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The 10 Most Glowing Christmas Markets In Vienna, Austria

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Published Nov 21, 2018

Austria`s capital, Vienna, is a popular destination thanks to its very distinct elegance, and the numerous beautiful Viennese sights and landmarks, including imperial palaces, gothic cathedrals, modern museums, and contemporary buildings. But what mostly attracts visitors before and during the Christmas period are undoubtedly its world-famous Christmas markets that overwhelm the city each year for over a month. These magnificent markets offer an excellent opportunity for buying your Xmas decorations, local goodies, Austrian delicacies, and many more fine handicrafts from all over the world. So, if you are heading to Vienna in the coming days, check out our guide below for the best Christmas markets in Vienna and step gradually into the Christmas spirit.

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1. The Viennese Christmas Market

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Among the plentiful Christmas markets in Vienna and the whole of Austria, this one probably attracts more visitors and attention than others. The market operates every day from morning till late evening. Perhaps it is best to visit in the night time when the Christmas spirit becomes stronger with the lights and the smell of the foods finely blending together. In this market, you will find mostly quality art and craft items and Christmas decorations, as well as tons of food stalls selling anything from roast chestnuts to specialty hams.

The Viennese Christmas Market

Address: Christkindlmarkt, Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna

Dates: 16 November - 26 December 2018

Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 9.30pm (10pm on Fridays and Saturdays)

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2. Christmas Village Former General Hospital


It might not be one of the largest or most famous Christmas markets in Austria, however, a visit to this Christmas Village is more than worth it. It is located in a beautiful green area of the University Campus and offers about 60 market stalls. This year, it celebrates its 20th anniversary and it’s all about experiencing the traditional Austrian Christmas and culture in general. Here, you will find local craftsmen selling souvenirs, but also regional delicacies, including gluhwein (hot wine). The children’s program is pretty inspiring.

Christmas Village Former General Hospital

Address: Former General Hospital (“Altes AKH”), University Campus - Courtyard 1 Alserstrasse / Spitalgasse 1090 Vienna

Dates: 17 November - 23 December 2018

Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri: 2pm - 10pm / Wed: 11am - 10pm / Sat: 11am - 11pm / Sun: 11am - 9pm.

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3. Belvedere Christmas Village


It’s a kind of small but rather cozy and romantic market, and is ideal for couples, although there are a carousel and a reindeer train for the little visitors. It is set against the majestic Belvedere Palace, an incredibly beautiful landmark of Vienna, giving a palatial essence to the Christmas atmosphere. The vendors mostly sell arts and crafts, from jewelry to handmade soaps and other handcrafted decorations that won’t leave you unmoved. Several food stalls won’t let you go hungry either.

Belvedere Christmas Village

Address: Weihnachtsdorf Schloss Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27 – 1030 Vienna

Dates: 23 November - 26 December 2018

Opening hours: Mon thru Fri: 11am - 9pm / Weekends: 10am - 9pm

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4. Christmas Village Maria-Theresa Square

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Located in one of the most splendid areas of Vienna, in the very heart of the city, this fabulous market is surrounded by several remarkable landmarks and Viennese sights such as the Museum of Natural History and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Since this market is one of the largest in Austria, you will find lots of goodies, including traditional arts and crafts, all to a high standard. Long queues at the food stalls and crowded spots, especially in the evenings are, in fact, inevitable.

Christmas Village Maria-Theresa Square

Address: Weihnachtsdorf Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna

Dates: 21 November - 26 December 2018

Opening hours: Sun to Thu: 11am - 9pm / Fri, Sat: 11am - 10pm

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5. Schönbrunn Christmas and New Year's Market


This lovely culture and Christmas market is located right in front of the imposing Schönbrunn Palace and it also operates a New Year’s Market from the 27th of December till the 6th of January. Plenty of traditional artists and artisans will present their creations, that can be anything from simple candles to beautiful ceramics that make for brilliant Christmas gifts. Of course, the superb aromas of baked cookies and other delicacies come to complete the festivity scene.

Schönbrunn Christmas and New Year's Market

Address: Schönbrunner Schlossstraße 1130 Vienna

Dates: Christmas Market: 24 November - 26 December 2018 / New Year’s Market: 27 December 2018 - 6 January 2019

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm

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6. Stephansplatz Christmas Market


Right in the heart of Vienna, in front of the huge cathedral of St. Stephens, one more Christmas Market is waiting to present you its traditional goodies. It’s not as large and as old as other markets in Vienna, nonetheless, it has high-quality products on offer. In the atmospheric wooden stalls, you will find from specialist chocolates to lovely candle holders to even jams and oils. Apart from Christmas delights, food and drinks, like roasted almonds, pretzels, or cupcakes, are also available.

Stephansplatz Christmas Market

Address: Stephansplatz, 1010 Vienna

Dates: 16 November - 26 December 2018

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm

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7. Winter at MQ


A somewhat different Christmas Market than the usual ones, Winter at MQ chooses to shift its focus on music and artistic light projections instead, which makes perfect sense, considering the venue. The festival takes place on the premises of the pretty modern Museumsquartier which hosts innovative exhibitions, workshops, and similar cultural events. During this festival, there are live DJs, open-air bars, captivating visual images projections, and as always, food and drinks. Oh, there is also an MQ shop to buy from, and an open-air design market as well.

Winter at MQ

Address: Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Vienna

Dates: 9 November - 23 December 2018

Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 4pm - 11pm / Sat & Sun: 1pm - 11pm

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8. Am Hof Advent Market

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For those looking for top-quality handicrafts whose vendors, in fact, go through a selection process, then Am Hof (meaning at court) Advent Market is the ideal choice. The market features two parts, one exclusively dedicated to arts and crafts, and the other to Christmas classics, decorations and the like. Unlike other markets, in this one, you can actually walk inside the lovely huts and feel deeper the Christmas spirit. A good number of food stalls are also hosted here, selling from waffles to gingerbread to all kinds of sausages.

Am Hof Advent Market

Address: Weihnachtsmarkt Am Hof, Am Hof, 1010 Vienna

Dates: 16 November - 23 December 2018

Opening hours: Mon to Thu: 11am - 9pm / Fri to Sun: 10am - 9pm

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9. Spittelberg Christmas Market

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This very special market is not the typical large market on a square or an open area, but rather, it spreads its stalls in cute alleyways and narrow streets, making the atmosphere uniquely cozy, but also jam-packed at times. Here, visitors will find the finest collections of arts and crafts locally or globally produced, among more than 100 stallkeepers. The market stands a pleasant 10-minute stroll from the city center, while, naturally, a number of culinary delights await you here as well.

Spittelberg Christmas Market

Address: Spittelberggasse, 1070 Vienna

Dates: 15 November - 23 December 2018

Opening hours: Mon to Thu: 2pm - 9pm / Fri: 2pm - 9.30pm / Sat: 10am - 9.30pm / Sun & Hol: 10am - 9pm

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10. Freyung Christmas Market

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Just a short walk from the very heart of Vienna and steps away from the Am Hof Market, you will find one more unique market which is actually an organic farm converted to a Christmas market for the festive season. The vendors here sell good quality handicrafts, including decorations and candles, while across the street, the farmers’ stalls have organic and local products on offer. Lastly, since a Christmas market is not complete without gastronomic delights, come hungry to enjoy some delicious poppy seed cake or mountain cheese.

Freyung Christmas Market

Address: Altwiener Christkindlmarkt, Freyung, 1010 Vienna

Dates: 17 November - 23 December 2018

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm

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Christmas markets at their best

Each of the above markets has its very own character and depending on your preferences, you might not want to visit them all. Choose the ones that you click with and your fun is guaranteed. Besides, who would say no to a walk through exquisitely decorated Viennese streets?

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