Europe’s Christmas Markets… a Dream Come True
- Christmas Market Stall
I was so excited to be heading to Vienna in December. All the things I had read about seeing were finally going to come to pass. I was ready to begin. There are several ways to see the Christmas Markets. An eight day cruise between Frankfurt and Nuremberg on Uniworld’s Boutique River Collection is one way.
What a wonderful relaxing journey from city to city with wonderful food, accommodations, and guided sightseeing at every stop.
Must See…Must Do…
Another way is to visit one city and see the Markets as well as many other holiday sights.
From the first of December, Vienna is decorated with glittering lights, wonderful smells of mulled wine and music everywhere. The city sets up the stalls for the Market along the river. There are booths of food, drink, hand-made ornaments, candles and lots of wonderful things. Just perfect for an evening stroll.
The Lipizzaner Stallions were a MUST see for me. Even though they are not performing during this time, they did have practice sessions in the arena. It was magical to watch these beautiful white stallions proudly performing. The gallery seating is extremely uncomfortable on small wooden chairs, but I was so enthralled, I hardly noticed that 2 hours had passed, until I tried to stand up.
Another MUST do at this time is a Mozart concert with the Viennese waltzing. We got tickets to a small theater (hard seats again!!). It was very cold as these old theaters don’t have central heating. But that is part of the charm. AHHH!! I was in heaven. We wanted to see the Vienna Boys Choir, but alas, they were on vacation during December. Well, it is hard to have everything.
The Final Stop
The last thing we had time for was the Schonbrunn Palace. The rich of today know nothing about luxury!! We didn’t have time to tour the Habsburg Palace but we heard their history everywhere we went. Fascinating story!!!
We got to try weinerschnitzel. It was nothing like I thought it would be. After about 3 nights of this, Ken needed a Big Mac. Fortunately, the underground subway station had his “fix”. Three plain burgers later, he was happy!! We learned the subway quite fast. Even though the language is German, you can figure it out.
Call me to send you on this amazing trip.
It is time now to plan!
**originally published 4/27/2012