Christmas time in Vienna – the most beautiful Christmas markets

Vienna Christmas markets

Christmas time in Vienna

The time of the Christmas markets in Vienna begins in November. With these Vienna travel tips you are well prepared for the Advent season. Even if the Christmas season in Vienna hasn't officially started yet, it's all over the place Vienna From mid-November, Christmas glitter in the city center and especially at the Christmas markets. One of them opens its doors one by one from the second half of November. We have therefore seized the opportunity and are in winter to Vienna drove to get us in the right mood for the "stade" time of the year.

We like it when the smell of freshly baked Gingerbread blowing through the winter air, and when hot apple punch invites you to warm your clammy fingers on the cups. It's nice when not only children's eyes start to shine at the sight of the many imaginative and glittering light decorations that illuminate the streets of Vienna's city center and the huts of the Christmas markets in Vienna. Christmas in Vienna is a great experience!


Christmas Village Maria Theresien Platz Vienna
Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz Vienna


Officially, there are 18 large and permanent Christmas markets in Vienna. These are joined by countless small and short-open Christmas markets, which are distributed over the entire city of Vienna. As newcomers to the Vienna Christmas season, we limit ourselves to looking at some of the larger markets. A good day and a half are available to us, and we know in advance that we can not see all the Christmas markets in the city. We are planning our tour through the Advent markets meticulously, they differ not only in the offer, but also in their opening times.




  • The Christmas village on the Maria-Theresien-Platz in the Museumsquartier

Opening hours:

Open from 16.11.2022/26.12.2022/XNUMX to XNUMX/XNUMX/XNUMX.
Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 21:00 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 22:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve 24 to 16 p.m., 00 and 25. until 26.12 p.m

We stay in the center of the biggest Christmas markets in the very chic Lifestyle Hotel Sans Souci in Burggasse and on the day of our arrival in Vienna we visit the Christmas village at Maria Theresien Platz, which we can reach in a few minutes on foot from our hotel. We walk past the stands under the eyes of Empress Maria Theresa. There we admire ornate glass balls and brightly colored candle holders. The scents of Christmas spices mix in apple punch or Mulled wine. Freshly baked muffins, gingerbread or cookies make our mouths water.





Christmas Markets in Vienna - Traditional market at Rathausplatz
Christmas Markets in Vienna - Traditional Market on Rathausplatz
  • The Viennese Christmas Market and Viennese Advent Magic on Rathausplatz

Opening hours:

Open from Friday 19.11. until Monday 26.12.2022.
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 21:30 p.m.,
Fridays and Saturdays until 22 p.m.,
24.12. only until 19 p.m., 00. and 25.12. until 26.12:21 p.m

The next morning we leave after breakfast and get on the subway, which leaves directly in front of our hotel. Our first destination today is the largest Christmas market in Vienna (and all of Austria), the Christmas market on Rathausplatz. It opens its doors at 10.00 o'clock, and when we arrive at the square a few minutes later, many visitors are already strolling among the market stalls. Children stand with their eyes wide in front of stalls where chocolates, cookies or colorful lollipops stimulate the appetite.




Petar tastes the flatbread Langos
Petar tastes the flatbread Langos

Culinary specialties – Christmas time in Vienna for connoisseurs

It's the same for us: but we are looking for a specialty that we heard about from a Facebook friend. We are looking for langos, a specialty from Hungary. This is a type of flatbread that is fried and served with garlic. I prefer this to sweets in the early morning and, as always, I'm eager to learn something new.

In fact, when we have the first street of huts behind us and turn the corner into the next, I read on a wooden sign on one of the huts "Langos", which can be bought with or without garlic, or rolled up with or without sausage . We choose the traditional form – with garlic, as it should be – and bite into the hot bread. It's crispy and tastes intensely of garlic. Delicious!


A Santa Claus, a snowman or rather a moose?
A Santa Claus, a snowman or rather a moose?

A Christmas market that children also like

We watch children enjoy listening to a group of large plastic dolls move to the beat of Christmas carols. The youngest ones are led around this “orchestra” on ponies. How nice is Christmas when you still believe in Santa Claus! However, the fun that children and mothers have also infects us. Therefore, in a good mood, we continue to stroll through the market, where the white Christkindl-Express trundles towards us. However, we prefer to continue strolling past the stalls on foot. Finally we leave for our next destination, the


Christmas markets in Vienna - Children can romp around in the hay in front of the Karlskirche
Christmas markets in Vienna - children can play around in the hay in front of the Karlskirche
  • Handicraft market in front of the Karlskirche - fun and cultural enjoyment at Christmas time in Vienna

Opening hours:

Open from 18.11. until 23.12.2022.
Daily from 12:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m

We can also reach this market directly by subway. We immediately notice the different character of this market. While the Christmas market at the town hall is traditional with everything that goes with it, we are in an art-loving environment here. Potters exhibit their coffee cups, teapots and candlesticks from their own manufacture. In addition, a sound artist offers his fantasy animals for sale. There are also musical instruments. We can also find homemade jewellery, carvings, woolen hats and scarves, beautiful quilts, second-hand clothes and more.


Christmas balls look different here
Christmas balls look different here

Children love this market at Christmas time in Vienna

Directly in front of the church, the basin was thickly filled with hay. Dsrin children frolic and roll in tall haystacks. Just watching is fun. On another corner we find a motley carousel on which parents put their little ones on plastic horses. There are also coffee cups. that spin, or a colorful dinosaur. Then they wave to their offspring while they leisurely do their rounds. Only a little one gets scared when she loses sight of her daddy. She screams at the top of her lungs until the carousel finally comes to a stop. As soon as her father picks her up, she beams all over her face.


A dinosaur in the carousel for the little ones - and big ones?
A dino in a carousel for the little ones - and big ones?


In keeping with the alternative character of this Christmas market, there is also a carousel of a different kind a little further on. Seating for the children was made out of scrap metal. There's an old tin bathtub as well as a barrel made of metal that has been given wings. Lustig is an ancient bicycle that promises a trip back in time.


Second-hand fashion at Clamott at the Christmas market at Karlskirche
Second-hand fashion at Clamott at the Christmas market at Karlskirche

Gastronomic stands are just as rare here as on the first two Viennese Christmas markets. Here we can try Glühmost. Kling interesting, right?




He whets the knife for his truffle cheese
He whets the knife for his truffle cheese
  • Gourmet Advent market on Mahlerstrasse - that's what Christmas is all about in Vienna

Opening hours:

11.11.2022 – 31.12.2022
DAILY 11.00 a.m. - 21.00 p.m.
* Closed on December 24.12.2021th, XNUMX *
* 31.12.2021 until 2.00:XNUMX a.m. *

However, we curb our appetite a little, the next Christmas market is in the Mahlerstraße directly opposite the opera as a gourmet market. We will have the opportunity to do this at one of the first stands. This market has everything a connoisseur's heart desires. Vulcano ham from Styria, apricot liqueur from the Wachau, wines and liqueurs from the Kamptal.

However, an Italian stallholder tempts us to try his cheese with truffles. "You don't need money. It's Christmas! Just taste”. Who can resist such words, especially when the cheeses look as good as his. "Stop! Stop! You also have to taste the pecorino”, he stops us when we want to go further. With great ceremonies, he then slices some hard cheese into our hands.


Delicacies from the apple of the orchards in the surroundings of Vienna
Delicacies from the apple of the orchards in the surroundings of Vienna
  • The Advent market at St. Stephen's Cathedral - Christmas time in Vienna with enjoyment from the surrounding area

Opening hours: 

Open from 11.11. until 26.12.2022.
Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 21:00 p.m.,
on 24.12/11 from 00:16 a.m. to 00:XNUMX p.m.,
25.12. and 26.12. from 11:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m

We continue our walk through the pedestrian zone to St. Stephen's Cathedral. There are many regional specialties from the surrounding wine and fruit regions.


Christmas markets in Vienna - all lavender
Christmas markets in Vienna - All lavender

From here we take the subway back to our hotel. There we rest a bit, before we leave again in the evening for the most beautiful Christmas market in Vienna.


  • One of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna on Spittelberg

Opening hours:

Open from 10.11. until 23.12.2022.
Mon – Thu from 14:00 p.m. to 21:00 p.m., Fri from 14:00 p.m. to 21:30 p.m.
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 21:30 p.m.,
Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 21:00 p.m

Maybe it's because we visit in the evening when the light decorations are at their best? But I think it's more the romantic Biedermeier alleyways with their gate entrances decorated with garlands. The illuminated windows, behind which there are Christmas decorations, give the whole thing a homely character. In any case, not even the rain bothers us here. Obviously not the many other visitors either.


Christmas in the Biedermeier streets at the Spittelberg in Vienna
Christmas in the Biedermeier streets at the Spittelberg in Vienna


It's getting crowded at the Spittelberg Christmas market. The view of beautiful Biedermeier facades in the evening light of the Christmas lights lures us further. Advent calendars wish "Merry Christmas". Colorful ceramic plates, cups and pots will seduce you. After all, potato pancakes with bear punch ensure that we feel good at the Spittelberg Christmas market.


Fragrance balls and candles on the Christmas market at the Spittelberg in Vienna
Fragrance balls and candles on the Christmas market at the Spittelberg in Vienna


And as we walk back to our hotel through the neighboring streets, the real spirit of Christmas blows through the alleys. We look through open gate entrances at large illuminated poinsettias. In addition, beautifully decorated Christmas trees and garlanded windows awaken the Christmas spirit. It is almost as if we are reliving the original feeling of Christmas in this alley, as we knew it from our childhood.


Travel organization for the Christmas season in Vienna:

Arrival for the Christmas markets in Vienna

Arrival by plane, bus or train*. Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss will follow Vienna. It is also possible to travel to Vienna by train. Long-distance buses also go to Vienna.

Car Rental - Christmas Markets in Vienna :

Book your rental car here *

Accommodations during the Christmas season in Vienna:

around the Spittelmarkt and the Christmas village *

near the Rathausplatz *

around the Karlsplatz *

near St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Genussmarkt in Mahlerstraße *

Excursions and guided tours in Vienna:

You can book excursions and city tours here *




Vienna at Christmas time
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Do you already know:


If your great Tips for the time after Christmas in Vienna you are looking for, you will find it here. There are also tips for other Christmas markets in the blog parade I love Christmas market from Janina. Or look at the blog parade Dhe most beautiful Christmas markets by Thomas Limberg over.

Find more Slow Travel Tips is also available here.

Source: Christmas time in Vienna: Research on site at the invitation of Vienna Tourist Board. However, our opinion remains our own.

Text Christmas time in Vienna: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline

Christmas time in Vienna – the most beautiful Christmas markets

24 thoughts too "Christmas time in Vienna – the most beautiful Christmas markets"

  1. Hello Monika and Petar :)
    WOW, that's what I'll call an extensive report on the Christmas markets in Vienna: D I think you can not really get any better information. The videos were especially nice, they give a great impression of how it looks locally.
    I was once in Vienna and was fascinated and enthusiastic about the cleanliness in all streets (from Berlin one is used to it otherwise ... ^^)
    Your article we present today, matching the 4. Advent, on Facebook!

    Thanks for this, as always, top researched and at the same time exciting to read report.



    1. Dear Janina,

      oh, thank you. I am very happy about your praise. That's not even all Christmas markets in Vienna. There is, for example, a Christmas market in Schönbrunn Palace and a whole series of smaller Christmas markets, which are also supposed to be quite beautiful. Vienna is not only worth a visit at Christmas time. We really like the city and have been there since our first visit a few years ago. There is so much to discover.

      Best regards,
      Monika and Petar

  2. Thank you for this article! :-) Next year I will make the Viennese Christmas Markets too unsafe, this year Switzerland is the first choice!

  3. I really do not like the completely overcrowded things ... In 5 years in Vienna, for example, I have never been to the Rathausplatz before ...

    1. Sooo overcrowded, we did not find the Christmas market on Rathausplatz. The only one that was really full was the market on Spittelberg. But that was because the streets are very narrow there. Nevertheless, we liked this market best because of its romantic Christmas spirit.

      Best regards,

  4. Dear Monika, dear Petar,

    Thank you for participating in my blog parade and these great descriptions. Whenever I thought "Wow, that sounds great!", I kept reading and there was an even better description of a special market. I can already tell that for Vienna you definitely have to plan a little more time to visit the great markets. I would be particularly excited about the gourmet market, the handicraft market in front of the Karlskirche and the market on the Spittelberg.

    Greetings and a nice weekend,

    1. Dear Christine,

      What I like about the Viennese Christmas markets is that they are so different. You can spend a few days with it.

      LG, Monica

  5. Wow, 18 Christmas markets, that's probably record. I love the atmosphere in the markets during the Advent season, especially when it is getting dark. I would certainly like Vienna, I know that only in the summer.

    1. Yes, Vienna offers a whole lot of Christmas spirit, Antje. However, there are a lot of them that are open only on certain weekends or days or are located in the outskirts. The most important can be found here in the article.

  6. Oh I love Christmas markets, the traditional, not the noisy romp. There seems to be a lot of it in Vienna. Maybe I'll consider that for the next year as a Dezemerber weekend trip :)
    Best regards,
    Nicole from the travel blog CicoBerlin

    1. Hello nicole,

      yes, there are some. If you like traditional Christmas markets, then the market at Rathausplatz, the Christmas village and the market at Spittelberg are for you.

      Best regards,

  7. Thanks for the great overview. I have never been to Vienna, but I also love our German Christmas markets and try to visit as many as possible every year. Soon it will start again, I'm looking forward to it.
    Best regards,

    1. I am glad if you like our overview of the Viennese Christmas Markets, Janet. In Germany, I do not know so many - only in Munich and the surrounding area. : D

  8. Vienna is always worth a visit! I love the fin de siecle charm of the city so much. For a Christmas market visit I would have too :) If I am allowed to warm up in the coffee house in between. :)

    1. There are a few in Vienna, Sascha. Our favorite coffee house is Café Landmann near the Opera.

  9. We are absolute Christmas market fans. It is great to discover the regional specialties and of course to taste. In Vienna we have not been to the Christmas market time, but what is not yet, can still be. Have fun in 2016!

  10. Vienna is such a beautiful city. A visit there is worthwhile in every season, but if in Advent the markets to gingerbread and mulled wine invite - that has something.

  11. We did the Christmas market last year. The ones mentioned by you were too big and too crowded. Everywhere in the city you will always find small Christmas markets. We personally found much more homely.

  12. Ever since I saw the film “Before Sunrise”, I've been dreaming of Vienna. Now I'm not a big Christmas fan, but Vienna in December already appeals to me a lot. Are they different from the German Christmas markets? Judging from your article, right?

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