Christmastime. For some of us a nightmare or even not worth thinking of. Not for me. I can’t wait to light the first candle on the advent wreath and open my first windows of my adventcalender. Yes! This is not a teenage blog, and I am not a child. But hey! Of course I want an adventcalender. (And fortunatley I got one!)
Same goes for the Adventweekends. I am lucky to live in Vienna, where some true Christmas magic happens every year. People from around the world travel across Europe to visit the Christmas markets, and I just have to leave the house and am in the middle of a dozen choices.
I shared the impressions of the evening magic of the Belvedere Market in my last post (here). When I visited the market by daytime, I found some nice things, besides having a Kärntner lunch break with my daughter. I just couldn’t leave without one of the handmade leather bound journals with pages of old-looking hand-stitched paper and lined with linen.
But admittedly a Christmasmarket in the dark is more romantic. Therefor I visit Schoenbrunn Palace on a regular basis.
It is just more fun to have THE Sisi Punsch in the dark with sparkling lights around you.
Schönbrunner Christkindelmarkt is all about food. Actually I never had something that tasted really bad. I just have a look at the stall and buy something freshly cooked.
But when it comes to the hot drinks, I always come back to the Kaiserpfandl Stall. The blonde lady and her team really know how to make homemade sweet drinks. She is the one with the Sisi Punsch!
A first for me was the St.Stephens Cathedral Market.
The atmosphere is beautiful, but the stalls are mostly not my cup of tea. 2 highlights: The Olive Wood stall and I found a Gourmet Punsch at the very back of the market, which was of great taste.
I didn’t stay long, just for the hot drinks. Then I left to shop at a much more quiet place nearby: the Wollzeile. Probably my favorite shopping street in Vienna.
But what, if I had to choose? What, if I had to decide to visit just one Adventmarket in Vienna? I would for a Short City Walk to Karlsplatz.
The market is big, even huge. The shopping experience great. I think I could buy all Christmasgifts here, like the Butterlamp Candles for example,
… or Ceramic Gifts from Peter Leidl and one of a kind silver jewelry from Oliver Sven Simon.
And I would know, that I wouldn’t leave the market hungry. No chance! The sweet sugared dough filled with jam has a name you can’t barely spell: Kiachl, but you won’t forget the taste! And the Fladen-Stall is probably the one with the longest waiting line, but hey! it’s Christmas time. So choose time and peace and have some down to earth food with your loved ones.
And last but not least a quote from Steve Jobs:
Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown out your inner voice. Have the courage to follow your Heart.