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"Heya Girls!"
My lovelies, I can hardly believe it! Christmas is right around the corner and another year is coming to an end. It must have something to do with my advancing age that my internal clock just cannot keep up with the atomic clock in Frankfurt – because emotionally I feel like I’m still somewhere in the early fall. So I guess as soon as this newsletter is done I can’t avoid it any longer, I will have to join the fray as well and finally buy Christmas presents. Only too well that there is a solution for (almost) any problem in this city. The reason why I will be checking in at the 7th district as soon as I’m done with Christmas shopping: because there, young artists will wrap my presents! Creatively, unique or just plain weird, always with recycling materials, every day in a different store. And afterwards? Take a break from everyday life with candlelight, deep breathing and lots of calories in the form of cookies. I’ll be back next year!
Wishing you a lovely Christmas and good luck for 2017
Your CitySpotterGirl
“Künstler packen ein”, 1070 Vienna. 1,50 € per piece. Until December 23. Web

P.S. The CitySpotterGirl’s Christmas break will last until January 12th!
Foto: Bernhard Schramm
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Champagne and sausages for free
A huge snow globe now adorns the posh “Würstlstand” (sausage stand) at the Albertina for Christmas. The globe was put on the roof and is probably supposed to guide even more sausage fans the right way. In order to inaugurate the unusual decoration, owner Josef Bitzinger invites to ridge party today right there at the legendary sausage stand. But instead of beer, there will be chic Champagne drinking, accompanied by sausages for free. And afterwards you can walk off your stuffed stomach while strolling through the glittering city and catch the Christmas spirit ;-)
Bitzinger Würstelstand Albertina, Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna. December 22 from 17:00. Web 
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Xmas Popup @ Popupzentrale
Christmas shopping is heading straight for the finishing line, but there is still one last big design market! Today, the Popupzentrale at Mariahilfer Straße is inviting to two days full of energetic present shopping from new exhibitors. Hundreds of square meters house anything from jewelry, to fashion and food from local designers and businesses. You can basically buy anything that makes you happy. For example jewelry with rhinestones from Eve’s Jewel, boldly patterned Lanla blazers or happily colorful Refished bags. And there will also be Punsch.
Popupzentrale, Mariahilfer Straße 3, 1060 Vienna. December 22+23. 11:00 to 19:30. Free entry. Web
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“Jungfrau und Reptil”
The CitySpotterGirl thought to know quite a bit about Doderer, but this part of his love life is unknown to her as well. The free-spirited Viennese writer Dorothea Zeemann, who was Heimito von Doderer’s late and secret lover, published her autobiographic book “Jungfrau und Reptil” (“Virgin and reptile”) at the beginning of the 1980s. In it she explicitly describes the erotic preferences of Doderer – and those were apparently mind-boggling for many of his admirers. Which resulted in a scandal. Actress Claudia Sabitzer is bringing the controversial love relationship back to life today at the Rote Bar.
Rote Bar at Volkstheater, Neustiftgasse 1, 1070 Vienna. December 22. 22:00. 7 €. Web
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Cashmere-sale at talking textiles
Oh, even we would be very excited about this Christmas present! At Talking Textiles several of the wonderful, fine, soft and super delicate cashmere scarves from the Indian Himalaya region are on sale right now, for 99 instead of 155 Euros. The beautiful pieces can be used perfectly both as scarves and wraps. The on-sale pashminas – which are, by the way, produced fairly and mostly single pieces – are all striped, either elegant beige-colored scarves with contrasting colored block stripes or continuous and delicate. To be purchased at the shop with extended shopping hours until Christmas!
talking textiles, Josefstädterstraße 6, 1080 Vienna. December 20-22 10:00 to 20:00, December 23 until 19:00, December 24 until 14:00. Web
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Dancing at the Markterei
When you are finally done with all the Christmas shopping, it’s time to shake it off! Today at the super nice Markterei at the Old Post you can combine business with pleasure: first, purchase all the tasty treats, delicacies and (culinary) presents you still need and then it’s time for happy dancing. Because today DJ Mr. Vout will be providing happy lindy hop & swing sounds starting at 18:00. So, the only thing you still need is someone who watches over all your bags during the exuberant dancing. But there has got to be an angel or a willing Santa Clause around somewhere, right?
Die Markterei market hall, Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Vienna. December 23 12:00 to 24:00 (market open until 20:00). Web
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Panic shopping at violettsays
“Can someone please pass me the water?” yells a dress on the right in the back,  in the other corner a scarf shouts defiantly: “I don’t want a dress. I want a pony!” Um, no, that is not the regular Christmas craziness, but the fine shop violettsays where fashion starts talking. There, beautiful skirts, brooches and bags (“I’m a little scared, I look so good right now”) are sewn and adorned with funny phrases. And whoever is still without presents can do something about that today at the traditional last minute Christmas salon: you can join panic shoppers, happy women and fearless men until 21:00.
violettsays, Neustiftgasse 23, 1070 Vienna. December 23 11:00 to 21:00. Web
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Xmas-buffet Colombo Hoppers & Unkai
No carps, no roast and especially no cooking! In our multicultural city, also in a culinary sense, you can eat very anti-traditional and deliciously even on Christmas Eve. For example elegant and fine Japanese food at the upscale restaurant Unkai at the Grand Hotel, where a 5- to 6-course Christmas meal accompanied by wine is served. And of course a special Teppanyaki is on the menu as well. You can also enjoy the buffet at the Colombo Hoppers in a more laid-back and low-priced surrounding; there, the food is exotically spiced, from Sri Lanka and ranges from curry to mango mousse.
Unkai at the Grand Hotel, Kärntner Ring 9, 1010 Vienna. December 24 18:00. From 95 €. Web colombo hoppers, 1050 Vienna. 18:00. 22,90 €. Web
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The Prater rocks!
The perfect event in order to get some fresh air and inhale some Christmas spirit right before Christmas Eve! On the glittering square at the Ferris Wheel at the Prater the annual winter market is happening and today there will be live “X-Mas-Soul” singing. Vienna-based Betty Semper will be singing the songs. She used to be part of Gloria Gaynor’s background choir with her smoky, breathy and wonderfully warm voice. And since she is performing in the afternoon you can join without missing the Christmas Eve celebrations. The tree should be up by now anyways ;-)
Ferris Wheel square, 1020 Vienna. December 24 concert 14:00 to 16:00, market 10:00 to 17:00. Free entry. Web
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Coffee tasting at Vettore
One of the oldest Romans, with a soft body and finish – we are talking about coffee here! To be exact, about the classically roasted Saccaria Caffe from Ancona that can be tasted today at the Vettore shop in the 9th district. The long-standing roasting house from Italy purchases the aromatic beans mostly in Brazil, Africa and India and they are harvested selectively through “picking”. Sounds like a high-quality caffeine doping! This might also be the perfect opportunity for last minute dream-Espresso maker shopping for a loved one – Vettore stocks a variety of awesome filter and pad machines.
Vettore, Liechtensteinstraße 15, 1090 Vienna. December 24 10:00 to 13:00. Web
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Poinsettias at the Palm House
A wonderful opportunity to wander right through a sea of blossoms! At the Big Palm House in the Palace park of Schönbrunn (the biggest green house of its kind in Europe) you can currently marvel over the huge poinsettia collection of the Federal Gardens. Particular attention should be paid to the many decades old plants from the Reserve Garden Schönbrunn and also to the most recent cultivations! By the way, the beautiful plants originally come from the Mexican plateau – and they used to be considered a symbol for purity by the Aztecs who lived there.
Palm House Park Schönbrunn. Hietzing entrance, 1130 Vienna. Until Jan 15 daily 9:30 to 16:30. Web
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Winter Wonderettes
A cheerful and song-loving women’s quintet is currently spreading good vibes at the Kammerspiele. Ruth Brauer, Ana Milva Gomes, Susa Meyer and Salka Weber are stylistically following into the musical footsteps of the Andrew Sisters during the American Christmas time of the Sixties. There will be singing, dancing and joking. The quintet will be wearing Lena Hoschek-inspired super colorful costumes and they will be accompanied by a lively all male band. During this event the occasion can almost be forgotten, but just so you know: it is a Christmas party ;-)
Kammerspiele, Rotenturmstraße 20, 1010 Vienna. December 25-28 19:30. From 7 €. Web
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Curling at the Badeschiff
A good opportunity for some outdoor exercise: get together a group a friends, divide them into two teams and heat up your opponents on the ice while playing. Whoever gets their stone closest to the target, wins. At the end of each round, that experts know to call “end”, you count the points you made. The actual laws of the game can be outlined again during a hot drink right there and in case of doubts there is also Ice master Tom. Don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes and a warm jacket and definitely sign up. On the “mainland” there is also an ice track covered entirely by a roof.
Badeschiff, Donaukanallände, 1010 Vienna. Daily 12:00 to 22:00. From 25 €/ track/ 30min. Web 
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Screwball-classics at the Filmmuseum
Soooo much better than most of the boring Christmas-TV-program: one Screwball-classic per day will be shown at the Filmmuseum between Christmas and New Year, with charming actress goddesses and trenchant Ping-Pong dialogues. Today, the film “The Philadelphia Story” will be shown on screen, an extraordinary battle of the sexes with Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart. Following this film there will be movie gems like Carol Lombard in “Twentieth Century” or Clark Gable Cooper in a funny clash with Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night”. Delightful!
Filmmuseum, Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna. December 25-30 10,50 €. Web
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Famous residents of the Josefstadt
The Josefstadt is a particularly charming district. The architecture consists of a wonderful mix of baroque, Biedermeier and Gründerzeit, with nice neighborhoods and of course the Theater an der Josefstadt. So it’s no surprise that numerous artists, scientists and politicians lived and live there. Today during the Josefstadt-tour with Patrizia Kindl you can wander in the footsteps of famous residents ranging from Stefan Zweig to Klaus Maria Brandauer –  also including interesting women like women’s rights activist Therese Schlesinger! – and learn how the lived and worked.
Meeting point: Alser Church, Alser Straße 17, 1080 Vienna. December 26 14:00. 16 €. Web
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Just Taste popt!
Wine tasting instead of wine studying is the motto of the new wine merchant group “Just Taste”. It is also aimed at all of those people who just enjoy drinking wine without being one of the super-experts and (hobby-) sommeliers. The planned store at the Stubentor is still being renovated and until it is done you can taste many wines for free and, of course, also purchase them at the pop up in the 7th district. The wine-lovers mostly stock Austrian and German wines and next to the well-known brands they also have insider’s tips, scene wines and even ones from “Crazy Winemakers”.
Just Taste popt!, Kaiserstraße 69, 1070 Vienna. December 26-30 12:00 to 20:00. Web
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Winter opening at the Lainzer Tiergarten
A long walk through the woods and meadows usually helps when your pretty head is spinning and your batteries are drained. So the “season start” of the Lainzer Tiergarten is happening at the right time – because the park just ended its hibernation together with its fallow deer and treetops and the doors are now open until January 8th! In between 2450 hectare of intact nature, fresh air-lovers and sports-fans can look forward to relaxation, fun and – with a little luck – a meet and greet with wild boars ;-) So, put on some clothes and enjoy nature close to the city. Because couch potatoes are a thing of the past, my friends!
Lainzer Tor (main gate), Hermesstraße, 1130 Vienna. December 24 until January 8 17:00. Free entry. Web 
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New Year’s market Schönbrunn
Who didn’t make it to a Christmas market this year due to the stressful times? Don’t worry, you can make it up easily by visiting the New Year’s market. Because after the celebration is really before the celebration. Around 80 exhibitors are offering traditional arts and crafts and culinary delicacies in front of the Schönbrunn Palace – and of course also many nice and small good luck charms for 2017. The romantic atmosphere and the smell of freshly baked goods and hot Punsch in front of the backdrop of the Palace are a cost-free part of it too. And every day at 16:00 there is also a fine Jazz concert.
Ehrenhof Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna. December 27 until January 1 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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“Trennung für Feiglinge”
Christmas as a celebration of love often ends up being the complete opposite. So it might be a good idea to regard human relationships in a humorous way for once and to go see this fast-paced comedy. The storyline: Paul and Sophie are happy – according to her. He actually wants to break up the relationship and asks his best friend Martin for help. The plan: Martin should move in with the couple and misbehave until Sophie gives her Paul the choice: “Either he goes or I go.” But just as in real life everything actually turns out completely different on stage!
Theater-center-Forum, Porzellangasse 50, 1090 Vienna. December 28-31 19:30. From 21 €. Web
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Constructor Award Winners 2016
An interesting insight into the Austrian architecture scene: at the Ringturm not only the Constructor Award Winners 2016 are exhibited, but also all nominated projects of the shortlist. Part of the six winners are very different projects like the Ingrid-Leodolter-House, a nursing home in the 15th district, the Anton-Bruckner Private University in Linz or the school and cultural center in Feldkirchen an der Donau. Also a future-oriented project: the Neuner-House for homeless people in the 3rd district. It is proof that social work can also be “built”. Inspiring!

Ringturm, Schottenring 30, 1010 Vienna. Until January 27 Mon-Fri 9:00 to 18:00. Free entry. Web
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Pomp & Gloria
The life story of the owners is just as kitschy-beautiful as the store itself: originally Oskar and his boyfriend Christoph wanted to emigrate to an island and get married. They quit their jobs and started to clean out their house. Their stylish stuff became so popular online that they eventually decided to open their own store – in Vienna. An unbelievable, almost impossible to describe, 20 sqm wonderland, full to the brim with bibelots, awesomely bubbling bath bombs, romantic poetry albums and vintage rarities ranging from furniture to fashion. Dear heaven, how delightful!
Pomp & Gloria, Lerchenfelder Str. 92, 1080 Vienna. Tue-Fri 14:00 to 19:00. Sat 11:00 to 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the week 
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Dolce Pensiero
And one more time: love really does lie at the base of the best stories! Williams, a pastry chef’s son from Varese in Lombardy was able to win the heart of the beautiful Emmanuelle from France with his sweet works of art – they married and opened a Pasticceria in Vienna. And now you can sit in the bright-lighted pastry shop, watch what’s baking in the open kitchen and eat “sweet thoughts”. Tiny fruit tarts, mini cream pastries, rum-soaked yeast dough creations, vanilla pastries – Williams combines traditional Italian recipes with new ideas. And that taste simply wonderful!
Dolce Pensiero, Salzgries 9, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Sat 7:00 to 20:00, Sun 8:00 to 20:00. Web


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