Explore Christmas markets in Vienna

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Christmas markets in Vienna are the hotspots for punch lovers in Austria. Apart from the famous Christmas punch you can also admire many handcrafted goods and local dishes. Join me on the journey through six popular Christmas markets in Vienna and let me introduce you to Austrian Christmas markets delicacies.

1. Christmas market at Belvedere Palace

Right next to the main train station you will find a cozy Christmas market in front of the Belvedere Palace which is one of the most significant buildings in Vienna.

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2. Christmas market at Karlsplatz

The Karlsplatz square is usually dominated by the Karlskirche church but this changes in winter when the square turns into a huge Christmas village.

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3. Christmas market at St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Right in the heart of Vienna and probably at the most visited spot in the city, you will find a small but beautiful Christmas market. I advise to go behind the Cathedral and get the “Himbeerpunsch” which is the best punch I have had in all six Christmas markets.

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4. Christmas village at Maria-Theresien Platz

Fifteen minute walk from St. Stephen`s Cathedral will bring you to the Maria- Theresien Platz which is the square in front of the two identical buildings; the Museum of Nature as well as the Museum of Art. These two buildings create an impressive atmosphere which is worth the experience.

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5. Viennese Christmas market in front of the city hall

The biggest and most visited Christmas market is the one in front of the city hall. The surrounded park, which is decorated with various Christmas lights gives additional flair to this place. If you want to enjoy this atmosphere, visit it as soon as possible because from mid-January it turns into a huge ice skating ring.

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6. Christmas market at Schönbrunn Palace

For this one you need to take the metro to get there. At the Schönbrunn metro station (green line) it takes you around 10 minutes to get to the Christmas & New Year’s market.

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Christmas market food

When I asked my friend who is local in Vienna about traditional and iconic Austrian Christmas market delicacies he wasn’t sure what to say. Austrian cuisine is simply too influenced from other countries although there are some specialties that are typical for Viennese Christmas markets. Here they are.

Krapfen

…a must do is to try the local donuts filled with vanilla or marmalade (the best topping)

  • Krapfen – a must do is to try the local donuts filled with vanilla or marmalade (the best topping)

    Krapfen – a must do is to try the local donuts filled with vanilla or marmalade (the best topping)

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Cooked potato

Cooked potato – served with ham, cheese or bacon and sour cream

Cooked potato – served with ham, cheese or bacon and sour cream

Maroni

Maroni – baked sweet chestnut which is typical street snack in winter

Maroni – baked sweet chestnut which is typical street snack in winter

Gebrannte Mandeln

Gebrannte Mandeln – sweet roasted almonds

Gebrannte Mandeln – sweet roasted almonds

Kaiserschmarren

Kaiserschmarren – sugared pancake with raisins served with various sweet toppings

Kaiserschmarren – sugared pancake with raisins served with various sweet toppings

Spiralkartoffeln

Spiralkartoffeln – fried and salted potatoes in a spiral form

Spiralkartoffeln – fried and salted potatoes in a spiral form

Punsch

Punsch – there is of course a variety of punch flavors you can try

Punsch – there is of course a variety of punch flavors you can try

This is some of the street food you can try at Christmas markets in Vienna, there is of course more to choose from but to be honest; you can eat hot-dogs everywhere.

The visit of Christmas markets in Vienna is a great idea for a day trip. You can combine it with the degustation of Austrian food and sightseeing since most of the markets are located right in front of the main attractions in Vienna. The Christmas markets are not cheap compared to i.e. Christmas markets in Bratislava but the atmosphere, when walking through the city is really impressive and worth the visit.

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