Vienna by night, enjoying Maroni and Glühwein

I had the chance to go to Vienna last week, for a work-related meeting, and it was just in time for the Christmas markets since most of them are opening up mid-November and last till Christmas.

The Christmas markets in Vienna are a very old tradition. In 1296, Emperor Albrecht I granted Viennese traders and shopkeepers the privilege of holding a December market for the city’s population. Nowadays, over 20 official markets sell a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats all around the city. The decorative lights transform Vienna into a glittering sea of color… I wish I had a tripod :-)

I visited the one situated in front of the City Hall and I was very surprised how different it was from the other markets I’ve experienced in Belgium. There was a lot of xmas related things, not only food and drinks, but also xmas decoration, handicraft, etc.  I had Maroni (sweet chestnuts) and a mug of hot Glühwein (mulled wine) and it was delicious !

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I was in Vienna for work, so I mainly stayed near the Museum of Natural History where the meeting was held. I had the chance to visit the roof top with some colleagues, and the views from there were impressive! WOW ! It was windy and the pictures are of poor quality but I had to share it with you so you can have an overview of what I saw over there :-)

In the evening, when I walked back to my hotel, I enjoyed Vienna by night, and looked at some interesting buildings. The locals were telling me that since the Russian tourism had exploded, a lot of local shops had to shut down, and all the luxury brands like Dior, Prada, took over the main commercial streets.

The next morning, I woke up early before going back to the museum and tried to enjoyed Vienna by day…I will tell you more in a future post :-)

Wander Mum
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51 responses to “Vienna by night, enjoying Maroni and Glühwein

  1. I do love Christmas markets – when I lived in Germany, a few of us used to go to a different one every weekend, get some gluhwein and wander around browsing and slightly tipsily buying odds and ends. I can imagine that Vienna’s would be magical as well. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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  2. Oh my goodness this is SO beautiful Gin I would love to go to Vienna in the Christmas season – it was wonderful in April when we were there with all the Easter decorations but the Christmas ones are so special! Great photos you have taken too! :)

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  3. The pictures are beautiful, but I really like your stories. Your explanations of the background of the markets, and how they evolve and change.
    I wondered how much of what was for sale was made locally and if (m)any items are ‘made in China’. Not that the Chinese (Asian) manufacturers don’t need the business, but so do the local makers of items.
    And it is interesting how universal some decorations are – the streams of lights, the tree ornaments, the store windows, I see that here in the US, also.

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    • Thank you ! hmm there was some stands with only a handful of goodies, and they look home made. Others had thousands of them, they all look the same and were relatively cheap.. and must have been produced in China. In Belgium, nothing is local, and that’s what I despise the most in our xmas markets.

      All the xmas decoration are quite similar, you are right :-) It’s a worldwide tradition, and not really linked to the religion anymore

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