It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Although the weather is still untypically warm the traditional Christmas Markets are about to open within the next couple of days.
The Christmas Markets have a long an old tradition in Vienna and are visited by locals and tourists every year. Probably the most famous one is the Weihnachtstraum in front of the city hall. In my opinion it’s trashy und a little run over- way to touristy.
My grandmother and I have a ritual since I’m a little child and we visit the Christkindlmarket at Schönbrunn. It’s a majestic location right in front of the ancient and beautiful castle where Sisi spent most of her time. The market is built in a circle and offers delicous foods as baked potatos, huge krapfen and all different kinds of gingerbread. Also punsch lovers are coming on their costs since a big variety of punsch and glühwein is offered. From hand crafted decoration, toys and clothing nearly everything christmas related is sold here.
In case you prefer it smaller and more calm the Spittelberger Adventmarkt might be the best option for you. Located at the Spittelberg, a famous area in Vienna’s 7th district. In this adorable little street you will find yourself in a winter christmas world. Decoration everywhere, cute litte wood shacks and the smell of cinnamon and cloves is in the air. Local products and the best raclette in town are sold here!
Also the first district invites you to stroll around and you will be fascinated by the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. Most famous for it’s breathtaking illuminations is the Graben which directs you to Saint Stephens Cathedral. Youl will find these beautiful illuminated streets all over the city so grab your coat, your hat and your gloves and go out and explore the streets for the search of your most favorite Christmas lights.
But the magic time is not only present in Vienna, it’s all over Austria!
When I was a child for example, I have spent my entire Christmas vacation in Tyrol, a western province in the heart of the Alps. Snow everywhere, winterwonderland, what makes a kid’s heart beat faster than this. In these little traditional mountain villages where you have several ski slopes next door the Christmas feeling is even more noticable. Christmas tress and cribs everywhere. So how did a classic Christmas eve look in my childhood? I remember it like it was yesterday. On December 24th I have always been skiing. After we got back from the slopes to the hotel I got very excited. Christmas music and this loving and peaceful atmosphere in the air. Our grandmother took us to the christmas mass so my parents have time to help the Christkind setting everything up. Yes in Austria we believe in the Christkind, not Santa Clause! When we got back I was waiting in front of the room with the biggest excitement. When the little bell rang it was time for me to enter our room. WoW! The tree is sparkling, presents underneath and music playing. What a magic happened here? Well the rest is part of your imagination and maybe you would like to leave your Christmas experiences in the comments below.
The Prime Tours Team wishes you a Marry Christmas- Frohe Weihnachten!