Alright, it’s that time of the year again. This year has definitely been faster than last year. Time to slow down with a glass of Krug Champagne.
This Christmas in Vienna
This year was full of vivid impressions as I was travelling around 50% of the time. But travelling a lot is also exhausting and therefore I’m enjoying a full month at home in Vienna more than ever this December. This is exceptional and probably my most cherished Christmas gift already!
Unfortunately Christmas is not about slowing down for most of us. Everyone has to finish this year’s projects, the days become shorter and having many To Do’s doesn’t help either. Especially rushing out to get presents for friends and family can be really stressful before Christmas.
The good stuff
And then buying the right present never really works. And if you exchange wish lists the surprise factor is lost. So why bother and stress yourself about wallets, ties and other stuff? Luckily my family made a “No Christmas Presents” Pact years ago. This is something we all appreciate. All the “on top” Christmas stress is gone and we can enjoy the good stuff about Christmas.
Like meeting friends and family after hours to sip punch or a glass of Krug Champagne. And then coming home in pitch darkness assuming it must be really late, but it’s only 9 pm and you can watch your favourite television series on the couch.
And on Christmas Eve/Day we can celebrate with our beloved ones and concentrate on being together (and the outstanding Christmas dinner obviously). But without thinking “oh let’s hope we all get the right Christmas presents and my dad doesn’t hate that tie I’m re-gifting from someone else”. This way nobody has to analyse the mimics of family members to see if they are really happy with the gift anymore ;)
Now you might think I’m a Christmas grinch, but I’m really not. I love when the city is lit up in decorations and I also start decorating our home weeks in advance. I’m just not into all the stress and consumerism pressure (and you know how much I love shopping – and also gifting! Just not under pressure.).
The same goes for Christmas markets, I love the atmosphere, but I can’t handle being pushed around by masses of people and not finding a silent corner to enjoy.
The Ritz-Carlton Atmosphere Rooftop Christmas Bar
Maybe not everyone knows that there are alternatives to the over-crowded Christmas Markets. So let me introduce you to Vienna’s highest Christmas Market (and bar) on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton. Of course it’s not a classic Christmas Market, but it has the perfect size to get the whole Christmas Market experience without getting claustrophobia and getting even more stressed because of hundreds of people rushing through.
Watching over Vienna
From the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton you have an amazing view over Vienna – from St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the nearby ice skating rink (“Eislaufverein”). And on top it makes you feel a little bit like Santa Claus on the chimney. ;) The other good thing about the Ritz-Carlton Christmas Market is that you can’t buy unnecessary stuff there. They don’t offer nifty electronics or cheap imported Christmas Kitsch. It’s all about the delights of Christmas and stripping away the unnecessary stuff. Unless you think one of the best cheesecakes in Vienna is unnecessary stuff. ;)
November 17 – December 26, 2017
Open Daily from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(On the Christmas days, the opening hours may vary.)
An last but not least you can enjoy your perfect glass of Krug Champagne on this rooftop. Now I want to say thank you to Krug Champagne for partnering up with me this year! 2017 has been a year of experience for me and I have learned a lot about Champagne. Now I can really say that I can taste the difference (and I won’t be going back anymore!).
More about the served Krug Champagne on my last Blogpost:
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!
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In collaboration with Krug Champagne.