Christmas in Vienna, Austria

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Christmas in Vienna, Austria

Christmas in Vienna, Austria

What I Loved: We landed early on December 24th, so were able to visit one of the very few Christmas markets that were open on Christmas Eve (most close a day or so beforehand). The market, which stood in the shadow of the Schonbrunn Palace, was not as crowded as it would have been earlier in the month, and it was possible to buy a few last-minute gifts from the craft stalls and try some local baked treats while sipping a hot toddy. The decorations in Vienna were beautiful and the horse-drawn carriages gliding through the old city created a scene which looked like a living Christmas card.

What I Didn't Like: I love spending Christmas Day at home, eating a home-cooked meal and watching old movies with family, so although we enjoyed a lovely Christmas meal at a restaurant in Vienna, it just wasn't the same.

-- Carrie Gonzalez, Public Relations

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