Vienna has the most dazzlingly beautiful Christmas Market.
The market is up and running before Advent, a month before Christmas.
The visual beauty is almost as remarkable as the people.
Everyday and every night for a month, people are at the market, eating, visiting, browsing, communing.
Children and families, young and old, everyone goes. Rain or shine.
Everyone absorbing the glorious spirit of the season.
Of course it is Vienna, so there is a violin tree!
I came home with a surge of Christmas spirit and decorated the biggest tree ever!
Cheers to you and may the Spirit of the Season fly into your heart, as it did to mine~
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Ach liebe Cindy, now you are finally in my home country. Vienna is stunning during Christmas and during the Heurigen. I wish I could have been there with you, because I know I few places that you would have loved. Are you still there in Wien/Vienna? If so, find the Hundertwasserhaus and take great pictures (as you always do).
Posting these photos makes me so wish I was still there. So incredibly beautiful and such a sense of community in a big city. Truly a special experience. I hope some day we can meet in Wien my friend. I would love for you to show me your city. <3
Pretty lights! I really like the violins in the tree.
I was taken with them too. It was very hard to narrow down the photos for this post since there was so much that was lovely.
I know how that goes.
I spent Christmas in Vienna last year: just lovely with all the decoration!!!
Oh so glad you experienced this!
Now, after I saw these photos, I am sorry that I’ve visited Vienna this summer, not in the Christmas period. Looks fabulous and I will reblog your post Cindy 🙂
Yes, all my visits to Vienna have been in the summer months too. I am so glad I did this winter trip to Europe to see all the Christmas Markets. They are just so special!
Ah, you lucky thing! Isn’t it marvellous.
Yes, indeed, it is hard to describe how moving it was for me from Southern California!
Dazzling and beautiful indeed! I love hand painted and built crafts 🙂
They showcase culture so beautifully!
What a wonderful Christmas post, Cindy. I can see that you would come home and want to decorate and fill your home with that spirit.
I did just that and I am celebrating the entire Advent period as they do all over Europe. It is so much nicer than just Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years! Travel and learn~
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I visited Vienna in the summer and liked it very much. It’s a wonderful city. I even asked my father why not stay to live there 🙂 Now that I saw photos posted by Cindy, I’m sorry that I went to Vienna this summer not now in Christmas time. Worth to see these pictures. And, above all, read Cindy’s lines 🙂
I feel quite certain you will return to Vienna in the winter my friend and see all the beauty. Thank you for sharing my appreciation of the culture. <3
Thank you, Cindy 🙂 I will do it. For sure 🙂
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing these photos!
Thank you more for appreciating them! <3
Your photos are always stunning!
Thank you for your personally created Christmas cards.
Awwww, so happy! From my heart to yours. <3
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Beautiful Christmas photos from Vienna!
Thank you for your kindness and Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Cindy!
Wunderbar! I’ve been to the Christmas Markt in Frankfurt and in a small town near Cologne–wonderful. And the Gluhwein . . .
Each one so unique, reflective of the place and people, and each one a truly wonderful Christmas gift. I am so glad I experienced them!
Thanks for the lovely Vienna holiday tour, Cindy. Wishing you “A Very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!” <3
Back 2 U X 2 Dear Bette! <3
I love Germanic Christmas Markets. They are so beautiful & fun. Thanks for showing us the one in Vienna…(Suzanne)
Thank you for sharing it with me!
I love, love, love Vienna. It is another world—one that appeals to me. But I’ve never been there at Christmas time….Looks like the market is held in the Stadtpark? Violins in trees and that gingerbread house might delight even an old scrooge like me!
The fact that you refer to yourself as an old scrooge proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are not one! You can’t fool an old shrink like me. Of course we love Vienna, what two such Cynthia’s wouldn’t? I wish we could meet there and browse….and eat! Love you my friend & Merry Christmas~
Same to you, you old shrink… <3
Beautiful. I love the lights and greens on the little buildings. And the violin tree, of course!
The violin tree is just quintessential Vienna. I love it too! 🙂
Wow…this is really something of Christmas! I simply adore that violin tree!
You, me and all of Vienna love that tree! <3
Beautiful post Cindy 😀
For a beautiful friend! <3
Oh how wonderful. I’d love to experience Christmas in Europe. I did as an au pair girl in Paris years ago, but I’m due for another!
Yes you are due!!! Seriously, are you going to write a book about being an Au Pair in Europe? I will sign up in advance to read it!!! It would be delicious~
It was so long ago I was one. I’d have to return to Paris for more research. Ah, such is the tough price we pay for our writing…
Amazing photos, Cindy… very festive indeed!
Certainly brought out the Christmas spirit in me!
Such beautiful photos, Cindy!
Awwww, so appreciated. Thank you!
Brilliant post. I’ve been to Vienna and its x-mas market many times and it is one of the Best. Wonderful memories thanks to your amazing pictures! 🙂
You are so lucky to have been many times! So happy you experienced it~
Wow! So beautiful 🙂
It truly was incredibly beautiful with Vienna as a backdrop~
I love Austria 🙂
If this doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit – nothing will – gorgeous!
Yep, I am baking…..and eating, cookies! Merry Christmas Antionette~ <3 <3
Really nice images Cindy…It looks lovely.
So pleased you enjoyed & Happy Holidays!
I just asked (on mine 🙂 ) if you were still having a lovely time, Cindy. I can see now that you are 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Yep, I am home at The Holler, but definitely fully imbued with the Christmas Spirit! Cheers to you Jo!
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Oh this is fabulous! What fun. 🙂
Seemed to embody the spirit of community and Christmas!
Es gibt in Wien aber viel schönere Weihnachtsmärkte als den auf dem Rathausplatz 🙂 A very happy Christmas for you !
Ja, es gab 16 Märkten! Ich muss zurück zu gehen und sehen Sie mehr! Frohe Weihnachten zu Ihnen~
All very well captured – the first one just amazing, so fascinating… 🙂
Awwww, so happy you saw it as I did & thank you!
Vienna at Christmas time…paradise. Thanks for taking us there.❤️ The violin tree is most unique. ☺
The violin tree was epic! And I didn’t even mention the hot chocolate mit Sahne!
I can hear carolers singing O Christmas Tree in German as I’m reading this…
Yes! So can I!
I visited it years ago (30?) can’t say I was impressed but it was cold and dark and damp!
It was raining heavily when I was there but it didn’t dampen my enthusiasm. Cold, and dark and damp, seems like hot chocolate mit Sahne might have allieviated things a bit. Sounds less than ideal for your experience. Sorry~
Not really my thing, but the Vienna Boys Choir on the other hand … I did love Vienna.
Vive la difference~
This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
So happy you see it as I did! Thank you and Happy Holidays~
Happy holidays to you as well.
These pictures are so beautiful. Are you considering publishing a book of photos?
No I haven’t, I am having way too much fun blogging! But thanks for the encouragement & cheers to you!
A joyful Christmas celebration!!✨✨✨
Merry Christmas to you and your family my dear Rebecca~ <3 <3
It looks tremendous Cindy, very atmospheric and certainly festive.
xxx Huge Hugs xxx
Hugs and Happy Holidays back to you David!
I spent Christmas at Passau once… catching the train from Munich. Bethlehem aside, the “trappings” of Christmas were all invented in those Germanic countries!
Oh Passau, I was just there. I found two more incredible sign photos I missed from the Old Guild Signs post, both from Passau. Passau is gorgeous. And yes Germany does Christmas right!
So much fun!!!
And moving somehow too, the community support, the history, the culture, and the time and effort put into it were quite affecting~
Beautiful pictures, as always. I am forever jealous. M’lady, the collector of Christmas ornaments when we travel, would love the Christmas Market. I love Vienna, where you can get an exquisite pastry and coffee in a cafe while you listen to live classical music being played.
Yep, pretty impossible to beat. And then all the white horses! You might consider surprising your lady with a trip to Vienna for The Christmas Markets. If she collects ornaments, as my daughter does, she will be transported~
Oh, Cindy! My eyes “feasted” on the sights and was mesmerized by all the shiny and glittery items for sale. The violin tree was beautiful and I wondered about the red, white and blue arches. Surely, not for the USA? 🙂
Did you buy ornaments? I could see me packing a few in my suitcase to take home as gifts. Scarves would be nice for the girls… lovely and thanks for showing us the sights of the Christmas Fair or Market!
Merry, marvelous Christmas to you snd all your loved ones, Cindy. ♡
I splurged on a hat from Germany’s oldest hatmaker that I wore everyday and so my shopping was done with that one purchase. Shopping at the markets would have been a lot of fun, I just ate, and took photos. Heaven for me. Merry Christmas Robin! <3
Your photos have inspired me! What a magical place to be at Christmas!
Yes, if you are thinking of going, GO! <3
I like the Christmas market. 🙂
Awww, thank you dear Ranu and be well my friend~ <3
great, great, great… and great
Incredibly kind and so very appreciated! Happy Holidays~
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Your thoughtfulness is so encouraging. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Lights, lights, lights get everyone in the holiday mood.
Yey! Then my mission is accomplished! 🙂
Amazing photos! I have seen it reblogged and got confused so have commented numerous times! Love this Cindy!
Awwww, so pleased and Merry Christmas my friend! <3
Love the violin lights…what a what a wonderful pre-Christmas celebration 🙂
The violin tree was a definite must for Vienna! So glad you like it all too & cheers my friend~
Wonderful photos, Cindy. Happy Christmas time to you and yours. 🙂
And to you my friend and yours! <3
Really pretty, you captured it beautifully.
Awwww, so appreciated! Happy Holidays~
Merry Christmas 😀
Merry Chritstmas to you Graham!
I can see how you’d want to decorate the biggest tree..and the whole house..after walking the Christmas markets. Love the violin tree!
It is quite special isn’t it!
Cindy, I certainly caught the Christmas spirit from your wonderful images! What a magical market. Thanks so much for sharing, and happy holidays to you as well!
So happy you enjoyed as I did and Happy Holidays to you!
That’s a wonderful world of lights. Thank you, Cindy ☺
Thank you more for the kind appreciation!
Amazing! Thank you Cindy for sharing this beauty!
Sharing it with people like you makes it even better!
Wow, that’s a wonderful thing to say. Peace to you.
Ahhh, it’s beautiful at every time of day I see! From bustling and festive during the day to serene and enchanting at night. Thanks Cindy, for sharing the magic of the Christmas Market! You’re right. If I were there, I don’t think I’d ever leave! 😀 ~Lynn
You would just end up going back like I do! Happy Holidays Lynn and be well my friend~
Yep! I imagine the same outcome as well! Happy Holidays to you too Cindy! 🙂
So beautiful! I would love to visit Europe during the Christmas season.
It is the first time I have done it and I highly recommend it!
Beautiful pictures, Cindy. They make me wish I was there. 🙂 — Suzanne
It was the first time I was in Europe during the holiday season and it was very special. Happy Holidays Suzanne!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne
Visa versa to you my friend~
Wow, I so wanna be there! Love Vienna heaps – I could live there
It is a truly incredible city so I can well understand your feeling! <3
We are artists from Vienna we can meet us in our studio.
I would love to visit you the next time I am in Vienna! I am home now. Happy Holidays to you all.
How incredibly beautiful!! Our version of this is in Leavenworth Washington. A mock Bavarian village.
I have been hearing about Leavenworth from bloggers. Sounds like a trip I want to take!
wunderschön, lasse es dir gut gehen
Danke schoen mein lieber Freund~
Such beautiful lights and decorations. It does look very festive indeed Cindy! Thanks for taking us there with your amazing shots! 😀 ♥
Thank you more for coming along with me! It makes it more fun~
Beautiful photos, as always. Merry Christmas, Cindy. I hope it is bright and blessed and the ‘spirit of Christmas’ continues. 🙂
Thank you Joyce and Merry Christmas to you and to your family~ <3
Viena es ella misma toda una estampa navideña. Preciosa ciudad y preciosas fotos. Felicidades Cindy y un abrazo <3<3<3
Brazos y besos mi amiga y Feliz Navidad! <3
This may have to go on my “must do” list……. Beautiful!
You will be so glad you added it! <3
Spectacular, Cindy — especially the violin tree! What an interesting idea!
Perfect for Vienna, the city that is synonymous with incredible classical music. Happy Holidays Debbie~
Fabulous and festive and beautiful pictures, really reflects the holiday spirit! Thanks for sharing and a very Merry Christmas to you!
Thank you so much for your kind appreciation. Sharing makes the pleasure multiply. Merry Christmas~
Beautiful. Now these folks know how to do Christmas!
Yes. I learned from the Christmas masters!
Fabulous photos I feel like I’m on the trip with you, those soap strings are brilliant, great Christmas gifts, and garlic bread don’t get me started my mouth is watering, my friends won’t share a garlic bread with me because I eat it so fast they don’t get a fair share 😆. I’ve enjoyed all your December posts ☺️ Merry Christmas 🎄
Merry Christmas Charlotte. I know you will be singing some beautiful opera for the holidays and I will be with you in spirit. Someday, I will actually be in your audience!
Beautiful shots. Vienna is at its best in December.
It took me too long to finally learn this, but better late than never!
Beautiful images. I haven’t been to Vienna since I was a child (I may even have been conceived there), but next summer I shall go with my husband to a conference. I can’t wait.
Anytime you go to Vienna is reason for celebration. But then you know this, you may well be a true native daughter!
Awesome shots Cindy – do like the wonderful lights!! A beautiful season is upon us.
Yes, indeed! So let’s enjoy every minute of it~ <3
Wow. Such glorious scenes. I’m not surprised you came home with a heart full of Christmas spirit.
You can tell how much by the size of my tree! It is humungous! Merry Christmas Cynthia~
So beautiful Cindy the spirit of Christmas is alive and well over there. Greetings to you and Jim.
Seasons Greetings and Happiest & Healthiest New Year to you and Jack! <3
And happy and safe travels to you for 2016
Magical, like a storybook! I love the gingerbread house!
Yes, much of Germany and Austria are like opening the page in a fairytale, most especially at Christimas! Merry Christmas to you Carmen~
Aw..heavenly! ♡〜٩( ╹▿╹ )۶〜♡
It felt just so! Happy Holidays my friend~ ♡〜٩( ╹▿╹ )۶〜♡
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The images are beautiful and warming, Cindy. Vibrant light and color at the darkest time of year in this hemisphere! Thank you for sharing these with everyone.
Awwww, thank you more for your kind appreciation and Happy Holidays!
einen schönen Mittwochabend wünsche ich
Glücklich Donnerstag bis du!
sei herzlich gegrüßt und danke sehr
I am stunned to see this.
You deserve an Award for this.
Awwww, you deserve an award for being so kind! Thank you~
All it needed were some ladies dressed in your art-gowns and the photos would be unbelieveable!
Thanks for encouraging, the posting is tagged as Award Winning
I am honored. Merry Christmas!
One of these days, Cuz… I know, I keep saying that… !!!!! 🙂
Soon, you will be there! <3
Magnificent Cindy I do miss this part of Christmas living in Spain, but I have good memories visiting Austria, Germany and living in holland… Merry Christmas to you and may 2016 be a great year for you too… Love barbara c
Sounds like you have wonderful memories and I can understand how you would miss living in those beautiful places. Happy Holidays my friend~
Cindy, this is stunningly beautiful! The photos capture the feel of the holiday. Just wonderful.
Awwww, makes me so happy I posted! Merry Christmas~
And to you, Cindy. :O)
I THINK Europe has a charm that the us has lost, thanks cindy
Unfortunately, yes. We have replaced charm with electronic billboards.
I never thought of that but that is part of it.
komme gut durch den Tag
Danke, dass du mein Freund und Frohe Weihnachten!
vielen Dank, schönen Freitag wünsche ich
Wow Cindy, schöne Impressionen aus Wien in der Vorweihnachtszeit. Ich hoffe, dein Europa-Trip gefällt Dir. Ich wünsche Dir ein frohes Weihnachtsfest. Liebe Grüsse Ernst
Danke Ernst eintragen! Ich liebe Deutschland und Österreich. Frohe Weihnachten mein Freund~
Beautiful photos. Reminds me of going to some of the big Christmas markets in Germany especially the little cafe stall. I think I spent a lot of time at these.
Yes, they are simply magical! Germany and Austria know how to do Christmas! <3
This must have been fantastic to see – you probably had to restrain yourself from buying one of everything!
I always have to restrain myself from buying one of everything!! Darn it~
Very Christmas’y and colorful! I used to love the Christmas market in old town Stockholm…some similarities with these great shots from Vienna.
Stockholm is such a progressive and amazing city so full of public art. I imagine the Christmas Market must be incredible!
Liebe Cindy das sind ja wunderbare Fotos die sind dir aber super gelungen hab einen schönen 4 Advent mit vielen lieben Weihnachtsgrüße Klaus in Freundschaft
Weihnachten Segen zu Ihnen mein lieber Freund Klaus!
das war ja nett, schönen Freitag wünsche ich dir
Haben Sie ein wunderbares Wochenende mein lieben Freund!
beste Grüße und danke
A dazzzling display of Christmas lights, absolutely stunning!
I thought it was amazingly beautiful too! So glad you enjoyed it as I did! <3
I truly did
Happiest of Holidays my friend~
Thanks, I now feel the Christmas spirit:)
Ah, then my mission is accomplished! <3
Yes, thank you 🙂
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Good, good, good and good.
Ahhhh, thank you!
so beautiful I love Christmas markets especially in Europe
You and me both! I am so glad I got to see them. Merry Christmas to you and yours~
Would love to visit Christmas markets in Europe one year and in the meantime thanks for taking me there. Great nighttime shore and love the violin tree!
Please do visit during the Christmas season and post about it! I already want to reminisce!
It was truly memorable, so glad I got to see the Christmas Markets!
They were amazing! Put my simple cookies to shame. 🙂
Simple homemade cookies are simply the BEST! Happy Holidays Brenda to you and your family~
Might have to have a cookie break soon. And a cuppa. Sigh for the good life.
Now I have a new travel spot on my bucket list! This looks enchanting Cindy! When we lived in Spain there were Christmas markets on the plazas– lots of treats and stall after stall of nativity pieces. Loved it– but this looks even more amazing. Fun post!! thanks. and Merry Christmas!
It is pretty hard to top Vienna! We are going back to spend more time in Spain in the spring. So looking forward to it. It must have been fascinating to live there.
I enjoyed your post. Here in Chicago we have a Christkindlmarkt too, which opens when Advent starts. It’s in the heart of downtown. It’s not as beautiful as Vienna’s, though!
Such a beautiful market! I missed Vienna so much.
I love the violin tree. Having the market for a month before Christmas with all that lovely food, lights and cheer must be beautiful in real life Cindy.
It is also wonderful to see how the community comes together in shared communion and celebration.
I love when people are able to come together to do something good and beautiful 🙂
I do too! We need more of this in the world~
we sure do 🙂
Vienna is my favorite place (so many close seconds), but the music of the city swept me away ~ and nice to see you enjoying it so well. Cheers Cindy, and continued safe travels into 2016.
Vienna is always magic isn’t it, especially at Christmas. Safe travels to you my friend~
Beautiful and so festive.
It made for a very special holiday. Cheers to you Vashti~ <3
I still can’t get into the posts on my Reader. Is yours better?
I get some posts but miss many. Quite frustrating especially for you not getting any. Have you contacted WP?
May Christmas joy be in your heart all year long Wendell~
Christmas festivities keep my heart smiling! 🙂
No reason not to keep it in your heart all year round my friend~ <3
You and me both! I am so glad I got to see them. Merry Christmas to you and yours~
I love these Christmas Markets, and Vienna’s is the creme de la creme დ
The Vienna’s Christmas Market is one of the biggest draws in Vienna and also Austria. It attracts tourists from all over Europe each year as Viennas is a very welcoming old world town that is full of interesting historic buildings, magnificent parks, beautiful architecture and fantastic night life. Each year Viennas opens its Christmas market day by carrying out the huge fireworks display which can be seen all across the city and into the surrounding area. As, well as this there are plenty of exciting things to do in Viennas throughout Christmas Day including traditional street markets, traditional dancing, puppet theatre performances, and lots of family fun including horse riding in the evening.
Kids Christmas Ornaments
Thank you. It is so wonderful. I wish covid wasn’t here, and I could go back this winter, every winter. Thank you for telling me more დ
I have a new travel spot on my bucket list! This looks enchanting Cindy! When we lived in Spain there were Christmas markets on the plazas– lots of treats and stall after stall of nativity pieces. Loved it– but this looks even more amazing. Fun post!! thanks. and Merry Christmas!