Grüß Gott Vienna

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Last month we took a short trip to see Vienna and its Christmas markets.
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We had always wanted to see at least one of Europe's famous Christmas markets and had never been to Vienna so it seemed like a good fit. Of course with a toddler in tow, it made it a little more complicated but we still had a great trip.
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As you would expect, it was cold and quite dreary during the day.  Luckily there were beautifully outfitted markets on nearly every corner in the city center as well as gorgeous light displays hung on the pedestrian streets.  It certainly made for much more enjoyable strolls.
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The Christmas markets themselves were more fun to eat at than shop at.  Almost all of them seemed to have similar wares for sale.  We did make a few purchases - namely some lovely olive wood bowls to bring back as gifts - but the food is where it's at.  Hot sausages, fried bread, and hot waffles were our favorites. I never quite took to the spiced wine but hot cider on a cold night = perfection! It seemed the whole city was out celebrating the season and we were happy to be there to share.
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When exploring a new city, we tend to take it by foot and just stroll around to get our bearings. But since it was so chilly, we decided to take one of those obnoxious tourist buses around town. It worked out really well - both as a break from the chill as well as a spot to learn a few fun facts about the city while Aggie caught a nap.
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We made a visit at the Schonbrunn zoo which was excellent.  Definitely a stop worth visiting.  The palace grounds were also beautiful to walk around in and of course they had a bustling Christmas market right at the center.
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A trip to Vienna would not be complete without a stop at the Belvedere to see Klimt's famous Kiss painting as well as the rest of the collection.  Now Aggie is a little older, we can add the odd museum back into the itinerary.
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We spent a few hours at the Naschmarkt on our final full day.  We tend to love local markets but this one was a bit of a bust for us. I think we went on an off day or time.
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We also stopped at the famous Prater amusement park which had its charms even in the winter.  I'm sure its a lot more fun in the warmer weather.
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Overall a great trip to see another one of Europe's beautiful cities.  I'm glad we got to experience the fun of the markets but I think I might save our next European visit for a warmer month.
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