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31 Mar

Christkindlmarkt |Vienna Christmas Market | Austria

I was standing in front of the Rathausplatz (City Hall) which is the biggest and the most famous Christmas Market in Vienna. Gorgeous golden lights from this classy Gothic Building always caught my eyes.

歐洲的冬天,天色暗得特別快,市政廳廣場在傍晚時分,華燈初上,耀眼的光芒讓寒冷的夜晚,充滿著溫暖與歡樂。

 

 

Hey Dears,

Since I started to write English posts this year, it might be my first post about Vienna written in English even though I already wrote so much about Austria in Chinese before. The topic this time is about the Christmas Market. I’m sharing with you right now my last experience and my birthday before Christmas in Vienna and the next post in Munich.

As we arrived in Vienna in the early morning, it started to snow with a little bit rain. We should be very happy for the snow but something unexpectedly happened because of the Austrian President election. We were informed to stay in the NH hotel which is near the airport this time so that we had to take our luggages passed through the way under the snowfall.

Nevertheless, I think we were still lucky because the breakfast here is more diversity. The fist thing I stepped into the hotel room was to take a shower and then keep staying in the warm bed and hit the hay deeply.

Coming back to Vienna before the Christmas almost every year seems to be a tradition for myself. As you know, I studied here before and the city is always somewhere I’m familiar with, like a home. Even thought my job allowed me to fly almost around the world, it is not easy to choose the city and the date as you wish. It usually depends on the company’s policy. At least, I finally came back here before my birthday.

I was standing in front of the Rathausplatz (City Hall) which is the biggest and the most famous Christmas Market in Vienna. Gorgeous golden lights from this classy Gothic Building always caught my eyes. Here is one of my favorite night views of Vienna. In Austria or South Germany like Bayern, people call Christmas Market as “Christkindlmarkt”, but somewhere else in Germany, they usually call ”Weihnachtsmarkt”.

In order to stay outside longer in such a freezing night, the only way is to buy a cup of the Glühwein (warm red wine with Lime and fruits). It is always my favorite in Christmas Market! One thing interesting is that the design of the Christmas Market Mug differs from the places and the cities. A cup of the Glühwein costs 2.5 Euros, but you have to pay 2.5 plus 3 Euros for the Mug in advance. If you would like to keep the mug, you can just take it away. If you are not interested in collecting the mugs, just give it back and the staff will return 3 Euros back to you.

Cheers for the next beautiful year! “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden. Life would be better than ever.

抵達維也納的清晨飄起雪來,遇見了初冬的第一場雪應該是興奮的,由於當時奧地利總統大選的原因,我們只好臨時改住在機場旁,不知道是不是因禍得福,這間NH飯店的早餐反而豐富了許多。

自從開始飛行之後,幾乎每年聖誕節前夕飛回想念的維也納似乎變成了慣例,雖然這城市(應該是說歐洲都一樣)好幾年來都沒有太多的變化,依舊呈現美麗的模樣,聖誕市集也是依然炫彩奪目,或許是多了回家的溫暖吧,總是讓每年回到這城市的我,像是過年回到家鄉般的興奮與期待。

 

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我和可愛的同事姐姐,一同搭CAT機場快捷從機場到市區逛街,再搭電車到這位在市政府(Rathaus Platz) 的聖誕市集。11月底開始,聖誕節還沒到,整個維也納就已經瀰漫著濃厚的聖誕氣氛,市區許多地方其實都設有聖誕市集的攤位,不過,以Rathausplatz (市政府廣場)所舉辦的為最大且最具規模,聚集了世界各國前來共襄盛舉的觀光客。

如果有看過我的維也納系列,關於聖誕市集,已經寫了很多篇類似的主題和內容。德文並不跟德國一樣通稱為”Weihnachtsmarkt”,而是”Christkindlmarkt”,翻譯白話一點,就是「聖誕老人市集」的意思。對於兩國說法的不同,我還是有些疑惑,記得之前問了奧地利朋友,他不假思索地回答︰「這樣比較可愛阿!」

歐洲的冬天,天色暗得特別快,約莫下午4點左右整個天空已經由昏暗的色調轉變為漆黑,然而市政廳廣場在傍晚時分,華燈初上,耀眼的光芒讓寒冷的夜晚,充滿著溫暖與歡樂,相信只是晚上路過的人們,都會被這些璀璨無比的聖誕燈飾所吸引。

只是別被聖誕市集這些金色光芒的燈飾所騙了,夜晚待在戶外其實是非常寒冷的,除了禦寒衣物都要準備好之外,當然不能錯過點一杯溫紅酒Glühwein,每年的馬克杯的設計或顏色會因為所在的城市或是地點而有所不同,今年的市政府馬克杯是超可愛靴子搭配小天使圖案,我還是忍不住把它帶回台灣做紀念。

12月華麗的夜晚,生日前來到這裡,許下願望,希望一切美夢成真。

Schönen Abend in meiner Lieblingsstadt Wien. Ich war auf dem Rathausplatz gewesen, um den Weihnachtensmarkt zu genießen. Hier ist immer schön zu fröhlich zu sein. Ich bestellte Glühwein wenn ich jedes Mal zum Weihnachtsmarkt gehe. Prost für nächstes schönes Jahr!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love,

 

 

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