Vienna’s sparkling sea of lights dazzles locals and visitors alike. From Baroque architecture decked in garlands to churches bursting with classical song, early December is a magical time in the city. Explore the famous Christmas markets (“Christkindlmarkt”) and browse local artisan gifts. Imagine pine-scented air, fire-warmed chestnuts and snow crunching underfoot. Soak in the heavenly acoustics of a Viennese concert hall with rare access to performances by some of Europe’s finest musicians, including the Vienna Boys Choir. Delight in a strudel at a “kaffeehaus” as we waltz through history — from Celtic and Roman occupation to the intrigue of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It's no wonder Vienna was the cultural center of Europe for 650 years until the end of the First World War. If you hunger for old-world traditions and the true meaning of the season of generosity, this trip will top your list. Better yet? You’ll be home in time for Christmas.
“Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day."Helen Steiner Rice
“When I pay for a five-star journey, I expect five stars. Dancing Spirit exceeded this rating category by miles. I have lived and explored all over Europe and am very aware of what tour companies offer. Nina and her team leave no detail to chance and make their pilgrimage tours outstanding experiences. I’m very fussy in making recommendations to my friends, and friends, I highly recommend Dancing Spirit.”Roxanne, British Columbia, Canada
“The balance between being a tourist and being a pilgrim is perfect. We get to see all of the iconic landmarks, but also experience unique cultural performances, handicrafts and the real people who live here. It’s a perfect balance."Edward, Florida, USA
Travel enthusiasts typically want to visit as many different parts of the world as they can. Some destinations though, are just so special that even the most adventurous travelers (me!) want to return again and again. Is it because I was born and grew up in Austria or is it because of the rich history of art, science and politics? Or is it the charming natural beauty? Maybe it’s because I am proud of being born in Austria and love to share my old country’s stories. There is a lot to show and tell— yes, that’s it— I love to share stories with anyone who is interested. That’s my reason for retuning to Vienna again and again. I love to bring people back “home” to the land of my birth, my heritage and my roots.
Cultured, refined and sophisticated, Austria is famous for its creativity and innovation. Famous artists like Hans Markart, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele revolutionized visual art around the world. Musicians like Johann Strauss, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert contributed grace and beauty with their musical excellence. Famous thinkers Franz Kafka, Erwin Schroedinger and Siegfried Freud inspired new directions in their respective disciplines. Imagine sipping coffee in the same ornate cafes that they frequented, and letting the environment inspire you. It’s an inspiring place-- nicknamed “the city of dreams” because it's a playground for artistic expression and the imagination.
My favorite fascination is the presence of the House of Habsburg. A distinguished monarchy for almost 700 years, the Habsburg family is responsible for crafting Vienna’s grand architecture and influencing many parts of Europe in their wake. Their influence is called (“Kaiserzeit”), the time of the Emperors. Connecting with this rich time period feels nostalgic, like the old world is calling me home. I can’t wait to share this magic with you!
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