Christmas in Vienna

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Christmas is Vienna is stylish and special. After my regular December visit, I come home feeling full of the Christmas spirit, and this is largely down to the city’s wonderful Christmas markets. Vienna has lots and lots of them, but how do you choose which to visit?

Here are a few of my favourites;


Schonbrunn – This market has one of the most elegant settings, spread out in front of the palace. The backdrop is beautiful, thee are often carols, and you’ll find a range of artisan crafts on sale.

Rathaus – Another great location, this market is in front of the Rathaus, and weaves its way among the trees. It’s the most “touristy” of all the markets, but don’t let that put you off. It’s huge, it’s busy, it’ full of lights and it’s wonderfully colourful.

Museum Quartier – This tends to be a little quieter than some of the others. If you like crafts and the slightly unusual then this is a good one to visit.

Spittelberg – This is the most trendy of all the markets. The stalls are scattered among the shops and bars, and there is always an arty buzz about the place.

Freyung – In the centre of town this is great for foods. Try the nusstrudel and kletzenbrot (a rich fruit bread). This is definitely a day time market as, unlike the others, it closes early evening.

Am hof – This market is mainly antiques, so although it has a Christmas feel, its not as traditional as the others.

Karlsplatz – One of my favourites. Great stalls, hot gluhwien, lots of arts and crafts, and a petting zoo for children in the middle – all agains the backdrop of the Karls Kirche.

xmas stall

You may go to Vienna thinking one Christmas market will be enough – but when you experience it, you’ll want to see more of them! They are great for a browse during the day, for Christmas present shopping (bring them home something different this year), an evening with friends, a snack when you’re feeling peckish, or a late night drink of hot gluhwien as the snow flakes flutter down around you.

That’s my idea of getting into the Christmas spirit.

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About the Author:
Chantal Cooke is an award winning journalist and broadcaster with a passion for the planet. In 2002 she co-founded the award winning radio station PASSION for the PLANET  and in 2009 Chantal was awarded London Leader in Sustainability status. Chantal also runs a successful communications agency – Panpathic Communications

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