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  • Magical festive shopping in Vienna

    Magical festive shopping in Vienna

  • Vienna's illuminated Town Hall

    Vienna's illuminated Town Hall

  • Handcrafts at Vienna Christmas market

    Handcrafts at Vienna Christmas market

  • The 'Altenwiener Christkindlmarkt'

    The 'Altenwiener Christkindlmarkt'

  • The bright Schönbrunn castle during the yuletide season

    The bright Schönbrunn castle during the yuletide season

  • The Christmas Market boasts a marvellous ice rink

    The Christmas Market boasts a marvellous ice rink

Christmas Markets » European Christmas Markets » Vienna Christmas Markets


Dresden Christmas Market © Jorg Schoner by Frauenkirche Dresden


Fred.\ Holidays have a great selection of Christmas Markets to spectacular cities throughout Germany and the rest of Europe!

Vienna Christmas Market

Vienna's, known as the City of Dreams and is an ideal Christmas market venue, its architecture, opulence and flare for music make it the obvious choice for millions of visitors each year. The Vienna Christmas markets will illuminate the Old Town giving the city a nostalgic and romantic feel. During Advent, around 25 markets tempt customers with their seasonal treats and gifts.

During Advent, around 25 markets tempt customers with their seasonal treats and Vienna's festively illuminated old town adds to the romantic charm of Austria's beautiful capital. Up to 150 decorated stalls sell everything from Christmas handicrafts to aromatic berry punch at the main market on City Hall Square. Other highlights include the Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace, the Spittelberg Christkindlmarket and the market on the stunning Schönbrunn Palace.

One of the season's highlights is the 'Magic of Advent', at the traditional Vienna Christmas market in City Hall Square also known as the Wiener Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplat. The beautiful setting for this market make it the most popular in Vienna, it features dozens of large Christmas trees and an ice-skating rink. The market sells beautiful Christmas trinkets and hand made goods as well as cakes, biscuits and Vienna's traditional Christmas drink; an aromatic berry punch.

The Altwiener Christkindlmarkt at the Freyung is slightly off the beaten track but worth a visit and it retains all of its Viennese charm. A varied cultural program with an emphasis on music makes it unparalled in its Christmas charm and ambience.

A highlight throughout the year, but especially the during Advent season, is the stunning Schönbrunn Palace. The former summer residence of the Austrian Emperors, the palace provides another spectacular backdrop for an idyllic Christmas market. Here, you can look for traditional Austrian handicrafts while carol singers add to the cheerful atmosphere.




Nearby markets worth visiting

  • Bratislava: 1 hour.
  • Linz: 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Salzburg: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Useful information

  • Flight Time from London: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Vienna International Airport: The City Airport train takes just 16 minutes to get to central Vienna and vice versa. It operates daily from 05:36 a.m. to 23:36 p.m and the terminal is just 10 minutes from St. Stephen's Cathedral at Wien Mitte station, which can be reached easily by tram, underground, bus or taxi.
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Vienna city breaks also prove to be popular with families. At the markets young children will be entertained by the Christmas Express and inside City Hall they can craft their own gifts, bake cookies and even meet Father Christmas at a traditional Christmas grotto. 


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Vienna International Airport

The City Airport train takes just 16 minutes to get to central Vienna and vice versa. It operates daily from 05:36 a.m. to 23:36 p.m and the terminal is just 10 minutes from St. Stephen's Cathedral at Wien Mitte station, which can be reached easily by tram, underground, bus or taxi.

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2 hours 15 minutes

You will find the main shopping streets in the city centre: Kärntnerstrasse, Graben, Kohlmarkt and Rotenturmstrasse.

Other shopping destinations are Mariahilferstrasse, one of the longest streets in Vienna, Favoritenstrasse and Landstrasser Hauptstrasse.

The Naschmarkt is a daily fruit and vegetable market south of the opera district. Vienna's largest and best known market offers a mixture of Viennese and international delicacies.

Right in the heart of the city is the supremely designed Haas House. The mirror image of St Stephen's Cathedral reflects in the building's semicircular glass facade. Here, you will find a number of exclusive shops and boutiques and a terrace restaurant which offers fantastic views over the historic city centre.

Austrian Delights

Exclusive Austrian foods and luxury goods.

Manner Shop

One of Vienna's favourite sweet shops.


Mozart Cake

Enjoy one of the many coffee specialities served in the traditional coffee houses and try a piece of Mozart Cake


This Viennese restaurant is rich in tradition and inseparably linked with the Prater in Vienna. Here you may enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in the large beer garden - the perfect place to enjoy yourself with a delicious meal under giant old trees.

Sacher Hotel Restaurant

This is the best spot for a romantic dinner and a showcase for imperial Vienna. The restaurant serves various Viennese and international dishes and the famous Sachertorte was invented here.

Wiener Rathauskeller

There is no more traditional place to dine in all of Vienna than this cellar-level restaurant in Vienna's Town Hall. Live musicians entertain as you sample your Wiener schnitzel.


If you can't visit neighbouring Budapest, then here you can get a taste of traditional Hungarian cuisine.

The Original Sacher-Torte

The Wiener Sachertorte is world renowned and a favourite for more than 175 years. Try this dream of a chocolate cake with unsweetened whipped cream and a 'Wiener Melange' coffee.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

This cathedral is not only Vienna's major sight and symbol, it is also the city's most important Gothic construction and has been the church of the archbishopric since 1722. The cathedral represents eight centuries of architectural history.

Imperial Palace

Until 1918, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) was the centre of the vast Habsburg empire. Today, the vast palace complex houses more than 20 top museums and exhibitions as well as several cafés, restaurants and gardens.

Belvedere Palace

A magnificent Baroque palace surrounded by beautiful gardens. Belevedere is also the location of the Austrian Gallery Museum which features Gustav Klimt's famous painting 'The Kiss'.

Schönbrunn Palace

The former summer residence of the imperial family is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe.


Close to the Imperial Palace you will find Vienna's exciting art complex with several renowned museums and a lively restaurant and bar scene.


Spend a fun-filled day in the Prater, Vienna's amusement park and location of the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the city's famous landmarks.


Viennese nightlife offers something for everyone. You can dance into the morning hours, hear a concert, attend an opera, go to the theater, gamble, or simply enjoy regional wine in a local tavern.

Music is at the heart of Vienna's cultural life. The city continues to attract composers, musicians and music lovers. You can find places to enjoy everything from chamber music and pop to waltzes and jazz. Austria's capital is also home of four major symphony orchestras, including the world-acclaimed Vienna Symphony and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, there are dozens of others, ranging from smaller orchestras to chamber orchestras.


State Opera

Home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the world's leading opera stars perform at this legendary opera house.

Vienna's blossoming bar scene centres around Schwedenplatz in the so-called Bermuda Triangle. Here, you will find everything from intimate pubs to large bars with live music.


This is one of the most famous jazz pubs in Austria, noted for the quality of its U.S. and central European-based performers. The bar is located in a deep 200-year-old cellar.

The Heurigen (wine taverns) on the outskirts of Vienna, have long been celebrated in operetta, film, and song. Grinzing at the edge of the Vienna Woods is the most-visited district. This is an area full of narrow old streets and houses, with thick walls surrounding inner courtyards.

Weingut Wolff

This wine tavern offers one of the best authentic atmospheres just 20 minutes outside Vienna city centre. In summer, you can enjoy delicious wine and tasty food in the flower-decked garden set against a backdrop of ancient vineyards.