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Best Christmas Markets in Vienna

8 Best Christmas Markets in Vienna You Shouldn't Miss

Visiting Vienna during Christmas time is especially charming! The city's most important squares are transformed into Christmas Markets and the city center's streets are illuminated, most notably with the giant red light bulbs at Rotenturmstrasse near St. Stephen's Cathedral. But what are the most charming Christmas Markets in Vienna? Here are our choices!

1. Wiener Weihnachtstraum am Rathausplatz

Vienna's most popular Christmas Market, the Vienna Christmas Dream / Wiener Weihnachtstraum is always a good choice! The Rathausplatz, between the illuminated city hall and the Burgtheater offer the entire Christmas package - from souvenirs like the original Viennese snow globe (yes the snow globe originated in Vienna!) to a variety of food and dessert stands, hot punch and Gluhwein as well as a giant ice skating rink for the little ones.

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Wiener Weihnachtstraum am Rathausplatz Top10 Vienna

2. Weihnachtsmarkt am Hof

The Weihnachtsmarkt am Hof is surrounded by historical buildings in the city center of Vienna, near Graben and Kohlmarkt. The Christmas Market am Hof offers local and handcrafted wooden products, regional specialties and a very special Christmas flair.

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Weihnachtsmarkt am Hof Top10 Vienna

3. Christmas Market Schoenbrunn Palace

Definitely one of the most gorgeous and scenic places in Vienna, the Schoenbrunn Palace also offers a unique flair during Christmas season. Right in front of the castle on the huge square, the market stands form a half circle. Get there early enough to visit the Schoenbrunn castle, one of Vienna's top attractions and enjoy a Gluhwein and the atmosphere at the Schönbrunner Christkindlmarkt.

Photo: (c) Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Schönbrunn

4. Spittelberg

Vienna's most hidden Christmas Market is especially popular among locals. A few side streets from Vienna's shopping street Mariahliferstrasse at Spittelberg, a few tiny and narrow streets lead you through the Christmas Market with local shops open late, plenty of drinks and souvenirs and the best potato fritter ever! Look out for the hand-made potato fritter - Kartoffelpuffer - or see where locals line up.

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5. Christmas Market Belvedere

You can visit a tiny but charming Christmas Market in front of the Belvedere Palace, which also hosts a fantastic museum which is home of Gustav Klimt's famous "Kiss". You can view current exhibitions of the museum here.

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6. Weihnachtsmarkt Maria-Theresien Platz

The Christmas Market between the two identical looking buildings, the Natural History Museum and the Kunsthistorische Museum, is a must visit every year.

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Christmas Market Maria-Theresien Platz

7. Christmas Village Altes AKH

One of Vienna's most hidden treasures during Christmas season - the Christmas Village Altes AKH. The charmingly market stalls along the narrow alleys offer chestnuts and other snacks, gluhwein, punch and various Christmas souvenirs.

Photo: (c) Weihnachtsdorf Altes AKH

8. Winter @ MQ

The MQ-Museumsquartier has evolved into the meeting point for students and young adults, not just during summer months. The Christmas market at MQ combines modern arts with the Austrian tradition of Punch, Gluhwein and Christmas gifts.

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Winter at MQ

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