Vienna tops the best destinations in the world for Christmas, so we knew we wanted to see it our last holiday season in Europe.
During the month of December, the city is filled with small Christmas villages, selling everything from ornaments & gifts to Austrian-style fair food & hot toddies. Lights fill the trees and booths, providing a holiday glow all around. Smells of spices and delicious foods permeate the chilly air, inviting you to try everything.
Ornaments for sale
These markets are called Wiener Christkindlmarkts or Weihnachtsdörfers. To help with the translation, in Austria, Wien is the name for Vienna. So anything Wiener is Viennese.
We visited four Viennese (or Wiener) markets during a mid-December weekend in Vienna:
Rathaus, or town hall, market
The town hall surrounded by stalls
Happy Christmas-market goers
View at daytime of the Rahthaus (town hall)
And view at night
The market was glowing and full of people, even with the rain
Markets surrounding the palace
Schloss Schönbrunn’s tree & market
Weihnachtsdörfer @ Museumquartier
More authentic artisans were found at this one…
We got recommendations for Karlsplatz and Spittelberg but didnt have enough time.
One can’t help but feel full of Christmas cheer after spending a few days in this lovely Christmas capital.
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