There are so many ways to enjoy the Christmas season in Vienna. For hut punch and roast chestnuts with a group of friends or as a place to do your Christmas shopping, Vienna’s Christmas markets have something for everyone.
The best-known Christmas market for locals and visitors is the Viennese Christmas Dream at Rathausplatz. This Christmas market with around 150 stands also features an ice rink and skating trails winding their way through the square.
When: 16 November – 26 December 2018, daily 10.00 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
Where: Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
More information: www.wienerweihnachtstraum.at/christkindlmarkt-und-eistraum
The Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace provides a historic backdrop for hot punch and roast chestnuts – a truly festive experience. Every year, a giant Christmas tree is aglitter with lights in front of Schönbrunn Palace. The atmosphere is made complete with live Christmas music.
When: 24 November – 26 December 2018, daily 10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Where: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, 1130 Vienna
More information: www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at
Near all the important sights and attractions, but still hidden away: the romantic little lanes of the Christmas Market at Spittelberg. This little market has been drawing the crowds for over 25 years with a wide selection of offerings at more than 100 market stands.
When: 15 November – 23 December 2018, Monday through Friday 2.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Where: Spittelberggasse 20, 1070 Vienna
More information: www.spittelberg.at
With its stands lined up around Vienna’s landmark cathedral in the heart of the city, the Christmas Market at Stephansplatz is a perennial crowd-pleaser. This little market is big on traditional arts and crafts as well as regional products.
When: 16 November – 23 December 2018, daily 11.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Where: Stephansplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
More information: www.weihnachtsmarkt.at/stephansplatz/uebersicht/
When you’ve finished your Christmas shopping on Mariahilfer Straße, the little Christmas market in the courtyard of the Museumsquartier invites you to enjoy mulled wine and Christmas specialities. The modern market offers a varied musical programme, special light shows and unique “MQbis” – ice pavilions in which to chill and pass the time.
When: 8 November – 23 December 2018, Monday through Friday 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.
Where: Museumsquartier, 1070 Vienna
More information: www.stadt-wien.at/wien/maerkte/winter-im-mq-advent-im-museumsquartier-wien.html
The Christmas Village in front of the elegant Belvedere Palace is aglow in the magic of Christmas in the middle of Vienna. Marvel at a selection of arts and crafts as you enjoy Austrian punch and hot mulled wine.
When: 23 November – 26 December 2018, Monday through Friday, 11.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Where: Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna
More information: www.weihnachtsmarkt.at/schloss-belvedere/der-markt/uebersicht/
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