Step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with seasonal treats and stallholders get shoppers in the Christmas spirit with handcrafted goods.
The Christmas Markets in Vienna truly are an age-old tradition. The forerunners of the present-day events date back to the Middle Ages when in 1298 Albrecht I granted Vienna's citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or "Krippenmarkt". Since then, the character and prevalence of these markets has changed considerably. Nowadays, over 20 official Advent Markets sell a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats.
Viennese Christmas Market
The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is an unforgettable highlight for those eager to get into the spirit of the season. The unique backdrop gives this market a charm of its own, and the delicious aromas are sure to lull all visitors into the seasonal joy. Inside the City Hall on the ground floor there is an area dedicated to children, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies or candles. You can also listen to international choirs singing carols with free entrance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (30th November - 23rd December 2013) from 03:30 - 07:30 p.m. and until 04:30 p.m. on 24th December 2013.
Where: On the square in front of the City Hall
When: 16th November - 24th December 2013
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 09:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., 24th December: 10:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Christmas Village Belvedere Palace
Explore baroque lifestyle and traditional handicrafts. The popular Christmas Village Belvedere Palace is set against the glorious baroque backdrop of the world-famous residence, one of Vienna‘s most beautiful and significant sights. More than 40 festively decorated market stalls offer traditional handcrafted goods, elaborate Christmas decorations and special culinary delights.
Where: Belvedere Palace, Prinz Eugen-Straße
When: 22nd November - 23rd December 2013
Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00 a.m. - 09:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 09:00 p.m.
Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz
Experience impressive Viennese buildings and traditional customs at the Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz this winter, located between the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art. There is no escaping the Christmas atmosphere with festively decorated market stalls and a vast array of culinary delights
Where: Maria-Theresien Platz
When: 20th November - 26th December 2013
Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., 24th December: 11:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m., 25th - 26th December: 11:00 a.m. - 07:00 p.m.
Christmas Village in the Former General Hospital
The Christmas Village Altes AKH (Vienna's Former General Hospital) will enchant the visitor with its traditional Viennese atmosphere. The lovingly designed and decorated market stalls located along the many narrow alleyways offer beautiful Christmas gifts as well as delicious Glühwein.
Where: Universitätscampus, Alserstrasse
When: 16th November - 23rd December 2013
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 02:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Christmas and New Year's Market at Schönbrunn Palace
Approximately 60 exhibitors present handicrafts and original gifts such as hand-made Christmas decorations and nativity sets for visitors to admire and purchase right in front of the famous Schönbrunn Palace. The fragrance of freshly baked Vanillekipferl and hot punch fills the air and creates a wonderful atmosphere.
Where: Parade Court, in front of Schönbrunn Palace
When: 23rd November - 26th December 2013 and 27th December 2013 - 1st January 2014
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 09:00 p.m., 24th December: 10:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m., 25th December 2013 - 1st January 2014: 10:00 a.m. - 07:00 p.m.
Christmas Market at Spittelberg
The Spittelberg is a revitalized heritage district from the Biedermeier period with narrow side streets. Throughout the festive season you will find objects d'art, ceramics, warm jumpers, rugs and jewellery made of silver, enamel and brass at the Christmas Market at Spittelberg.
Where: Spittelberg, behind the Volkstheater
When: 15th November - 23rd December 2013
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday: 02:00 p.m. - 09:00 p.m., Friday: 02:00 p.m. - 09:30 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 09:30 p.m., Sunday & Holidays: 10:00 a.m. - 09:00 p.m.
Divina Art Christmas Market on Karlsplatz
The Divina Art Christmas Market unites more than 60 craftsmen and women from Europe presenting their unique work. Besides the market, visitors can discover the convergence of town and countryside, children and adults, art and culture. Spectacular fire shows, an intelligent yet hearty programme for children, the best live music, daily poetry readings and much more awaits.
Where: In front of the Karlskirche, Karlsplatz
When: 22nd November - 23rd December 2013
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