My morning walk was, as always in this city, a fairytale. After all these years living here I just like it more than ever. 🙂
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!
History from Wikipedia:
The construction of the Upper Belvedere began as early as 1717, as testified by two letters that Prince Eugene sent from Belgrade to his servant Benedetti in summer 1718, describing the progress of work on the palace. Construction was so far advanced by 2 October 1719 that the prince was able to receive the Turkish ambassador Ibrahim Pasha there
This is the last post from Bruneck! And I’m dedicating it to the castle on the hill.
Info from the official website:
No matter which side you approach the town from, the first thing you will see is the large, beautiful bishop’s palace, Bruneck Castle. It is situated on an easily accessible hill above the town and looks down on the houses of the old quarter as if it was still responsible for watching over the people’s lives and safety.
The main entrance to the castle is the south gate that was once reached over a drawbridge.
In the castle’s inner courtyard, steps in the half round tower lead to the upstairs rooms. The royal rooms are in the right wing, and in the left, the custodian’s residence, where the staff also originally lived.
Although today it is ‘just’ a restaurant, seems that Schloss cobenzl has a long and somewhat interesting history. I had no idea that it was so old… but as it was destroyed in several wars/riots, it looks quite different today than what it did in the past centuries.
Seems like a peaceful scene no? Well…. these white birds are basically kept here until they are served up as ‘martini gansl.’ Hmm!
A lot of people use the garden here to jog and do other types of workout, but mostly, the space is preserved for tourists during the summer. At night the garden is closed. This was a very nice day, so a few tourists could be seen taking pictures, but still mostly locals hanging out and enjoying the little peace that there is before the main tourist season starts. 🙂