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The real deal— Vienna

Preface

As we sat in Midori House we dreamed of one city where you could do all your Christmas shopping with ease. Then we realised where it was: Vienna.

Café Prückel, Glühwein, Hotel Bristol, Kärntner Strasse, Lebkuchen, Loosbar, Skopik & Lohn, Stephansplatz, Trzesniewski

From mid-November until Christmas Day the city of Vienna transforms into an opulent winter playground, full to the brim with lashings of seasonal spirit, endless cups of warm Glühwein and gingery wafts of Lebkuchen. Set against the backdrop of the architectural grandeur of the former Austro-Hungarian empire, its Christkindlmarkts are as picturesque as a tasteful advent calendar.

Unlike in other European cities, Vienna’s historic craftsmen have managed to survive. Although big-brand retailers have muscled into the Stephansplatz and Kärntner Strasse…

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