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Between The Years

Between The Years

Hosting the holidays is Vienna’s strong suit. But for locals, this near “state of emergency” means navigating countless first-world problems like finding an open shop after 17:00 on Saturday, a restaurant on Christmas day, or simply a place to re-fill that Glühwein mug.  The official holidays in Austria are 24 through 26 Dec., New Years […]

“Punsch” and Play

“Punsch” and Play

Advent in Vienna is a time for candles, cookies and Christkindlmärkte, and for Austrians the experience of this cold time of year wouldn’t be complete without Punsch and its cousin, Glühwein. And in the same way, live entertainment often sweetens the deal with carols, dancers and brass bands. Originally brought to Europe by the English East […]

Christmas Market(ing) Off the Beaten Path

Christmas Market(ing) Off the Beaten Path

With the holiday season upon us once again, many dread navigating the bustling mid-town shopping streets like Kärntner Straße or Mariahilfer Straße, looking for the right gift, or even wondering where to get a hot Glühwein (mulled wine) or Punsch without having to deal with the tourist-crowded Rathausplatz, Karlsplatz or Schloss Schönbrunn. While Vienna’s many […]

Fashion with a Punsch: Design Christmas Markets Open

Fashion with a Punsch: Design Christmas Markets Open

In the next few weeks, up-and-coming and established designers alike sell their original creations alongside Glühwein and Lebkuchen at The acclaimed Wiener Moderne-style Looshaus on Michaelerplatz hosts a design market on weekends beginning 7 Dec, with wares ranging from jewellery and hats to bags and ceramics. “Lights 2012”, is held in the WUK from 7-9 […]

Es Weihnachtet! Christmas Markets Fill the City

Es Weihnachtet! Christmas Markets Fill the City

Nothing says Christmas in Vienna like its quintessential Christmas markets, popping up all over the city this November. Vienna is home to several markets – each of which offers its own assortment of handicrafts, holiday charm, and of course, Glühwein, its famous mulled wine. Fun meets culture at the Spittelberg Christmas Market as more than […]

Beating Holiday Stress To the Punsch

It is a scientifically proven fact that people who spend too much time in shopping malls in November and December start to exhibit signs of psychosis, particularly when additionally exposed to Christmas carols.  But, tu felix Austria, don’t despair, Christkindlmärkte (Christmas markets) are the perfect counterweight to the hectic modern holiday season, bringing old-fashioned cosiness […]

Christmas Culture

November. A grey, wet and depressing month in most places. Nothing happens in November, just people walking briskly, bundled up in down jackets and scarves that wrap practically around their entire head. Wind blowing, light, stinging drizzle and, to make it even worse, ominous clouds that seem permanently draped over every rooftop. But we’re not […]

Christmas Markets: “Best Of…” Rankings

Punsch 1.) Orange Punch: Gasthaus am Spittelberg stand (10) 2.) Berry Punch:  Karlsplatz (9) 3.) Prosecco Punsch: Eiskristall stand Witwe Bolte, Spittelberg (8.25) 4.) Aperol Punch: Wilhelminenberg (8) 5.) Chocolate Punch: Kaini’s Punsch Treff, Rathausplatz (7) 6.) Orange Punch: Wilhelminenberg (6) 7.) Punch: Wiener Spiralkartoffel, Schönbrunn(5) 8.) Bailey’s Punch: Kaini’s Punsch Treff, Rathaus (4.6) 9.) […]

O Du Fröhliches Wien!

The Spirit of Spittelberg Majestic pine trees decorated with never-ending chains of light, cheery Christmas songs that fill the cold winter air, the taste of gingerbread and Vanillekipferl, waffles and almonds, the irresistible smell of sweet punch and spicy hot-mulled wine, vendors selling their handcrafts in little wooden huts decorated with pine branches – Vienna […]

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