The Viennese Advent markets

Arts and crafts and Christmas kitsch, a children’s railway and singing choirs. The markets in the capital couldn’t be more different. Yet they all have one thing in common: a great atmosphere.


  1. 1

    Vienna’s Christmas Dream on Rathausplatz

    The famous Vienna Christmas Market is open from 12 November to 26 December 2021. Besides a wintery sea of lights and various nativity scenes, crafts and kitsch await you. You don’t need to worry about your physical well-being as there is plenty of mulled wine, punch and sumptuous food. Yes, at least once a year you have see this. 

  2. 2

    Christmas market on Spittelberg

    The Spittelberg Christmas market is the classic amonst the "alternative" markets: From November 12 to December 23, 2021, you can meander through romantic alleys, marvel at precious handicrafts and watch artists at work. 


    ©Karl Lind
  3. 3

    Schönbrunn Palace Christmas market

    The cheery Advent season from 20 November to 26 December, 2021: in front of the most impressive palace backdrop in Austria, you are surrounded by choral singing and lovingly decorated stalls, where you will find traditional wood carvings, hand-painted Christmas tree baubles and much more.

    ©Gerhard Fally
  4. 4

    Christmas village in Alten AKH

    From 12 November to 23 December 2021, the true Viennese Christmas is celebrated in the grounds of the old general hospital, now part of the university campus. Off the beaten track you can sip a glass of punch or mulled wine in a relaxed atmosphere, while children enjoy a ride on the carousel or the Christmas railway.


explore further.

Imperial art & culture

With numerous Sisi exhibits

When visiting the Sisi Museum, I also recommend a walk through the Volksgarten, where Empress Elisabeth is immortalized in a quiet corner in the form of a monument. This former imperial rose garden scores every year with a flowering of 400 beautiful rose varieties.

Discover now

Imperial shopping

Vienna’s souvenirs with a touch of craftsmanship

Particularly in the centre of Vienna you will find numerous shopping locations for “imperial” shopping experiences. These include many former suppliers to the imperial court, small manufactories which specialise in Viennese handicrafts, and numerous souvenir shops.

Discover now

Out into the snow

Keeping active in winter

Some running groups are not even put off by snow and ice. Keen runners brave the winter together!

Discover now

our newest tips

“Ausg´steckt is!” (Open for business!)

On a Heuriger tour in Vienna.

Read on   →

Gay Vienna – where to go to eat cake and sip drinks?

The best recommendations for discovering queer cafés and bars in Vienna.

Read on   →

Vienna's most beautiful pavement cafés

Discover the capital city's outdoor hotspots!

Read on   →