Through the summer, the opera house has a goodie for those who like opera. They screen live feeds of the performances that are showing. So, on a nice evening, one can snuggle up in one of the chairs outside, and watch an entire opera on the big screen. Probably even getting a better view than some of the people inside! With subtitles! 😀
Yesterday I went to the opening of the winter village at Museumsquartier. I like it because it’s just a place to chill out, and no stalls or shop selling stuff, just drinks and food. And music.
There were a LOT of people there yesterday, and my selfie stick came in handy. Unfortunately my phone is not so great for night shots.
But the atmosphere was great, and even though there were too many people to even find a place to stand comfortably, it’s nice to see that the punsch season is finally here! 🙂
Yesterday I went adventuring around Wienerberg in the outer 10th District, and found this rather pretty building. I had to find out more about it, and so I went to trusty Wikipedia, and this is what it told me:
The water tower was drawn by Franz Borkowitz and built in 1898-99. It used to be a part of a bigger building complex, and supplied the areas in the 10th and 12th district that were too high up to be reached by the water in the Wienerberg reservoir. This was a time when the city was rapidly growing, and the water usage with it.
It was in use until 1956. Inside the tower nowadays there’s an exhibition space, and it’s used for events. There are free tours of the tower 7 months of the year, so if you’re super keen some googling will tell you when there is a tour next.
Last year they built a water park for kids to play in next to the tower.
I never promised you a rose garden, but here’s one anyway!
Across from the parliament in/next to Volksgarten there is a very nice garden, and I finally passed through it yesterday.
So, today a friend from Chicago asked me if I was keen to come see the coffins of a few hundred years’ worth of Hapsburgs. I thought that might be cool. And it was. Above you can see a bit of the badass coffin of Maria Theresia and her husband.
We started off on in the 1600s, with a collection of Hapsburgs.
The highlight was most notably the Maria Theresia crypt, where she was buried with her beloved, and most of her 16(!) kids. Productive woman! No wonder she wanted to send them off to school.
This was from the coffin of her father. I accidentally set off the alarm when I leaned in a bit closer to take this photo. Ooops!
Sisi was also found here. So, it was quite interesting, but very little interpretation in English if you go alone without a guide. The freaky thing, only the embalmed bodies were kept here. Their intestines are in the Stephansdom, and their hearts are in the chapel near the Hofburg (somewhere at Michaelerplatz).
Another freaky thing was all the bone relics on display…
The location is on Neuer Markt, close to Kärntnerstrasse.
What do you do when it’s a national holiday and everything is closed? You go to a museum. Today I really felt like going to see some rocks and fossils and animals, so I ended up here.
The buildings themselves are just amazing. This is the dome in the middle.
A fish with the best ever name
So many fish
And bugs… I love beetles. I spent a long time staring at the beetle collection.
Just amazing. This isof course just a tiny sample.
I got myself an annual pass, so that I can come back to explore more. It only cost 27 Euro. Really good value!
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.
This is not one of my favourite markets, but if the need for Punsch is dire then you will also be able to satisfy your thirst at this market. It is located on either side of the bus lane between the Mall and the Village Cinema and Shopping Centre in the third district. As you can see, the middle of it is kept clear so that the buses may drive through.
So, there you have it, some impressions from Landstrasse. If you are somehow in a super hurry through town, and you’re only stopping at Wien Mitte on your way through, I would recommend this market to get some Christmas cheer. Well, otherwise I would recommend this as a passing through on the way home and wanting Punsch (when I lived there last year I found it excellent for this purpose). Otherwise, check out one of the other markets in town!
I wanted to treat you guys to a little bit higher quality photography than what I normally have time for these days, so I went over to the christmas market at Belvedere yesterday, as it opened this Friday. As usual, I want to try and visit as many markets as possible. I’ll even try to get some quality shots at all of them with my Nikon! I’m still feeling quite under the weather, but I had to get out and walk a little, which helped. There is still some distortion in the picture, but as my laptop cannot handle photoshop, I had to use my old version of lightroom to touch it up. Click on the picture to see it in its full glory. Only one month left till Christmas!! 🙂