In fact, it’s just getting started. I went to Hauptbahnhof this weekend to donate the stuff I had that might be useful in the coming season, as the refugees are not really dressed for colder days. The picture shows some of the storage of clothes and all at the far end of the train station. There is an acute need for clothes and supplies all things warm, especially men’s clothing. If you want to check out what is needed at the train stations in Austria at any time, go to http://www.refugees.at.
The interest in the media might be fading, but the situation has not changed. There are still thousands of refugees arriving every day, and supplies are needed. It was really strange going to Hauptbahnhof… It gives you an almost apocalyptic feeling. There are people everywhere, on the ground, tents have been put up all over, people are sleeping on the ground… And it smells like the spoils of a music festival. Hygiene articles are sought after as well, but then, there are no showers at the train station. I feel very sorry for those going through this. I saw a lot of children today too. I’m sure that they are the reason why people are fleeing for a better future. I would probably do the same!
Don’t forget about this crisis. If you have men’s clothing to donate, bring it to a train station. They also need food items. Like I wrote earlier, check out train of hope to see what is needed now at a train station near you.
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.
I’m really busy preparing for Christmas. We were debating whether to have a real tree this year… but it’s probably going to be plastic. Reusable, durable, more sustainable. 🙂
Ok, I walked past these flowers, and they smell heavenly!!! I really love this season. 🙂