Vienna Christmas Markets
DATA: 11 November 2018 to 06 January 2019
PLACE: Vienna, Austria.
Few cities in the world are able to evoke in such a strong and suggestive way the fascination of Christmas, like the Austrian capital. Christmas Vienna is one of the most felt events during the Advent period.
Suffice it to say that it attracts over a million visitors each year. Throughout the city, from the center to the outskirts, you can find really unique and incredible markets. And the offer is enhanced with the inevitable ice rinks, unique and traditional handicraft products; and, even beers specially created for the event.
These are some of the reasons why it is worth packing your bags and going all the way to Austria in November and December.
VIENNA CHRISTMAS MARKETS
ART ADVENT KARLSPLATZ
Period: 23 November - 23 December
One of the favorite markets of Viennese and tourists. Let yourself be enchanted by the unique and truly enchanting atmosphere. In the beautiful setting of Karlsplatz, you can wander through extraordinary and incredible markets. The offer is really wide, and the quality of the products is really excellent.
You can taste the Austrian culinary delicacies or buy the typical handicraft products of the Region. In addition, you can watch extraordinary live performances and artistic installations on the Kunstinsel; incredible dances with extraordinary effects, and much more. Do not miss Soluna Rising and Dreamdancer.
And, there are even shows dedicated to the little ones. From 12 to 19, children can attend activities and workshops dedicated to them.
Open every day, from 12: 00 to 20: 00, from 23 November to 23 December 2018. For info, the official website is available from this link.
Period: 17 November - 26 December
The famous and beautiful street market in Rathausplatz. It is said that this is one of the most beautiful and interesting in the city; a romantic, evocative and nostalgic atmosphere, suitable for all ages. About 150 stand. You will be able to walk around, repelling the scent of chocolate and gingerbread which is soaked in the air. And also a lot of lavender. You will find special stands with the Provencal essence, decorated in a very elegant way.
The main feature is, above all, the variety of the offer. And above all, the decorations. The splendid Rathausplatz, that is, the Town Hall Square, is even more magical.
Among the many products, craft or not, there is great space for chocolate, sold in many flavors and shapes; you will find, in fact, everyday objects, really realistic, made with the delicious substance. Those looking for a special gift can indulge in beautiful wooden toys, naturally finished and impeccably. Families and, in particular, children, can not miss the meeting with Christkindl Wiener; for 6 weeks, from Thursday to Sunday, until Christmas Eve, the Christkindl passes in front of the City Hall tree to recite their stories.
One of the unmissable events is the beautiful and scenic ice rink in the South of the beautiful Rathauspark. You can skate on a track of over 4500 square meters. To enter, a ticket equal to 6,50 € is payable. All info from here
Open every day, up to December 26, from 10: 00 to 21: 30. Every Friday and Saturday, closing at 22: 00. The December 24, opened by 10: 00 at 19: 00.
Period: from the 24 / 11 to the 26 / 12 / 2018 and from the 27 / 12 to the 06 / 01 / 2019
The Christmas Market Schloss Schönbrunn is a traditional Viennese Christmas event. There are about 80 exhibitors coming from Austria and neighboring countries, hosted in this evocative location, beautifully illuminated by the Schönbrunn Palace. In the middle, the splendid tree is all lit up.
Among the various stands, you can buy exclusive products of traditional crafts, glass design products, wood, ceramics, paper; and, again, traditional toys and Christmas decorations. The wide range is completed by the exclusive Schönbrunn edition; it is a series of selected articles, in limited numbers. And, for the little ones, interesting workshops in which we witness the processing of marzipan and ginger bread.
Also very beautiful concerts, which you can attend for free. Live performances with truly evocative gospel choirs.
If you are looking for gastronomic delicacies, you are spoiled for choice. Bauerngröstl, Kaiserschmarrn, chestnuts or the inevitable of gingerbread; and then punch and wine in all its variations.
The market is visited every year by over 1 million people! These numbers, rather explain the importance. As a testament to the quality of the 2012, Schloss Schönbrunn has received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
We also point out that the market is not limited to Boxing Day. From December 27, in fact, up to 01 January 2017, the billboard continues with jazz concerts and articles for the New Year's Eve.
The flea market is open every day, from 10: 00 to 21: 00 up to 26 December. The 24 / 12, from the 10: 00 to the 16: 00; from the 25 / 12, from the 10: 00 to the 18: 00. Access with bikes and dogs is not permitted. For info, you can consult the official website.
Period: 11 November - 23 December
Am Hof, is one of those markets that you do not expect. Perhaps because, unfairly considered and less advertised than other Weihnachtsmarkt. Yet, walking around the 70 exhibition stands, there are many reasons why it is worth spending a few hours here.
First of all, the location, really beautiful, albeit slightly out of the way from the center. It takes place in Gersthoferstrasse, a beautiful area flanked by historic buildings of different ages. Let yourself be enveloped in the scent of cinnamon, vanilla and gingerbread. Stroll through art stalls, crafts, and beautiful decorations.
Do not miss out on the Am Hof Beer, a traditional drink specially prepared for the occasion that you can only find here.
You can admire the traditional Punsch-Häfer, the famous cups of the best quality of porcelain; a special exhibition highlights its phases of realization. On the official website, all the info and updates.
WEIHNACHTSMARKT AM SPITTELBERG
Period: 16 November - 23 December
For over 25 years, the Weihnachtsmarkt am Spittelberg is one of the busiest markets in the Austrian capital. Focused mainly on tradition, it offers products from all over the world; here, it's the right place to make your Christmas gifts, at really competitive prices.
An extraordinary market between arts and crafts stands; a truly charming and welcoming place, in Biedermeier, not far from the historic center. Spittelberg, is one of the largest pedestrian areas in the city.
The gastronomic offer is also excellent, thanks to numerous bars and small restaurants in which to stop even for a simple bite. Every year, the traditional Spittelberg market welcomes about half a million visitors.
Open every day, from Monday to Thursday, from 15: 00 to 21: 00; on Fridays, from 15: 00 to 21: 30; on Saturdays, from 12: 00 to 21: 30; Sundays and holidays, from 12: 00 to 21: 00. More info on the official website.
A very rich billboard for a market totally based on tradition. Art and culinary tradition are the main aspects of this market where you can really breathe a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The Atltwiener market takes place in the Freyung area, near Palais Daun Kinsky, and not far from Volksgarten. You will find beautiful decorations and decorations, cribs, ceramics and handicrafts.
It is open every day, from Monday to Sunday, from 10: 00 to 21: 00. On the official website, from this link, all information and updates.
Period: 11 November - 26 December
The beautiful Cathedral of Santo Stefano, in the homonymous square, is the setting for this wonderful Advent market. Beautiful lighting and decorations in the city center. An extremely elegant market, truly unique and not to be missed for your Christmas in Vienna.
The Market of Stephansplatz, differs from the others, because it emphasizes above all the aspect of quality. Here, in fact, among the various stands, you will find extremely elegant, refined products of great artistic and craft quality. Prices are slightly higher than other markets. And it could not be otherwise.
Open every day, up to December 23, from 11: 00 to 21: 00; the December 24, from the 11: 00 to the 16: 00; the 25 and 26 December, from the 11: 00 to the 19: 00.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Vienna is not an extremely economical city to stay. Generally, far from the historic center, the facilities are cheaper. If possible, the advice is to book in advance, trying to find a good solution from a quality-price point of view.
If your holiday, in this period, is limited to a weekend, we recommend staying in the historic center. You are right in the center, you move easily on foot and ... you can breathe the magical Christmas atmosphere at any time. Try taking a look at this link.
You will hardly find anything less than 100 € a night, but for only three days, a sacrifice can be made.