The Minimalist Traveller

Christmas Markets. Find your fairy tale in Vienna.

Vienna is one of the most romantic cities I’ve visited. Add the Christmas lights and markets and it turns into a fairy tale winter wonderland. Because just like Germans, also the Austrians just love Christmas. I’ve never seen so many decorated streets and impressive Christmas markets than in Vienna in December.

You can book your trip already for mid of November, when they start turning the most beautiful squares into magical wonderlands.

Every year, Vienna hosts about 25 Christmas markets, where the smells of sweet pastries and mulled wine make a festive atmosphere already next week.

Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz is one the most popular and also the most crowded one. Over 150 vendors, especially festively decorated trees, ice rink and carousels keep busy the children and adults for hours.

Not far from the Rathausplatz is Christmas Village / New Year’s Eve Village at the Maria Theresien Platz. 70 vendors offer traditional art pieces and original gifts. Different choirs ensure for festive mood, while you take your time walking through the market.

Most traditional is the Old Viennese Christmas Market at the Freyung. Small, but exceptional, it has been taken place since 1772. Every day starting from 4PM you can listen to festive advent music.

In the splendid scenery of the Schönbrunn Palace there is one of the most picturesque surrounding for the Christmas Market and New Year’s Market. Enjoy your hot punch, while walking through the displays of traditional crafts, handmade Christmas decorations and listening to Christmas concerts. Also several workshops take place.

Due to the unique location in the center of the inner city and the spectacular Christmas lighting of the Haas Haus, the Christmas Market at Stephansplatz is by far one the most crowded ones.

The Christmas markets in Vienna have been voted to 5th of the best ones in Europe. And having visited several of them, I can’t but agree. The all city turns into magic fairy tale in November and the Christmas markets add to the festive atmosphere. Believe me, you don’t want to miss the Christmas time in Vienna.