Christmas is nearing by the minute, and lots of Christmas markets all over the world are already in full swing. Clothes, shoes, trinkets, handmade goods, scrumptious food and holiday programs are certainly all over the place; carols could be heard everywhere; and people are all getting ready to celebrate what’s yet to come. All of these things shows that the season is here indeed, and it’s only going to get more beautiful and interesting.
With this post, we’ll introduce you to a place where Christmas markets are considered as some of the best attractions during this holiday season. One of the best things that happen in Austria during this time of the year are the different Vienna Christmas Markets, which both locals and visitors look forward to.
There are many Christmas markets in the country, in lots of towns and cities. One of the biggest ones happens in here in the capital—more than 20 markets are set up in Vienna every year, so the spirit will definitely echo throughout every corner around the city. There are also Christmas markets in cities such as Innsbruck and Salzburg, but before we tell you about these cities, let’s focus on the festivities on Vienna first.
The Christmas markets in Vienna usually begin sometime in November (usually the last week of November) until late December. Like majority of Christmas markets from all over the world, the ones here in Vienna is where you could shop for presents, find nice handmade goodies made by independent artists, and of course, get some food to take home for your Christmas feast. These markets have been around since the Medieval Ages, and are still around today—it just gets better every year.
The Christmas Market or Christkindlmarkt happens in front of the City Hall, but you can also catch a variety of smaller stalls all over the city. This year, some of the major Christmas markets are at the: Wiener Christkindlmarkt (one of the largest markets in the city), the Schönbrunn Castle (famous for its amazing handicrafts), the Christmas Village at the Maria-Theresien-Platz, the market at the Belvedere Palace, and the market at the Riesenradplatz (where you’ll find the beautiful Vienna Ferris Wheel). There are more than a dozen major markets in the city, so you will not run out of places to visit.
There are also great markets in other cities in the country. In Salzburg, another beautiful Austrian city, the Christmas Markets are also considered big. The markets are set up at the Old Town, and here, you will not also get tired of the colorful surroundings of carolers, decorations and lights all over the place, performers, and even carriages that could take you around town.
And of course, there is Innsbruck. This wonderful part of Austria, with its breathtaking backdrop of snowcapped mountains, is another great place to see excellent Christmas markets. Innsbruck is just so beautiful at any time of the year, so just imagine how amazing this place will look when it’s all lit up with Christmas lights and decorations. There are Christmas Markets at the Hungerburg Castle, at the Maria-Theresa Road (lots of decorations here), and of course, the Marktplatz (the Marketplace).
Fancy trying out some local treats like the Kiachln and Spatzln? Want to ride a carriage going around a lively backdrop? Want to share it with the locals who will be glad to give you an advice or two on where to go and and what to do? Austria is definitely wonderful this time of the year, and being here will give you that Christmas feeling that who knows—could be enough to keep you nice and warm during the season.