I spent this morning visiting Viennese Coffee Houses, then returned to Viking Odin for a delicious lunch in the Aquavit Lounge before heading out for another included tour to the Christmas Market at Vienna’s City Hall.
Parked within a few steps of Viking Odin, two busses filled with passengers who were eager to see Vienna’s Christmas markets and perhaps sample some of the ever-present Gluhwein.
The drive to City Hall took about 20 minutes. I spent an hour at the market, sampling some of the goods and window-shopping mostly. After I had satisfied my market yearnings, I hoofed it back by foot in the direction of the Danube and Viking Odin, wanting to breathe in as much of this wonderful city as possible before we sailed away at 1:30 a.m. (Many other tours were offered in the afternoon and evening, including Viennese concerts, which required Viking Odin to stay in Vienna until after midnight).
Thus fortified with the hot-spirit Gluhmost, I enjoyed an inspiring and invigorating walk back to the ship, by way of the city center and past many of the sights I had visited this morning. I couldn’t get enough of Vienna on this gray but cheerful day.
Our guide had told us this morning that there were more than 17 Christmas markets in Vienna, and, in fact, I passed by several on my way back to Viking Odin. Each looked inviting, and I stopped to linger for a bit before trundling on, wishing I could stay longer.
We’re only two full days into our Christmas Markets river cruise and already I am dreading its conclusion this coming Saturday. If only everyday were Christmas — or at very least, a Christmas market.