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Today’s highest temperature was minus 8 with a wind chill factor of minus 15. I kid you not! Vienna looks like a Christmas postcard these days, with snow and fairy lights everywhere. This is exactly the time when things start taking on a sort of Christmas magic feeling over here. We love to stroll around in our city and the inviting scent of candied fruit at the numerous Christmas markets warms our spirit.

Though it wouldn’t be Christmas in Vienna without the city’s fabulous Punsch tradition. The delightful composition of liquor, sugar, citrus and orange peel, clove, almond pieces, tea and some strong spirits like brandy or rum make punsch a self drinker for the dark days of the year. Taste it if you haven’t yet and I guarantee you’ll fall immediately into the magic world of buttery rich vanilla scent, sugar cookies and loving mistletoe kisses… I myself am off skiing and wish you and your family and friends a wonderful holiday season!

An Overview of Vienna’s Christmas Markets;

Wiener Adventzauber
Address: 1., Rathausplatz
Open: Mon-Fri 14-22:00, Sat, Sun 11-22:00, until 24th December

Weihnachtsmarkt am Spittelberg
Address: 7., Spittelberg
Open: Mon-Fri 14-21:00, Sat, Sun 10-21:00, until 23rd December

Winter im MQ
Address: 7., MuseumsQuartier (main court)
Open: Mon-Fri 17-23:00, Sat, Sun 15-23:00, until 23rd December

Weihnachtsdorf im Alten AKH
Address: 9., Alser Strasse/Spitalgasse
Open: Mon-Fri 14-22:00, Sat, Sun 12-22:00, until 24th December

Weihnachtsdorf vor dem Schloss Belvedere
Address: 3., Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27
Open: daily 11-21:00, until 24th December

Kultur- und Weihnachtsmarkt
Address: 13., Schloss Schunbrunn
Open: daily 10-20:30, 10-16:00 24th December, 10-18:00 25th and 26th December

Altwiener Christkindlmarkt auf der Freyung
Address: 1, Freyung
Open: 27.11.-23.12., daily 9.30-19.30
Open: daily 9-19:30, until 23rd December

Text and Photos: Christina Merl

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