Looking for that perfect destination for your Christmas break? Look no further than the cobbled streets and imposing silhouettes of Vienna! This beautiful European capital has everything you need this season, from the twinkling lights that adorn the cabins of the festive markets, to the museums and cathedrals that make this an increasingly popular cultural getaway. If you still need convincing, here are just three reasons why you should be heading to Vienna for this years Christmas break.
- Its perfect for foodies
Pretty much every countrys major cities can boast impressive Christmas markets, but what makes this one so different is the emphasis they put on food. If you visit the markets of Vienna, youll find the old favourites such as roasted chestnuts and plenty of Glhwein to go around (mulled wine with cinnamon and citrus fruits). However, youll be able to taste the finest examples of traditional, festive Austrian delicacies, such as Vanillekipferl biscuits.
Youll have a variety of markets to choose from to; the Belvedere Palace Christmas Market is fairly new and far less crowded, running all the way up to Christmas Eve, but for a more authentic feel, try the Freyung Christmas Market instead. Its the oldest of all the markets in Vienna, originating in 1772, and while it serves as a food market throughout the rest of the year, its the perfect place to pick try traditional cured and smoked meats and cheeses at Christmas.
- The Christmas lights are stunning
Vienna always likes to do things a little differently, and youll find this true of their lighting displays too. On the one hand, they have the usual lamps, decorations and baubles strung throughout the city, alighting every walkway and glittering in the firelight of the festive cabins below.
However, if you take a stroll down to the Rathauspark during the evening, youll find the famous market, Christkindlmarkt, on the Rathausplatz (which is the square in front of town hall). Here, youll find the most unusual decorations hidden in the trees, such as fluorescent violins (as a nod to the citys strong musical history) or festive cupcakes.
- Theres a concert every night
The people of Vienna are fiercely proud of their musical past, and they make a particularly big effort to involve everyone in this pastime during the winter months. If you want to keep things traditional, head down to the Vienna State Opera House for an unforgettable evening of opera, ballet or classical concertos just make sure you book your tickets beforehand via Viennaoperatickets.com, as they sell out especially quickly this time of year.
If youd prefer something a little different though, theres always the Christmas in Vienna Concert. This gala event is held each year at the Vienna Konzerthaus, with many star singers performing traditional Christmas songs.
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