There is something very special about Vienna. First time I visited Vienna was over 20 years ago, for a long weekend with a few friends. And whilst it was quite nice, I somehow never returned. Until five years ago, when I started working with my Austrian client. And since the client’s head office is located just outside Vienna, most of my Austria trips started and/or ended in Vienna. Giving me plenty of time to explore Austria’s capital and absolutely fall in love with Vienna. So, if you are planning on visiting Vienna for the first time, here’s my essential travel guide for Vienna.
I just love Christmas and everything to go with it. And one of the things I miss most now that I live in the UK is Christmas markets.
Yes, we do have the odd Christmas market in London (and a nice big one in Birmingham), but they are not quite the same as the traditional Christmas markets you’ll find in other parts of Europe. So whenever I get the chance, I love to go and explore some of the best Christmas markets whilst out and about (in the last few years I’ve been to the Christmas markets in Nuremberg, Hamburg and Vienna).
So in time for the first Advent weekend, I took the opportunity and visited not just one, but eight of Vienna’s Christmas markets with my mum.
Yes, you heard right. EIGHT! And those weren’t even all the Christmas markets Vienna has to offer. There are still some left that we did not manage (or that weren’t open yet, as it was very early in the season).
But let’s start at the beginning.
I have to admit it… not all my travel is work related. I do also travel for leisure… and absolutely love weekends away.
For a good two years I had regular trips to Austria (for work) and absolutely fell in love with Vienna. Before that I have only ever been to Vienna (and Austria for this matter) once, which was a good 15 years ago, maybe even longer.
But since my regular Austria trips have seized recently, every excuse will do to come back.
So when it came to choosing a location for a girly catch up with my friend, we very quickly opted for Vienna.
After all, what’s not to love about Vienna if you are a pair of coffee loving shopping addicts?