Fancy, trendy or just comfy – These 14 Christmas Markets in Vienna come with great variety and offer something for every taste. It is an Austrian tradition to have a Christmas market (locally called Adventmarkt or Chriskindlmarkt). Usually, they open from around Mid-November every year until 24th December. A few of them open until end of December or even to beginning of January. Here people buy gifts for their families and friends. They also enjoy warm mulled wine and some snacks or pastries. Some bigger Christmas markets also offer a wide range of programs for children and adults. Entrance to the markets is free. However, the programs mentioned below such as ice-skating, biscuits baking, mini-train rides, pony riding, carousel, making Christmas tree decorations etc. may subject to a fee.
Here is a map that shows the locations of the 14 best Christmas markets in Vienna:
1. Weihnachtsdorf altes AKH
It is one of the oldest Christmas Markets in Vienna with a history that dates back to 1842. The location is at the University of campus Vienna. It offers a wide range of programs for children such as: pony riding, carousel, mini-train ride as well as workshops.
Campus der Universität Wien – Hof 1
Alserstraße / Spitalgasse
2. Weihnachtsdorf Maria Theresienplatz
The Christmas market on Maria Theresien Platz is one of the most atmospheric Christmas markets in Vienna. The Christmas market is located between the Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) and the Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). It offers a variety of arts and crafts and you can enjoy punch, mulled wine and other pre-Christmas treats.
3. Christmas Market at Spittelberg
With more than 25 years of history, there are more than 100 exhibitors who offer their products, arts and crafts in this Christmas market. You can find it in the romantic streets of a Viennese Biedermeier suburb, which has long been part of the city center. “Christmas Market at Spittelberg” is an event that attracts more than 500,000 visitor every year from all over the world.
4. Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace
The Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna. It features around 80 exhibitors from all federal states of Austria and neighboring countries. Visit this Christmas market and experience a colorful Christmas world with numerous gift ideas, delicious delicacies and hot punch. Austrian handicrafts and original Christmas gifts are presented, such as handmade Christmas tree ornaments, cribs and numerous gift ideas. The festively lit Christmas tree in front of the castle makes the Advent market feel particularly atmospheric.
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47
5. Weihnachtsmarkt in Türkenschanzpark
On a leisurely walk through the park, you can get not only some fresh air and romp around on the playground, there are also many goodies, punch and hot chocolate for a good cause. A large number of exhibitors present crafts from near and far. From glass blowing over clothing to gift items, everything is here. Of course, there are also numerous catering stands, which provide you with punch, sweet and salty specialties. The romantic scenery of the Türkenschanzpark is very popular for walks. These can be sweetened at Christmas time with the enjoyment of hot chocolate or warm chestnuts.
Türkenschanzpark 1180 Wien
Entrance from Peter Jordan Straße – Dänenstraße
6. Christkindlmarkt at Karlsplatz
7. Christmas Market in front of the City Hall (Rathausplatz)
Definitely one of the best Christmas markets in Vienna. It offers many well-known and popular programs such as ice skating, Ferris wheel and carousel, the traditional craft stalls as well as the fairy tale decorated park. There are also programs for children such as baking biscuits (from 3 years), making Christmas tree pendant using acrylic (from 4 years), designing Dreamcatcher (for children from 6 years) or making Tassel Guardian Angel (for children from 8 years).
8. Christmas Market in the Museum Quarter
Probably the coolest Christmas market in Vienna. It offers programs such as light installations, live concerts, DJ sound, design shopping with vinyl record circus, rap-slam, sports, etc.
9. Old Viennese Christmas Market at Freyung
A Christmas market with tradition. It opened for the first time in 1987. In addition to a wide range of goods and culinary arts there are craft demonstrations, and for the younger visitors there are Kasperl theater (traditional puppet theatre) and decoration balls for Christmas tree.
You can arrive by taking underground U2, station Schottentor.
10. Craft at Am Hof
You can find this Christmas market in the city’s center. Surrounded by historic buildings of various eras, the Christmas market is located in the courtyard. Try some of the delicious waffles (3-4 euros) and Austrian delicacies like Grammelknödel with bacon and Surbratl. The Christmas market Am Hof focuses on craft beers instead of punch.
Underground line U3, Station Herrengasse or with Bus A1 to Heidenschuß/Am Hof.
11. Christmas Market in front of the Belvedere
A small but fine Christmas village in front of romantic Belvedere castle. There are more than 40 stalls. Visitors are invited to crafts and delicious delicacies. For the younger visitors there are a children’s nostalgic carousel and reindeer railway.
Prinz Eugen-Straße 27
To get there, you can take Tram line 1 or 2 to Schwarzenbergplatz, or line 71 to Unteres Belvedere.
12. Christmas Magic on Wilhelminenberg
Nowhere can you escape the pre-Christmas stress better than in the park of Schloss Wilhelminenberg. Two to three times a week, concerts, children’s programs and storytelling take place on the stage of the Christmas magic. The special highlight is the view of the illuminated city.
13. Christmas Market at Mahlerstraße
The focus of this Christmas market lies in the wide range of regional culinary specialties, such as products of Austrian and Italian small farmers. It is located right next to the State Opera. A glass roof protects the stalls, so that you can visit it even when there is bad weather.
14. Winter Market at Riesenradplatz
The offer of this market, which is characterized by its special flair by the Ferris wheel, ranges from mulled wine and punch to arts and crafts. In addition, there is a wide range of musical live performance.
For further information including opening times and different programs as well as other smaller Christmas markets, the website of city of Vienna offers a complete overview.
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