From mid-November to New Year's Eve, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The generously illuminated monumental buildings along the Ring make a fabulous backdrop and the aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot punch creates a pre-Christmas atmosphere. Snack on cream-filled pastries, candied fruit, roasted chestnuts, and Weihnachtspunsch (a spiced "Christmas punch" of wine, brandy, or schnapps sweetened with warm fruit juices).Located on almost every corner of the city, there’s a wealth of market huts to browse with the largest marker in front of the impressive City Hall.Get in the holiday spirit on this 2.5-hour walking tour of Vienna’s Christmas Markets in some of the city’s most picturesque squares.
Depending on our starting point (your hotel/accommodation/chosen meeting Point) we visit at least 3 mayor markets – the “Arts & Crafts” market at St. Charles Church, the “Old Vienna Christkindl Markt” at Freyung and “Kingdom of Lights” at Rathausplatz. En route we see the Cathedral, the illuminated inner city Boulevards such as ballroom-like Graben and Kohlmarkt.The Hofburg Palace, home of a number of museums and the Spanish Riding School brings us to the supremely illuminated highlights of the Ring, Heldenplatz, Parliament, Burgtheater and Rathaus/City Hall.The tour ends at the main Xmas market at “Rathausplatz”. Make sure you head to the elaborately decorated Christmas tree in the park. Here you’ll find photo opportunities with famous tree decorations including the ‘Kasperl tree’, the Snow-Man tree and the ‘Herzerlbaum’ (hearts tree), the traditional “rendezvous tree”.In Vienna, like in most parts of southern Germany, instead of Santa Claus it’s the angel like “Christkindl”, the official Christ Child brings the presents and listens to children’s wishes - invariably played (following a Teutonic custom) by a young woman with long blonde curls.Three other markets (“Spittelberg”, “Maria Theresia Platz” and “Altes AKH”) are nearby and the festive illuminations of historic “Shoenbrunn Palace” (a former home of Austrian Emperors) provides a stunning backdrop to the Schoenbrunn Christmas Village which also has many market stalls as well as festive concerts to get you in the holiday mood! But that would be another night for you!Tour ends at “Rathausplatz” in front of City Hall.