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Wiener Christkindlmarkt – Christmas market in Vienna

Posted by dan on December 22, 2010

The Christmas market in Vienna – called Wiener Christkindlmarkt – is one of the most famous destinations during the winter festive season in Europe. With snow almost guaranteed, the capital city of Austria will not leave you disapointed if you are after a real winter experience. (Although this year Paris turned white as well and Rome had its cold days with fountains freezing.) There are several Christmas markets in Vienna, at Maria Theresien Platz or Karlskirche, but probably the best is at the Rathaus, the Townhall, on the Ring opposite the Burgtheater. Following are some images made yesterday.

A comprehensive listing of all important Christmas Markets in Vienna: http://www.vienna4u.at/christmasmarket.html

 

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Snapshots – Vienna

Posted by dan on November 22, 2010

Fountain in the Burg Vienna Austria

Fountain in the Burg

Vienna, once the seat of the Habsburg empire and famous for its high culture, is another popular tourist destination in Europe. Most of the sights are within or close to the Ring and can be easily explored on foot. (Some sights such as the Schönbruch Palace, Grinzing or the Prater are a bit out.) Following are some random photos of Vienna, made this October.


Vienna official tourism website: http://www.vienna.info/en

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Grinzing – a spritz for the road

Posted by dan on November 13, 2010

Grinzing is a green suburb of Vienna on the northwestern edge, with old buildings, vineyards and wine cellars dating back to the early 1000s.

I started my recent trip from Vienna, first flying to Paris and then carrying on to the UK where I am at the moment. Apart from a few fixed points I have no concrete plans and itinerary – as it is often the case – except that I want to be back before Christmas. It is not such a long trip and no farewells are needed –  still, it was good to catch up with some of my family. We decided to visit Grinzing and have lunch in an old ‘Heurige’ – a traditional winery/restaurant. Although summer is the most popular time to visit when you can sit outside in the gardens and there is live music, an autumn day has its advantages too. The Heurigen weren’t empty, but they weren’t full either and it was mostly a local crowd. We had a nice hearty meal, washing it down with a few glasses of ‘spritz’ – wine with soda water.


Travel TipTransport: The area can be easily reached from the center by taking the U4 underground to Heillegenstadt and then bus number 38A to Grinzing.

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