Kiwi Christmas in Vienna

For Christmas this year I decided to head off to Vienna with a group of friends for a kiwi orphans Christmas. Vienna turned out to be an absolute treat at Christmas time. It was freezing cold, no snow unfortunately but we did get some sun. What was even more special, was enjoying the beautiful city while hopping between Christmas markets. I particularly enjoyed the beautiful Hapsburg palaces and stunning architecture of the city. This was more or less how we spent our time, exploring the city and Christmas markets.

Christmas Day we started with a Christmas breakfast at our AirBnB, compete with secret Santa presents. Once that was done and dusted, we headed out for what was intended to be a few drinks, but ended up being the 12 pubs of Christmas, Vienna edition! Pretty unique but also fun way to spend the day and pub number 12 provided us with an unusual Christmas dinner complete with schnitzel!

On the 26th all we really accomplished was finding food and climbing a disappointing church tower before our flight home.

Christmas Markets in Cologne

December in Europe means Christmas markets and festivities galore, so of course I had to plan a trip a trip to visit some real and authentic Christmas markets in Germany. I met Rhi at the cologne train station, after a late night flight from Düsseldorf and a quick train ride. Even late at night cologne was beautiful. 

Saturday morning dawned bright and cold as we headed off to our walking tour. On our walking tour we learnt much about cologne and it’s history. This included the rule of the romans, all the way through to WWII and its impacts to present day. 

After the walking tour, we set to work exploring the Christmas markets, enjoying the gluhwien, delicious food and more gluhwien. We even went ice skating! Sunday was much the same, and included a visit to the chocolate factory.

Cologne Cathedral


The Cathedarl

Stain glass windows


I found Matty!

Ice Skating!

More Gluhwien!

How we felt after the gluhwien


Sunny last day in Cologne

Winter spritz  while waiting for my flight home