I have recently come back from Vienna, the Austrian capital with a timeless charm, with its 19th century style and made even more magical at Christmas time, thanks to the festive atmosphere created in the whole city. While I was walking through the city, I could not help strolling the Christmas markets that can be found in all the main squares of the city centre and enjoying the lights and the events held during the weeks of Advent.
Christmas Market on Rathausplatz is surely among the most famous and beautiful in the world: ice-skating rinks and trees decorated with an explosion of lights create a Christmassy magic beyond description. Walking through the Ringstrasse I visited the Christmas markets in Maria-Theresien-Platz and Karlsplatz, perfect places to savour a hot punch, finding relief in the cold Vienna (where the average temperature falls below zero!).
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Returning to the historical centre, I firstly reached the Hufburg Palace Christmas markets from the Ringstrasse. Here you can take a break after visiting the Sisi museum and admire the carriages all around. I then went around the Stephansplatz holiday markets, where eating a soup served in a giant bread roll is a must. I suggest you to stop at Cafe Central to taste a hot chocolate and a sachertorte and then continue toward the Am Hof Christmas markets, bustling with Christmas music, and the Freyung Christmas Markets, the oldest in the city and where to sample a delicious schaumrollen.
But Vienna is not just the city centre: heading toward the Schönbrunn Palace you will find a fair immersed in a almost fairy-style and surreal atmosphere. And last but not least, it is important to mention the non tourist University Christmas Market, where you will feel more in touch with the locals.