When we decided to visit Vienna, Austria for Christmas last year, we had one thing in mind: Christmas Markets! We wanted to eat and drink everything. And we did – but we also discovered so much more. We spent 3 full days exploring Vienna at Christmas, falling in love with the winding alleys in Old Town, the glamorous Coffee Cafes, the glittering palaces, and of course, the food! Soooo much food. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know about visiting Vienna at Christmas. Oh, and let us be the first to say: Frohe Weihnachten! That means “Merry Christmas.”
As resident Californians, other than watching nostalgic Christmas movies and inhaling peppermint bark the only way we can get a real (read: cold and snowy) Christmas is to travel! So for the past few years, we’ve been escaping to Europe in the winter seeking snow, cold, short days, and warm comfort food. After just a few trips, the idea of Christmas without Christmas Markets just feels empty, meaningless, and devoid of calories. The one problem with our Christmas in Europe habit is that it’s … er, not exactly cheap. So, we strap on our packs, book some hostels, and go backpacking! In this post we’re laying out all of our favorite, field-tested essentials for backpacking Europe in the winter, from gear to clothing. Here’s everything you need to stay warm, healthy, and happy on your trip, so you can spend less time stressing and more time drinking glühwein and stuffing your face with lebkuchen. Mmmm….
Hallstatt, Austria is a beautiful little village and UNESCO world heritage site nestled in the Austrian Alps. Hallstatt, Austria is a fairytale come to life. I’ve been dreaming of visiting this magical village ever since I first saw a picture of it, and I knew instantly that I wanted to visit in winter. I’m a mountains & snow girl, and there’s nothing more snowy and mountainy than a village on a lake in the Alps, right? We needed an excuse to share all of the stunning photos we took during our visit to Hallstatt in the winter, so we’ve compiled our favorites into one photo-heavy post – plus all the details you need to plan your own trip to Hallstatt, of course! Get ready for some drool-worthy winter wanderlust fuel. Also, swans.
25 Hours Hotel is a carnival themed boutique hotel in the heart of Vienna, Austria. Located in the Museum Quarter, Rathaus, and and Old Town, the location can’t be beat. The rooftop bar is a local favorite hangout, and a restaurant on site serves the most incredible breakfast buffet we’ve EVER had, ever. At incredibly reasonable mid-range prices, 25 Hours Hotel is the best boutique hotel in Vienna!
Český Krumlov is a medieval town & UNESCO World Heritage located in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. There’s so much to discover in this gorgeous fairytale village! Here’s 14 reasons why it’s well worth it to take a trip to Český Krumlov this winter – and everything you need to know for your visit.
As budget travelers, we always look for a good hostel in each destination we visit. We’re happy to report that we found a gem in Vienna, Austria. Hostel Ruthensteiner is the oldest hostel in Vienna, and is considered one of the best hostels in Europe.