The elegant city of Vienna, home of the waltz, becomes a magical city during the Christmas season. There are wonderful concerts and nativity plays, stunning decorations and lights.
The city plays host to a number of markets, the main one being in front of the Civic Hall, or Rathaus. This market has had a long time to perfect its great traditions - it is over 700 years old!
There are over 200 stalls displaying traditional craft items, wonderful hot and spicy food and drink and the best buys are handcrafted tree decorations and stocking fillers made from glass, stone, wood and felt. The market is also famous for its glazed and candied fruits.
Inside the Civic Hall (Rathaus) itself there are activities for children with workshops which teach them how to make traditional food and crafts.
Next to the market square is a park, the Rathauspark. Here you enter a wonderland with strings of lights adorning the trees, displays of fairytale scenes, pony rides and a trip on the miniature railway, the Christkindl Express.
Other Christmas Markets in Vienna are Belvedere Palace, Schonbrunn Palace and Maria Theresien-Platz. All these Christmas Markets have received positive reviews on the internet from visitors.
Also recommended, whilst in Vienna, is a visit to Schönbrunn Zoo and a ride on the famous ferris wheel, immortalised in the film The Third Man.
The Vienna Christmas Market runs from 16 November to 24 December 2013
The official website for Vienna Christmas Market activities is here.