West Sussex, United Kingdom (23rd November, 2012) – Airport Parking and Hotels, a leading airport parking comparison website, has compared the cost of visiting European Christmas markets.

European Christmas markets are increasingly attracting British tourists in the run up to the festive period and so, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH.com) has compared 15 of the most popular Christmas markets across Europe, including the typical cost involved in taking a festive trip to visit them. The research is available in the Know Before You Go section of their website at www.aph.com/xmasmarkets.

The research compares the major Christmas markets in European cities, including the cost of a return flight and a seven night stay in a four-star hotel, as well as highlights of each market and the currency used.

Germany was found to host four of the top 15 Christmas markets in Europe including Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Nuremberg, whereas Belgium and Austria both have two cities each including Bruges, Brussels, Vienna and Salzburg.

With regard to the cost of return flights from Heathrow Airport, prices were found to range from £102 to £176 per person. The cheapest destinations to fly to are Brussels and Munich both at the cost of £102, whereas Budapest and Prague are the most expensive at £176 and £160 respectively.

When booking hotel accommodation, travellers should be careful when choosing a four-star hotel as prices vary greatly. Seven nights’ accommodation for two adults was found to the cheapest in Prague at the cost of £195 for a double room, whereas the French town of Strasbourg is the most expensive place to stay at the cost of £695 for two people. A flight and hotel package for two adults travelling from 1st to 8th December 2012 is cheapest in Barcelona, costing £474 and the most expensive destination is Strasbourg, costing £1,031 for two adults.

Stockholm, Sweden and Munich, Germany, host the shortest Christmas markets, which run for three weeks and do not continue after Christmas Day. Denmark’s Christmas market held in Copenhagen runs for seven weeks and starts the earliest on 11th November 2012 until the end of December. Prague and Tallinn Christmas markets both run the latest until 8th January 2013 with the majority of the Christmas markets running for up to five weeks.

European markets have many traditional gifts to purchase from Belgian chocolates, Räuchermännchen (wooden dolls complete with smoking pipes), Glogg (Danish mulled wine) and Czech ceramic mugs. The caganer (the defecator) a traditional Catalan character, is the strangest gift to look out for and can be found in nativity scenes squatting with his trousers down at Barcelona’s Christmas market.

For more information on Airport Parking and Hotels and to compare airport parking, visit their website at www.aph.com.

About Airport Parking and Hotels:
Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) is the UK’s award winning long stay airport parking operator and booking agency, after winning the Best Airport Parking Company for a second year running at British Travel Awards 2011. This year APH also celebrates its 32nd year as a retailer and operator of pre-booked airport parking and travel extras. APH offers parking at all major UK airports as well as airport hotels packaged with parking and airport lounges. APH is also a carbon balanced company and has, through support of the World Land Trust, helped purchase more than 1,000 acres of endangered rainforest.

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