Our trip to the North Pole // Vienna, Austria Christmas Markets

Our trip to the North Pole // Vienna, Austria Christmas Markets

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While planning our Thanksgiving break vacation with our lovely visitors, I did a lot of research on European Christmas Markets. A lot. In all my research, nearly every ‘Top 10’ list there sat Vienna, Austria. The supposed king of Christmas Markets. Since we didn’t have time to fit Vienna in our Thanksgiving vacation, I was thrilled when I found a flight with Austrian Air for a 100 euro round-trip from Frankfurt and this adorable AirBnb studio (the pictures don’t do it justice!) for mid-December. Vienna is indeed a lovely city and if you’re looking for a gorgeous backdrop to charming markets, will this is a darn good place to start.

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You know they’re serious about the holidays when they set up Christmas Tree stands in the middle of their main pedestrian-only street. Too bad even the smallest trees averaged 40 euro, ouch.

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Christmas spirit is everywhere in Vienna. Here was a little shopping area that we cut through en route to one of the many markets that lie throughout the city center.

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Honey roasted peanuts. I can still smell them…

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Perhaps the most iconic Christmas scene in all of Europe, an awesome market lies just in front of the Schonbrunn Palace. Dan and I spent hours here – the food was amazing, the punch (Austrian version of Gluhwein) was delicious and the vendors had lovely authentic handcrafts.

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 Oh, that, why that’s mac and cheese with bacon. Oh boy.

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Six days until Christmas sweet friends! Are you ready?!