Vienna at Christmastime is truly special, and I feel very lucky that I was able to visit twice in December!
Of course the main thing I wanted to do was visit the Christmas market, or “Christkindlmarkt” as it’s known in German. Having lived in Austria for 6 years, I know how festive and pretty they are.
Unfortunately the market in Vienna has strict timings, and closes at 9pm on the dot, unlike what I remember from Klagenfurt (where I lived) where the Glühwein stands would stay open much later.
We made our way straight from the hotel after landing to catch the last hour os so before they closed and be able to enjoy a festive mulled wine.
We got our mugs of hot mulled wine to warm up – it was a pretty chilly 0°C, and some of the crew didn’t have gloves or a hat, I can’t imagine how cold they must have felt!
You pay a €4 deposit on the mugs, and if you want you can take them home with you!
We wandered around the huge market, admiring all of the pretty stalls and Christmassy decorations, before stopping by the ice rink to sit down and watch the skaters.
Soon enough all of the stalls were closing up, and we headed back to the warmth of the hotel.
The next morning I decided to revisit the market, to be able to enjoy browsing the stalls and to pick up a few little Christmas presents.
Once again it was quite cold, with grey skies and biting wind but sadly no snow.
After a chilly walk through the market, I strolled through the city, admiring the lovely decorations hung up in the streets.
Before long I made my way back to the hotel to rest for a bit before the night flight back to Dubai. What a beautiful festive layover in Vienna!