Vienna is popular for tourists all year round. The beautiful architecture, the historic squares and the locals' love of tradition make the city a magical destination especially around Christmas time.
From mid-November until at least the Christmas holidays, the most beautiful squares and streets in the city are transformed into luminous worlds. The combination of winter weather, the glitter of numerous lights and the smiles of the people make it feel magical. Stalls, which become an essential part of the city’s life, are filled with countless tasty treats and various delicate crafts of local artisans. The flavor of mulled wine and punch makes it impossible for everyone to pass by. When you get in touch with that charming atmosphere, it seems like all you need at the moment is a cup of hot drink to warm up.
It's not only about lights and decorations, it's about that special feeling that can only arise around this time of year. About moments of pure enjoyment when time seems to stand still. Well, now you know what is like to be here.
There is about a dozen large Christmas markets in Vienna, most of which can be easily explored on foot. They are popular destinations for locals and tourists, groups of friends and families alike. The Christmas markets are not limited to contemplation and culinary delights, but also offer entertainment. There are, for example, children's attractions, musical live acts from gospel to soul to pop and atmospheric show programs.
We recommend visiting these markets:
- Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz (City Hall)
- Christmas Village Stephansplatz
- Christmas Village Belvedere Palace
- Art Advent Karlsplatz
- Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz
- Christmas and New Year’s Market Schönbrunn Palace (open until Jan 4th, 2023)
- Winter at MQ (Museumsquartier)
- Prater Winter Market
- Spittelberg Christmas Market
Special recommendations for families:
The Alm Advent in front of the Messe Wien (Vienna Exhibition and Congress Center) enchants with its rural character. A number of wooden huts create a homely village atmosphere, thanks to its great attention to detail. Visitors can enjoy food & drinks, regular shows and special handicraft workshops for kids. The Christmas village on the campus of the University of Vienna is also a great Christmas experience for the whole family with its special children's amusement park with train and carousels.
And where is the best place to rest before and after the visits? We say: At one of the many Jimmy's Apartments!
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