I’m asking myself whether this is really the right name for a restaurant in a Germanic speaking world… nothing like a bit of toilet humour to finish off the year! 😀 Guten Rutsch everyone! See you next year!
This wee market on Mariahilferstrasse is still open for business. Today was the big shopping day. 🙂
The market is surrounding the statue of Haydn in front of the church.
There are a few nice stalls. This is definitely not the biggest market, but it’s got some character anyhow.
If you’re out shopping in the madness of Christmas deals, you can take a break here. 🙂 it’s good for Punsch, not so much for getting other stuff.
So, nowadays when the sun is really low and we have to go home after sunset, I’ve managed to take my camera out to capture some of the colour that we see every day. I got off the bus at Cobenzl to capture these shots. the view of Vienna from up there is just amazing.
This is the little castle (mini-castle) up at Cobenzl, with a fiery sky behind it. Click on the pictures to see them bigger!
So, not far from this massive fake column that was for sale at Caritas, I put down my bag because I needed both hands and some climbing skills to get to the perfect chair to add to our three existing kitchen chairs. I turned my back on the bag, and when triumphantly emerging from the chaos of chairs with my prize, it was nowhere to be seen. A customer said he saw a man exit with a red bag a minute earlier… so, I immediately called, cancelled my cards, and made my way home thinking about what was in my bag. My wallet. That’s a big one. My work keys. My colleague’s work keys, that I was bringing to her. My possum merino gloves (I loved those!). But, that’s kind of it. Lots of paper and junk and empty shopping bags and probably some nicknacks that I have forgotten about. Just yesterday I also had my slr in there, and that would have been pretty awful to lose. So… it sounds crazy, but if I ever was to have my bag stolen, today was not that bad a day for it!
I still hope that my keys and the other keys are returned to me.
This market is located right smack in the park between Kunsthistorische and Naturhistorische Museum in Vienna, around the large statue of Maria Theresia.
It’s also extremely close to MQ and their winter village, so the view of the MQ from the market is really nice. 🙂
We came here for the Punsch a few evenings ago, to meet up with people before they disappear for Christmas. The Punsch and Glühwein at this market comes in these really cute boot-like cups, so it looks smaller than the other markets but I reckon it’s about the same amount once you get down into the boot. No complaints about the blood orange Punsch or the apricot Punsch!
The backdrop of the market is really impressive, with the two beautiful museums at each side.
Not to talk about Heldenplatz on the back end of the market!
As far as shopping goes, I think this market has some really nice stuff. I got a cable for my advent star here two years ago, from a stall that sold the same type of stars as I had got at the spittelberg market. And they have some really nice stuff for the tree, as you can see.
With an unlimited bank account I could do some serious shopping here for the tree. Oh well.. some day! 🙂
They also have some nice natural decorations around the place. I like that because it’s a little bit different to what I have seen so far. This place had lots of very nice smelling decorations, with cinnamon, cloves and whatnot. It smelled really nice to walk past. 🙂
And Alex came away with a little hedge hog from this booth. The guy makes everything from wood that he glues together, and the animals really look cute! They are quite light, so I suspect there is styrofoam inside that he pins things to and then glues the wood together around it, but hey, they look really good. So why on earth not!
I was thinking this girl will probably get snow-blind from working in this booth… lol.
Food options are also good here, with varied alternatives. although I’m not sure I would trust this cook. 😛
To sum up: A nice all-rounder, good shopping and good Punsch. It’s not extremely large, but that just makes it more manageable. What they have is nice, so if you need to get some Christmas shopping done in a hurry and want to grab a Punsch while you are at it, this is a nice place to go, where most of the booths have really nice stuff.
One weekend in December there is the artisan’s Christmas market at Schloss Neugebäude out in the 11th by Simmering. It is actually not that hard to get to, it’s a short bus ride away from the end of the U3 line. Last weekend I brought my friend there to see what it was all about.
The Rennaisance castle makes for a very nice atmosphere, but at first sight we were rather puzzled that this could be called the artisan’s market… we didn’t see any crafts anywhere! In fact, all we saw were some punsch stands, food places, and one guy making wooden ornaments on the spot. Peculiar!
The explanation was that most of the castle cannot be seen from the outside. We went down under the big tower, and found huge halls filled with christmas ornaments, crafts, pieces of art… a whole lot of stuff! Some of it was more impressive than other stuff.
I wasn’t sure how happy the people were for me to be snapping pictures, so I tried to keep my distance.
I now know what to do with my old light bulbs!! What an amazing idea. I’ll be making hot air balloons for the tree… when I get enough light bulbs to make it worthwhile. 🙂
This was my absolute favourite stand. Glass art – so pretty!! I asked if I was allowed to take this picture. The artist(s?) doesn’t have a shop (sadly!) but can be found online, on http://www.cybilldesigns.blogspot.co.at.
I did fail on the Perchtenlauf though. There were way too many people! I had no idea such hordes of people would congregate for the perchtenlauf… but it’s apparently a super popular event in Vienna. So, this was the best shot I got of the Krampus. Oh well, there’s always next year. 🙂
I thought the market had a lot of stuff that could be nice if you’re looking for a Christmas present. There’s not much in the way of food and drink though, and the lines are really long around the Perchtenlauf, but I thought it was worth it!
This market is new this year (I think) and it’s located just by the Ubahn station on Kettenbrückengasse. And it’s pink! I love it.
The decor is pink, the lights are pink, and some of the punsch stands are totally pink:
I had to shoot a few pictures of the deco:
Beautiful pink ribbons.
The market is very modest, but there are a few stand selling local food products, soaps, some hippie stuff and also christmas stuff (not surprisingly).
Some people may have been making fun of me taking photos.. hehe. Fair enough!
The atmosphere there was very nice, a little bit of a party atmosphere (sort of the ‘something awesome is going to happen’ kind of atmosphere). And of course if you hate pink you might struggle a little bit. But, the punsch was nice, and I for once felt safe walking around dangling my camera in my hand. Perhaps a bit too careless there… but I was very much at ease.
I would recommend the market for getting some punsch and feeling at ease in a tolerant group of people. 🙂
This is one of the heavy-weight contenders among the Viennese Christmas markets. Located in front of the Schönbrunn castle, they’ve built a little ring of booths enclosing some more Punsch and food stands, and there are concerts almost daily from choirs and brass bands. On the weekend there are even more things happening there.
The booths all contain really nice stuff here, so you don’t get many of the ‘hippie’ stands selling dream catchers and incense, here it’s more about traditional crafts, ceramics, glass art and so on. I usually come here to get a Christmas present for one of mine.
the Punsch is very good here, but it is a bit more expensive than the other markets. That’s to do with the location, but probably also the popularity of the market – it can get insanely crowded. It’s not crazy expensive though, the punsch is up to 1€ more expensive, so it’s possible to deal with it.
They also have the famous Sisi Punsch here. I came here yesterday (a Thursday) so it was relatively liveable there. Previously I’ve only been on the weekend, and you literally have to penguin walk around as there are so many people. They offer bus tours from surrounding countries to this (and other I presume) Christmas markets, so on the weekend it’s not uncommon for 30-50 buses to be parked side by side on the parking lot, and they even have ‘slots’ for when they can offload their passengers to go to the market.
So, like I said more traditional stuff is sold here. And it looks sooo unbelievably nice. I love these Christmas ornaments. I couldn’t afford to dress my tree in these though… maybe I can afford one glass ball a year? hmmm…
I really love these pieces by Sandra Gasque ceramics. This stall is here every year, and I’m equally tempted every year.
This year I also found this booth belonging to Mathias Graebner, whose pieces are absolutely stunning. I told myself that I will go back there if I cannot help myself.. but I managed to get away without a piece… this time! I just love those fish-patterned pieces. I almost thought this booth alone was worth the visit. 😀
The final picture is from the entrance, where they have decorated the two columns with the eagles (?) on top. They look like two giant shiny light-rods from afar.. If you’re in doubt where to enter, look for these! ^_^
Why go here? The atmosphere, and to get some truly unique pieces from talented artist. Just being there, looking at the castle and listening to live music is magical and appeals to the little prince and princess in every one of us. But my advice is, don’t go on the weekend.
I feel very bad for the quality of pictures on this post, but I forgot my camera!! My phone had to do its best, and I suppose it does also give you a feel for the atmosphere at the market. Altes AKH is now part of the Univeristy of Vienna, and it is set up inside the old hospital grounds. So, it is completely enclosed in a large courtyard, which makes it a bit sheltered from the wind and cold.
The little Ferris wheel that they have there is very charming. It’s certainly not for grownups though, as the cars are really small. But it adds to the atmosphere 🙂
One of my favourite things about this market is the variety of Punsch. They have all kinds of fruity punsch, much based on liquors (apricot, orange, but also kaluha, baileys, jägermeister and you name it they have it!).
I had a great time sampling these guys’ punsch yesterday. The Marille (apricot) was the best! I think.
I was also very curious about the kokos punsch, but I didn’t end up trying it… next time!
Apart from Punsch they also have a little market, of course. I find that this market is not that great for shopping, but there are of course a few really great stalls at every market. But I would more come here for the atmosphere, and if it’s windy it’s also got some shelter so it’s more bearable.
There is variety! I like the sausage dog. The things people put on their tree these days… tut tut!
So, if you’re in the 8th/9th district and you feel like Punsch, this would be a good place! That’s my tag-line for this market. 🙂
Beatrice found a new tea shop 🙂
It is possible!! But yes, there is a whole lot of wheat used in the traditional Austrian cuisine, and there is also not that much general knowledge about gluten intolerance and celiac disease here. So, a friend of mine is visiting, and I decided to get organised this time so that I know where it is possible to go! So if you are one of the souls that struggle with this, the following information can be quite useful to you. 🙂
I created a board on pinterest where I’ve tracked down the restaurants that offer gluten free options, and that have been recommended by people on the forum for travel on the Organisation for Celiac disease in Austria. The board can be found here.
Ohhh, seems that some will get a visit from Krampus tomorrow! Or I suppose on Saturday, on St. Nicholaus Day. On Saturday there are lots of Perchtenläufe around Austria, and I have a friend visiting so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make it to one of them! Probably we’ll try to make it to the one at Schloss Neugebäude. If you are wondering what the Perchten are, they belong to a pagan ritual here in Austria, and they look like the Krampus on these cakes, 😉 but apparently they’re not the same!
According to Wikipeida, a Perchtenlauf is:
Originally, the word Perchten (plural of Perchta) referred to the female masks representing the entourage of an ancient goddess, Frau Perchta, or Pehta Baba as it is known in Slovenia. Some claim a connection to the Nordic goddess Freyja, though this is uncertain. Traditionally, the masks were displayed in processions (Perchtenlauf) during the last week of December and first week of January, and particularly on 6 January. The costume consists of a brown wooden mask and brown or white sheep’s skin. In recent times Krampus and Perchten have increasingly been displayed in a single event, leading to a loss of distinction of the two. Perchten are associated with midwinter and the embodiment of fate and the souls of the dead. The name originates from the Old High German word peraht (“brilliant” or “bright”).
Regional variations of the name include Berigl, Berchtlmuada, Berchta, Pehta, Perhta-Baba, Zlobna Pehta, Bechtrababa, Sampa, Stampa, Lutzl, Zamperin, Pudelfrau, Zampermuatta and Rauweib. The Roman Catholic Church attempted to prohibit the sometimes rampant practise in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but later condoned it, resulting in a revival.
In the Pongau region of Austria large processions of Schönperchten (“beautiful Perchten”) and Schiachperchten (“ugly Perchten”) are held every winter. Other regional variations include the Tresterer in the Austrian Pinzgau region, the stilt dancers in the town of Unken, the Schnabelpercht (“trunked Percht”) in the Unterinntal region and the Glöcklerlaufen (“bell-running”) in the Salzkammergut. A number of large ski-resorts have turned the tradition into a tourist attraction drawing large crowds every winter.
This place. Finally! I’ve been wanting to try it for ages, and I decided to go there for my birthday. It was truly amazing.
This quirky circus slaughterhouse style restaurant is just a hop and a skip away from the opera house, on Opernring 11. They specialise in:
And cheese cake.
Yum! I was in heaven. I also had amazing company, of course. 🙂 The staff (all dressed in leather aprons) were super friendly, and the prices were absolutely tolerable.
They’ve even got a range(!) of veggie burgers, my friend here got the haloumi burger, but they also have corn burgers and black bean burgers.
The only downside: I ate so much that I just can’t move right now…. 😛
I can wholeheartedly recommend this place!
So, for the last five days now, Vienna has put on the shittest weather imaginable to man. It’s been drizzling every day, grey, dark, and also in my case close to zero visibility as I work up in the clouds. I go to work in the morning when it’s still sort of dark, and I return when it’s dark, and this is all I ever see. So, forgive me if I’m sharing a bit too many of other magnificent people’s posts these days… because Vienna just isn’t a very nice place right now!! I will however bite the bullet and go outside with my camera this evening. I shall go to the Christmas market at Karlsplatz, and I shall take some nice (albeit rainy) photos for you to enjoy. So there!
Inside it’s been pretty ok. We’ve been spending time with great people, we’ve gone shopping a bit, we’ve had good food, played board games, and lit lots of candles to make things nice. And – decorated the Christmas tree in the office!
Here is another blog post from Katie, fellow Viennese blogger. She has written a pretty nice review of the Wiener Deewan, a popular haunt for many on Lichtensteinerstrasse 🙂
When Grant and I went to that wannabe Chipotle a few weeks back, I noticed it was next to the Pakistani restaurant Der Wiener Deewan. I peeked in their windows and, aside from seeing the awesome shoutout to Nobel Peace Prize winner and all around badass Malala Yousafzai, I noticed how eclectic the restaurant looked. Grant and I never got around to returning so I made it a point to treat myself to a Pakistani dinner this past weekend.After looking like an idiot who couldn’t open the front door, I walked in to the seemingly small restaurant and looked for a table. None of the ground floor. None of -1. I went down to -2 and all that was open was a pillow on the floor. I walked back up to the ground floor and awkwardly asked the woman at the front WTF I do. She told…
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