Christmastime in Austria – Vienna Edition

As I mentioned in my last blog post, my husband and I spent the Christmas season in Austria this year.

Our itinerary: Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Seefeld, & Zurich for New Year’s

{oh and London for a tiny tiny stopover, just long enough for afternoon tea!}

As expected, Christmastime in Austria is so ridiculously cute, it’s too much for one to handle. Christmas markets (the most delicious food + mulled wine = perfection), in the most idyllic settings imaginable. Words failed me. Continually. And as you may have noticed, that doesn’t happen very often. The word “surreal” has never received so much overuse as it did during our 10-day trip.

That being said, I think the best way to share this trip is through pictures.

I’ll start with Vienna. Ok, fine, I’ll say a few quick words (see, I can’t resist trying…).

I didn’t expect its grandeur to rival that of Paris, or Madrid, or London. Those Habsburgs knew how to do it up, let me tell ya. As you gaze across the grand plazas, and the horse & buggies trot past you, you can truly imagine it as the center of the Holy Roman Empire. The city is impossibly beautiful, and incredibly clean. Actually, all of Austria seems to fit that description.

Oh, and Mozart? Yeah he’s still a big deal.

Some of our most memorable experiences in Vienna:

  • the Christmas markets on Christmas Eve
  • sipping champagne in a Viennese drawing room where Mozart may or may not have played
  • a Christmas Eve church service that ended in candlelight caroling in a Viennese courtyard
  • strolling around the Hofburg Palace on Christmas Eve
  • a Christmas morning run along the Danube River
  • Christmas Day at the Christmas markets at Schonbrunn Palace

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Next up: Salzburg!

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