Christmas in Vienna: finally the truth

Christmas in Vienna…how many people are dreaming of this. Apparently, a lot. There are these xmas traditions in every city, and as I’m from there I can name them all. And no, I’m not kidding.


1.Visit as much xmas markets as you can squeeze in

Vienna xmas market Rathaus


2. where you drink as much “punsch” as you can, besides eating “maroni” (sweet chestnuts)

xmas markets and punsch

3. After the horrible sweet punch start jelling the traditional xmas songs…

stille nacht heilige nacht


4…such as “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht” (= silent night, holy night) or “Last christmas” – a song everybody hates but starts singing after 0,8 blood alcohol

Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht


5. To soak up the alcohol we start desperately eating traditional christmas cookies such as “Vanillekipferl” (vanilla crescents), Lebkuchen and Eisenbahner ( = trains, yes really!)

xmas cookies vein


6. The male viennese start praying..

7…that the presents they ordered online 2 days before xmas are going to arrive on Dec 24th.

xmas shooping


8. Although people never eat fish the whole year, can see them fighting over the last piece of carp, which is the traditional food for xmas eve.

fish for xmas



9. Dreaming of a white xmas. As every year an electronic retailer promises to give back the purchasing price if it snows on xmas eve. So let it snow!


xmas tree


10. Cram yourself on xmas eve with every piece of food you’ll find in the house (and you’ll find A LOT). Then open the presents, which consist of iphone, socks and vouchers. Then you’ll have the traditional xmas dinner, followed by cookies, church and lots of wine.

Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Xmas everyone!

Merry Xmas from vienna

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