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Climb Aboard Rail Europe's Holiday Express to Germany's Historic Christmas Markets

Enjoy a holiday adventure in Dresden, Weimar, Erfurt, Eisenach and Frankfurt

White Plains, NY – October 6th, 2009. This holiday season, dash away to Europe and experience a magical seasonal vacation. Rail Europe is proud to present the “German Christmas Markets*” an extraordinary seven day itinerary to five enchanting Christmas Markets throughout Germany. These unique and unforgettable markets invite travelers to experience the sights, smells and traditions of European Christmas festivities. Dive into a winter wonderland of regional traditions, handcrafts and culinary specialties such as Christmas Stollen (German Christmas cake), Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and Gluehwein (hot spiced wine). Stroll through festively decorated streets lit by thousands of twinkling lights and explore historic town centers as Christmas carols echo through the streets.

Travelers can begin their journey in Dresden, home to one of the most well-known Christmas Markets in the world. Best known for its long royal and political history, Dresden has emerged as the cultural and educational center of Germany. Then, travel by train to Weimar, a city known for its rich history and architecture and home to scholars such as Goethe, Schiller and Herder. During the month of December, the city’s Gothic town hall on the market square is transformed into a life sized Advent Calendar, where three lucky children open a new window each day for Father Christmas to greet them with a small gift. From Weimar, travelers will be whisked away to the medieval streets of Erfurt, where Christmas carols ring out and the air is filled with the aroma of gingerbread. Travel back in time to Eisenach and fall head over heels for the romantic market nestled within Wartburg Castle’s walls. One of the best kept medieval castles in Germany, the Wartburg boasts a medieval marketplace with Christmas concerts and artists, craftsmen and knights and colorful booths decked with boughs of holly. The trip concludes in Frankfurt, a buzzing financial metropolis that houses one of the oldest and most elaborate markets in Germany, attracting more than three million international visitors each year. Over 200 stalls offer arts and crafts, festive cuisine and a varied program of Advent concerts and trumpets playing from the balcony of St. Nicholas’ Church.

Travelers to Germany can visit these Christmas markets from $899 per person. This includes a rail pass and hotel nights. Airfare is not included. To purchase your German Rail passand book your hotel visit us at www.raileurope.com.

Visiting the German Christmas Markets is easy when travelling with a German Rail Pass. Passengers will travel by high-speed and regional trains, relaxing onboard with a cup of hot cocoa, mingling with other travelers and enjoying the scenic snow covered mountains and evergreen forests from their window. For more information on Germany log on to http://www.cometogermany.com/

Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, encourages you to make train travel a part of your European travel experience. The company celebrates over 75 years as a leader in European travel and believes that the spirit of train travel is about enjoying the simple pleasures, respecting the environment and connecting with people, places and cultures.

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Samina Sabir
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