The Best Christmas Markets In Vienna 2022
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Christmas in Vienna
I am writing here my personal opinion. That means, you are reading about the experiences of a “real” local, born here over 60 years ago, who has since had countless wonderful and terrible, calorie- and alcohol-rich, but always instructive experiences at all of the city’s “Christkindl” markets.
Yes, in Vienna the Christmas market is called “Christkindl” market, because in Vienna the “Christkind” comes to us and not Santa Claus.
On Christmas Eve, while the children are waiting excitedly (depending on the size of the apartment, in the dining room, in the kitchen, but certainly not in the living room), he/she/it miraculously flies through the window and deposits the presents under the decorated Christmas tree. Interestingly, the whole family is always waiting outside the living room except for one parent, but the children never miss him, they are much too excited for that.
Around five o’clock in the evening, the Christ Child rings a bell and that is the starting signal for the storm into the living room. Depending on the family tradition, there is then singing, praying, reading the Christmas Gospel, eating and unwrapping the presents. In the morning, the children were usually at a Christmas market, preferably with grandma and grandpa, the parents have to decorate the tree at home, the Christ Child alone can not do that in all homes.
This happens, as I said, on Christmas Eve (in German the “Heilige Abend”, the “holy evening”). The 25th and 26th are usually used for visiting relatives, with today’s trend to the patchwork family, this can be quite exhausting.
A Brief History Of Christmas Markets In Vienna
The oldest market still existing in its original form has been held on the city hall square since 1975.
What To Expect At A Viennese Christmas Market?
How To Make The Most Out Of Your Visit?
Why Are Vienna Christmas Markets So Popular?
What To Eat And Drink At A Vienna Christmas Market
Of course, sweets are very important. If you search a bit, you will find some of the real highlights of Viennese desserts, such as Kaiserschmarren, Apple Strudel, Marillenknödel (apricot dumplings) or Buchteln (sweet dumplings) with custard.
Of course, we must not forget about drinking. A visit to a Christmas market without a mulled wine or punch would be only half a thing. A warning beforehand. Unless you have decades of training behind you, as I have, be careful. It’s cold, the drinks are warm and sweet, but they contain alcohol. And not too little of it! If you are anti-alcoholic, find another city! I’m just kidding, of course there are soft drinks, or the very popular kids punch – actually a fruit tea with a lot of spices and herbs.
Don’t be surprised if the first mug is really expensive. The price also includes a deposit of € 4 or € 5. In the end you will have a cheap souvenir, or you can return it to any stand at the same market and get your money back.
The best Christmas markets in Vienna 2022 (and the worst)
Finally, here is my personal ranking of the best Christmas markets. Let me know if you agree with me, or completely differ!
1. Christmas Market Schloss Schönbrunn
By far the number one on my list is definitely the market in front of Schönbrunn Palace. The surroundings, the atmosphere, the quality of the offerings are unmatched. It can be perfectly combined with a visit to Schönbrunn Palace, preferably with a skip-the-line tour if you want to avoid long waits. If you get too cold, you have a large coffee shop right next to the market, where fresh apple strudel comes out of the oven every hour.
Schönbrunn Xmas market
- November 19 – December 26, 2022 Daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, December 25+26, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Schönbrunn Palace, 1130
2. Art Advent – Art & Crafts on Karlsplatz
Not only is the square in front of the most beautiful baroque church in the city worth a visit, it is also the only certified organic Xmas market and offers as a special feature a show workshop where you can watch various artisans at work. For the children, in addition to a carousel, there is the very popular trolley express and, among other things, a storyteller.
- November 18 – December 23, 2022
Daily from 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm, food until 9.00 pm
Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna
3. Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace
This here is the most noble Christmas market. Of course, you can also find kitschy things here, but then it is very noble kitsch. Yes, this has its price, but you don’t have to worry about buying cheap stuff here. The punch here is acknowledged to be the best in town, and we don’t need to talk about the location. In front of the summer palace of Prince Eugene, a baroque jewel of Vienna. Also, it is usually less crowded here than at most other markets.
- November 18 – December 26, 2022
Mo-Fr 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
December 25+26, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
4. Christmas Village on the University Campus
Here you can find the largest selection of food and drinks. The special feature is that all nine Austrian provinces have their own section here. So you can taste your way through the different regions of the country. The selection of souvenirs is correspondingly large. The market is a little outside the center, but very easy to reach by streetcar.
- November 11 – December 23, 2022
Mo-We 2.00 pm – 10.00 pm, Th-Fr 2.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sa 11.00 am – 11.00 pm, Su 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
Alserstrasse/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
5. Christmas Market on Spittelberg
This one is special. For one thing, it’s not a square, but a whole neighborhood where the market spreads out. A run-down part of town 30 years ago, today it’s home to high earners and artists. Secondly, this is the Christmas market for the beautiful, rich and successful, or those who would like to be.
Many would say this is the greatest of all the markets in Vienna, I’m probably a little too old fashioned to be excited by a caramel chili rum punch. Anyway, a visit is an experience and a change from the typical Christmas market.
- November 11 – December 23, 2022
Mo-Th 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Fr 2.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Sa 10.00 am – 9.30 pm, Su & hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Spittelberggasse, Stiftgasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna
6. …also recommended
The Winter Market on Riesenradplatz in front of the famous Ferris wheel at the Prater amusement park is all about entertainment, with the slogan “The Prater rocks.” Until January 8, there are children’s adventure rides, musical live acts ranging from Gospel to Soul as well as Pop, and a comedic show program.
- November 11, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Mo-Fr 12.00 noon – 10.00 pm
Sa, Su & hols. 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, December 31, 12.00 noon – 2.00 am
Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna
If you prefer beer to wine, then head to the only brewery in Vienna. The Ottakringer Weihnachtszauber (Christmas Magic Market) on the Ottakringer Brewery’s forecourt is new this year. From Thursday to Sunday, this sophisticated Christmas market offers food, creative handicrafts, curling, and, of course, an Ottakringer beer punch.
- November 24 – December 23, 2022
Th-Fr 3.00 pm – 10.00 pm, Sa 11.00 am – 10.00 pm, Su 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
Ottakringerplatz 1, 1160 Vienna
The Christmas Market Am Hof almost made it into the top 5. A really old-fashioned market in one of the city’s most historic squares, with some advantages. First, there’s the location in the absolute center, second, a charming arts and crafts market, and last but not least, a truly great selection of food and drinks.
- November 11 – December 23, 2022
Mo-Th 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, Fr-Su & hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm, food until 10.00 pm
Am Hof, 1010 Vienna
I don’t have to tell you anything about the Christmas Market on Stephansplatz. This is where our free tour ends every day. And as you join it anyway immediately after your arrival in Vienna, this will be the first market you see. 🙂
7. … and the worst!
Now things get tricky! I have already mentioned that this is about my personal opinion. But in this case, I share it with many, many locals. This is about the oldest, biggest, most famous Advent market in town, the one in front of our town hall. You can find it in any guidebook. But as is so often the case, when you can sell anything, at any price, for decades anyway, sometimes the quality falls by the wayside.
And that is the case here – not always, but far too often. In fairness, I have to say that the city is trying hard to improve things this year. The number of stalls has been reduced by a third, supposedly more attention has also been paid to quality, and maybe next year a visit to the Rathausplatz will be well worth a recommendation again. We will see!
November 19 – December 26, 2022
10.00 am – 9.30 pm
December 24-26, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
Vienna Ice World at the Christmas Market:
November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023, daily from 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm; December 31, closed
To Sum Things Up
If you’re looking for a festive and exciting place to spend your Christmas this year, be sure to check out one of the many amazing markets in Vienna. With so many different options available, you’re sure to find the perfect market for you. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!