Most beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna


Christmas markets 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 has not officially started yet, it is completely sprayed 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 in the mood for the "stade" time of the year. We like it when the scent of freshly baked gingerbread wafts through the winter air and when hot apple punch invites you to warm your clammy fingers on the cups. It is 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 on the Maria-Theresien-Platz in Vienna © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Christmas markets in Vienna - Christmas village on the Maria Theresa square in 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.


Christmas tree balls © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


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

Opening times: from 17.11. – 26.12.2021 at Maria-Theresien-Platz

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 Market at Rathausplatz in Vienna © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Christmas Markets in Vienna - Traditional Market on Rathausplatz


  • The Viennese Christmas Market and Viennese Advent Magic on Rathausplatz

Opening hours: November 12rd to December 26st at Rathausplatz (Observe Covid measures)

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 © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Petar tastes the flatbread Langos


Culinary specialties - Christmas markets in Vienna for connoisseurs

We are no different: but we are looking for a specialty that we had learned from a Facebook friend. We are looking for Langos, a Hungarian specialty. This is a kind of flatbread that is fried and served with garlic. I prefer that to sweets in the early morning and, as always, I'm eager to learn something new. And indeed, when we have passed the first hut street of the Christmas market and turn around the corner into the next one, I read on a large wooden sign at one of the huts "Langos", which are offered with or without garlic, or rolled with or without sausage . We choose the conventional form - with garlic as it should be - and bite into the hot bread. It is crispy and has an intense garlic taste. Delicious!


Reindeer should not be missing © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Reindeer should not be missing
Sweets shouldn't be missing
A Santa Claus, a snowman or rather a moose?


We watch children as they happily listen to a group of large, knobbly plastic dolls moving to the beat of Christmas carols. In addition, the youngest are led around this "orchestra" on ponies. How nice is Christmas if you still believe in Santa Claus! The fun that children and mothers have is infectious. So we stroll in a good mood through the market, where the white Christkindl-Express trundles towards us. However, we prefer to continue walking past the stalls. Finally we set off for our next goal, that


In the hay in front of Karlskirche children can play around © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Christmas markets in Vienna - children can play around in the hay in front of the Karlskirche


  • Handicraft market in front of the Karlskirche

Opening hours:19.11.-22.11.2021 at Karlsplatz

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, here we are in an art-loving environment. Potters display their handmade coffee cups, teapots and candle holders. In addition, a clay artist offers his fantasy animals for sale. There are also musical instruments. We also find homemade jewelry, carvings, woolen hats and scarves, beautiful quilts, second-hand clothes and more.


Christmas balls look different here © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Christmas balls look different here

Children love this market

Directly in front of the church, the basin has been filled with hay, where kids are playing and rolling in high haystacks. Even watching is fun. At another corner, we find a colorful carousel on which parents put their toddlers on plastic horses. There are also rotating coffee cups or a colorful Dino. Then they wave to their offspring as they spin leisurely. Only a little girl gets scared when she loses sight of her dad. She screams in her throat until the carousel finally comes to a stop. Hardly her father takes her in the arms, she shines all over her face.


A dino in a carousel for the little ones - and big ones? © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
A dino in a carousel for the little ones - and big ones?


In addition to the alternative character of this Christmas market, there is also a carousel of a different kind. For this, scraps have been used to create seating for the children. There's an old tin bathtub as well as a metal barrel that you've missed wings. Lustig is an ancient bicycle that promises a journey back in time.


Christmas market at the 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 © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
He whets the knife for his truffle cheese


  • Gourmet Advent market in the Mahlerstraße

Opening hours:

12.11.2021 -31.12.2021 Feet
DAILY 11.00 a.m. - 21.00 p.m.
* Closed on December 24.12.2021th, XNUMX *
* 31.12.2021 until 2.00 a.m. *

The 2G rule applies.

However, we will curb our appetite a bit, the next Christmas market in Mahlerstrasse is directly opposite the opera as a gourmet market. We have the opportunity to do so at one of the first stands. There is everything a connoisseur's heart desires on this market. Vulcan ham from Styria, apricot liqueur from the Wachau, wines and liqueurs from the Kamp Valley. However, an Italian stand owner tempts us to try his cheese with truffles. "You don't need money. It's Christmas! Just costs ". Who can resist such words, especially if the cheeses look as good as his. "Stop! Stop! You also have to taste the Pecorino, ”he holds us back when we want to go further. And with a grand ceremony he 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

Opening hours: 12.11. – 26.12.2021 at Stephansplatz

12.11. – 26.12.2021: from 11 a.m. to 21 p.m.
24.12.2021: from 11 a.m. to 16 p.m.
25.12. – 26.12.2021: from 11 a.m. to 19 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.


All lavender © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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.


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


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

Opening times: from 12.11.2021 to 23.12.2021 at Spittelberg (Observe Covid measures)

Perhaps it is because we visit him in the evening when the light decorations are at their best? But I think it's more the romantic Biedermeier alleys with their gate entrances decorated with garlands. The small illuminated windows, behind which Christmas decorations stand, give the whole a homely character. In any case, not even the rain disturbs us here. And obviously not the many other visitors either. The Christmas market on Spittelberg is tight. The view of beautiful Biedermeier facades in the evening light of the Christmas lights continues to lure us. Advent calendars wish "Merry Christmas". Colorful ceramic plates, cups and jugs seduce. After all, potato pancakes with bear punch ensure that we feel good at the Spittelberg Christmas market.


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


And as we walk back through the neighboring streets to our hotel, the real spirit of Christmas blows through the streets. We look through opened gates to large illuminated poinsettias. In addition, beautifully decorated Christmas trees and garland-wrapped windows awaken Christmas spirit. It is almost as if we are in this alley again the original feeling of Christmas, as we knew it in our childhood.


Christmas decoration at the Spittelberg in Vienna © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Christmas decoration on Spittelberg in Vienna


Travel organization for the Christmas markets in Vienna:

Arrival for the Christmas markets in Vienna

Book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*. Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss will follow Vienna. It is 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 *

Accommodation for the Christmas markets 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 *


Do you already know:

And if your great Tips for the time after Christmas in Vienna seek, then you will find this here. There are tips for more 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 here.

Source: own research on site with a friendly invitation of Wien Tourismus. Our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Most beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna

24 thoughts too "Most beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna"

  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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