Best Places to Spend Christmas: Vienna
Vienna is one of Europe’s best known cities has a rich history and the numerous classical buildings make a visit any time of the year worth every penny. During Christmas, one more thing in Vienna excites visitors and locals alike – its distinct Christmas markets. The markets often open as early as mid-November and run well into Christmas proper.
Positioned in the city’s pedestrian zones and large squares, the markets stock handicrafts, food and drink drawn from the traditions and cuisines of German-speaking Europe. These include gingerbread, waffles, toasted almonds, sweet chestnuts, fried sausages, baked potatoes, punsch and mulled wine. The largest of Vienna’s markets is the Wiener Christmas Market on the town square between Burgtheater and Rathaus (the city hall).
Given Vienna’s numerous attractions, a visit to the city even during Christmas would not be complete without taking time to appreciate its key landmarks and recreational spots. The Riesenrad, a century old giant Ferris wheel is one such feature. The traditionally wooden cabs have large square windows provide a spectacular view of Vienna.
The apartment that the world famous classical composer Mozart lived in is also in Vienna. Known as Mozarthaus, the building’s levels are today filled with memorabilia of the iconic composer.
Majority of Vienna’s key buildings including the Hofburg, the State Opera House and the Museum of Fine Arts are along the Ring Boulevard, a circular route 4 kilometres long. You can take a tram, board a horse-drawn carriage or walk part or all the distance.