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Savoring the sights, sounds and tastes of an Austrian spring.

By Sharon Hudgins
Photographs Courtesy Sharon & Tom Hudgins

After spending a delightful Christmas holiday in Vienna (see German Life, December 2018/January 2019), I began to wonder what the Easter season would be like there, too. I’d heard that Vienna hosted several Easter markets every year. Would they be as enchanting as its Christmas markets? Would they be similar to the springtime markets, especially the Easter egg markets, which I always enjoyed when I lived in Germany? Or would they have their own special Viennese flair?

To satisfy that curiosity, my husband and I flew to Vienna for our weeklong spring break. A friend who lives there met us at the airport, complaining about the bad weather the city had been having lately: cold temperatures, rain, sleet, and leaden skies, as winter refused to release its frigid grip on the metropolis.

She drove us to the historic center of Vienna, where we rolled our luggage through slushy puddles to the Airbnb we’d rented on a pedestrian street within walking distance of most of the sights we wanted to see. The spacious apartment felt as cold and clammy as the outdoors. Once we figured out how to get the heat working, we sat down with glasses of Austrian wine and made a list of all the things we wanted to do in our all-too-short week in Vienna: visit as many Easter markets and museums as possible; eat at our favorite coffeehouses; and attend some of the special musical events scheduled during the Lenten season leading up to Easter.

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