Traditionally a Catholic country, Easter is a big deal in Austria and celebrated by locals. During this important time, Easter markets are held all across Vienna and, much like those at Christmas, visitors can expect to find fine arts and crafts stalls dotted across the city, alongside vendors selling regional foods and refreshing drinks. Something you simply can't miss, however, is the abundance of decorative eggs available at the markets. Hand-painted, colourful and delicately created, the eggs are designed to be placed on an Ostereierstrauch (an Easter egg bush) - a custom found mostly in Germany and Austria.
While exact dates vary each year, Vienna's Easter markets typically begin two and a half weeks before Easter Sunday and continue to Easter Monday.
Vienna's must-visit Easter Markets
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna is based right in the heart of the city, so you will never be far away from Vienna's finest Easter markets. Each offers something slightly different, and if your trip allows it we highly recommend visiting more than one during your time here.
Schönbrunn Palace Easter Market
Based right in front of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, this Easter market is perfectly placed for tourists who are keen to pack as much into their day as possible. After you've explored one of Vienna's most popular attractions, head down to the market (usually open between 10am and 6pm) and browse the stalls, admire the eggs, try some homemade treats and join in on the many Easter-themed activities. From live music to children's workshops, there is always something going on here. As one of Vienna's biggest Easter markets, it is always buzzing with life.
Guests of Kempinski can reach Schönbrunn Palace by catching the U-Bahn. Take Line U4 from Schottenring station (a three-minute walk from Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna) and exit at Schönbrunn. A pleasant 7-minute walk will take you to the palace gates. Alternatively, you can ask our friendly concierge to book a taxi for you.
Altwiener Ostermarkt at Freyung
Surrounded by amazing Baroque architecture sits Freyung Easter Market. Arranged around the square, there is a real sense of nostalgia here. Focusing on old Easter traditions, the market runs plenty of fun-filled activities including Easter egg hunts, egg painting, puppet shows and performances by folk musicians.
You will find what is rumoured to be the largest egg tower in Europe at Altwiener Ostermarkt too, alongside the gigantic hand-painted eggs on display. Of course, like many of Vienna's markets there's a selection of fantastic stalls to browse, selling everything from wicker baskets and chocolate to leather goods and children's toys.
Visit Freyung from Palais Hansen Kempinski on foot - it only takes ten minutes to get here. Just head south-west on Schottenring towards Neutorgasse before turning left onto Börsegasse. Once you see Renngasse, turn right and then right once more at Austriabrunnen.
Handicraft market at Am Hof Square
The Easter market at Am Hof Square is slightly different to the rest, offering more handcrafted goods than any other in Vienna. Local artists and designers flock here to sell paintings, prints, jewellery, clothing and decorative eggs. It's the spot to find something unusual and unique, and a great choice if you are looking for souvenirs or gifts for friends and family back home.
A Viennese market isn't complete without a delicious selection of food, however. Enjoy sweet and savoury crepes, try Carinthian Reindling cake and sweet langos, or relax in the sunshine with a glass of wine.
Less than a 15-minute walk from Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, Am Hof Square is easy to reach any time of the day.
Easter Activities in Vienna
To celebrate Easter, there are a handful of other events taking place in Vienna, as well as regular services in the many churches and cathedrals in the city. For those who would like to attend a special mass, a trip to the Imperial Court Chapel promises to be an unforgettable experience. Here, the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir will sing - booking is recommended, especially for dates close to Easter.
Celebrating art and culture is Kalvarienberg Festival. Running for two weeks, visitors will be able to watch performances by singers, dancers, musicians and entertainers here, meet artists and take part in craft workshops, listen to readings for children or enjoy talks by lecturers and so much more. For those who love the arts, a trip to either the Vienna State Opera and Theatre an der Wien should not be missed too.
If you would like to stay in Vienna next Easter, book your stay with Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna. Our staff are always on hand to help too, whether you require additional information about the hotel or about the city itself during this special time of year.