Vienna Christmas Markets
Coming for Australia, where Christmas involves long summer days, beer and BBQ’s, Christmas in Europe is something magical!
Having spoken to many of my English colleagues, not many of them have experienced a Germanic Christmas holiday. Why? When they smell and look like Christmas should be!!!
As you walk through the grounds of the Rathaus of Vienna you are first overwhelmed by the many lights decorating the huge trees. Candy canes, cupcakes and Father Christmas’s hand brightly from the branches.
Then the smell hits you! Cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and bratwurst spike each nose nerve all at once, leaving your mouth watering and your eyes bulging!
‘Where is the food?’
Suddenly your feet are seeking out all the delicacies your nose is lapping up!
The best thing (in my opinion) is the endless selection of mulled drinks.
Warm fruit wines, mulled cider, Christmas Punch, mulled Bailey’s, mulled Aperol. I can keep going but am considering pouring another glass of wine as I write and maybe that wouldn’t be good?!
And the best thing about the mulled drinks? CUPS, yes, every different market you go to you get a different cup!!! I have lots! I had lots of drinks!
Here is exhibit a – Me, outside the Vienna Dom, with a different cup. This was mulled wine. It’s in the shape of a boot!
So, your thinking that all we did was eat and drink. Yes, this is possibly mainly true, but we did see some of the sites.
When I was a child I was into horses. When the Spanish Riding School of Vienna visited Hobart I was there with bells on. So, we went to see it for real. It was all I could remember from my childhood and more. Very worth a visit to get into the history of the great AustroHungarian Empire.
We also stumbled on the Schmetterlinghaus. We went here mainly because the name is awesome, don’t you think! I learnt German at school and one of the only words that has stayed with me is Schmetterling. What is a Schmetterling? Look it up and find out!
If you are a fan of last minute shopping – This is the place for you. Ever wondered what you should get people for Christmas when you have no idea what to get them? Get them a beautiful Christmas gift from the markets. There are gifts from €5 to €5K.
I got a few presents for people, however due to my love of mulled drinks they might have been left in the hotel room.
We stayed in a Benedictine Monastery. WHAT? Should I have lead with that?
Benediktushaus was comfortable, with modern rooms and a standard continental breakfast. We didn’t realise it was an active monastery until we saw the nun cleaning and the friar manning reception when we left. Honestly – really good accommodation and very central.