If you are looking to celebrate the festive season in traditional style, why not consider this collaboration of the best Christmas market breaks in Europe.
When it comes to celebrating the festive holiday season, there is no better place to be than a historic European city that is full of Christmas cheer! Travelers from all corners of the globe head to Europe in anticipation of enjoying the festive spirit and undoubtedly the best way to achieve this is by experiencing a myriad of Christmas markets across a variety of European cities. Why not consider entertaining the prospect of taking one of these awesome Christmas market breaks in Europe, not only because of the iconic markets but also because of all the other attractions that make each city so popular?
There’s no better time than winter to visit Austria’s cultural capital.
A two hour Easyjet flight from Bristol Airport takes you to Vienna – capital of Austria, UNESCO World Heritage Site, home of Strauss, Schubert, Klimt and Freud, and where you’ll find some of Europe’s best Christmas markets.
To get into the city from Vienna International Airport, follow signs for the City Airport Train (CAT) but don’t catch it. At the red counter, pick up a single for less than a quarter of the price of the CAT (€3.90). Both trains leave from the same platform and take you to Wien Mitte – the central railway station.
From there, jump onto the speedy underground rail system, the historic tram or public bus. All forms of Vienna’s excellent public transport network take the same tickets.
When I think of the Alps, Switzerland most often comes to mind. This summer however, I trekked over the Austrian Alps and realized what a hidden gem this country is! Austria has it all, from amazing hut-to-hut trekking to musical Salzburg to the charming salt-mining village of Hallstatt, which is like stepping into a fairytale.
This city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian old city on its left bank, facing the 19th century new town on its right. The old city or Altstadt is famous for genius composer Mozart and you can even visit his house, and museum, displaying his childhood instruments. Salzburg is also the setting for the immensely loved and popular movie, the Sound of Music.
This is the second in a two-part series on Austria. Part one appeared in the Oct. 11 edition of Diversion and can now be found at lamonitor.com.
To catch a glimpse of the for a glimpse of the oldest stained glass window in Vienna, circa 1370, as well as of the sarcophagus of St. Vitalis, a martyr from the Roman catacombs head to St. Rupert’s Church. Visitors will also want to check out the murals alongside the Danube Canal. Many make political statements regarding a variety of issues. It’s street art at its most colorful and fully sanctioned by the powers that be.
At the Palais Coburg, originally a palace, now a posh hotel, you can see part of the medieval Old City wall incorporated into the design of the building.
Whatever you’re looking for in the Alps, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it in these 11 itineraries.
Europe’s highest mountain range — spanning a whopping 750 miles — naturally holds every kind of adventure one could possibly think of. The Alpine valleys of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland still hide idyllic villages where cheesemaking and woodworking reign supreme. Bustling cities like Zurich, Salzburg, and Munich mean world-class experiences at the foot of Mother Nature’s best work of European art.
But keep in mind that a trip to the Alps is all about who you are. These mountains, villages, and cities can hold whatever you want them to hold — which itinerary will you choose?
-1- Town And Country
Touch down in any buzzing Alpine city and you’ll be surrounded by snowcapped Alps, teeny villages, and bucolic landscapes spreading out into the horizon.
Austria has absolutely no shortage of absolutely stunning natural sights so you’re bound to find somewhere else say their valley is more beautiful but when you beauty is so renowned that it’s been award UNESCO World Heritage status, you kinda know you got that title in the bag!
Despite its UNESCO World Heritage status, the valley of Wachau (with the Danube River running right through it) is not a place I’d really heard about before visiting Vienna.
Wachau is only about 1 hour away from Vienna (perhaps 1.5 hours if you stop for snacks and photos), so deciding to visit was pretty much a no-brainer.
Carrying on in our theme of wine and food, our very first stop was Weingut Holzapfel-Prandtauerhof – a restaurant, vineyard and indeed a hotel in Weißenkirchen, a small village in Wachau.
We left Salzburg by train, after a 7:00AM taxi ride which our hosts graciously arranged for us. The Salzburg train station is easy to find your way around in and we had purchased our tickets for Hallstatt there a few days earlier.
The short train journey of less than 3 hours, including one quick train change around halfway, was through beautiful countryside and into the mountains dotted with small towns and the occasional castle.
It was just starting to rain as we got off at the Hallstatt stop. There is a small building here in the wilderness at the side of the track and a path leads down to a small walk-on ferry to take you on a 15 minute ride across the lake to the town of Hallstatt.
If you want to enjoy hiking or cycling along beautiful trails in Austria, make it a point to visit Salzkammergut. The place is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Hallstatt. There are many activities that tourists can indulge in including discovering the charming landscapes, enjoying crystal clear waters and having the most delicious European food found in the world. This is the reason why Salzkammergut is one of the most favorite spots for people to visit from all over the world.
There are plenty of interesting things to do in Salzkammergut for those who have a thing for natural beauty. The village was included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The culture and custom of this village is depicted in the lifestyle of the inhabitants.
When you to travel to Austria, there are many wonderful places you can visit. In each town, there is something to see and behold. It’s ideal for both summer and winter vacation and popular with millions of visitors to enjoy the various attractions. When planning your travel, be aware that one visit is not enough to exhaust all the countries jewels, you will come back for more. Many famous composers have called Austria home and the locals preserve the rich inherited history.
Lies on the border of Germany and Austria, and offers visitors backdrops views of the Alps. The city had managed to retain the vibrant urban fabric since the 19th century when it was a single city state.
Visitors can visit the birth place of Mozart, the most popular location in Salzburg.
Capturing the best of Vienna through a lens requires perspective rather than tough search. After all, Wien is one of Europe’s most elegant cities, boasting a historic center that is a UNESCO World Heritage. Here are seven spots at both well known attractions and insider places that will add a unique angle to a Vienna photo and video story.
Thanks to a liberal policy, officials at Austria’s Ministry of Justice share their canteen and mind blowing roof terrace with the general public. Housed just off Ringstrasse boulevard, Justizcafé offers an eye level view of the most ornate domes, towers and rooftops: from St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg, to the Church of St. Peter, the Giant Ferris Wheel, Vienna’s City Hall and Votiv Church to the adjacent Austrian Parliament’s spectacular rooftop decorations. By the way, the canteen’s food is absolutely acceptable.