Vienna is a city of Christmas markets.
Starting in November, a walk through the center is no longer possible without the smell of mulled wine, gingerbread and langos.
Here we have collected the 10 most famous markets in Vienna, from the city center to Christmas markets popular among locals.
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1. Christmas Market at City Hall Square
The largest Christmas market in the city is set up against the backdrop of the neo-Gothic Vienna City Hall. At the entrance to city hall square there is a meter-high archway with candles, through which you enter the market. Over 150 wooden stalls sell handmade wooden toys, Christmas tree decorations, Christmas candles and much more.
The carousel and reindeer train make children's hearts beat faster, and those who want to can go ice skating. Concerts are held next to the big Christmas tree. The second landmark of this Christmas market is the heart tree. They say there should be one or two kisses at the kissing square with the heart tree in the background...
Metro station: Rathaus
2. Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market
Every year at Christmas time, Schönbrunn Palace is romantically illuminated, providing an impressive background for the Christmas market. Glittering and colored lights invite you to stroll through the 80 wooden stalls on Schlossplatz.
The festively lit Christmas tree conveys a special atmosphere, and Christmas carols and gospels are sung daily on the stage in front of it. Children can look forward to the Christmas workshops and the children's museum.
Subway station: Schoenbrunn
3. Karlsplatz Christmas Market
The ART ADVENT market on Karlsplatz is a somewhat different Christmas market, here contemporary arts and crafts are promoted. You can watch glass blowers at work or take part in candle making. The entire gastronomic offerings are certified organic and ecological.
There is a large straw landscape for children to run around in. St. Charles Church in the background creates the appropriate Christmas atmosphere. The Soluna Rising and Dreamdancer groups provide entertainment.
Subway station: Karlsplatz
4. Belvedere Castle Christmas Market
Every year at Christmas time, an elegant Christmas market is set up directly in front of the magnificent baroque Belvedere Palace on Schlossplatz. The castle shines in magnificent lights, fine handicrafts are sold in the 40 stands and huts.
National and international gospel choirs and music groups ensure a Christmas atmosphere. Children love the children's nostalgia carousel and the reindeer train, as well as the Christmas workshops.
Subway station Südtiroler Platz or Karlsplatz, from there it's a fifteen minute walk.
5. Maria Theresa Square Christmas Village
Every year, right on the Ring in the park between the Art History Museum and the Natural History Museum, the Christmas Village on Maria Theresa Square is held. It is considered to be the most atmospheric of its kind in Vienna.
It is a memorial to Empress Maria Theresa, who had 16 children, whom she cleverly married off to benefit her politics. The fountains are decorated for Christmas and the two illuminated museums provide an impressive backdrop for the many large and small, festively decorated Christmas trees and 70 stalls.
Austrian brass and tower horn groups, gospel choirs and other musicians provide the appropriate musical framework at selected times.
Subway station: Museumsquartier
6. Museum Quarter MQ
The artistically designed winter market in the MQ is illuminated for Christmas with static and moving light projections. At the WAMP, Vienna's only open-air design market, extraordinary one-offs are presented, the Christmas quarter exhibits the products of over 100 designers, from fashion and jewelry to accessories, art and graphics.
Concerts and cultural events provide the artistic setting. If you want, you can visit the curling rink or try micro extreme bowling, a mixture of skittles, bowling and golf. The punch stands are located in six glowing ice pavilions.
Subway station: Museumsquartier
7. Spittelberg Christmas Market
One of the most romantic and atmospheric Christmas markets is set up every year in the pedestrian zone around Spittelberggasse in Vienna's 7th district. Against the backdrop of historical buildings in the middle of the small alleys of the originally preserved baroque suburb, the market conveys the flair of a wintry village. It is known for its wide range of handicrafts, over 100 exhibitors offer their goods.
There are puppet shows and music workshops for children and of course Santa Claus will come and distribute nuts and fruit.
Subway station: Volkstheater
8. Christmas Market at the Hof
Where the art & antique market is held on the weekends between March and November, the Christmas market at the Hof is held beginning November 15th. Against the backdrop of historical buildings from various eras, 78 stands invite you to stroll.
The products sold are just as classy as the surroundings, as the market is in close proximity to Graben, which is known for its exclusive shops. The huge Christmas tree creates the right atmosphere. In a glass container that can be seen from all sides, you can design your own stamps and postcards in a photo box.
The market is famous for its Zirben-Punsch - Zirben are pine cones and its specially brewed Christmas Bock beer.
Subway station: Schottentor
9. Stephansplatz Christmas Market
Every year during the Christmas season, this elegant and noble Christmas market is set up around St. Stephen's Cathedral in the heart of Vienna. With their uniform lighting and simple elegance, the 40 stands, all of which offer high-quality products, form a beautiful unit with St. Stephen's Cathedral in the background.
As a classic among Vienna's Christmas markets, great importance is attached to tradition and reflection. The large Christmas tree in front of the cathedral underlines this atmosphere.
Subway station: Stephansplatz
10. Riesenradplatz Winter Market
Every year, Prater is transformed into a huge Christmas market of a different kind. According to the motto "Prater Rocks", entertainment of all kinds is offered here in the background of Christmas decorations.
The carousels are presented in festive decorations, live concerts take place on the stage of the winter market, gospel, pop, soul and much more. Unlike most Christmas markets, this one does not end at Christmas but continues until January 6th of next year.
Subway station: Messe-Prater