Vienna Christmas markets

Vienna Christmas markets city breaks

Step straight into a fairytale at the wave of a wand this winter and make your way to one of Vienna’s Christmas markets. Dotted around Austria’s capital, each one offers a huge selection of festive treats. Pull on your Christmas jumper and check out our fantastic range of Vienna city breaks.

Maria-Theresien-Platz Market (Nov - Dec)*

Maria-Theresien-Platz Market (Nov - Dec)*

Keep the magic alive all the way into the New Year at the Maria-Theresien-Platz market. Stock up on everything from sweets to souvenirs, while sipping on a delicious mulled wine (known as glühwein) or a spicy apple- punch. There’s even a vegan hotdog stall! After Christmas, the market transforms into a New Year village, providing the perfect place for seeing in January in style, all while the imposing Kunsthistorisches and Natural History museums form a grand backdrop.

Vienna Magic of Advent Market (Nov - Dec)*

Vienna Magic of Advent Market (Nov - Dec)*

Be mesmerised by the famous Vienna Magic of Advent market. Held on Rathausplatz in front of the 19th-century City Hall, the market alongside this beguiling building provides an unbeatable backdrop for a spot of seasonal shopping. More than 145 stalls make up this postcard-perfect market. At night, trees are lavishly embellished with lights to create an enchanting woodland. There’s a track-style ice rink too!

Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market (Nov - Dec)*

Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market (Nov - Dec)*

Dramatic during the day and even more so at night, Schönbrunn Palace creates a beautiful setting for an evening of exploring. Take a tour of the palace, before heading out to the market and browsing traditional artisan gifts, cute crafts and tasty treats line the palace square. It’s ideal for a Christmassy couple’s night out.

Belvedere Palace (Nov - Dec)*

Belvedere Palace (Nov - Dec)*

Belvedere Palace’s Christmas market is smaller in size but equal in charm. Wander between rows of traditional wooden huts and immerse yourself in everything from bespoke African gifts to handmade wooden trinkets. Dazzling decorations and twinkling lights illuminate the surroundings to add to the festive feeling.

Spittelberg Christmas Market (Nov - Dec)*

Spittelberg Christmas Market (Nov - Dec)*

Spittelberg Christmas market is a romantic spot for enjoying the festive season. This traditional setup spans across three streets and is nestled between quaint little gift shops that are brimming with local crafts – it’s the quintessential spot for a Vienna Christmas market break. If all the exploring leaves you feeling peckish, there’s plenty to satisfy rumbling tummies.

Altwiener Christkindlmarket

Altwiener Christkindlmarket

In Vienna, Christmas market breaks are nothing if not charming, and this traditional old-style affair lays it on thick. Enjoy the activities and stage performances between browsing everything the stalls have to offer. Weekdays at 10am, kids can enjoy a puppet performance and, throughout the week you’ll find music, choirs and artisans ready to show off their skills.

*All dates subject to change

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  • Great for local culture
  • 2.3km from Schonbrunn Palace
  • 2.8km from Museums Quarter
  • 400m from the nearest U-Bahn station
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1. Neigh need for taxis
Take a trip back in time to the rise of the horse drawn carriage back in the 1860s. Trade in four wheels for four legs as you take in the city centre sights from a whole new prospective! Today the carriage is known as a Fiaker, and this majestic mode of transport can be spotted at regular intervals around the streets of Vienna.
2. Classical concerts and opera
Hit the high notes with events at strikingly beautiful locations across Vienna. From orchestras to jazz, opera to theatre, there’s something to appeal to all. Marvel at the architecture as you enjoy world-famous performances from the comfort of your show hall seat.
3. Sweet treats
Vienna’s Christmas markets are the place to be for sweet festive treats. Be sure to indulge in the huge gingerbread hearts on offer at market stalls – you can even have a message written in icing. Other favourites include mulled wine (glühwein), roasted chestnuts and brandy-infused coffee. Vienna is also home to apple strudel and the world-famous sachertorte, a rich chocolate cake, sometimes with almonds, filled with apricot jam.
4. Big wheel (Wiener Riesenrad)
See Vienna from a height both day and night with the giant Ferris wheel. Pick out famous landmarks from the skyline as you slowly rotate around. If you have something special to celebrate, you could always splash out on your own private wagon before tucking into champagne and a three-course meal.
5. Magnificent sights
Vienna can be pretty chilly over winter, but then there’s the added chance you’ll see a sparkling layer of snow. Take a break from the bracing weather by visiting the Kunsthistorisches Museum – it has a huge number of masterpieces spanning several centuries. Directly opposite, the Natural History Museum is worth a visit too.
6. Spiritual wonders
You’ll find some beautiful churches and cathedrals in Vienna. They become even more atmospheric at Christmas. Visit the Votive Church to see its towering spires and decorative altar. St. Stephen’s Cathedral dates back to the 12th century and has a unique multicoloured roof.





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2020 DATES


11 Dec

Flights also available from Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Birmingham and Newcastle on Mondays and Fridays from 27th November – 21st December