Call us holiday market connoisseurs. When the Niederösterreich newsletter arrived in my inbox, listing the “most beautiful markets,” of the season I pored over it like I once did the Toys R Us catalog as a I child. And why not? So many palaces and castles that rarely open to the public fill their rooms with holiday greenery and handcrafted, locally produced goods for just one weekend, making visit feel like a mini-holiday. Add in a spectacular setting, and we are happy daytrippers. With so many markets to choose from, though, we have only made rare return visits in our soon-to-be four Christmases in Vienna.
Beautiful craftsmanship. Beautiful price tag of €2.250 on this Christmas pyramid. We did not observe anyone making a purchase.
The outside market offered many epicurean wares from some of my favorite Niederösterreich vendors.
The Best of the Pig. Indeed, we’ll sample.
Poppy seed likor? Thank you, but we’ll pass.
Our return visit was a success; the Shepherd, an Angel, and the Three Wise Men came home with us. The next project will be to find a suitable creche…