St. Stephen’s Cathedral old stain-glass windows
St. Stephen’s Cathedral spiral stair around the column
The Stephensplatz Christmas Market of 26 booths had not opened up yet, but Jackie had her eye on a souvenir red boot mug.
Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper): world-famous premier house of music. 1869 Neo-Renaissance building.
We stopped in Café Sacher for an early lunch while we were in the area and because Jackie really wanted to try their famous Sacher Torte which was invented in 1832 and is a chocolate cake with apricot jam. Joe and Brooklyn shared some cheese spätzle and Jackie had a cup of potato soup.
Brooklyn is so classy dining in such a fine establishment. We love how so many of the Vienna cafes still feel like they would have a century ago.
The Sacher menus were on old newspaper style holders
Let’s have a look…
Happy momma at Café Sacher
They were both so filling that we couldn’t even finish it, but less, order a piece of cake.
We hopped aboard the Ringstrasse tram. We had bought a 48 hour Vienna City Card which gave us free transit rides so we decided to save our legs a few blocks of walking.
Äusseres Burgtor in Heldenplatz, a gate leading into the Hofburg Palace
By the time we got to Rathausplatz, Brooklyn was losing it in the stroller, beyond ready for a nap. So Jackie rested on a bench while Joe walked her in circles until she finally fell asleep.
The Vienna Magic of Advent at Rathausplatz (City Hall) with over 150 stalls and tree decoration is one of the most photographed Christmas markets in Vienna but it was also the most kitschy. We did end up finding Brooklyn’s Christmas ornament there, a wooden goat, an animal she calls a “dach”.
We got back on the Ringstrasse tram, to head to a museum to warm up. As we got off the tram, Brooklyn awoke from her nap. Perfect timing because we really wanted Brooklyn to experience of the Haus der Musik.
The Haus der Musik (House of Music) is a newer museum about sound and music in Austria. It has many hands-on activities making it great for little kids.
Every time she moves, it plays a key video
It focused on the city’s big composers: Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss.
We went to the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung which was not as enjoyable straddling two sides of a busy street, but seemed to be extremely popular this Friday night.
We checked another person’s Christmas present off the list at this market.
We walked around in the gardens of Schӧnbrunn for a bit.
When Jackie visited in 2005, these free gardens were a big highlight for her as the autumn colors had just started to turn and fall.
Brooklyn walking around the Schӧnbrunn gardens, near the Star Pool
What do you mean we can’t stay here and let me pick each one up?
Sadly the Maze and Labyrinth were closed for winter as well as the children’s playground.
We walked around a little more by the Palm House and then head back to the U-bahn.
We stopped at Karlsplatz, which has another nice Christmas Market in front of St. Peter’s Church Baroque Church. Brooklyn had fallen asleep in the stroller and we were hungry as we head toward the Naschmarkt for lunch.
Naschmarkt is a lively outdoor market where we went for lunch. We sat down at Nene, a Middle Eastern restaurant.
Ready to go explore more of Vienna on our last night
We went back to Michaelerplatz Christmas Market for Jackie to get Joe’s hand-painted egg.
Hofburg Palace In der Burg at night
Neue Burg (New Palace) curved façade from the 1900s where Hitler celebrated their annexation with Germany
Here not only do they have the typical German gluewein, but spiked punches are all the rage.
Yet another jewelry shop Jackie recalled drawing during architecture school
One last view of St Stephen’s Cathedral
We took the U-bahn to Wien Mitte and hopped abroad the CAT train to the Airport. We had plenty of time to kill at the airport before our flight but we figured it was better to have Brooklyn run around here than strapped in the stroller in the city. She walked a good portion of terminal B. We had a fruit smoothie, burger and fries before our flight. Brooklyn watching the airplanes
The KLM flight attendants gave her an activity book and coloring pencils to keep her busy on the plane. Although it was prime naptime, we couldn’t get her to lay down comfortably on us. The box of color pencils were a lifesaver. She spent forever putting them in the box and taking them out. It’s great watching her learn new things and see how proud she is when she figures them out.