In Austria the Christmas spirit begins to creep in during November. That’s when the first Christmas markets open. Vienna has an enormous variety of Christmas markets to offer. Actually it seems there’s one Vienna Christmas market around the corner no matter where you are and indeed 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 alcoholic punch or you can ask the receptionists at your wombat’s CITY HOSTEL for directions and recommendations. Normally, Christmas markets are more expensive and touristy the closer they are to Vienna’s main sights, like the city hall or Schönbrunn palace. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if you visit Vienna as a tourist and carry enough cash :).  Those locations also make for really nice photos, with the sites and monuments all lit up and decorated.

The slightly hidden markets, like the one at 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 (Punsch) or mulled wine (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. Looking for inspiration? Here are the most important Christmas markets with directions and opening hours in Vienna:

Vienna Christmas World at the Christmas Market

15 November – 26 December 2019
Su-Th 10.00 am – 9.30 pm, Fr & Sa 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
December 25+26, 11.00 am – 9.30 pm
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
wienerweihnachtstraum.at

Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz

20 November – 26 December 2019
Su-Th 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Fr & Sa 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
24 December 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
25+26 December 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
New Year’s Village 27 December 2019 – 6 January 2020
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, 31 December 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

22 November – 31 December 2019
Mo-Fr 11:00 am – 9:00 pm,
Sa, Su & hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
24 December 11:00 am – 4 pm
25 + 26 December 11:00 am – 7 pm, 31 December 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village in the Altes AKH

15 November – 23 December 2019
Mo-We 2.00 pm – 10.00 pm,
Th-Fr 2.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sa 11.00 am – 11.00 pm, Su 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Alserstrasse/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market

16 November – 23 December 2019
Daily from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Freyung, 1010 Vienna
www.altwiener-markt.at

Am Hof Advent Market

15 November – 23 December 2019
Mo-Th 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fr-Su & hols. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, food until 10:00 pm
Am Hof, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt-hof.at

Christmas Market & New Year’s Market, Schönbrunn Palace

23 November – 26 December 2019
Daily from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
24 December 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 25-26 December 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
New Year’s Market 27 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
Daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at

Art Advent – Art & Crafts at Karlsplatz

22 November – 23 December 2019
Daily from 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm, food until 9:00 pm
Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna
www.artadvent.at

Christmas Market at Spittelberg

14 November – 23 December 2019
Mo-Th 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Fr 2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sa 10:00 noon – 9:30 pm, Su & hols. 10:00 noon – 9:00 pm
Spittelberggasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna
www.spittelberg.at

Winter Market at Riesenradplatz

16 November 2019 – 6 January 2020
Mo-Fr 12.00 noon – 10.00 pm
Sa, Su & hols. 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
24 December 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, 31 December 12.00 noon – 2.00 am
Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna
www.wintermarkt.at/wintermarkt

Christmas Market at Stephansplatz

15 November – 26 December 2019
Daily from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
24 December 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, 25-26 December 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Stephansplatz/towards Churhausgasse, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

 

source: wien.info

A few days ago, we got a really lovely thank you letter from Michelle and Drew, two guests from Australia. They were on a two months vacation in Europe, when their belongings and wallets got stolen on New Year. Our staff at our wombats CITY HOSTEL “The Naschmarkt” managed to help them out and saved their holidays.

Reading their message I decided to post it here on our blog, as I want to thank the reception team of “The Naschmarkt” for their great work – you girls and guys just rock!

Anyway, here’s the message from Michelle and Drew:

Travelling on a train from Krakow (Poland) to Vienna and have your wallet and belongings stolen is probably one of the worst ways to spend New Year! It takes a lot of international phone calls, police formalities and even more nerves to sort things like that out.

But we were lucky that we had booked at the wombats hostel “Naschmarkt”. The staff there saved our day and gave us support we are eternally grateful for.

We arrived at the hostel in the evening, without identification, as it had been stolen. The reception staff was not only willing to check us into our room, they also helped us with phone calls to our bank and the Australian Embassy. After that one of the staff members from wombats came with us to the police station to help us with translations and sorting things out. After heading back to the hostel we just wanted to sleep off the tributes of the day…

…but the wombat’s staff invited us to their staff New Years Eve party. Accepting this offer was the best decision we made on our two month vacation. We were partying with our new wombats friends, hopping between the various wombats hostels, feeling welcomed and loved at every location!

But it was not at that point that the support and compassion from the wombats staff stopped. For days they lent us their phone to call banks in Australia or our credit card companies. For days they became our family, the ones we turned to for support and guidance, laughs and tears, food and drinks.

Therefore we want to thank the staff at the wombats hostel “Naschmarkt” from the bottom of our heart, we are forever grateful for your lovely help. We are planning a trip early in 2014 to come and see you all again – or alternatively, please come visit us in Australia.

Love Always, 

Michelle and Drew

 

Free Walking Tours for Wombats guests

You want to get some spectacular views of the Austrian capital Vienna, see heaps of great historical sights and meet nice people for good drinks and food? No problem, our brand new wom-walk has it all for you – for free!

wombats hostel free city tour vienna

The walk starts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday  at  10am in winter (11am in summer) at our wombats CITY HOSTEL “The Naschmarkt”, where you meet up with other travellers taking part. Our certified city guide Charles takes you on a tour along famous Viennese sights like the Naschmarkt, the Opera or the St. Stephen’s Cathetral, giving you first class background information.

The walk also includes stops at the legendary “Würstlstände” (traditional food stalls) and ends at the “12 Apostel Keller” (“Twelve-apostle’s cellar”), a really old wine cellar in the heart of Vienna – so plenty of typical Austrian food and excellent wines are at your delight! The participation in the wom-walk is free; you just pay for your food and drinks.

All guests taking part so far were excited. The wom-walk proofed to be a great opportunity to get a first impression of the city and meet other travellers from around the world. A perfect start for a good stay, for your wombats experience!

For more information don’t hesitate to contact our reception staff in the hostels. We are looking forward to walk with you!