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 :-)