My Christmas Markets Mugs : Belvedere Palace, Vienna
The first Christmas market mug I have ever bought is this blue mug from Belvedere Palace, Christmas market in Vienna. A long time ago my friend and I hopped onto a train to Vienna to spend the weekend with an old high school friend who lived there. Coincidence or not that weekend was also my birthday so I got to spend my birthday in Vienna. My friend M. and I walked all over Vienna and admired the Christmas lights and decorations. Of course, we also indulged in some mulled wine and Sacher cake and went on a ride on the old Ferris wheel in Prater. We visited most Christmas markets in Vienna then. Little did I know that I’d spent many more weekends in Vienna during December in my future.
Belvedere Palace houses the Belvedere Museum. You can also just walk freely around the palace grounds and take photos of the palace and enjoy the views of Vienna. Christmas market is located in front of Upper Belvedere palace.
How to buy a Christmas market mug
When you are at a Christmas market in Vienna (and this is also true for German Christmas markets too), you pay for your drink and for the mug. You can order hot chocolate, tea, mulled wine etc., and you will always get a beautiful ceramic mug. Each Christmas market in Vienna has a different mug. If you want to keep your mug you are free to do so because you have paid for it. If you return the mug to the stall where you bought your drink, you will get 3 or 4 euros back which was your deposit for the mug. The drinks usually cost around 3.50 or 4 euros but you actually pay around 8 euros in total. In the past few years I have also noticed that you can buy just a mug, e.g. at Maria Theresien-Platz Christmas market, without the drink but where’s the fun in that?
Christmas market mug is an excellent souvenir. Just wash it well at your hotel and then wrap it in some tissues or paper and store carefully in your carry on luggage if you are travelling by plane. I have bought many Christmas market mugs from Vienna for my friends and family over the years. I have a couple at home that I’ll share with you in this blog series about Christmas markets mugs. However, there are also some mugs that I didn’t buy but at least I have photos of them too.
I was looking forward to a work weekend this year in Vienna (and perhaps also another Christmas mug?) but that won’t be possible because Austria entered another lockdown and all Christmas markets are cancelled again.
Have you ever been to Christmas markets in Vienna? Do you also collect Christmas markets mugs?