Christmas season is the most beautiful time to visit Austria’s capital city. Experience enchanting Christmas markets in one of the most atmospharic cities in Europe.
Located directly on the famous Ring Boulevard, Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, is in a walking distance to the most famous Christmas markets, such as the Viennese Christmas Market on Rathausplatz, the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, or the Christmas Market on Stephansplatz and Maria Theresien-Platz.
Celebrate this special time with us the coziest time of the year and enjoy the scent of cinnamon and gingerbread wafting through a festively decorated hotel.
There are more than 20 Christmas markets in Vienna, with the entire city brimming with festive cheer. As guests of Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, you will be close to some of the nicest, including Rathausplatz, Maria-Theresien-Platz and Am Hof.
Enjoy a mug of steaming-hot mulled wine or Christmas punch, treat yourself to wintertime specialities such as Langos, roasted chestnuts or sweet delights and listen as angelic voices fill the air singing carols. Whether you are in Vienna for 24 hours or 14 nights, at least one visit to a Christmas market is a must.
Wiener Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz
Address: Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
Rathausplatz is the biggest Christmas market in Vienna, which sees the entire square in front of the City Hall come alive. There is a good reason for the popularity of this place, as you will find over 150 stalls filled with traditional gifts, handcrafted goods, sweet treats, mouth-watering Viennese food and drinks to keep everyone warm and merry here. As well as this, there is the iconic Christmas tree that towers above everything else, a 3,000-square-metre ice rink and a specially dedicated area for little ones known as Children's World, where a reindeer train and carousel can be found.
Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace
Address: Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
There is something special about the Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace. Offering the perfect photo opportunity with the illuminated Upper Belvedere as a backdrop, this market is certainly worth travelling further afield for.
With more than 40 stalls focusing on high-quality arts and crafts, from delicate jewellery made from Murano glass to leather-bound diaries, it is a fantastic place to pick up Christmas gifts for loved ones. Make sure you arrive on an empty stomach too, as the food here is delicious. Roasted chestnuts, fried potato dishes known as Bauerngröstl and crepes are as delicious as you could imagine.
Christkindlmarkt at Maria-Theresien-Platz
Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
Based between the Natural History Museum and Museum of Art History is Maria-Theresien-Platz. On a larger scale compared to many of the other Christmas markets, the area is filled with twinkling lights, opulent decor and stall after stall, surrounding the statue of former empress Maria Theresia.
It is a great market to visit after a day of exploring the two museums located nearby. It is also a perfect place if you are looking for souvenirs, due to the wide selection on offer. As for food, you are well catered for if you are feeling hungry. Traditional Austrian meals and sweet desserts can be found left and right, as well as pastries, goulash soup, roasted chestnuts and a whole range of punch!
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