This will be my fourth Christmas in Vienna, my fourth Christmas abroad. I remember that when I was in Athens, I had always dreamed of celebrating Christmas abroad but a Christmas season travel to one (any) of the European cities had always remained a dream. I don’t know exactly why, but I guess maybe because either high prices during Christmas or none of my friends wanting to come with me in the season deterred me from traveling in the past.
When I came to Vienna, things changed completely. I realized that it doesn’t really matter whether you celebrate Christmas abroad or at home. What matters the most is having around you, not only on Christmas but especially on Christmas, people who love you and make you laugh out loud.
Vienna puts on her best clothes to welcome Christmas and all its guests. Imagine how many people visit Vienna for Christmas. And I know why. Tell me where else in the world you can find such a beautiful street decoration. In my opinion, all the streets are well decorated but my favourite are the chandeliers in Graben. Impressive and elegant at the same time. But it’s not only the festive decoration on the streets. Have you visited the Christmas markets and can say which one is your favourite? The Christmas market at Rathausplatz is the most visited, that’s why, even if I like it, you will never see me there within the crowds. My favourite is at the Spittelberg area in the 7th district. But you should definitely not miss the Christmas market of Maria-Theresien-Platz, the one at Schloss Belvedere, the one at Karlsplatz, and at Unicampus in the 9th district and many others. When we talk about Christmas, how can I forget the first post of this blog?
So let’s summarize dear friends: if you are dreaming of magical, unforgettable, dashing Christmas holidays, book a flight to Vienna, pack your things, and take your friends with you. Remember: only those who make you laugh out loud because life (and Christmas) is better when you are laughing.