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Vienna | The Christmas Markets

The Christmas markets in Europe, to me, were kind of like Figment from Disney, or Anne of Green Gables, or those little m&m’s characters that talk and have personality. Nice ideas, but not really real. Or maybe just too good to be true. Kristi has talked about the Christmas markets all throughout Vienna and was excited to share the experience with us. So far, we have hit at least one a day! And let me tell you, they do exist! And they really are magical. They are streets and courtyards lined with vendors who sell their wares, delicious baked goods, and of course Glühwein!

Enough talk… I will share my photos of the Christmas Markets in Vienna, although it certainly does not do them justice! 

I want to buy at least one thing every time I go. Sometimes, I resist- and sometimes it’s just food, so I destroy the evidence. :)

I am so impressed by the artists’ work at these markets. The most amazing thing is to see all the beautiful pottery and jewelry and woodwork and meet the artist who made it all. (Love to support a good local business!)

This makes me want to have a christmas tree adorned entirely in gold- and therefore buy each one of the ornaments here… 

Not to mention, the backdrops are pretty amazing. The markets are all placed within the sweet winding streets of Vienna, or in front of some amazing building. (Again, with that beautiful Viennese architecture!)

Christmas markets are so wonderful to walk through- definitely a favorite daily activity while we have been here! :)

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  • Tara! Thank you!!! Thank you for posting these stunning pictures! ! I’m speechless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diana

    oh my goodness! Amazing! I want to be there now! Have such a great time! I’ve loved reading while you’ve been there! keep em comingReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    I too am loving your updates!!!! I just want to say WOW! These pictures are great. How exciting to see the Christmas Markets, I’m glad you are able to visit them!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    I must admit, my heart belongs to Cologne’s Christmas markets. There were so many small moments that made the best memories and one of them was my Dad saying “Stop here for a second. Close your eyes and listen.”

    Please forgive me for what sounds like a line from a low-budget romantic comedy, but that is honestly what he said and what we did. And when we did it, we didn’t hear a single angry sound. People were bustling around, there was that lovely “busy” sound, talking, laughing but we did not hear a single voice raised in anger. And later that day, there was the couple in the Cathedral market and we got chatting to them. They were telling us all about a concert they were going to later and told my Dad where he could find the best beer halls. And then there was the gentleman who was selling these beautiful lace decorations. We picked out the ones we liked and ended up talking to him for half an hour. My German was very limited and he didn’t speak much English, but we managed. Then as we went to leave, he picked up two lace candles, one for me and one for my Mum, and just gave them to us, wouldn’t let us pay. I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t have picked it out for myself, but I will still hang it somewhere where I can see it and every time I do, I’ll remember his kindness.

    I don’t know if Cologne is just a friendly city in general, but those Christmas markets certainly bring out the best in people. I’m planning on trying to get to some other ones in Germany and I do want to go to the Vienna Christmas markets too. I’ll probably have to do a bit more saving for that but it’ll be worth it. I like the idea of just turning a corner and coming across another market, tucked away somewhere. There’s something magical in that. :)

    I’ve been to the markets in Prague and Cologne so far, hoping toReplyCancel

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