Step straight into a fairytale this winter when you book one of our Vienna Christmas markets city breaks. Dotted around Austria’s handsome and historic capital, each one offers a huge selection of seasonal treats. So pack your favourite festive jumper and get ready for a magical few days in Vienna with one of our Christmas markets city breaks.
Keep the festive spirit 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 ideal place for seeing in January in style.
Vienna Magic of Advent Market
The famous Vienna Magic of Advent market is mesmerising! Held on Rathausplatz, in front of the 19th-century City Hall, with more than 145 stalls, this postcard-perfect market provides an unbeatable backdrop for a spot of seasonal shopping. At night, trees are embellished with lights to create an enchanting woodland. There’s a track-style ice rink too!
Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market
Dramatic during the day and even more so at night, Schönbrunn Palace is a beautiful setting for an evening of exploring. Take a tour of the palace, before heading out to browse traditional artisan gifts, cute crafts and tasty treats at the market stalls lining the palace square. It’s ideal for a couple's Christmassy night out.
Belvedere Palace’s Christmas market is small in size but it oozes 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
Spittelberg Christmas market is a romantic spot for enjoying the festive season. Classic huts span across three streets and are nestled between quaint little gift shops 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.
In Vienna, Christmas market breaks are nothing if not charming, and this 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 artists ready to show off their skills.
This famous chocolatier and pastry shop opened in 1786 to serve the royal court. The interior is all neo-baroque splendour with waitresses delivering delicate cakes and candied violets. Demel had an intense...
Once the seat of the Habsburg empire, the Hofburg palace now offers a fascinating glimpse into Austria's imperial past. Dating back to the 13th century, it’s an incredible melting pot of styles. There's a...
See the world-famous Lipizzan horses pirouette and piaffe to music. Dressage performances take place in the beautiful sunlit hall of the Winter Riding School at the Hofburg Palace. You can only applaud the...
Take a trip back in time to the rise of the horse-drawn carriage during 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 can be regularly spotted around the streets of Vienna.
2. Classical concerts and opera
Hit a high note by attending 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. Indulge in the huge gingerbread hearts on offer at market stalls – you can even have a message written in icing – mulled wine (glühwein), roasted chestnuts and brandy-infused coffee. Vienna’s also home to apple strudel and the world-famous sachertorte, a rich chocolate cake 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
During winter, Vienna can be pretty chilly and often blanketed in 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 ornate churches and cathedrals in Vienna, and 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.