Vienna and Christmas Markets - Photo Story

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13th Dec 2017
Photo of Vienna and Christmas Markets - Photo Story by Diptarka Gupta

Vienna - the capital of Austria, the cradle of Western Classical Music, once the home of the mighty Habsburg family. It is probably one of the most liveable cities in Europe. The city boasts of different architectural styles such as Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Classical. The central part of the city is pedestrian friendly and skyscraper free with St. Stephen's Cathedral standing tall at 136m(though there are taller buildings in the outer district). Before Christmas the city dresses up with colourful Christkindlmarkts across the city.

Auf Wiedersehen!!!

Day 1

Vienna State Opera House and the famous tram along the Ringstraße

Photo of Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Horse carriage near Stephanplatz

Photo of Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Narrow alleys of Vienna

Photo of Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Stephansdom

Photo of Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Christmas market at Am Hof

Photo of Am Hof, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Christmas Market at Freyung - one of the oldest Christmas Market in Vienna

Photo of Freyung, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

The biggest Christkindmarkt in Vienna at Rathausplatz, in front of the Vienna City Hall - Rathaus

Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Vienna City Hall - Rathaus

Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Business as usual at the Vienna's biggest food market - Naschmarkt

Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Fish Fish...

Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

The famous Wiener Schnitzel, the iconic dish from Vienna. Though it was an import from Milan in the 19th century.

Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Schönbrunn Palace - The summer residence of the Habsburgs

Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

The gardens of Schönbrunn Palace

Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Gloriette at Schönbrunn

Photo of Schönbrunn Gloriette, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Christkindlmarkt at Schönbrunn Palace

Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Christkindlmarkt at Schönbrunn Palace

Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Christkindlmarkt at Schönbrunn Palace

Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Schönbrunn Palace at night

Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Day 2

Corridor beside the State Opera House

Photo of Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Monument Against War and Facism

Photo of Albertinaplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Hofburg Residenz

Photo of Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Statue of Francis II - the Holy Roman Emperor who ruled Austria, Hungary and Bohemia.

Photo of Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Horse Carriages keeping up the medieval charm...

Photo of Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

The Hofburg Palace with the dome

Photo of Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Christmas decorations

Photo of Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Inside Stephansdom

Photo of Stephansdom, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Stephansdom, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Vienna skyline from from of South Tower of Stephansdom

Photo of Stephansdom, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Christkindlmarkt at Stephanplatz

Photo of Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Hot Glühwein served in a cute christmas themed mug.

Photo of Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

One of the most weird architectures I have ever seen - Hundertwasserhaus, built after idea of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Photo of Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Traffic light depicting a lesbian couple crossing the road!!! One of the most unique things about Vienna are the pedestrian traffic lights - they depict lesbian couples, gay couples and heterosexual couples.

Photo of Schwedenplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

The street art center of Vienna along the Danube canal

Photo of Schwedenplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Danube Canal at Schwedenplatz

Photo of Schwedenplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Sunset at the Danube Canal

Photo of Schwedenplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

'The Blue Danube

Photo of Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Skyscrapers in the outer district

Photo of Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Lighthouse on the Danube Island

Photo of Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Vibrant Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz in the night

Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Austrian Parliament - An example of Classical Architecture

Photo of Austrian Parliament Building, Doktor-Karl-Renner-Ring, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta
Day 4

Setting up stalls at naschmarkt, early in the morning before sunrise. Just before heading off for Salzburg.

Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

The giant ferris wheel at Prater, where Orson Welles made the famous 'Cuckoo Clock' speech - "You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance...."

Photo of Prater, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

A trip to Vienna is incomplete without the famous Sachertorte from the place it was invented - Café Sacher. As John Lennon said in The Ballad of John and Yoko, 'Made a lightning trip to Vienna/ Eating chocolate cake in a bag"

Photo of Café Sacher Wien, Philharmoniker Straße, Vienna, Austria by Diptarka Gupta

Auf Wiedersehen!!!

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