Vienna is nothing if not photogenic at Christmas time. Click any photo for a slide show with captions. Enjoy!
The small Advent market in the Freyung is very close to our apartment.
Looking inside an Advent “hutte.”
Tourist carriage and lights.
Lining up for Gluhwein at the Schonbrunn palace market.
Giant angels on stilts either delighted or terrified kids at the market.
World’s homeliest angel 🙂
Italian specialties for sale.
Felted items are big here, including ornaments.
Pretty and very breakable….
Incredible handmade petit point ornaments.
A Czech choir sings carols.
The choir, with Schonbrunn palace as a backdrop.
Nutcrackers from Germany.
On the way out.
The Karlskirche market is one of our favorites.
This market has the best food! This is our favorite booth, with lamb sausages and flatbread.
These dodgy-looking guys are selling chestnuts and roast potatoes.
“Krapfen” or big jelly donuts, are another Christmas specialty.
Advent markets are a family affair.
This carousel was made entirely of recycled junk. It was really cool.
Nonchalant kids spinning.
The whole thing was powered by this guy on his bicycle.
Train ride for the kiddies.
The Karlskirche market also has great handicrafts.
Handmade beeswax candles.
Karlskirche with a full moon, punsch and crepes.
I adore these Santa gnomes, but of course they are like 50 Euros each. First world post problems!
Fitness donuts–why didn’t I think of that?
Krapfen (donuts) are a traditional Christmas thing here.
It wouldn’t be Advent without a mechanical knitting woodchuck.
The Museumsquartier Advent market is definitely one of the schlockier markets, but it is still pretty on a rare sunny day. And there is gluhwein.
I have not seen this kind of punch anywhere else, and that is probably a good thing.
Fancy cookies for tourists.