15 Magical Christmas Markets in Vienna

The Christmas markets in Vienna, Austria, are among the many absolute best in Europe. In opposition to the backdrop of majestic palaces and church buildings and even set in metropolis parks, they showcase the lights, culinary treats, and creative treasures of the vacation season.

There are such a lot of excellent Vienna Christmas markets that it’s arduous to know the place to begin in case you’re visiting through the vacation season. From the historic heart to neighborhoods on the outskirts, every market affords one thing price seeing.

People at lit up market stall in front of a 17th-century palace with carvings and arched windows.

Not like some large cities like Prague the place markets are related throughout areas, those in Vienna can differ considerably, which is a deal with for market lovers and consumers. We’ve got visited every of those listed right here, highlighting what units them aside so you’ll be able to decide which of them greatest suit your pursuits and itinerary.

They often open in mid-November and run till simply earlier than Christmas, although some last more and rework into New Years markets. We’ve got included the present dates the place accessible or the earlier 12 months’s dates since they’re typically constant from 12 months to 12 months.

Learn on to see which lovely creation markets so as to add to your checklist.

Viennese Dream Market (Rathausplatz)

Ornate building lit up at night behind an arch of Christmas lights and sign for

The preferred market within the metropolis—and possibly the prettiest—is undoubtedly the Viennese Dream Christmas market that spreads out across the Rathaus (Metropolis Corridor). It’s filled with plenty of various things to see and is ready towards the 150-year-old ornate city corridor that appears prefer it’s made of sunshine at evening.

If that is your first cease, it’s an ideal place to get acquainted with among the meals which might be staples on the markets all through the town. You’ll discover loads of bratwurst, fries, and schnitzel plus lebkuchen (gingerbread), and kaiserschmarrn—a torn up pancake topped with powdered sugar and fruit compote.

Drink stands listed below are plentiful, so there may be plenty of gluhwein (mulled wine) and sizzling chocolate accessible. Don’t miss the surprising drinks like mulled gin, apfelpunsch (apple punch) made with apple brandy, and kirschpunsch (cherry punch) made with cherry brandy. When you’re ever unsure concerning the substances or whether or not a drink is alcoholic, simply ask—everybody speaks excellent English.

People ice skating under trees decorated with Christmas lights.

As a result of the Viennese Dream market is in vacationer central, we discovered the purchasing choices pretty normal. When you’re in search of Christmas ornaments, ornamental candles, scarves, or scrumptious loose-leaf teas, you’ll be set right here. Critical consumers are in all probability higher off holding out for one of many extra specialised markets.

Along with its beautiful setting, there’s a lot that makes this market particular. Don’t miss the ice rink set among the many illuminated timber. Whether or not you’re a novice or an knowledgeable, you’ll be welcome right here.

The enormous Introduction calendar and big Introduction wreath filled with electrical candles draw plenty of guests. Close by, you’ll discover rides, Christmas mild sculptures, and a tree dripping in heart-shaped lights that illuminates each half-hour. There’s additionally a path lined with artistic nativity scenes that pays respect the heritage of Austrian “crib builders.” Make sure that to go away sufficient time in your itinerary to peruse all of it.

Dates: November 10 to December 26, 2023

Christmas Village (Stephansplatz)

People shopping at market stalls around the base of a cathedral with detailed carvings.

Presumably the one market in Vienna with a extra beautiful setting than the Rathaus is at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The Romanesque and Gothic constructing is sort of 450 years outdated and towers over about 40 vendor stalls that encompass its base.

Though the stalls on the Christmas Village are restricted, they hit the highlights with presents and trinkets starting from papier-mache ornaments to jewellery and Christmas decorations. In order for you liqueurs or sweets for souvenirs or charcuterie to munch on later, it’s right here.

With regards to meals, the choices have been normal. There was soup and goulasch in a bread bowl, donuts, and sizzling canine, together with a number of different dishes and snacks. We had deliberate to have dinner on the market however have been a bit let down by the choice and creativity of the alternatives, which might be as a result of market being within the coronary heart of the town surrounded by eating places. (We opted to have tea and snacks and to relaxation our toes at Hass & Hass).

Christmas light decorations above people walking in a pedestrian area.

To see the town’s Christmas lights, spend a couple of minutes wandering the close by purchasing areas alongside the Graben and Karntner Strasse for some lovely shows.

Dates: November 10 to December 26, 2023

Christmas Market at Schonbrunn Palace

People milling around a Christmas tree in front of a large yellow building.

The huge palace that was as soon as the summer time dwelling of the Austrian monarchs makes a superb backdrop for one in all Vienna’s greatest winter markets, Christmas Markt Schloss Schonbrunn. Eighty distributors pack the property promoting handicrafts and plenty of meals, which contributes to the festive environment.

The merchandise here’s a mixture of among the mass-produced objects discovered at different markets in addition to plenty of high-quality arts and crafts made by distributors from Austria and close by nations. We discovered wood toys, sculpted candles, pottery, blown glass creations, and domestically distilled spirits. From cookie cutters to pastry mixes and potpourri, most of the distributors have been distinctive.

With regards to meals, there may be a variety. Market requirements like chimney truffles and waffles have been fashionable together with leberkase, a standard sandwich with a slice of pork loaf. We additionally observed extra vegetarian choices, together with soups, dumplings, and toasts with toppings like spinach and feta. We opted for a non-vegetarian (and enormously scrumptious) baked potato topped with bacon, however there have been additionally vegetarian and vegan choices.  

Men's choir performing on stage in front of a Christmas tree.

On the heart of the market is the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree adorned with 1000’s of lights. It stands beside the stage that regularly hosts bands, choirs, and a capella teams.

When you’re making the journey to the market, contemplate a go to to the Schonbrunn Palace. There’s no higher place in Vienna to see how the royals as soon as lived.

Dates: November 18, 2023 to January 4, 2024

Artwork Introduction Market (Karlsplatz)

Wooden vendor stalls in front of a domed church.

When you’re looking for one thing really distinctive, the Artwork Introduction market at Karlsplatz is the place to go. The distributors right here aren’t like something you’ll discover on the metropolis’s different Christmas markets, so it’s a should go to.

On the foot of the Church of St. Charles (Karlskirche), this curated market brings collectively gifted artists from throughout the area making high-quality crafts. Merchandise should be created by the artists themselves and authorised by a jury earlier than they’re given a coveted spot.  

Every vendor has an indication with details about themselves and a QR code that lets consumers learn extra about their work. Plus, they’re all comfortable to talk extra about their crafts.

Person selling clothes in a wooden chalet at a Christmas market.

A helpful, detailed map offers the artists’ names, making it simple to seek out particular kinds of presents in case you’re looking for one thing past the anticipated. It’s also possible to see folks at work making jewellery, books, and different objects like nativity collectible figurines and embossed journals.  

The meals and drinks listed below are predominantly natural (bio), and there’s a substantial choice of vegetarian and even vegan dishes. There are scrumptious flatbreads and raclette plus plenty of worldwide meals you received’t discover different locations, together with French buckwheat pancakes and Moroccan harira soup. For candy treats, try the bauernkrapfen—Austrian donuts coated in powdered sugar or full of jam.

In the course of the market, there are piles of straw, livestock, and kids’s actions in addition to plenty of room for the little ones to run round. In reality, the market as an entire is absolutely spacious, which is a reduction in case you’ve felt a bit like a sardine on the Rathaus or the Schonbrunn. Current park benches additionally imply that there’s ample seating, which isn’t frequent and is absolutely useful in case you’ve visited plenty of markets as we had.

Dates: November 24 to December 23, 2023

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

People shopping at a market at night.

Vienna doesn’t lack markets with dramatic backdrops, and the Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace is one other winner in that regard. The 18th-century palace, which is now an artwork museum with an intensive assortment of works by Gustav Klimt, is a gorgeous setting when the lights activate at sundown.

The market’s 40+ distributors supply typical merchandise that you’ll encounter at different markets, together with ceramics, wood toys, leather-based items, and Vienna souvenirs. On the meals stands, potato pancakes, spiral potatoes, and krapfen have been fashionable. We particularly loved indulging in Nurnbergers—small German sausages that we fell in love with when visiting the Nuremberg markets. This was one of many solely locations we discovered them in Vienna.

Our schedule meant that we visited Belvedere on a weekend evening, which is a really crowded time at virtually any market. It was initially wall-to-wall folks, however the crowd finally thinned out. Given its small dimension and restricted distinctive issues to purchase, we’d solely suggest prioritizing a go to right here if you’re eager about photographing the constructing or are planning to go to the artwork museum inside.

Dates: November 17 to December 26, 2023

Christmas Village at Maria Theresien Sq.

People at a wooden kiosk selling drinks illuminated at sunset with a large domed building in the background.

Flanked by the majestic buildings that home the Museum of Pure Historical past and the Museum of Artwork, Christmas Village at Maria Theresien Sq. has a fairytale setting. With over 75 distributors, there may be tons to buy, particularly in case you’re in search of candles, ornaments, snow globes, or linens.

We targeted our time on the lovely market on meals. There have been Italian choices like pizza and arancini, waffles, fries, langos, and nougat. We made a beeline to the stand promoting bosna, a type of sausage sandwich we cherished on our first go to to Salzburg a few years in the past however not often encountered on the Vienna markets. The sausage is topped with mustard, onion, and curry powder and positioned in a roll that will get grilled to a crisp earlier than serving. It’s so good!

Take a minute to cross the road to the MuseumQuartier, which has a number of extra meals stands and drink distributors. The guests right here appeared to be primarily locals having fun with a contented hour environment full with curling.

Am Hof Christmas Market

Wooden kiosk selling drinks at a Christmas market.

Within the coronary heart of the historic metropolis, Weihnachtsmarkt am Hof is an enthralling market with handmade choices. Regardless of its location within the heart, we discovered it stuffed with locals having fun with the foods and drinks, specialty objects, and artisan items.

Over 70 distributors promote an enormous number of items with one entire part set aside because the craft (handwerk) space. We discovered every part from upcycled jewellery to clocks produced from beer bottles and large-scale paintings. Moonshine, honey, slippers, and cleaning soap—you’ll discover all of it right here.

We didn’t eat at Am Hof, however there have been plenty of delicious-looking objects. What caught our consideration most was the number of drinks. One kiosk was set as a Champagne bar (with seats), and several other had native wines at respectable costs. We stopped at a stand serving Prosecco-topped limoncello spritzes, which we loved whereas eavesdropping on the conversations of some expats.

Our cease at Am Hof was pleasant. It was enjoyable to browse round and encounter utterly completely different sorts of presents and drinks with out having to hop a tram exterior the middle. In case your time is brief, this one is price a go to.

Dates: November 8 to December 23, 2024

Previous Viennese Christmas Market (Altweiner Christkindlmarkt)

Vendor stalls in front of a fountain in a city square.

Only a few minutes’ stroll from Am Hof, the Previous Viennese Christmas Market at Freyungplatz (Altweiner Christkindlmarkt) is a medium-sized market to go to within the heart. It makes a speciality of handicrafts and affords actions like glassblowing, wreath making, and puppet exhibits.

The 60 stalls right here supply jewellery, youngsters’s books, decorations, and different unique merchandise. We additionally discovered plenty of native meats and cheeses, sweets, sausage, and pizza, although there are extra drinks than meals.

Surrounded by historic buildings, the market has a comfortable setting, however we weren’t fairly as obsessed with it in contrast with our cease at Am Hof. Nonetheless, it’s price a short go to in case you’re within the space.

Dates: November 17-December 23, 2023

Christmas Village Campus College of Vienna

Two mugs on a wooden table.

The spacious campus of the College of Vienna is a perfect place to host a Christmas market. There’s loads of room to cater to the Christmas Village’s two goal audiences—college students and households residing close by.

For college kids, there are many drinks stands with extra tables than we discovered at every other market. The checklist of drink choices can also be spectacular—mulled wine, mulled cider, mulled beer, and mulled gin alongside a catalog starting from sizzling orange rum punch to Jaegermiester. They’re all served in among the cutest mugs we got here throughout on the markets. We couldn’t resist making an attempt the bratapfelpunsch, a mixture of apple juice, apple brandy, vanilla, cinnamon, and different spices designed to style like baked apples

Seize some churros, empanadas, or a pulled pork sandwich to sop up among the alcohol.

On the reverse finish of the spectrum, it is a nice marketplace for youngsters. There are a number of amusement rides together with a mini-train and several other carousel-type rides the place youngsters can sit in automobiles or balloons that spin. If you wish to strive your hand at curling, that’s an choice right here, too.

Dates: November 10 to December 23, 2023

Winter Market on Riesenradplatz (Prater)

People walking by an illuminated Ferris wheel framed by an illuminated sign for

Not your typical Christmas market, the Winter Market on Riesenradplatz is a spot to take pleasure in leisure and meet with mates for many consuming and ingesting. Whereas there may be virtually no purchasing right here, there are a lot of different issues to do.

The world across the metropolis’s well-known Ferris wheel is stuffed with meals kiosks and eating places. When you haven’t met your each day quota of sausage or langos (Hungarian fried bread), that is the place to be. There are dozens of punches spiked with each possible spirit in addition to beer, sizzling chocolate, and extra. We had some wonderful gluhwein together with prosciutto-topped raclette whereas listening to among the oddest reside music we’ve heard (every part from O Holy Evening to Billy Joel hits and Wind Beneath My Wings).

The funfair is the principle draw right here. Take a journey on the historic Ferris wheel, spin on the swings, and take a look at to not lose your dinner on the upside-down rollercoasters. Individuals touring with youngsters or who’re in search of one thing utterly completely different to do could need to add Prater to the checklist, but it surely’s not the highest spot for vacation environment.

Dates: November 16, 2024 to January 6, 2025

Christmas Market in Spittleberg

People shopping at outdoor vendor kiosks.

The Spittleberg neighborhood is a full of life place filled with eating places and specialty artwork and clothes retailers. Through the Christmas market, the realm’s streets (significantly Spittelberggasse and Gutenberggasse) fill with stalls promoting belongings you received’t discover elsewhere.

The market is an Eco-Occasion, so natural, honest commerce, and domestically sourced objects dominate. We discovered upcycled jackets, handmade jewellery, specialty pottery, plenty of vinyl information, and high-quality leather-based items. With regards to meals, there are some conventional dishes, however anticipate the surprising with every part from bagels and lox to falafel. We had some unimaginable rooster souvlaki made by a pair from Crete who gave us a complimentary glass of their rakia (potent brandy).

Along with the market distributors, most of the shops and eating places convey their items and meals exterior, including to the enjoyable environment. Guests who love a Bohemian vibe and artistic merchandise ought to make it a degree to go to.

Dates: November 16 to December 23, 2023

Introduction Market at Gartenpalais Liechtenstein

Mulled wine tasting flight on a wooden table with people shopping at market stalls in the background.

The tiny Adventmarkt im Gartenpalais Liechtenstein is a neighborhood gem. With simply 15 stands set exterior the 300-year-old Baroque Backyard Palace Liechtenstein, the Introduction Market affords a quiet setting to take pleasure in market festivities which might be as far-off from “touristy” as you may get. We visited on a weekend morning simply after opening time, and it was full of households out for a stroll and {couples} having fun with a late morning glass of wine within the solar.

We noticed a number of youngsters’s video games to play and even a small carousel to journey whereas locals purchased their Christmas timber on the sting of the market.

Although the choices are restricted, the market appears to someway hit the highlights with spiral potatoes, chimney truffles, kaiserschmarrn, and flammkuchen (flatbread). Our favourite stand provided a wine tasting flight—we opted for mulled rose wine, sizzling passionfruit punch, and eierpunsch (just like heat eggnog). I feel we have been the one non-Austrians there, however the distributors couldn’t have been nicer.

Whereas the market isn’t price a visit to go to by itself, don’t miss it in case you’re visiting the Backyard Palace. The constructing holds one of many world’s premier non-public artwork collections with works by Rubens, Raphael, Rembrandt, and different masters. Public guided excursions can be found in German solely.

Dates: November 17 to December 23, 2023

Ottakringer Christmas Magic

Shoppers and vendors at an indoor market.

Of all of the Christmas markets we visited in Vienna, Christmas Magic at Ottakringer Brewery was probably the most distinctive setting. The family-owned brewery hosts a small outside market all through the season in addition to an indoor market on sure weekends.

Exterior, 25 distributors supply a choice of presents, good meals, and drinks. There was langos, churros, sausage, schnitzel sandwiches, and plenty of pastries. As you may anticipate at a brewery, there was an ample quantity to drink—beer punsch, apple punsch, cider, and extra. We tried marillenpunsch, an apricot-flavored heat cocktail.

The surface space additionally options a number of amusements. There are curling lanes for adults and a small playground for teenagers. There’s even a mailbox to go away letters for Santa. Weekends supply youngsters’s crafts and reside music.

The multi-story indoor market adjustments relying upon the weekend. In 2023, there have been markets specializing in music and meals. The weekend we visited, the distributors have been artistic, female-owned companies. We discovered every part from specialty condiments and pure physique merchandise to jewellery, purses, personalised ornaments, and feminist-themed clothes and decorations. It was utterly in contrast to the rest we noticed in Vienna.

Dates: November 23 to December 23, 2023

Christmas Market at Turkenschanzpark

People standing at tables at a food vendor decorated with icicles and garland.

Probably the most family-friendly markets in Vienna is in Türkenschanzpark. North of the town heart, the park is full of ponds, fountains, and sports activities services that make it an enormous draw for locals fairly far off the vacationer monitor. The park is so massive that we needed to ask for assist discovering the market greater than as soon as (it’s at Peter-Jordan-Strasse and Danenstrasse).

The small market has handmade jewellery and artwork, sizzling chocolate kits, and gourmand presents. Along with baked potatoes and sausage, there have been stands with spaetzle with an extended checklist of toppings, and meals we didn’t see elsewhere like pasta and brownies.

Visits from Santa, reside music, and an everyday “bubble present” plus a carousel and different rides make it an ideal area for teenagers to take pleasure in and run round.

Dates: November 10 to December 23, 2023

Alm Introduction

Wooden tables and chairs covered with blankets inside a wooden chalet

Wood huts referred to as stubn set the Alm Introduction market aside from the plethora of choices in Vienna. Individuals primarily come right here to eat and to entertain youngsters with the number of crafts and applications. It feels a world away from the town.

Throughout the Vienna markets, there aren’t plenty of heat areas the place you’ll be able to sit all the way down to take pleasure in a meal, however you’ll discover a number of nice choices at Alm. We cherished stopping for a late afternoon snack of flammkuchen and mulled wine whereas attending to relaxation our toes. Alm additionally hosts seated dinners and occasions all through the season, so it’s price trying out what’s on the schedule and making an attempt to order a desk.

The household village consists of an ice skating rink and carousel plus a hut providing completely different youngsters’s actions. Final 12 months’s program even provided an opportunity to get autographs from gamers on the native soccer crew. We didn’t get to see it, however Sunday evenings convey a fireplace and pyrotechnics present that makes the market much more particular.

Dates: November 23 to December 22, 2023

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