Last weekend Christmas Season was officially kicked off in Vienna, as Christmas markets all over the city opened for the first time this year. There is no more denial now that the holidays are approaching with big steps.
There are PLENTY of Christmas markets in Vienna, with new locations opening each year. From big and touristic places like the one at Rathausplatz, to tiny ones like the few market stands at Michaelerplatz http://www.kuk-weihnachtsmarkt.at/. For most of us Viennese People, all that fairground atmosphere can get a bit annoying, especially as we just want to enjoy a good cup of mulled wine with some friends. To do so, and avoid the big crowds of tourists, there are many, little, rather unknown spots around town, where you can have your hot drink without all the whole trappings. Let’s introduce you to our favorite locations to have mulled wine and punch in Vienna:
The freshly opened Café/Bar/Restaurant KLYO in the Urania became THE brunch place to go to within a few weeks. Last weekend, they opened a winter terrace where you can have your daily hot punch from 5 on, looking over the Donaukanal.
Where: Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna
Recommended If You Like: Being in the heart of the city but feeling like being miles away.
For the pre-Christmas season, the rooftop terrace of the Ritz Carlton Hotel turns into a premier ski resort.
Where: Schubertring 5-7, 1010 Vienna
Recommended If You Like: Quaint, rustic ski cottage atmosphere – the luxurious version.
Where we use to sunbath in summer, turns into a winter cottage from mid-November. On the deck of Badeschiff, so-called ‘Punschlofts’ have been put up, where drinks as „Rebfeuer“,„Hot Apple Cider“ or „Platski“ can be sipped between disco balls and colorful lanterns.
Where: Donaukanal, between Urania and Schwedenbrücke, 1010 Vienna
Recommended If You Like: Curling, being on a boat that doesn’t cast off.
Where: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Recommended If You Like: Variations of punch, mulled wine or flaming fire tongues punch, that is not what you usually get. The vendors at MQ offer quite hipster-ish versions of drinks, but they all taste delicious!
Where: Savoyenstraße 2, 1160 Vienna
Recommended If You Like: The beautiful view over Vienna, especially when the sun goes down; and the cozy, countryside atmosphere up on the hill.
Where: Altes AKH, Universitätscampus Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
Recommended If You Like: Good, old, Austrian comfort food like Tiroler Speckbrot or Vorarlberger Bergkäs, offered by farmers themselves; to have aside with your Mozartpunsch.