Sunday, July 3, 2016

Naschmarkt: Vienna, Austria

Our wonderful friend and tour guide, Dany (a resident of Austria and dear friend from the time we lived in Washington, DC), took me and my daughter to the very famous and beautiful Naschmarkt during our stay in Vienna, Austria.  I think the pictures speak for themselves.  You can find just about anything you want, and then some, at this incredibly diverse market!

The Naschmarkt is Vienna's most popular market. Located at the Wienzeile over the Wien River, it is about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) long.

The Naschmarkt has existed since the 16th century when mainly milk bottles were sold (as milk bottles were made out of ash (wood from an ash tree), "Asch" (German for "ash") led to the name "Aschenmarkt"). From 1793 onwards, all fruits and vegetables brought to Vienna with carts had to be sold there, while goods arriving on the Danube were sold elsewhere. Nowadays, one can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world, exotic herbs, cheese, baked goods such as bread, kaiser rolls, and torte, meats, and seafood. There are also many small restaurants which offer e.g. sushi, kebab, seafood, traditional Viennese food such as Kaiserschmarrn or Palatschinken (compares to rolled up crepes) and stalls which offer clothes and accessories. Since 1977, the market extends further along the Wienzeile to an adjacent area every Saturday, when a flea market takes place there. (Source: Wikipedia)

I do believe, that if I lived near here, I would never again find it necessary to shop in an enclosed store!

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