- 19 Nov 2010 1:00 AM
Vienna is at its absolute best at the end of the year. Feel the fascination of this romantic city and discover the hidden gems and seasonal splendour during the Christmas season. Daniel Wukovits, Concierge from InterContinental Vienna is more than happy to share his insider tips and in-the-know stories about the famous Christmas market.
The Magic of Advent in Vienna is a favourite place to meet, with many visitors returning several times each season. Young families, teens and tourists are particularly enchanted by the festive atmosphere on City Hall Square. It comes as no surprise that the Magic of Advent in Vienna is considered as Europe’s most child-friendly Christmas market.
A new lighting concept featuring a number of additions will ensure that the Magic of Advent in Vienna makes a still more dazzling impression this year. Still more glittering lamps will enhance the festive atmosphere, drawing visitors away for a gentle stroll apart from the hubbub of the main market.
A tour of the beautifully decorated Rathauspark – where the famous Heart Tree, festooned with 280 glowing hearts, awaits – has written the opening chapter to many a love story over the years. And perhaps you will meet the Vienna Christ Child on its walk around the park, or listen when it reads a Christmas story in front of the crib.
There is a packed program of arts and crafts for kids and teens at the Christmas workshop. During the six weeks of the Magic of Advent, youngsters are hard at work painting, shaping, turning, sawing, stencilling, applying glitter, threading beads, sticking, firing, decorating and packing as they create a total of around 70,000 presents for their parents and grandparents.
Over the years the Christmas workshops have featured virtually every imaginable art and craft. Some of the creative spirits who tried their hand at arts and crafts in the workshops back in the 1980s are now returning as adults, and can’t wait for their own children’s first cookies and artwork.
The vibrant and colourful Christmas market, offering a vast array of Christmas handicrafts, tree decorations and other yuletide gift ideas, is the centrepiece of the Magic of Advent in Vienna.
Evocative Advent aromas, festive concerts, a tall tree blazing with countless Christmas lights against the backdrop of City Hall, and the enchantingly decorated Rathauspark are just some of the highlights that give the Magic of Advent in Vienna its unique appeal.
A copy of the free Magic of Advent brochure can be obtained from branches of the Austrian National Tourist Office or the Vienna Tourist Board by calling
Tel.: +43 1 24 555, Fax: (+43 1) 24 555 666.
For those who would like to relax in an unrivalled tranquillity after visiting the famous Christmas market, InterContinental Vienna is the place to be. All guest rooms are furnished in a classical, elegant style, skilfully blending traditional and contemporary design. Don’t forget, that the Hotel has special Advent rates as of 189 Euro per room, per night in a Superior double room."
Tel.: +43 1 71122-62,
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