Vienna Christmas Markets

Posted by on 16 Nov 2013

Christmas market at Vienna city hallIn Austria Christmas starts in November somehow. That´s when the first Christmas markets open. Vienna has an enormous variety of Christmas Markets to offer. Actually it seems there´s one around the corner no matter where you are and in deed you don´t have to walk far from one to another in Vienna´s city center. You can either follow the sweet fragrance of chestnut, gingerbread and punch or you ask the receptionist at your wombat´s CITY Hostel for directions and recommendations. Normally Christmas markets are more expensive and touristy, the nearer they are to Vienna´s main site, like the city hall or Schönbrunn palace. Which is not necessarily a bad thing if you visit Vienna as a tourist and carry enough cash :)  Those locations also give really nice snapshots, with the sites and monuments all up in Christmas decoration.

The slightly hidden markets, like the one Spittelberg are normally populated by locals. Especially at Museumsquartier and Altes AKH you´ll meet students and young locals. It is actually a habit among austrians to visit a Christmas market to drink some Punch or Glühwein before you go out. In some places you have many different versions of Glühwein or Punch, but the main concept is always the same: Hot alcohol (in case of Glühwein hopefully wine) and spices mixed with more spirits.  Just to give you an idea we´ll name the most important Christmas markets with directions and opening hours here:

Vienna Christmas Market

16 November – 24 December 2013
daily from 10.00 am to 9.30 pm, Fr & Sa until 10.00 pm
24 December until 5.00 pm
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
www.christkindlmarkt.at

Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz

20 November – 26 December 2013
daily from 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
24 December, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
25-26 December, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Maria Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

22 November – 23 December 2013
Mo-Fr 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Sa, Su, hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village at Altes AKH

16 November – 23 December 2013
Mo-Fr 2.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Sa, Su, hols. 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
Alserstraße/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market

22 November – 23 December 2013
daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Freyung, 1010 Vienna
www.altwiener-markt.at

Am Hof Advent Market

15 November – 23 December 2013
Mo-Th 11.00 am – 8.00 pm, Fr-Su 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Am Hof, 1010 Vienna
www.kunsthandwerksmarkt.at

Cultural and Christmas Market & New Year’s Market, Schönbrunn Palace

23 November – 26 December 2013
daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
24 December from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, 25-26 December from 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
New Year’s Market from 27 December 2013 – 1 January 2014
daily from 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at

Advent Market on Karlsplatz

22 November – 23 December 2013
daily from 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm, food until 9.00 pm
Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna
www.divinaart.at

Christmas Market on Spittelberg

15 November – 23 December 2013
Mo-Th 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Fr 2.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Sa 10.00 am – 9.30 pm, Su & hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Spittelberggasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna
www.spittelberg.at

Winter Market on Riesenradplatz

16 November 20136 January 2014
Mo-Fr 12.00 noon – 10.00 pm
Sa & Su 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
24 December noon – 4.00 pm, 31 December noon – 2.00 am
trade until 9.00 pm
Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna
www.wintermarkt.at

Christmas market at Stephansplatz

November 16 – December 23, 2013
Daily from 11:00 to 21:00
Stephansplatz/direction Churhausgasse, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt-stephansplatz.at

Christmas market at Naschmarkt

29 November – 24 December 2013
Daily 9.00 am – 8.00 pm, 24 December: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Schleifmühlbrücke, 1060 Vienna

 

source: wien.info

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