Step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with seasonal treats and stallholders get shoppers in the Christmas spirit with handcrafted goods.The Christmas markets in Vienna truly are an age-old tradition. The forerunners of the present-day events date back to the Middle Ages when in 1298 Albrecht I granted Vienna's citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or "Krippenmarkt". Since then, the character and prevalence of these markets has changed considerably. Nowadays, over 20 official Advent Markets sell a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats.The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is an unforgettable highlight for those eager to get into the spirit of the season. The unique backdrop gives this market a charm of its own, and the delicious aromas are sure to lull all visitors into the seasonal joy. In the City Hall there is an area dedicated to kids.
A professional driver will pick you up at 6am in Prague in the lobby of the hotel you're staying in. It takes about four hours to get to Vienna from Prague. Vienna is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a place where Christmas celebrations are taken seriously. There are events held across the city that range from Christmas markets, concerts, and ballets.Visit the popular Christmas Village Belvedere Palace is set against the glorious baroque backdrop of the world-famous residence, one of Vienna‘s most beautiful and significant sights. More than 40 festively decorated market stalls offer traditional handcrafted goods, elaborate Christmas decorations, and special culinary delights.Experience impressive Viennese buildings and traditional customs at the Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz this winter, located between the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art. There is no escaping the Christmas atmosphere with festively decorated market stalls and a vast array of culinary delights.The Christmas Village Altes AKH (Vienna's Former General Hospital) will enchant us with its traditional Viennese atmosphere. The lovingly designed and decorated market stalls located along the many narrow alleyways offer beautiful Christmas gifts as well as delicious Glühwein.Approximately 60 exhibitors present handicrafts and original gifts such as handmade Christmas decorations and nativity sets for visitors to admire and purchase right in front of the famous Schönbrunn Palace. The Spittelberg is a revitalized heritage district from the Biedermeier period with narrow side streets. Throughout the festive season you will find objects d'art, ceramics, warm jumpers, rugs, and jewelry made of silver, enamel, and brass at the Christmas Market at Spittelberg.The Museumsquartier is one of the great marvels of Vienna, the area is packed with an art galleries and museums. Other Christmas events and markets include: • Old Viennese Christmas Market: 18th November - 23rd December 2016 • Am Hof Advent Market: 11th November - 23rd December 2016 • Art Advent - Art & Crafts on Karlsplatz: 18th November - 23rd December 2016 • Winter Market on Riesenradplatz: 19th November 2016 - 8th January 2017 • Christmas Market on Stephansplatz: 11th November - 26th December 2016