I left Los Angeles on Wednesday, 12/3 on British Air and arrived in Vienna on 12/4 in the afternoon. I actually took my own advice and booked a taxi from the airport to Hotel Graf-Stadion. Smart move.
My hotel was close to Vienna's subway and the Rathaus with the huge Christmas market. I headed to Karlskirche (St. Charles Church) first and this is what I saw!
My first Christmas market in Vienna was fun to visit and soak in the atmosphere. The cold, yes, it was cold. I couldn't find anything to buy. After all, it was my first day and first market. Good Glüwein and wurst though.
The hot mulled wine stands are always popular. With good reason, it really does warm you up...
Just a corridor on the way to the Christkindlemarkt at the Rathaus.
Here I am at the big market in Vienna and it's only five minutes from my hotel!
The illuminated Rathaus. Vienna's city hall.
It's a mass of people and beautiful lights. Overwhelming!
Even the market stall signs are fun to look at.
Yes, people are out there buying lots of stuff.
An advent candle, a BIG advent candle.
Vienna's Rathaus and Christkindlemarkt. The lights are gorgeous.
Friday morning, December 5. Here it is! Schoenbrunn Palace! The skies are blue and I'm actually in Vienna.
Just a little bird hanging around the palace.
Maybe it's hoping for a little snack from the visitors.
The market's trees in front of the Palace.
I fell in love with the crystal beaded snowflakes. A few of these ended up on my Christmas tree!
Lots of pretty glass balls.
Wish I'd looked closer at these pretty glass angels.
I'm a sucker for hot roasted chestnuts!
These are also popular. I already have one that looks like the guy in lederhosen...
These pretzels are in every market. They are huge and filled with all sorts of good stuff.
The little school kids started to arrive in droves....
Loved the decorations made with spices and nuts.
My friendly server. She loved her job!
I finished my tour of the palace - no photography allowed. The market has just opened for the day. Oh boy!
A cold, frosty and foggy day in the Schoenbrunn gardens.
The vista of Schoenbrunn's garden. Can you tell it's cold outside?!?!
Notice how the statues are all wrapped up for the winter?
Even in the cold it's a gorgeous place.
There it is, Schoenbrunn Palace from the fountain. Did I mention it's cold outside?
Couldn't resist the picture of a family going down a lonely walkway.
Yes, the Hapsburgs lived here.
No more soldiers standing guard here....
Just a little garden.
And a little statue.
It's great in December, but is probably magnificent in summer.