Friday, November 20, 2009

Grafenegg—Stepping into a Fairy Tale

Schloss Grafenegg, northwest of Vienna, is one of the world’s fairy tale castles. Last year’s visit to its Christmas market was simply enchanting.

The requisite dragon....

Some lovely painted boxes for sale:

The nimble, swift hands of this lovely lacemaker lady were a constant blur. She was amazing!

Romantic ceilings....

Even the wastepaper bin is befitting a castle.


  1. Do you know how long is the Christmas market stay open there?
    Thank you - beautiful photos!

  2. Hi Valeria,
    Grafenegg's Christmas market was December 8-11, 2011 but most of Vienna's Christmas markets historically have stayed open through December 24. If you are interested in hand made goods, Vienna's markets at Karlsplatz, Spittleberg, Maria Theresien Platz, Freyung, Am Hof and Schoenbrunn also have many beautiful and unusual hand made items. Any of them are fun to visit and enjoy a cup of punch or hot chocolate and a crepe, a waffle, or a giant pretzel. Good luck!