Vienna adventure: A trip to the Naschtmarket via the underground


VIENNA, Austria —Yesterday was our second day in Vienna and during the morning we had a fun adventure. Our cruise manager, Bart Roelofs from Holland, invited all who wanted to join him to go to the Naschtmarket in Vienna.

Cruise manager Bart (rear) leads our group on the Vienna subway

This is one of the city’s premier food markets and is easily accessible by the subway. With Bart leading the way, some 60 of us traipsed across the pedestrian bridge near our ship, over the highway, to the nearby Vorgattenstrasse underground station.

There we purchased round-trip tickets for 2 euros (1.8 for seniors) and boarded the U2 line and got off at the fifth stop and then transferred to the U3 line for one stop, getting off at Karlplatz – right in the market.

Because it was Saturday, the regular market was going on as well as a large flea market next to it. We were warned to watch out for pickpockets and then let loose.

The Naschtmarket has great vegetable displays

Chet and I spent an hour or so walking through the picturesque stalls filled with the usual assortment of fruits, vegetables, spices, grains and breads, meats and fish…with a few clothing and souvenir sellers mixed in. One thing offered here that I have not seen in out major city markets of the world were extensive offerings of antipasti…all manner of olives and other vegetables stuffed with cheeses, garlic and more and most skewered for immediate “nasching” (where the Yiddish term “nosh” comes from).

I was surprised to see only one pastry stall in this city so famous for its sweets.

The temperatures here are still very high. Supposedly we reached 97 yesterday. So we took a quick swing through the flea market – filled with the usual assortment of semi-antiques and junk – but there was no shade so we gave that up and did the right thing…heading for one of the many small restaurants that flank the market for a couple of local “biers.” Hit the spot.

Then our gang gathered again, jumped back on the subway and back to the ship we went. Fun trip, no problems. The spontaneity of the trip was one of the advantages of traveling on a small ship such as the River Duchess.

June 30, 2012

Photos by Chet Janssens




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