The Christmas Markets of Vienna, Austria

There are many reasons to visit the historic city of Vienna in Austria, but planning a trip in November will treat you with the extra treat of the Christmas markets. The markets in Vienna start in the middle of November, which is earlier than most of the other markets in Europe. We were there two years ago and visited four different Christmas markets that were located near the top sightseeing sites in the city. Although you can certainly visit the Christmas markets during the day, to really enjoy them, you should go at night.

Glass Ornaments for Sale
We Still Have One of These Gluhwein Mugs


Plenty of Crowds at the Markets
So Many Options for Gifts
Specialty Teas
Outside of the Cathedral

Obviously there are plenty of hot drinks to be found such as hot chocolate and gluhwein (hot mulled wine), but there are many more things to be found in the markets. Handmade crafts are on display with many of them being for the holiday season as well as items that make excellent gifts for family and friends. Food is certainly another highlight of all of the markets with many choices of bratwurst, roasted chestnuts, pretzels, and a variety of sweets. We actually purchased a candle holder with images of Mozart and Vienna at one of the stalls as a souvenir of our trip.

Unique Gifts
Ice Skating at a Market
Wein Lounge
Where We Bought our Candle Holder
Getting Busy
Colorful Hats
Perfect Setting for a Market

The markets are a great place to spend time with family and friends or just to stroll as a couple. With so many people gathering to enjoy the spirit of the season, they are certainly places of happiness. One of the markets that we visited in Vienna also included ice skating as they had frozen the walking paths and turned them into a skating rink. It certainly was one of the more unique Christmas markets that we have seen. Clearly Vienna has many reasons to visit at any time of the year such as the palace, opera house, and cathedral, but if you plan your trip during the holidays you will also get to enjoy some of the best Christmas markets in all of Europe.

Frozen Sidewalk for Ice Skating
Late in the Day
One of Four Christmas Markets that We Visited


Christmas Decorations
One of the Smaller Markets
Great for the Whole Family
Handmade Ornaments
Toys for Sale


23 thoughts on “The Christmas Markets of Vienna, Austria

  1. The real thing!
    We get the Frankfurt German Market in Birmingham. They have been visiting since 1966. Great for a weekend city break, though last year we were almost snowed in, and it was so cold we retired to a very nice pub!

    1. That is really cool that they visit. We get a very good German Christmas market in Denver :). Don’t blame you for finding a pub on a cold day. When we were in Europe we had a lot of cold days and went to many pubs 🙂

  2. thebeerwanderer

    Good to know about them starting early. We usually only get to do two of them in Munich as head to my wife’s family for the last two and Christmas.

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  4. i’ve never been to Vienna but i have been to the Berlin chirsttmas market, the markets are in full swing in the uk and i’m bouncing up and down with excitment to go!!

  5. Really beautiful! I’ve only been to London and its Christmas markets in December when my daughter lived in London. Otherwise we’ve never traveled in December. Now that my kids are older and there are grandkids in the picture, maybe I’ll get my dream trip of visiting some beautiful town in Austria or Switzerland or Germany over Christmas. We don’t even ski – I’d just want to look at all of the festivities!

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