Christmas in Austria

The nice thing about studying in Holland particularly in the ISS is that there are so many other international students who are also away from home. Here in the US, we really feel the difference. During the semester break like this, most of the students will leave campus to be with their family. We the minority, family-less international students, are left behind. I suppose we can be merry on our own, but since there are not a lot of us it does not feel quite as merry as when we were in Holland.Ā 

There are two most popular activities of the international students in Holland during the holiday break: having Christmas party and traveling in group. And this is also another benefit of studying in Holland: there are so many beautiful holiday traveling destinations in Europe! Europe cities are beautiful, but they are extra pretty during the holiday. The streets are filled with lights and Christmas ornaments, and the town squares are turned into festive Christmas markets and ice rinks. You’ll get the holiday cheer even though you’re far away from home.

Want to see how it looks like? Here are some photos from our winter holiday break in Vienna and Salzburg, two gorgeous cities in Austria. Enjoy!

Willkommen! Our Inn at Panoramaweg, Salzburg.


Even the city tram is adorned with pretty Christmas decorations!


Christmas market at one of the city squares

At night time, the Christmas market is looking even more beautiful with all the lights


Take me home, take me home!!


Looks like a real Christmas village, right?


Cookies that you can buy at the "Salzburger Christkindlmarkt"


Chocolate-glazed or sugar-glazed? You decide.


Christmas market in front of the Vienna City Hall

The ice rinks! Want to skate?


Children having fun skating

Look up: beautiful city lights, Vienna


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Vienna!


4 thoughts on “Christmas in Austria

    • Hi Linda, thanks for dropping by and thanks also for the nice comment! Hope you enjoy Christmas in Den Haag and not missing home too much (wherever the “home” is).
      Vrolijk kerstfeest! šŸ™‚

    • Merry Christmas, Liv!
      Yes, I hope so too… I haven’t been home for three Christmases in a row! Really-really miss all the friends and family there.
      Meanwhile, have a joyous and bright Christmas with your hubby and family…

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