Vienna a Waltzing Delight and Shoppers Paradise
Like every year, its time for visitors to scuttle to Vienna to catch the music festivals, contemporary circus festival and many more interesting events during the months of November and December and enjoy the ambiance, shopping and the weather.
Unearth the city of Vienna
Vienna is a city for walkers and waltzers, strollers and shoppers, with nooks and crannies to explore within the old city or around Graben and Kohlmarkt. You can stroll around Stephanplatz and along the impressive pedestrian street of Kartner Strasse. Venturesome travelers can meander the narrow passages only a few blocks away. You stop to explore the crannies and courtyards as you go, learning what Viennese life really is like.
You are a discoverer and an adventurer and your terrae incognitae is the great metropolises of the world, where you can collect and enjoy to your heart’s content by day and night, so you unearth your trophies in temples of the muses, restaurants and shops. Vienna's most trendy shopping mile is the Mariahilfer Strasse between the center of the city and Westbahnhof. Here, hundreds of shops offer designer fashions, jewelry and accessories.
The shopping zones
McArthur Glenn’s Designer Outlet in Parndorf (Burgenland) located 40 Kms., southeast in the outskirts of Vienna has 150 designer shops selling over 600 brands of ladies, men and children fashion, sport, casual wear, shoes, fashion accessories, glass and porcelain articles, bags, gifts items, decoration and toys. One can find brands like Benetton, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Lacoste, Levi's, Mango, Murphy & Nye, Pepe Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kappa, Champion, Vans, Nike, Oakley, Adidas, Puma, The Body Shop, Reebok, Geox, Bally, Tommy Hilfiger, Escada and many more.
Vienna's most trendy shopping mile is the Mariahilfer Strasse between the center of the city and Westbahnhof with an enticing mixture of the influential Viennese business houses and international companies loaded with hundreds of shops that sell fashion wear of all brands, jewelry and accessories. Brands like Turek, Bernhart, Mango, Zara and Cloppenburg are found here. It would be a great idea to check out some home grown designer clothing range on Neubaugasse and Westbahnstrasse streets. You could spot quite a few Austrian designer clothing outlets here besides the international fashion brands.
Connoisseurs and collectors can also find ample of items at the numerous art dealers on this street. That’s not it!! Very close within the vicinity is the Knize Fashion Store on Graben Street who have been making fine quality Men’s garments for the past 100 years. Knize is one amongst the historic names of Europe's tailoring. Several Habsburg archdukes have had suits made here and the place remains a respected name amongst well-heeled Viennese. You could just be lucky enough to pick something here at a bargain price. Something that shopping enthusiasts would be glad to learn is that most designer outlets in Vienna sell goods at a price less than 30% to 65% of the original rates. The goods sold here are neither seconds nor of any inferior quality. All outlets maintain a strict quality control.
Mouth-watering delicacies from bakeries pastry shops and confectioneries are the culmination of culinary delight in Vienna. Locals call it the “city’s stomach”, it has existed since the 18th century and is Vienna’s largest inner city market. The Naschmarkt is open from Monday to Saturday for strolling, admiring, discovering and sampling. You can buy everything to do with food: fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, bread and cheese. There are also delicatessen favourites such as Persian caviar, sushi and oysters and a colourful display of international produce, especially from the countries of former Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Japan and China. If the sight of all this bounty makes you hungry, you can eat right in the Naschmarkt at a choice of restaurants. And on Saturday don’t miss a visit to the most famous flea market in Vienna, which is held right next door.
One can visit Austria at any time of the year and experience the fun and frolic of the place but it is important to know that summer is the best time for hiking, mountain biking and lake swimming. July/ August is considered the summer season in Austria and the warm weather is quite comfortable with temperatures remaining within 25 degrees Celsius. You can enjoy eight hours of bright sunshine while in Vienna during these two months but sometimes the month of August could dampen the spirit of the shoppers. This time of the year, the schools in Vienna close and the festivities begin. Theatres set up their stage outdoors in summer and the open-air activities begin for opera lovers, music fans and theatre lovers. Beautiful castles, impressive rock formations and stage floating on the water provide unique settings for a diverse range of cultural spectacle. One can take a break from shopping to indulge a bit in the astounding music.