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The dates for the Christmas markets in 2022 and the Easter market in 2023 are here!

Are you planning a trip to Vienna before Christmas this year? Or maybe an Easter trip to Vienna in 2023? We have now published the dates for the Christmas markets in 2022 and for the Easter market in 2023 here in our Vienna Guide.

We haven’t updated our Vienna Guide frequently in recent years, mostly due to COVID. But, now that life is returning to normal, it is time to welcome tourists to Vienna once again.

Are you ready for a trip to the spectacular and wonderful city of Vienna?

The earliest Christmas markets in Vienna will open on November 11th, while the biggest and most popular markets at the Rathausplatz and at Scönbrunn will open one week later.

Most markets will remain open until December 23rd or December 26th, but the Schönbrunn market will turn into a New Years Market after Christmas and remain open until January 4th in 2023.

What about the Easter market?

Two and a half months after the New Years Market at Schönbrunn has closed, it is time for the Easter Market that will open on March 25th in 2023. This will remain open for 1 1/2 weeks, and it is a fantastic way to enjoy a market with a nice atmosphere, combined with the wonderful surroundings of the Schönbrunn castle!

Would you like to know more about these events?

We wish you a pleasant stay in Vienna!

Austria in Euro 2020

Austria is coming to Euro 2020 with some great players and with a good chance to qualify for the knockout stage. The truth is, many expected Austria to perform well in Euro 2016 as well, but then they ended up last in their group, and it all started with a 2-0 defeat against their neighbors from Hungary. Will Austria play better during the European Championship in football in 2021? When will Austria play their matches? Where will Austria play? You will find all this and more information in this article!

Austria has a very good squad, and they performed very well in the Nations League, and they have played many good matches in a row. But, when it is time for a big tournament, nobody cares about the past and how well they played some months ago. If Austria don’t play well during the tournament, nobody cares!

But, who will Austria play against this time? Do they have a better chance than in 2016?

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Austria in Euro 2016

During the European Championship in football in 2016, Austria had to play against Iceland, Portugal, and Hungary. It didn’t sound like a hard group before the tournament, but Austria still ended up at the last place.

Austria in Euro 2020

This time Austria will play against the Netherlands, Ukraine, and North Macedonia. To be honest, the group feels quite similar to the group from 2016. It isn’t an easy group, but it shouldn’t be the hardest either. Everyone will expect North Macedonia to loose all their matches, and that the battle for most points in the group will be between the Netherlands, Ukraine, and Austria.

What is interesting about the group is the fact that Ukraine, Netherlands, and Austria often remind us of a rollercoaster. On a good day, they are on the top and play awesome football, but on the next day, they are at the bottom and play lousy football. As a result, this group is a very open group and I believe anything is possible.

When and where will Austria play their matches?

The European Championship in football in 2021 will be played all across Europe. But, there will not be played any matches in Austria, meaning that the Austrian team will have to travel to other destinations in order to play their matches.;

  • Austria will play their first match against North Macedonia in Bucharest on June 13 in Bucharest (Romania).
  • Austria will play their second match in Euro 2020 against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on June 17 at 21.00.
  • Austria will play their third match in the group stage against Ukraine in Bucharest on June 21 at 18.00.

It is quite interesting that once again Austria will play against the potentially “weakest” team in the group in their first match (just like in 2016). Hopefully, Austria will get a better start on the tournament this time, because it is needed for the atmosphere in the team to get right from the first moment on.

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Where will you watch the matches?

Austria will play their matches during the group stage in Amsterdam and in Bucharest. These are both cities that will only allow the stadiums to be used at 25% of the capacity. That might be a little disappointing, but it is still way better than playing in front of empty arenas.

So, where will you watch the matches? Will you be watching them at home on your TV, will you sit in front of a computer and stream the European Championship in football online, or will you find a local pub or a big screen somewhere and watch the matches there?

And do you believe Austria will perform better during the European Championship in 2021 than they did back in 2016? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Visit our brand new Vienna calendar!

We are constantly working to make our Vienna Guide interesting to all people coming to Vienna. That is why we have just added a calendar to our website.

The Vienna calendar isn’t complete at all, but it does contain information about important events in Vienna such as the annual Christmas markets, the Easter market in Schönbrunn, the national day on October 26th, and even the Austrian Grand Prix (the Formula 1 race in Spielberg, not far from Graz).

You can find the Vienna calendar right here.

Pictures from the Christmas markets in Vienna

Have you been to the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2019 already? Or are you coming? Or are you at home crying because you cannot visit the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2019? No matter what your answer is, here you have some pictures to cheer you up and bring the Viennese Christmas atmosphere to your home!

The city of Vienna turns into one giant Christmas market every year in December. You can find Christmas markets everywhere, but some of them are more famous than others. Do you have a favorite? Write a comment and let us know!

But now, enjoy these pictures from the Christmas markets in 2019.

Don’t you feel like visiting Vienna after watching these pictures? That is easy to understand!

Vienna Christmas Markets in 2019

When are the Christmas markets opening in Vienna in 2019? What are the dates for the Christmas markets? Find answers to the most popular Vienna Christmas market questions and get other useful information needed to be well prepared!

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it becomes even more beautiful before Christmas. It has the most amazing Christmas markets in the world, and the biggest secret is that the entire city kind-of turns into a Christmas market. But, when will the Christmas markets be arranged in Vienna in 2019?

Merry Christmas Vienna
The Christmas markets in Vienna – S. Borisov / Shutterstock

About the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2019

The dates for the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2019 are now ready and official. Read on, and plan your trip to Vienna immediately.

If you have some time left, why not consider a day trip to Prague in which you can enjoy the Christmas markets in the Czech capital as well? You can read more about those Christmas markets here.

Vienna Christmas markets 2019 dates

The Christmas market at Rathausplatz (the most famous market)

November 15th – December 24th

The Spittelberg market (an awesome market in small streets)

November 14th – December 23rd

The Schönbrunn Christmas market dates in 2019

This is supposed to open on November 23rd and it will remain open until December 26th. Then it will be replaced by the so-called New Years’ market which is open until the first week of January 2020.

These are the most important Christmas markets in Vienna, but do not forget – there are lots of other markets as well. As you walk to the Maria-Theresien Platz (between the two awesome museums) you will find another Christmas market. If you keep on walking towards the Karlskirche, you will find another market. In the popular Prater area, you will discover yet another Christmas market, in fact, you will find small and large Christmas markets almost wherever you go in Vienna.

What are you waiting for? Plan your stay in Vienna, book your flight tickets and book your hotel straight away!

Eating at Naschmarkt in Vienna

Have you heard about Naschmarkt in Vienna? This is a fantastic market area, not far from the popular Mariahilfer Strasse. Not only can you buy fresh fish, tea, and other nice products here, but you can also enjoy the flea market part of Naschmarkt. There you can buy antiquities, clothes of all sorts, porcelain, old game boys, and all sorts of products. In other words, Naschmarkt is a fantastic place for young and old.

But, if you spend a couple of hours at Naschmarkt in Vienna, you will for sure get hungry after a while. So, what to do when you get hungry at Naschmarkt? Should you leave the area and look for a restaurant somewhere else, or should you sit down and enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants at the actual market? Is the quality of the restaurants at Naschmarkt good enough?

Very nice food and meals at Naschmarkt - here from an Italian restaurant
Very nice food and meals at Naschmarkt – here from an Italian restaurant

Eating at Naschmarkt in Vienna

Based on experiences from other markets in Europe, one would often think that the quality here would be poor. But, once you start walking around at Naschmarkt, not only will you find a lot of products worth buying, you will also be inspired to eat. Many of the places are selling fresh fish, but did you know that there are lots of restaurants at Naschmarkt serving you fresh fish as well?

What might amaze you, even more, is the fact that the restaurants look very nice. The interior is nice, the waiters are dressed up nicely, and it could have been any other fine dining restaurant located somewhere else in Vienna. And it seems to be a fact that people actually go out to dine here. In other words, Naschmarkt isn’t a place only for those who happen to be there to do some shopping. This is a place people go to eat as their main purpose, and then they might end up doing some shopping in addition.

Olives are very popular at Naschmarkt in Vienna
Olives are very popular at Naschmarkt in Vienna

Doesn’t that sound cool? You will find traditional Austrian restaurants here, you will find places to eat seafood, and there are quite a lot of places for Italian food, and also sweets. One of the specialties you will find all around Naschmarkt is olives in all sorts of colors and sizes. These are often served all by themselves as a snack, often combined with wine, cheese, and other snacks.

Getting hungry? Do not forget about Naschmarkt during your stay in Vienna!

For more information about Vienna and all the city has to offer, make sure to look around here in our Vienna Guide!

Experience a real looping star in Vienna

Are you in for some action and adrenaline while in Vienna? Prater is for sure a place you should visit during your stay.

We have earlier written about how you can get to the Familypark by the Neusiedler see from Vienna. But, you do not have to travel there to get adrenaline and experience some fun. Prater, also known as Wurstelprater, is a fantastic area in the city of Vienna, and here you will find fun for people of all ages. Just take a look at the fantastic ride at the picture beneath.

The  Olympia Looping in Prater Vienna
The Olympia Looping in Prater Vienna

The Olympia Looping is one of the most famous rides available in the park. It has been rumored that it will retire soon, but it is still there, and you better try it if you like such kind of rides. It first saw the light of day in 1989, and it has been at several locations in Europe before it ended up in Prater.

The price for a ride is 8,50 Euro, and for this money, you will get one minute packed with action. There is a total of 5 loops during the ride, and the highest speed during the ride is 100km.

Since you buy tickets individually for all rides in the park, there is normally no line and you can go ahead and enjoy a ride at once without standing in line!

Does this look like a nice ride to you? We have tried it… it’s amazing!

A short stay in NH Hotel Wien City

Are you going to visit Vienna and dream of spending a lot of time in Mariahilferstrasse, the most popular shopping street in Vienna? NH Hotel Wien City might be exactly the hotel you are looking for!

NH Hotel Wien City is a four-star hotel, located just by the popular shopping street. The hotel doesn’t have their main entrance from the street, but walking through a short tunnel you can get to the main entrance, and living in the hotel, it feels like you live in the shopping street.

NH hotel Wien

The hotel is perfect if you want to spend most of your time outdoors, but if you are looking for a hotel with lots of indoor services, you should probably book a room somewhere else. But, as a four-star hotel with a perfect location in Mariahilferstrasse, this hotel will be more than enough for most people.

The rooms are nice (and not that small), and the people working in the reception are nice. The hotel has a parking lot available, but they do not have space for lots of cars, so you might be unlucky and discover that the parking lot is fully booked upon arrival.

The biggest minus with NH Hotel Wien City

Before arrival, we read that NH Hotel Wien City has splendid free WiFi available in the hotel, but that is very far from the truth. They have free WiFi, but it is so slow and terrible, that I would not even dare to call it free WiFi. It reminded me of the days when I used a modem to connect to the Internet, only slower. There were times when I couldn’t even download my emails due to the speed.

There was, of course, a way to get faster Internet, but you would have to pay 10 Euro a day for that service. In other words, what NH Hotel Wien City call free WiFi is similar to calling a dog-poop a chocolate.

NH Hotel Wien City summary

The hotel was perfect for some days of shopping and sightseeing in Vienna. We had a great stay, and we would have no problem returning. But, the WiFi was a big disappointment, so if that is important to you, prepare to pay or to live somewhere else.

Pieter Bruegel in Vienna

The Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum) in Vienna will host the most fantastic Pieter Bruegel exhibition ever in the period between October 2nd (2018) and January 13th (2019). 

During this amazing event in the most famous of all museums in Vienna, you can see more than half of the extant works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder on display. All in all, a total of forty paintings, sixty drawings and eighty prints can be attributed to him today. This exhibition is taking part in commemorating this fantastic artist, as it is 450 years since his death in 2019.

One of the most famous works of Pieter Bruegel - The Tower of Babel
One of the most famous works of Pieter Bruegel – The Tower of Babel

This exhibition will put pictures and works on display that has never ever been exhibited outside their own “hometowns” earlier.

What makes Pieter Bruegel so interesting is the fact that his images are easy to like and enjoy. He was a storyteller, a social critic, and a satirist at the same time.

There will be daily guided tours presenting this exhibition at the museum at 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00. This is ideal for those who want to get an even deeper dive into Pieter Bruegel and his works during this exhibition.

Enjoy this fantastic exhibition in Vienna. For more information about other exhibitions, events, and interesting things happening in Vienna, read in our Vienna Guide. You can read more about the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna here.

Getting to the Familypark from Vienna

I have just read the following article about the Familypark in Vienna and would love to pay it a visit. How can I easily get to the Familypark from Vienna?

That is a brilliant question and a question that many people ask themselves. Luckily, it is quite easy to get to the Familypark from Vienna. In the article, the author decides to rent a car and travel to the Familypark on his own. That is for sure the easiest way to visit the park, and the ride should take between 60-75 minutes, depending on where you are staying in Vienna.

The exact address and coordinates of the park are:

Märchenparkweg 1
7062 St. Margarethen
GPS-Data: 47° 48′ 6.785” N ,16° 38′ 51.078” E

How to get to the Familypark from Vienna
How to get to the Familypark from Vienna – Source

How to get to the Familypark with public transportation?

But, most people reading this and asking the same question probably wants to get there without renting a car.

To get to the Familypark, get to Vienna Hauptbahnhof first (you can easily get there using the metro system in Vienna). There you will have to find bus 200 and travel to Eisenstadt/Domplatz. When you get there you have to change to bus 285 which will travel to the Familypark during the opening times of the park.  There is a dedicated bus stop outside the park.

The bus ride from Vienna to Eisenstadt normally takes around 1 hour an 20 min.

We hope these answers will help you out. If you have further comments or questions, use the comment field beneath.