We ventured out to Vienna’s city hall, Rathaus, after it got dark one evening to check out the largest Christmas Market in the city. The Wiener Christkindlmarkt was beyond packed but it was very festive and I am glad we got to see and experience it.
The market sits between the city hall building and the theater. The city hall is a beautiful building and setting and there are thousands of Christmas lights surrounding it and a huge illuminated tree in front, making it even more romantic.
We decided to give the beer punsch a try this time around. It had whole berries in it and I liked it a lot more than the gluhwein we had at Schonbrunn palace. The mug was much more fun and Christmas-y as well. All in all, though, it’s just not my thing! Give me a mug of hot chocolate, and I’m good!
We attempted to make our way around to the gift booths, but the size of the crowd made it impossible. At one point I was taking the lead and thought Vince and my mom were following me. I turned around and they were gone. At first I wasn’t too concerned and just kept walking and taking photos (only making a bad situation worse, but not a lot can come between me and my photo obsession!). After about ten minutes, however, I really started to freak out.
There were at least 1,000 people there, probably more. I don’t have panic attacks at all or even get anxious very often, but this time I sure did! I really did not know how we would all find each other and after being separated for over 20 minutes I was contemplating what to do next–and holding in my mounting hysteria–when I finally saw Vince’s worried face. He had returned to the gluhwein stand to return his mug. Thankfully, I had made my way over there and we happened to meet before he walked off. I was so relieved to find him and my mom. It was definitely our cue to call it a night.
Our adventures at Vienna’s Christmas Markets were fun and festive, but I really appreciated the city for some of the other things it had to offer. Things that didn’t involve hot alcohol, crowds, and kitschy trinkets.
(posts on those soon!)
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