One of the advantages of living in St Albans or Harpenden is their proximity to airports that can easily transport you to the best of Europe’s Christmas Market beaks. If you are looking to get more for your money on a festive break Riga has been named the best European city this year.
The Post Office Travel Money are the ones who have revealed that as the Advent markets get underway across the continent, the Latvian capital offers the best value location for a festive shopping trip. Alongside all the shopping opportunities it has a really inexpensive meal and drinks prices as well as offering some of the lowest flight and hotel package costs. Riga has taken the top spot in the survey of 10 European cities for Christmas market breaks for the second year running.
A two-night break for two people in Riga says the survey “costs an average of £499 – comprising return flights, B&B accommodation, airport-city centre transfers, two evening meals for two with wine, coffee and festive drinks and snacks at the Christmas market.”
This they say was marginally lower than last year and at least 44 per cent cheaper than the most expensive of the 10 Christmas market cities, Copenhagen which came in at £884pp.
Other Advent market destinations to look at if money is no object include Stockholm and Vienna. The second best value destination was found to be Prague, where a two-night break for two costs a total of £592. The Czech capital scored well because it was the cheapest of the 10 cities for meals, drinks and other Christmas market staples. Then there is Estonia’s capital Tallinn and Berlin which came in fourth as the best value city for a festive break in Western Europe.
Andrew Brown at Post Office Travel Money says, “our advice to people planning visits to a Christmas market city is to do their homework carefully before booking.’ ‘It’s well known that tourist staples are cheap in Eastern European cities, but Berlin also looks great value for a Christmas markets break this year and, closer to home, Lille is also a good option.’