Tis’ the season to … feel loved and be happy. I guess! Last weekend, I really felt this way. Thanks to the sweet visit of my blogging colleague & friend Janett Schindler, who writes for her online travel magazine “PartTimeTraveller” (Teilzeitreisender.de), we shared a real “blogger’s greet” here in Austria. Of course, this included visiting one or two typical Christmas markets as well as doing some creative together, such as cooking up Austrian specialities. (I hope, Janett, you did like the typical Frittaten beef broth I made? 😉 ).
Starting off, we do have a real gourmet tip for you though. For over a year now, the Woracziczky bread & coffee has truly earned its place as a great café in the old town of Krems. Next time you are here, DO VISIT !! This is the kind of café I have always wanted in my home town – comfy, heart-warming, top quality ingredients (home-made bread, cakes, spreads …) and a very genuine, happy host. He is the true reason you should check out Woracziczky: Have a look here!
Christmas Market Nr. 1 at Göttweig Abbey: Crafts in a mighty, historical building near the city of Krems
Visiting the city of Krems, you are only a stone’s throw away from Göttweig Abbey, towering like a palace building high above the hills of the Wachau World Heritage landscape. It comes as no surprise that Janett and I “had to” visit there: The view over the Danube valley, the visit of the Benedictine Abbey, our stroll at the Christmas market as well as the stunning atmosphere of the historical buildings really got to us. As did the famous Glühwein hot wine served by the monks themselves: Good on you! Check this out.
Christmas Market Nr. 2 in front of Schönbrunn Palace: Quite likely the most beautiful backdrop for any Christmas market in Austria. Seriously!
Just beautiful. Imagine you arrive just ahead of the “blue hour”, happening around 4.00 in the afternoon when the sky changes colours from pastel blue, to violet, dark blue and ultimately black – a stark contrast to the well-lit castle facade of Schloss Schönbrunn. Again and again, we are tempted to turn our heads and take pictures despite the cold wind biting our fingers. At the Christmas market itself, Janett takes her Glühwein cup “Schönbrunner Häferl” with her and cannot resist the warm chocolate fountain, either! You can have fruit dipped in melted chocolate there and get a small cushion filled with beautifully scented pine wood for a good night’s sleep at the stall next to it. Mighty Brezel are what draw our attention, too … Schönbrunn market is definitely worth visiting!
Thank you so much for your visit here in Austria, Janett! You really dragged me out to see (once again) all the beauties that are right in front of our doorstep. Check out Janett’s “Part Time Traveller” travel blog, too! See you soon again at ITB travel trade show in Berlin, dear Janett. 😀