7 Christmas Markets In Vienna

December 14, 2011 Austria 10 Comments 34,185 Views

7 Christmas Markets In (And Around) Vienna You Shouldn’t Miss.

Vienna is famous for classical music, architecture, coffee and sweets. But during the Pre-Christmas period, there is one more highlight in Austria’s capital: Christmas markets. In German, they are called “Christkindlmarkt” and I’d like to share my favourite ones with you. It’s all about Punch, Glogg, Chestnuts & Gingerbread folks!

1. “Christkindlmarkt” Schloss Belvedere.

The Christmas market at the Belvedere in the 3rd district of Vienna is one of the rather unknown, or better, one of the fewer visited. I love this market because of its wonderful setting. Sure, there are others in front of castles or churches as well, but this one is pretty “small” compared to the others and that’s the big plus. It’s not too crowded and the audience isn’t just there to drink ’til they drop.

  • Address: Prinz Eugen-Str. 27, 1030 Vienna
  • How to get there: Tram D (Station “Schloss Belvedere”) or Subway U1 (Station “Südtirolerplatz”)
The Chtistmas market is on the backside of the Belvedere.
The Christmas market is on the backside of the Belvedere.
The setting at the Christmas market at the Belvedere is really lovely.
The setting at the Christmas market at the Belvedere is really lovely.
Christmas baubles and other cute little items can be bought at almost every Christmas market in Vienna.
Christmas baubles and other cute little items can be bought at almost every Christmas market in Vienna.
The back side of the Belvedere castle (called Unteres Belvedere) is quite a sight and well worth a visit.
The back side of the Belvedere castle (called Unteres Belvedere) is quite a sight and well worth a visit.

2. “Christkindlmarkt” Karlsplatz – divina art.

The art market in the “Resselpark” is one of the nicest and most visited Christmas market in Vienna. You’ll find unique designed items like hats, bags, belts, jewellery or vases, which really make a perfect Christmas gift. People work all year to sell their artefacts on this market. Getting one of the stalls is not easy though … you have to apply one year ahead and show your art work in front of an experienced commission. They decide whether it’s “good enough”, and if it is, you just need enough cash to pay for the rent. What I love about this Christmas market and its Punch stalls is that most of them offer concentrate free punsh, which has unfortunately become very rare,

  • Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 Vienna
  • How to get there: Subway U4, U1 or U2 (Station “Karlsplatz”)
The Christmas market in front of the Karlskirche is a highlight for every visitor.
The Christmas market in front of the Karlskirche is a highlight for every visitor.
Hat stall at the Christmas market around the Karlsplatz.
Hat stall at the Christmas market around the Karlsplatz.

3. “Christkindlmarkt” Schloss Schönbrunn.

Every year visitors from all over the world come to the Christmas market at Schloss Schönbrunn because of its enchanting setting; the gigantic Christmas tree in front of the Baroque castle appears as a perfect setting for the romantic Advent village. Huge Must if you’re in Vienna!

  • Address: Schloss Schönbrunn, 1130 Vienna
  • How to get there: Subway U4 (Station “Schloss Schönbrunn”)
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The Christmas market in front of Schloss Schönbrunn castle is a romantic sight.
All kinds of Christmas accessories can be bought at the Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn castle.
All kinds of Christmas accessories can be bought at the Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn castle.

4. “Christkindlmarkt” Altes AKH.

What’s special about the Christmas market in the old General Hospital (= Altes AKH) is that from the outside it’s really inconspicuous. If you didn’t know that something was happening inside, you most probably wouldn’t go in. If you do though, a cute little winter village will welcome you.

Nowadays the grounds are part of the University campus and therefore many younger people hang out here.

  • Address: Alser Straße 4, 1090 Vienna
  • How to get there: Subway U2 (Station “Schottentor”), Tram 5, 33, 43 & 44 (Station “Lange Gasse”)
A typical food hut at a Viennese Christmas market.
A typical food hut at a Viennese Christmas market.
Christmas stars.
Christmas stars.
Christmas accessoires.
Christmas accessories.

5. “Christkindlmarkt” MQ.

The “Winterdorf” (in English winter village) at the MQ is the most modern Christmas market in Vienna. In six “ice-pavilions” with great atmosphere, visitors can expects a hip crowd, great Punsh variety (which was the best at the “Glacis Beisl”) and delicious treats. If you’re looking for “Kitsch” and a typical “Christkindlmarkt”, this one will not satisfy you. There are no stalls; it’s all about drinking & eating.

  • Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
  • How to get there: Subway U2 (Station “Museumsquartier”) or U3 (Station “Volkstheater”)
Stylish christmas market in the Museums Quartier.
The stylish Christmas market in the Museums Quartier.
The visuals are eye candy in the MQ.
The visuals are eye candy in the MQ.

6. “Christkindlmarkt” Rathausplatz.

The Christmas market in front of the state house is probably the most famous in Vienna and a real tourist attraction. Most Viennese tend to avoid it though because it’s overcrowded & overpriced, yet the setting is really wonderful and so a quick look does no harm. The gigantic “heart-tree” (photo below) is just one of many decorated highlights.

Tip: Watch your belongings! Pickpockets know that tourist love coming here and therefore good money can be made easily. This is pretty much the case at every Christmas market but the larger the crowd, the easier it get for them…

  • Address: Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 5, 1010 Vienna
  • How to get there: Subway U2 (Station “Rathaus”)
The only thing I like about the Christmas market in front of the Rathaus is the decorated park. But tourist love this place never the less due to the impressive setting right in the city centre.
The only thing I like about the Christmas market in front of the Rathaus is the decorated park. But tourist love this place never the less due to the impressive setting right in the city centre.
You can buy your Christmas balls at the markets (if you have the cash).
You can buy your Christmas baubles at the markets (if you have the cash).
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I have to admit that even though I don’t like the Christmas market in front of the Rathaus, it’s quite an impressive sight.

7. “Christkindlmarkt” Mauerbach, Lower Austria.

The Christmas market in Mauerbach is well known in and around Vienna. This “Christkindlmarkt” is limited to two weekends each year and therefore the rush is high.

  • Address: Silentium-Kartause / Kartäuserplatz 2, 3001 Mauerbach
  • How to get there: Honestly, it’s best to get there by car, but if you depend on public transport, take the U4 subway to “Hütteldorf” and from there bus Nr. 249 or 250 until Mauerbach.
The "Christkindlmarkt" in Mauerbach in front of the Carthusian monastery.
The “Christkindlmarkt” in Mauerbach in front of the monastery.
    The "Christkindlmarkt" in Mauerbach in front of the monastery.
The “Christkindlmarkt” in Mauerbach in front of the monastery.
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“7 Christmas Markets In (And Around) Vienna You Shouldn’t Miss.”

  1. Recently came home from a trip to Vienna and visited almost all these markets. Unfortunately, I was either too ill or there were far too many people around to properly appreciate them.

    Denise

  2. Hey Densie,
    Yeah the Christmas markets are always pretty crowded. Especially the ones in the city because they’re a huge tourist attraction as well. Hope you’re feeling better by the way.
    Happy Holidays! ;)

  3. We are planning a trip to Austria for Christmastime 2012. I loved your post and can’t wait to see the Christmas Markets. Thanks for taking the time to share your photos and insights.

    Tom

  4. Hey Tom! Thanks for your comment. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the Christmas Markets here in Vienna. They’re really stunning. I’m already looking forward to them again haha ;)

  5. Good afternoon, Nisa.

    How very nice to meet you and your beautiful blog. I’m really very jealous of the fantastic photography. Well done, keep it up!

    I would say, however, I am being rather cheeky. I can only visit Austria occasionally and then I’m all too often tied up with business to be able to get out and about. So my plan is to become a regular here, so that I might get ideas and information for my own blog. In fact only today I have written 3 posts that have been directly influenced by information I’ve read on your site. Thank you so much.

    I’d welcome you most warmly were you to decide to pop over and see my site some time.

    Kind regards,
    Linda

    in Lancashire, UK

  6. Hey Linda.
    Thanks so much for your lovely words. I really appreciate it. And I’m glad that the post inspired you :)
    Take care & all the best,
    Nisa

  7. Hi Linda,

    beautiful article! You just wrote about my most favorite time of the year in Vienna – Advent & Christmas!

    I personally love the Xmas Market at the Rathausplatz (lots of things to buy as souvenirs for my out of town friends – love the herbal infusion herbs there!) and the “Art and Christmas Market Schönbrunn Palace”. But there are so many different Christmas markets to visit you can hardly name them all in one comment. :-)

    I can only say if you love Christmas you will love Vienna during the Advent as the whole city is decorated and everywhere you’ll get roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and sweet delicacies.

    Only a couple of months to go until Vienna will be sparkling again! :-) Love this time of the year!

  8. Yup, Advent & Christmas is a great time to visit Vienna & I’m sure that you’d love it that time of the year :)
    The Christmas market in front of Rathaus is definitely a great spot and tourists love it. Austrians rather prefer the smaller ones or Schönbrunn, but as a visitor it’s a must-do!
    Wishing you all the best,
    Nisa

  9. Jessica

    Hi, wonderful information, thank you! Of course we are coming January 1st! Are any of these open the first week in January by chance? (I assume all these Christmas markets are closed after the new year but thought I’d ask just in case!)

    Thank you!

  10. Hi Jessica!
    Unfortunately the Christmas markets won’t be open in the New Year. But I’m sure you’ll still enjoy your time. You can go to the Rathaus and go ice-skating through the park for example…
    Best, Nisa

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