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其實這篇想寫很久了啦...一切都怪我懶得整理照片,趁著這幾天總算整理了一些照片,來寫寫維也納在十一月底到聖誕節時的聖誕市集。

雖然現在歐洲人已經沒有這麼深的宗教信仰了,但聖誕節前這一個月的時間,節慶氣氛濃厚,是冬天時最適合逛歐陸的好時機!

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在十一月底到聖誕節這段時間,維也納城中心,幾乎到處可見聖誕市集。除了市政廳廣場的聖誕市集之外,藝術歷史博物館及自然博物館之間的廣場,也有不小的聖誕市集,在兩個博物館的襯托下,非常有氣氛。只可惜Sunny沒有拍到照片。熊布朗宮及貝爾維德宮也各有聖誕市集,熊布朗宮的聖誕市集還會有樂隊演奏,相當好玩。

市政廳的聖誕市集一項有趣的東西,是市政廳的窗戶,用布幕遮起,上面標示1~23的數字,排列隨機不照順序,大鐘底下最大面的窗,則是24。這些數字背後都有一幅畫,從十二月一日開始,每天揭示一幅畫,二十四日則揭開最後最大幅的畫。

Starting from the end of November to Christmas, there are numerous Christkindlmarkt in downtown Vienna, all in different sizes. Other than the one at Rathausplatz, the plaza in between the KHM and the Museum of Ethnology also hosts a nice Christkindlmarkt, having the two museums as background. However, I didn't get the chance to photograph it. Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere also hold their own Christkindlmarkts. The one at Schonbrunn Palace even has live band performance!

One fun thing about the Rathaus Christkindlmarkt is that they cover up the windows using fabrics each marking numbers 1~23, and the biggest window right beneath the clock is marked No. 24. The numbers are marked randomly. Each window is actually dedicated to one painting. From December 1st, one painting will be uncovered each day according to the number, and the biggest painting on the Christmas' Eve.

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另一個深受我喜愛的聖誕市集,則是在卡爾廣場的聖誕市集。因為卡爾大教堂的巴洛克風格華美,特別適合拍照,美不勝收。

Another favorite of mine is the Christkindlmarkt at Karlsplatz. The baroque Karlskirche is so photogenic that it's almost perfect at every angle.

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不過真的要提醒有心來維也納享受聖誕氣氛的朋友們,千萬絕對一定要在十二月二十四日以前來,才能夠享受這一切唷!自十二月二十四日下午開始,一直到二十六日,這裡幾乎所有的店都關門休息放大假。聖誕市集也在二十五六日就開始拆除,倘若錯過二十四日之前的時機,剛巧在聖誕節時來此,可是會面臨一座空城的呀!!

One important thing to note is that anyone who wants to come to Vienna to enjoy the Xmas atmosphere should do so before December 24th. From early afternoon of the 24th to the 26th of December, almost all shops are closed (with very limited exceptions of restaurants). The Christkindlmarkts are slowly removed since the 26th. If, unfortunately, you came to Vienna on Xmas, you should expect to face a ghost-town-ish situation...

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26日空蕩蕩的市政廣場,只剩聖誕樹自己獨撐場面...

On the 26th, all stands at the Christkindlmarkt are closed. Only the Christmas Tree is standing tall alone.

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