Christmas markets 2023

Vienna has several Christmas Markets and they are all known to be among the best in all of Europe. What is especially cool in Vienna is that every Christmas Market has its own cup which you can buy, and of course, drink hot chocolate and glühwein from it. So, if you visit all the different markets, you can return home with ten different cups if you would like to!

Christmas markets in Vienna

The most famous Christmas market in Vienna is the one at the Rathausplatz in front of the City Hall. This is very beautiful, especially in the evening as the house of the city council is illuminated. But there are several other Christmas Markets to be visited in Vienna. The Schönbrunn Palace has a great Christmas Market, you can find another one in front of Karlskirche, there is an untraditional but brilliant market at Spittelberg, and the list could go on forever.

If you want to experience a real Christmas atmosphere, Vienna is one of the best cities to visit in Europe. Read further about some of the different markets, and check out the dates of the different Christmas markets in the list under this text.

Dates for the Christmas Markets in Vienna in 2023

Rathausplatz Christmas market dates 2023: November 18/25, 2023 – December 26, 2023
The 2023 dates are not yet published, but we expect the markets to open on either November 18 or November 25 based on the pattern from earlier years.

  • 2022: November 19 – December 26
  • 2019: November 15 – December 24
  • 2018: November 16 – December 26

This is the most popular and famous Christmas market in Vienna. It is much more than just a market. Here you can find many programs for adults and kids, including an ice skating rink, a magical train, beautiful lights, and so much more. This is the place to go if you want to take fantastic photos.

Schönbrunn Christmas market dates 2023: November 18/25, 2023 – January 5th, 2024
The 2023 dates are not yet published, but we expect the markets to open on either November 18 or November 25 based on the pattern from earlier years.

  • 2022: November 19 – January 4 (2023)
  • 2019: November 23 – December 26
  • 2018: November 18 – December 26

The Christmas market by Schönbrunn is located quite far from the city center, but it is still very popular due to the fantastic surrounding of the market. The Schönbrunn castle is an attraction in itself and you can walk in the park for hours all year round. There is a fantastic view if you visit the Glorietta, and families will enjoy visiting the zoo in the park. The market has beautiful illumination at night, and since you should visit Schönbrunn anyway, this is a win-win situation.

Spittelberg Christmas market dates 2023: November 10/17, 2023 – December 23rd, 2023
The 2023 dates are not yet published, but we expect the markets to open on either November 10 or November 17 based on the pattern from earlier years.

  • 2022: November 11 – December 23
  • 2019: November 14 – December 23
  • 2018: November 18 – December 23

This isn’t a traditional Viennese Christmas market. It doesn’t have magical illumination at a giant square. Instead, this is a market located in tiny streets where you walk up and down. People stand in the middle of the street and drink their hot wine, and the stores in the area are a natural part of the Christmas market. In a way, this is Vienna’s most special Christmas market, and you should definitely visit it.

Wintermarkt Präter Christmas market dates 2023: November 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024
These are the official dates for this year’s Christmas market at Präter.

  • 2023: November 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024
  • 2022: November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Präter is a fantastic area in Vienna. Here you can enjoy a giant Ferris Wheel and enjoy an adrenaline kick as you pay to ride one of the many roller coasters in the area. Before Christmas, a big winter market is added to the area, and it certainly has a traditional Christmas market atmosphere. Once again, this is an area you should visit anyway, and because of the Christmas market, you just got one more excuse to do so. There are daily concerts from Wednesday to Sunday at 19.00 during the entire period of the event.

christmas market at präter

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What can you buy at the Christmas markets in Vienna?

As you visit the Christmas markets in Vienna, you will find many similar objects at the different Christmas markets. Obviously, there are differences, but you will also see many similarities between the different markets.

One of the most important things you will find at every Christmas market in Vienna is the hot wine, often referred to as glühwein. Since the wine has been boiled, it normally comes without alcohol, but the taste of alcohol and wine is strongly present in the drink. As a result, most kids dislike the traditional hot wine served at the different Christmas markets. Hot wine, or mulled wine, or glüh wine, also consists of some additional spices (depending on who makes it). Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg are some of the most used spices.

If the kids don’t like the hot wine, they feel otherwise about the chimney cake. This is often referred to as the Sekler Cake, a sweet dough with sugar grilled and later dipped in cinnamon, cocoa, walnut, or vanilla. If you choose the cinnamon taste it reminds you quite a lot of cinnamon buns, just that it is much bigger and incredibly delicious. It might be that this is a favorite of kids, but don’t worry, adults love it as well.

chimney cake

It is very normal to find fruits covered with chocolate as well. This is another favorite of adults and kids as you get apples, strawberries, and other chocolate-covered fruits.

Would you like some more serious food? There are several options at the Christmas markets in Vienna.

This region is well known for delicious meat, and also sausages. As a result, you will find sausages of all kinds at the Christmas markets in Vienna. Some are filled with paprika, onion, and spices, while other sausages are more harmless and with less taste.

Another tasty thing you can enjoy at several Christmas markets is warm soup served in bread buns. What tastes better than a warm goulash soup, or maybe a pumpkin cream soup or a garlic cream soup in minus 5 degrees in the evening while enjoying the beautiful illumination of the Christmas markets in Vienna?

goulash soup at christmas market

Austria is also known for its tasty cheese. Consequently, you will find several stalls where you can buy traditional cheese from Austria of all sorts. These are just some examples of what you should eat and drink at the different Christmas markets in Vienna.

Would you rather buy a souvenir, a present, or something else? You can find all sorts of objects and handicrafts at the markets.

Are you looking for some handmade soap consisting only of natural ingredients? It is very likely that you will find this if you visit the different Christmas markets in Vienna. Would you rather buy some toys for your children? There are often handmade toys available in several stalls.

One typical thing to buy is Christmas decorations. You can buy a model of Joseph and Mary in the stable with their Jesus child, or maybe some decorations that you can hang on your Christmas tree. Does it sound more interesting with a candle holder surrounded by beautiful glass that makes it shine in all sorts of colors? You will find them in all sorts of shapes and sizes if you go to the Christmas markets in Vienna.

The ladies will also find the earrings, rings, purses, wallets, and similar objects extremely tempting.

christmas globes in vienna

There are so many options. The best thing you can do is to set aside several hours and just visit all the different Christmas markets in Vienna. You will find so much more than this. The great thing is that there are changes from year to year. As a result, you will always see things you haven’t seen before and find objects you didn’t know you needed (before you actually see them).

A nice walk to help you discover some of the nicest Christmas markets in Vienna.

It is healthy to walk. So, why not discover some of Vienna’s most popular and beautiful Christmas markets on foot? Here we will share a fantastic stroll that will take you through beautiful streets and simultaneously bump into some of the best Christmas markets in Vienna.

Let’s start at Stephansplatz.

Stephansdom is one of the most famous attractions in Vienna. Here you can find a Christmas market as well. It isn’t the biggest, but it is especially good for those hungry and thirsty. You can get here on foot or by metro, making it an ideal place to start our Christmas market tour in Vienna.

christmas at stephansplatz

When you have finished looking around at the market, walk along Graben (a beautiful street) and at the end, head towards Bognergasse. Here you will find exclusive shopping along the way (Prada, Louis Vuitton, and several other stores). After walking here for a few minutes, you will reach the Christmas market at Hof. This might not be the most famous Christmas market in Vienna, but it is beautiful and worth a visit.

walk to christmas market am hof

When you are finished visiting the Christmas market at Hof, it is time to walk to the most famous of all Christmas markets in Vienna. The traditional Christmas fair located in front of the city hall (Rathaus) is less than 1km away. If you want a traditional Austrian Wiener schnitzel along the way, stop and have a meal at Cafe Landtmann (located extremely close to Rathausplatz).

Walk towards the Schottengasse, all the way to Schottentor. There you can turn left onto the Universitätsring. You will soon see Café Landtmann on your left side and the beautiful Christmas market at Rathausplatz on your right side.

walk to rathausplatz

This is a real Winter Wonderland in Vienna. This is more than just a Christmas market where you can eat and rink. Here you can go ice skating, and there are many other activities available. It might seem trivial, but it is beautiful, especially in the evenings. In other words, you must go there at least once when it is dark. The city hall itself is amazing, and with the lights from the Christmas market, this is one of the most magical places you can go in the world during this time of the year.

christmas lights

This is probably the Christmas market where you will spend most of your time. However, you still have more to discover, so drink your hot wine and get ready to walk along the Universitätsring further until you reach the Burgring. You can then keep walking until you see the monumental buildings of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History on your right side. You have arrived at the Maria-Theresien Platz which means you are ready for even more Christmas market shopping).

Once again, this Christmas market is surrounded by two beautiful buildings, which makes it look even better. There are lots of stalls here where you can buy objects and if you have some time left, you should consider visiting one or both the museums at the square.

christmas walk in vienna

Above, you can first see the walk from the Christmas market at Rathausplatz to the Christmas market at Maria-Theresien Platz. As you finish there, walk towards Operning (or drop by Hofburg to take pictures first). You will soon see the magnificent opera building in Vienna. Turn left after the opera building, and you are ready to walk onto Kärtner Strasse. This is yet another beautifully decorated street in Vienna, and as you walk straight forward, you will end up at the Stephansplatz by the Stephansdom.

kärtner strasse

It has been quite a walk, hasn’t it? Are you satisfied? Not only have you seen some of the best Christmas markets in Vienna, but you have also seen many of the city’s most popular sights and attractions.

Would you like more? One of Vienna’s most special Christmas markets is the so-called Spittelberg market. This is located in several small streets not far from the Maria-Theresien Platz. If you use Google Maps, head for Stiftgasse, and you will find what you are looking for. If not, follow the instructions on the map below and take a detour after your trip to the Christmas Market at Maria-Theresien Platz.

spittelberg christmas

The Christmas market at Spittelberg is special because it differs from all the others. It isn’t located in a big square. Instead, it is located on small streets. There are stalls here and there, but many stores in the streets also turn into a natural part of the Christmas market. Consequently, this Christmas market has a special atmosphere that you should enjoy and visit while in Vienna.

We guess you are getting tired by now. If you still have energy left in your legs, you can walk from the Spittelberg market to Mariahilferstrasse for some normal shopping. Would you rather continue your crazy Christmas market walk? Head towards Karlsplatz. It isn’t far away and there you will find yet another Christmas market at a giant square with a beautiful church in the background.

christmas at karlsplatz

The picture above might seem a bit empty, but it was made in the morning before the market opened. If you use public transportation, this is a spot easy to reach as Karlsplatz is a spot where several subway lines intersect.

Since you are addicted to Christmas markets, you should definitely walk from Karlsplatz to the famous attraction Belvedere. This is yet another attraction that you will love, and you will certainly enjoy the Christmas market at Belvedere as well.

When you have finished this walk, it is probably time to go to bed. If you still want more, the final destination of your Christmas market marathon in Vienna should be Schönbrunn. This final destination is located quite far from the city center, making it a 6,5km walk from Belvedere to Schönbrunn. A much easier way to get to Schönbrunn is by using the metro system which is fast and easy to use in Vienna.

Have you been able to visit the Christmas market at Schönbrunn as well? You can travel home and say with good conscience that you have discovered the most beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna!

schönbrunn christmas

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!

Christmas markets in Vienna in 2018

The fantastic Christmas markets will return to Vienna again in 2018. Here are the most important dates and some useful information.

A photo from the Christmas market in front of the City Hall in Vienna – Shutterstock / Burben

There are lots of beautiful cities worth visiting before Christmas, but we dare to say that Vienna is the most beautiful of them all before Christmas. The reason is simple, Vienna is a giant Christmas market in itself. There are some beautiful Christmas markets worth visiting, but as you walk around in the city, you will discover small and larger markets everywhere. You will find people drinking hot wine everywhere, and the city is simply stunning. If you haven’t been to Vienna before Christmas, 2018 is your year!

Want to know more about some of the most famous Christmas markets in Vienna? Check our short descriptions of the different Christmas markets in Vienna here.

Vienna Christmas market dates 2018

  • The biggest and most famous Christmas market in Vienna is the one in front of the City Hall (Rathaus). This will be open from November 17th till December 26th in 2018.
  • Another very nice Christmas market is the one by Belvedere. This will be open between November 23rd and December 26th in 2018.
  • There is an annual Christmas market at Maria-Theresien Platz (between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History). This will be open from November 21st till December 26th.
  • If you haven’t been to Schönbrunn yet, visit the castle between November 18th and December 26th to enjoy the Christmas markets there.
  • The most special Christmas market in Vienna is located in Spittelberg. Here you have several small streets with stands everywhere. So, it is not a giant market, but lots of small streets making the entire area into a Christmas market maze (almost). It is absolutely worth a visit. It will be open from November 16th till December 23rd.

These are the most important dates and Christmas markets in Vienna. Are you looking forward to these markets already? As you plan your trip, read through our list of recommendations for those coming to Vienna for the Christmas markets. These are useful pieces of advice that might give you a helping hand as you plan your trip.

Have you got any questions related to the Christmas markets in Vienna? Write a comment and we will do our best to help you out!

What is Vienna like on Christmas Eve?

What is life like in Vienna on Christmas Eve? Are most restaurants closed, or are they open? Do people go out to eat, or are they at home with their family instead?

First og all thank you for the question! Christmas is a very important holiday in Vienna, and that is why Austrians like to spend especially Christmas Eve together with their family and best friends. And as you asked, they almost always do this at home, in their own houses. That is why restaurants are often closed, because the employees are at home celebrating Christmas as well. However, those who come to town as tourists also need a place to eat on Christmas Eve, and that is why there are some exceptions, that is, there are some restaurants that remain open also on Christmas Eve.

Restaurants in Vienna on Christmas Eve.

One general rule is that it can be useful to book a very nice hotel in Vienna on Christmas Eve, because the best hotels in Vienna have nice restaurants, and they keep them open, also on Christmas Eve. That is why you could check up with your hotel as well, to see if they have a restaurant in which you can dine on Christmas Eve.

Besides restaurants connected to hotels there are some independent restaurants as well that stay open on Christmas Eve. These are not so many, and unfortunately we can not present you with a complete list of such restaurants, but here you can find the names on some restaurants and cafes that have had open doors on Christmas Eve in previous years. If anyone has further feedback, names on open restaurants and cafes, please write a comment to share your knowledge!

Open in Vienna on Christmas Eve

Café Imperial
Kärntner Ring 16
Tel. + 43-1-501 10-0

Café Landtmann
Universitätsring 4
Tel. + 43-1-241 00-100

Café-Restaurant Mozart
Albertinaplatz 2
Tel. + 43-1-241 002 10

Himmelpforte Restaurant und Bar
Himmelpfortgasse 24
Tel. + 43-1-513 64 13

Restaurant Gulaschmuseum
Schulerstraße 20
Tel. + 43-1-512 10 17

Restaurant Nasch – Austrian Tapas und Wein
Schottenring 11
Tel. + 43-1-313 90-22 402

Restaurant Opus
Kärntner Ring 16
Tel. + 43-1-501 10-0

Pizzeria & Restaurant Trattoria Santo Stefano
Dorotheergasse 3
Tel. + 43-1-512 15 31-86

Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant
Coburgbastei 4B
Tel. + 43-1-518 18 870

Restaurant Dstrikt – The Ritz-Carlton Vienna
Schubertring 5
Tel. + 43-1-311 88-110

If you want to do some Christmas market shopping while in town, check this site for updated information on the Viennese Chrismas markets.