Reinhard’s Christmas surprise for me was a trip to the Mittersill Castle in the Salzburg region. This castle brags about its 900+ years of history, overseeing the trade and tax collection of the region. Now it is a restaurant, spa, and hotel. It is beautifully remodeled inside, with furniture that looks as if it were from the 1800s. We enjoyed exploring the grounds and later partook in the most delicious 4 course dinner. Reini and I fel like royalty.
We wandered down to the town below, named Mittersill for the castle overlooking it. The town had sparkly Christmas decorations lighting our way. The evening culminated in a cafe, me enjoying a hot chocolate and Reini a cappuccino.
The next day, Reini took me to my favorite Austrian city, Kitzbühel, to see their Christmas market! We walked through Kitzbühel and stopped for lunch in one of the bistros along the way. The market was so lovely. Austrians were sipping their glühwein and eating gingerbread hearts. I enjoyed browsing through the stalls filled with handcrafted items, most of which were Christmas decorations. I wish I could take everything home with me!