we can’t wait to welcome you aboard! Below, we’ve curated packing tips and some fun inspiration to get you in a festive mood before we embark—and even if you won’t be joining us this time, throw on our playlist or make a cozy pot of Glüwein as you decorate your house for the holidays.
Although World War I may not be the first subject that comes to mind for “feel-good holiday movie,” Joyeux Noel documents the famous Christmas truce of 1914 within a moving portrait that doesn’t dip too far into the macabre. Following the French, Scottish, and German soldiers in the trenches—as well as a beautiful Danish singer sent to entertain the troops on Christmas Eve—this Oscar-nominated French film highlights the warmth, humanity, and unlikely bonds that prevail among those caught up in one of Europe’s most nightmarish chapters.
We’ve curated this playlist on Spotify to put you in a festive state of mind. Throw it on in the background as you pack to start picturing yourself among the myriad Christmas market stalls—or enjoy while cozied up in your cabin aboard the Amadeus Cara.
What to eat
We’ll be traveling through both Austria and Germany, beginning our journey in the former and ending in the latter. Although almost all meals are included aboard the Amadeus Cara, as you stroll the cobblestone streets of Vienna pre-embarkation or find yourself seeking supper in Nuremberg, there are plenty of eateries to duck into. Try the three Michelin-starred Amador in Vienna, tucked stylishly within the arching brick walls of a winery, or Albrecht Durer Stube in Nuremberg, offering traditional Bavarian and Franconian fare.
What to pack
Coziness is key when packing for this cruise. As we’ll be spending time outside in the markets or on tours, layers are a great idea. Temperatures in the towns we’ll visit average in the high 30s, while lows dip into the high 20s. Scarves, winter hats, mittens or gloves, waterproof coats, and water-resistant footwear are all good ideas to stay snug in the chilly weather.
What to drink
Glüwein, or German mulled wine, will be your drink of choice to warm up while strolling among the charming stalls of the markets. But don’t wait until then to enjoy it: To make your own mulled wine at home, combine a bottle of dry red, a quarter cup of brandy, a handful of cloves, some star anise, a few cinnamon sticks, 2 to 4 tablespoons of sugar or honey, and orange slices in a pot. Bring it to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover, and let the wine cook for up to three hours. Strain the aromatics and orange slices, and enjoy in your favorite mug as you pack.