Since it’s almost the holiday season I’ve partnered up with GPSmyCity for a Christmas giveaway. I’m sure you’re already quite familiar with this indispensable travel tool. Some of my blog posts have been turned into travel article apps which you can download for free from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. You can use them offline wherever you are. If you want the map and the GPS navigation you pay a small fee for an upgrade. You can also get a subscription and get access to numerous travel articles for the same destination. In this giveaway you can get my travel article apps Sunday in Trieste and Christmas markets in Vienna.
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I love Christmas markets. I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited all the Christmas markets in Vienna over the past few years. Last year I ticked off the last item on my Christmas markets in Vienna list: Altes AKH Christmas Market – the Christmas Village Former General Hospital (also known as the Christmas market at the Campus of the University of Vienna). Altes AKH Christmas market isn’t exactly in the heart of Vienna which is why you won’t find that many tourists there. However, that doesn’t mean that it is far from the city center. On the contrary, it took me less than 15 minutes on foot from the main Christmas market in front of the City Hall to this charming Christmas market in the courtyard of the University of Vienna. I visited it in the early afternoon on a Saturday so there weren’t that many people around yet. I’m sure it gets more crowded later in the afternoon and in the evening.
I just love Christmas markets.
What about you? What are your favourite Christmas markets? I’ve been to Christmas markets in Austria, France, Budapest and in London.
Back in June I did a travel article app giveaway and since it’s Christmas approaching I’m doing another giveaway. This time you can get a free upgraded version of my travel article app Christmas Markets in Vienna by GPSmyCity. So if you’re planning to visit Vienna, Austria any time soon you’ll need my guide for Christmas markets! Where to find them, which are the best and what can you do at Christmas markets, it’s all in my travel article app!
What’s a travel article app and why you need it
Of course, you can read my post Christmas markets in Vienna online, here on my blog, for free. But you can read my travel article app offline any time you want and anywhere, for free. Once you download it (and downloading is free) you don’t have to access the Internet. If you have bad reception on your mobile phone while travelling, then no worries because you can read a travel article app offline. But what’s really useful with these travel article apps is their GPS navigation system. So, let’s say you’re in Vienna and you want to visit some of the Christmas markets I wrote about. No problems, you don’t need to carry heavy guidebooks or maps or ask someone for directions.
Three years ago I took my mum to Austria for a day trip. Our destinations were Villach and Velden and their charming Christmas markets. We both love Christmas markets very much so I decided to ask her and not my boyfriend (now my husband) to join me. Besides my boyfriend and I went to a chocolate factory near Graz (Austria) just a few weeks before this Christmas markets day trip.
About Villach & Velden
Villach is located on the Drau river and it’s the seventh largest town in Austria with a population of around 62 000. It’s got a big Croatian community too so it’s not a surprise that Villach is very popular for shopping and Christmas trips from Croatia. Velden am Wörthersee is a market-town and a popular holiday resort situated at the Wörthersee lake and close to Villach.
I’ve been in Nice (France) for New Year’s a couple of times. You might not associate beach and the palm trees with Christmas spirit but Nice has it in abundance. The biggest city at the French Riviera likes to show off a bit in the winter time which means that you can enjoy the festive decorations and the Christmas Markets as much as you can in traditionally more Christmassy destinations (e.g Austria &Germany ). But in a milder weather 🙂
This year I visited the Christmas markets in Vienna, but last year and the year before that I spent a couple of days in Nice just around New Year’s. I really love Nice and it’s my favourite town at the French Riviera and I’ve been lucky to see it in different seasons. The main venue for all things festive is of course the main square Place Massena. You’ll find a giant Ferris wheel there as well as a Christmas market. You can drink vin chaud (mulled wine) or eat pancakes&waffles or choose some other sweet or savory snack to nibble on while you browse the goods at the Christmas stalls. Everything is beautifully decorated and lit so you have to take a stroll in the evening to fully appreciate the festive lights. Another festively decorated square is the Garibaldi square. All the palm trees along the Promenade des Anglais are festooned with Christmas lights too. The Old Town under the Colline du Château and the streets around the Cathedral look very Christmassy and are as usually full of people. The main shopping street Avenue de Jean Medecin prides itself with exquisite lighting and nicely decorated shops’ displays.
But unlike in Austria or Germany in Nice you can almost have a picnic at the beach if it’s not too cold 🙂 And you can ice-skate too 🙂
So, enjoy the photos of the festive season in Nice (they are not from this year but from the previous years).