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There are better ways to add some European-style glamour and mystique to your winter than by wandering broodingly around misty streets in a sweeping coat.
How about a festive escape to Vienna instead?
There, you can explore the Christmas markets, cobblestoned streets and imperial palaces of one of the world’s most atmospheric cities. With its carol concerts, fairy light-strung trees and corner cafes selling decadent hot chocolate, Vienna has all the winter magic you could wish for.
Today’s Big Deal offers you the chance to experience Austria’s capital during the festive season or new year. See how much you can pack into a three-night break in the city of Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Klimt and Freud.
This Big Deal offers return flights to Vienna with Easyjet from Edinburgh International Airport and three nights room only accommodation in the four star Hotel Zeitgeist.
The offer is based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out from Edinburgh International Airport. You can leave on any of these available dates:
18th, 25th November
Flight times may vary but the main outbound departure time is 06:55, while most return flights will depart at 20:40.
Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhofl is in Vienna’s 10th district of Favoriten, a short distance from Vienna Main Train Station and the Sudtiroler Platz Underground Station. The Keplerplatz Underground Station is also less than half a mile away and will connect you to the city centre and the Wiener Prater Amusement Park.
Hotel Zeitgeist is also within walking distance of popular attractions such as the Swiss Garden, the Belvedere and the Military History Museum.
Hotel Zeitgeist offers a range of facilities including a rooftop sauna, a fitness centre, a lounge bar, a cafe, a deli and a 24-hour front desk. The courtyard has a workout area with a putting green, power rack, badminton and boccia.
Each guestroom is air-conditioned and offers high-speed WiFi, big windows, comfortable beds, a large flat-screen cable TV and an ensuite bathroom. This is a comfortable base for exploring Vienna.
Vienna’s Christmas markets
From November, the prettiest squares in Vienna are taken over by the Christmas markets, turning the city into a succession of festive storybook scenes. There are twelve main Christmas markets and, even if you’re flying out on the later date of 6th January, you’ll still have time to experience the Winter Market on Riesenradplatz, which runs until 7th January.
Vienna’s markets are lit up with Christmas trees, fairy lights and candles, creating an enchanted village feel. You’ll be able to sample Austrian Christmas cookies and hot punch while listening to gospel choirs and traditional carols.
Stalls sell a range of festive goods including tree decorations, handicrafts and sweets. Each market has its own special attractions, including the ice rink at Vienna Christmas World at the Christmas Market, the carousel at Christmas Village in the Altes AKH and the traditional glassware found at the Old Viennese Christmas Market.
It’s worth exploring as many markets as you can on your three-night stay.
Lucky Vienna has managed to bag the titles of both ‘City of Music’ and ‘City of Dreams’ (though it has Freud to thank for the latter one). Situated east of the Danube, Austria’s capital is a world centre of music, architecture and art, famous for its concert halls, imperial palaces and museums.
The city’s main attractions include the Ringstrasse grand boulevard which circles the historic centre, the Museums Quarter and the Hofburg Palace Complex, which is the former seat of the Habsburg royal dynasty.
You can also sample the city’s legendary classical music heritage at venues like the Musikverein, the Staatsoper and the Konzerthaus. The Schonbrunn palace, Beldevere palace complex, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Zoo and St. Stephen’s Cathedral are also must-sees.
Atmospheric Vienna isn’t just about the past – there’s plenty of contemporary art, architecture and design to explore, plus a creative and playful dining scene.
The city is also famous for its coffee house culture, its cosy beisls (bistros), and its cellar wine bars, making it ideal for people-watching. To sample local food and beer, head to the massive 16th century market of the Naschmarkt, and for shopping, make a beeline for Mariahilferstrasse. The Donaukanal area overlooking the Danube is a graffiti-lined bar and clubbing hotspot that’s great for an evening out.
Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof has had plenty of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Recent comments include the following:
‘The room was lovely and the breakfast buffet was excellent. I was very impressed by the extremely helpful staff. Walking distance of U bahn (underground) and railway station so easy to get round city.’
‘This hotel has been nothing but inviting and pleasant. I stayed in a suite with two friends and the king sized bed was heavenly. The service was prompt and friendly. The hotel and restaurant were wonderful and modern.’
‘Stayed here for 10 days, the room was great and the service fantastic. The hotel is located very close to main rail station which made it very easy to get around Vienna. I would not hesitate recommending staying at the Hotel Zeitgeist.’
Magical festive escape
If you love festive markets and atmospheric European streets, then a city break to Vienna is the ideal escape for you.
With direct flights and comfortable hotel accommodation in a convenient area, today’s Big Deal offers an opportunity to experience Vienna’s magic and mystery.
This is the ideal chance to do some Christmas shopping in style and it would also make a great gift idea.