To wrap up our holiday trip, Minju and I took a walking tour of downtown Vienna, explored the marketplaces, and spent an evening at the opera!
Thursday, January 4, 2018, 10:53pm
Sigh. My New Year’s vacation has come to an end in spectacular fashion. I’m finishing the day exhausted, but happy and totally content with my time here in Budapest and Vienna.
Walking Tour of Downtown Vienna
Minju and I headed out from our hostel around 9:00am, and before jumping right into a walking tour, we explored the nearby marketplace, Naschmarkt, which was just beginning to come alive. Vendors were still setting up their stalls, but most were ready and willing to hawk their wares as we passed by. Many people offered us samples or asked us in broken English to take a look at their products. While we were tempted by an Asian food store, we ultimately decided to wait to purchase things until after the tour.
Still, we took our time browsing through the Naschmarkt, which was the first market to carry dry fruits in Vienna (dry figs, to be precise). Today it’s one of the largest and most well-known markets in Vienna, and I couldn’t help but be impressed by the wide selection of fruits, vegetables, and spices. I also admired the many baked goods, fried snacks, and chocolate desserts. It was so, so difficult to walk away from the fudge selection. Continue reading 2 Days in Vienna: Part 2 (Final)