Vienna in the festive period is particularly special
The countdown to Christmas has already begun! Now, the many Christmas markets all over the city will open once again and usher in Advent with hot punch and traditional Glühwein (mulled wine). These traditional Christmas markets can be found all over the city, from the Rathausplatz (Town Hall Square) and the Schönbrunn Palace to Karlsplatz (Charles’ Square).
Viennese Christmas Magic in the heart of the city
The classical Christmas market is the one in front of the Rathaus (Town Hall). Directly on the Ring (the ring road that encircles the inner city) – between the Parliament and the University – tourists and Viennese meet here every year to get into the Christmas spirit. 152 stands offer punch, hot chestnuts, sweets as well as creative gifts.
But this market has lots more to offer than merely things to buy – in the Town Hall Park, which is located on either side of the Square, you will find a small Eistraum (Ice Dream) where, on 3,000 m2, you can go ice-skating from 10am to 10pm on various paths through the Park – a true highlight and not only for young visitors. You can hire both ice-skates and helmets here which makes even a spontaneous visit possible!
Christmas market on the Rathausplatz (Town Hall Square)
Address: Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
16. November – 26. December 2018: open daily
Sunday to Thursday: 10 am to 9:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm
24. December: 10 am to 7 pm
25. and 26. December: 11 am to 9:30 pm
Tram: Station Burgtheater
Subway: U2-Station Rathaus, U3-Station Volkstheater
Art and Handicrafts at Karlsplatz
The ART ADVENT – also known as the Christmas Market at Karlsplatz – stands out due to its individuality and its emphasis on sustainability and regional products. As the only organically certified Christmas market in Vienna, it offers, in addition to culinary delights from Austria, a diverse programme of live events and even childcare. But the market stalls themselves stand out from those at other Christmas markets because here craftsmen/women exclusively sell their handmade creations. You are sure to find individual treasures either for yourself or your loved ones. Visitors will not only be amazed by the goods and products on offer but the impressive background – the Karlskirche (St. Charles’ Church) – is sure to put anyone who experiences it into a Christmas mood.
Christmas market on the Karlsplatz (Charles’ Square) – ART ADVENT
Address: Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna
23. November – 23. December 2018
Daily from 12 pm – 8 am
Tram: Station Oper, Karlsplatz bzw. Resselpark
Subway: U1, U2, U4 – Karlsplatz
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A further classic is the Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace. In contrast to most other markets, this market is open until the New Year. Entrance is free to the Advent concerts which are held every day – even those who are not the greatest fans of Christmas will get into the Christmas spirit! Every Wednesday at the Schönbrunn Christmas Market there is a children’s day and everything revolves around the small guests. All day, children can form marzipan figures or decorate Lebkuchen (gingerbread) or the more active can take part in a quiz rally.
Christmas market Schönbrunn Palace
Address: Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
24. November – 23. December 2018: 10 am – 9 pm
24. December 2018: 10 am – 4 pm
25. December 2018 – 6. January 2019: 10 am – 6 pm
Subway: U4-Station Schönbrunn or Hietzing
Tram: Line 60 or 10
Traditional Christmas Market as a meeting point for students
The Christmas village in the Alten AKH (the former grounds of the Vienna General Hospital) is particularly popular with students, which is hardly surprising as it is located on the campus of the University of Vienna. The park of the former General Hospital was previously located here but, after it became too small, it was turned into the University campus. This Christmas Market stands out in particular due to its relaxed atmosphere and is far removed from the masses of tourists – a truly secret tip for visitors to Vienna. You can try out the various punch creations or enjoy all the various delicacies on offer.
Christmas village in the Alten AKH
Address: Campus der Universität Wien – Hof 1, Alserstraße / Spitalgasse, 1090 Vienna
17. November – 23. December 2018
Monday to Tuesday: 2 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday: 11 am – 10 pm
Thursday to Friday: 2 pm – 11 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 9 pm
Subway: U2-Station Schottentor change to tram 43 or 44 – Station Lange Gasse
Tram: 33/5, Station Lange Gasse
Bus: 13A, Station Skodagasse
Traditional and charming atmosphere at Spittelberg
A truly charming Christmas market, which is very popular with the Viennese, is located between the Museum Quarter (known as the „MQ“) and the lively Mariahilfer Straße. The Christmas market at Spittelberg runs through narrow and romantic lanes, which are now part of the city centre. The market here can get really busy, which however, does not take any of the charm away from the market.
On particularly cold days, the wind-protected inner court of the Amerlingbeisl offers a safe and warm haven. Here you can try out the many types of punch and mulled wine on offer and then warm up again in one of the numerous restaurants and bars nearby.
Christmas market at Spittelberg
Address: Spittelberg, 1070 Vienna
15. November – 23. December 2018
Monday to Thursday: 2 pm – 9 pm
Friday: 2 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday & public holidays: 10 am – 9 pm
Subway: U2 – Museumsquartier oder Volkstheater, U3 – Volkstheater
Bus: 48 A
Address: Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna
Christmas Village with an impressive backdrop
Last, but not least, the Christmas village at the Maria-Theresien Square has to be mentioned. This is located on the Ringstraße (the Ring Road, often referred to as simply the „Ring“) between the twin museums – the Art History Museum and the Natural History Museuem. Also here you can spend some time trying out traditional delicacies such as punch, baked potatoes and various sweets. After 24th December (when Christmas is celebrated in Austria), the Christmas market is transformed into a New Year’s Eve village.
Christmas village at the Maria-Theresien Square
Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna – between the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Museum of Natural History
21. November – 26. December 2018
Sunday to Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm
Friday, Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm
24. December: 11 am – 4 pm
25. and 26. December: 11 am – 7 pm
Underground: U2: stop Museumsquartier, U2/U3: stop Volkstheater
Tram: D/1/2/46/49/71: stop Dr.-Karl-Renner Ring
Bus: 48A: stop Dr. Karl-Renner-Ring
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