The Christmas markets of Germany III

Getting around
GETTING THERE: Lufthansa offers nonstop service to Munich. Check with your local travel agents.

GETTING AROUND: Train tickets between the airport and Munich’s old-town hotels cost $12 one way. Pay-as-you-go train tickets within the state of Bayern (Bavaria) can cost as little as $11 one-way between Nuremberg and Rothenburg, or as much as $27 one-way between Munich and Nuremberg.

Taxi fares from city train stations to hotels vary. In Nuremberg, it’s about $10 one-way from the train station to hotels in the old town; in Rothenburg, $7; in Munich, $24.

ESCORTED TOURS: Many tour operators conduct European Christmas market tours. Here is a sampling of those with itineraries that include German cities.

Maupintour’s German Christmas Market Towns> trip departs Dec. 20 for two nights in Frankfurt, two nights in Rothenburg, two nights in Baden-Baden. Land-only rate is $2,770 and includes most meals and an excursion to Strasbourg, France.

Collette Vacations Europe’s Christmas Markets trip has several departures in late November and early December for three nights in Oberammergau, Germany; two nights in the Black Forest; and two nights in Bern, Switzerland. Land-only rate is $999 and includes most meals and excursions to Innsbruck, Austria; Strasbourg; and Bern and Lucerne in Switzerland.

Uniworld’s Rhine and Moselle Christmas Markets: Lucerne to Cologne is a cruise that departs Dec. 1 for two nights in Lucerne and seven nights aboard the River Queen in an outside stateroom. Cruise rates from $2,130 include air from New York or Boston. Among the port calls are stops at Cologne, Koblenz, Mainz and Heidelberg in Germany; Strasbourg; and Basel, Switzerland.

INFORMATION: German National Tourist Office;

NOTE > All prices are approximate. Check with your local travel agents for updates.