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Vienna Christmas Markets 2021 Dates, Tips & Map

  • Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz Open from Friday 12.11. to Sunday 26.12.2021.
  • Daily from 10:00 to 21:30 o’clock, Fridays and Saturdays till 22:00 o’clock, 24.12. only till 19:00, 25.12. and 26.12. till 21:30 o’clock Metro U2 U-Bahn station Schottentor Close to: Town Hall Parliament Volksgarten The popular Christkindlmarkt in front of the Town Hall is also known as the Vienna Christmas Dream.
  • Together with the delightful Christmas illumination and the Ice Dream in the Rathauspark, this place is obligatory program for many visitors of Vienna during the Advent season.
  • Accordingly you need to be prepared for crowds of visitors.
  • Like at all mentioned markets there is no entrance fee.
  • www.wienerweihnachtstraum.at

When are the Christmas markets open in Vienna?

  • You’re wrapped up warm all ready to splash out on strawberries that foolishly fell into some chocolate.
  • Not to mention a mug of mulled wine to scare away the winter cold.
  • [NB: The Christmas markets were allowed to start this year, but they will not open during the current lockdown.
  • See their websites for possible other short-term changes, COVID requirements, etc.
  • post lockdown.
  • When do the markets start in 2021?
  • The list below shows when selected main and central Christmas markets in Vienna planned to open according to their websites.
  • November 12th: Spittelberg, Stephansplatz, Am Hof, Genussmarkt bei der Oper, Altes AKH, and the Christkindlmarkt am Rathausplatz November 17th: Weihnachtsdorf on Maria-Theresien-Platz November 19th: Karlsplatz and Belvedere markets November 20th: Freyung, Wintermarkt am Riesenradplatz, and Schönbrunn Christmas markets All these markets also planned to stay open until at least December 23rd.
  • For example: Rathausplatz (until December 26th) Wintermarkt am Riesenradplatz (until January 9th, 2022) The Schönbrunn market (until December 26th) Stephansplatz (until December 26th) Belvedere (until December 26th) Weihnachtsdorf on Maria-Theresien-Platz (until December 26th) Genussmarkt bei der Oper (until December 31st) Actual opening dates depend on how long the national lockdown continues and what each market decides to do with the rest of the holiday season time available to it (assuming we open up before Christmas).
  • So check their official sites on a case-by-case basis.
  • You may find other markets around the city have different dates to those given above: I haven’t checked every one.
  • Opening hours 2021 Most markets open sometime between 10am and midday, closing around 9pm.
  • Here the details for those I review at Visiting Vienna, again based on what the websites say at the time of writing.
  • Provisional 2021 opening hours Altes AKH 2pm to 10pm (Mon – Weds) 2pm to 11pm (Thurs, Fri) 11am to 11pm (Sat) 11am to 9pm (Sun) Am Hof 11am to 9pm (Mon-Thurs) 10am to 9pm (Fri-Sun and public holidays) Belvedere 11am to 9pm (weekdays) 10am to 9pm (weekends) 11am to 4pm (December 24th) 11am to 7pm (December 25th and 26th) Christkindlmarkt (Rathaus) 10am to 9.30pm (10pm on Fridays and Saturdays) Closed at 7pm on December 24th Genussmarkt bei der Oper 11am to 9pm (maybe later on New Year’s Eve) Closed on December 24th Karlsplatz Midday to 8pm Maria-Theresien-Platz 11am to 9pm (Sun to Thurs) 11am to 9.30pm (Fri and Sat) Closed earlier on December 24th (4pm) Schönbrunn 10am to 9pm Closes at 4pm on December 24th 10am to 6pm (December 25th and 26th) Spittelberg 2pm to 9pm (Mon-Thurs) 2pm to 9.30pm (Fri) 10am to 9.30pm (Sat) 10am to 9pm (Sun and public holidays) Stephansplatz 11am to 9pm Closes at 4pm on Dec 24th Closes at 7pm on Dec 25th and 26th Wintermarkt Midday to 10pm (weekdays) 11am to 10pm (weekends and public holidays) 10am to 5pm on December 24th Midday to 10pm on December 31st Planned opening hours for 2020 Here the opening hours announced for last year for those markets who have not yet published this year’s times (last time I checked).

Christmas markets: Vienna is this beautiful at Christmastime

  • From mid-November until Christmas, Vienna’s most beautiful squares are once again transformed into magical Christmas markets.
  • The aroma of Christmas baking, hot punch and toasted almonds wafts through the air.
  • The Old City and shopping streets are decorated with festive lights that spread the Christmas cheer in Vienna.
  • The 150 sales booths at the traditional Christmas Market offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, culinary treats, confectionery and warming drinks.
  • A special attraction for couples in love is the tree of hearts.
  • The Children’s World offers a carousel, a ferris wheel, a crib path, and wonderful light installations in the park.
  • Please note that due to official COVID-19 measures, the information below may change at short notice.
  • At the current time, the consumption of food and drinks is only permitted according to the 2G rule for people who are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid (in German: Geimpfte und Genesene).
  • The romantic Christmas Village on the University Campus is also a popular meeting point during the run-up to Christmas, especially for students.
  • Festive Advent music can be heard on the square from 4.00 pm.
  • Imperial flair in front of palaces The Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace enchants with its imperial backdrop.
  • The atmospheric market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made Christmas decorations, Christmas concerts and an extensive children’s program, including Christmas workshop.
  • The unique palace park provides an ideal site for this tranquil Christmas market with elegant handicrafts and culinary delights.
  • Art Advent on Karlsplatz offers a diverse children’s program and above all handicrafts to buy.
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Get ready for the Christmas markets in Vienna

  • From mid-November until Christmas you can warm up with mulled wine and shop some last-minute gifts at Vienna’s beautiful Christmas markets It’s the most wonderful time of the year, sang Andy Williams, and Vienna has got the hop on most of Central Europe with some of the best Christmas markets in the world.
  • The most famous one is the Wiener Christkindlmarkt in Rathausplatz, where tourists and Viennese alike stroll, peruse and shop.
  • The wooded park outside the Rathaus, or town hall, will once again be covered in fairy lights, oozing a festive glow in the gray month of November.
  • Lovers and kids will be on the skating rinks.
  • Glühwein, strudel, and sausage will be offered from some of the 125 wooden stalls, as well as all the handcrafted decorations, treats and lights you could ever need.
  • Viennese Christmas markets opening dates The Vienna Christmas Dream at city hall (Wiener Weihnachtstraum am Rathausplatz) is the most famous and popular Christmas market — Shutterstock Vienna has more than 20 official Christmas markets to visit.
  • Walking along the captivating Ringstrasse and you’ll pass the Weihnachtsmarkt in Maria-Theresien-Platz, Stephansplatz, and Karlsplatz, as well as some of the many small side markets.
  • Traditional Christmas Markets Taking a ride on the Ferris wheel at the Wiener Christkindlmarkt is a necessity — Shutterstock Vienna Christmas Dream on Rathausplatz: November 12 – December 26, 2021 November 12 – December 26, 2021 Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz: November 17 – December 26, 2021 November 17 – December 26, 2021 Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung: November 20 – December 23, 2021 November 20 – December 23, 2021 Christmas Market Schloss Schönbrunn: November 20 – December 26, 2021 November 20 – December 26, 2021 Christmas Market on Stephansplatz: November 12 – December 26, 2021 November 12 – December 26, 2021 Advent Treat at the Opera House: November 12 – December 31, 2021 November 12 – December 31, 2021 Winter Market on Riesenradplatz: November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022 Alternative Christmas Markets The Christmas market at Karlsplatz is a kid’s paradise.
  • They have farm animals, arts and crafts tables, but also lots of mulled wine for parents — Shutterstock Art Advent – Art & Crafts on Karlsplatz: November 19 – December 23, 2021 Christmas Market on Spittelberg: November 12 – December 23, 2021 November 12 – December 23, 2021 Christmas Village on the University Campus: November 12 – December 23, 2021 Christmas markets all over Europe Over the next few weeks, the markets in Prague, London, and Berlin will open.
  • Every square and park – indeed any empty space – of cities, towns and villages will be packed with fairs full of stalls, rides and local mulled wine.
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Vienna Christmas Markets 2021

  • Take a weekend break in Vienna and visit the Christmas markets Take an Advent break and choose from nearly 300 city hotels of all standards.
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  • There are plenty of other markets in different locations in the city and, this being Vienna, they almost all have a particularly scenic backdrop.
  • Here we have listed a selection of the events that have their own Christmas market websites: Advent Magic at the Vienna Christkindlmarkt This is the best-known of all the Vienna Christmas markets, with the image of the illuminated city hall and the market in front of it being a popular one to illustrate seasonal news stories.
  • Dates: 12.11.21 – 26.12.21 Times: Sunday to Thursday : 10.00 – 21.30 Friday and Saturday : 10.00 – 22.00 ( 24.12 : 10.00 – 19.00) Location: In the open space in front of the Vienna City Hall Website: wienerweihnachtstraum.at Christmas Market at Stephansplatz Another Christmas market in an iconic location in the Austrian capital, this time in the open spaces of the pedestrian area around the city cathedral and main shopping area.
  • Dates:20.11.21 – 09.01.22 Times: Monday to Friday : 12.00 – 22.00 Saturday and Sunday : 11.00 – 22.00 (24.12 : 10.00 – 17.00) Location: In the Prater amusement park Website: www.wintermarkt.at Christmas Village at the Maria-Theresien-Platz The Christmas Village in the Museumsquartier is one of a number organised by the same events agency.
  • Dates: 17.11.21 – 26.12.21 Times : Sunday to Thursday: 11.00 – 21.00 Friday and Saturday: 11.00 – 22.00 (24.12 : 11.00 – 16.00) Location: In the square of the Museumsquartier Website: www.weihnachtsmarkt.at Altwiener Christmas Market Although the Altwiener market is indeed held in one of the most historic parts of the inner city, the name (‘Old Viennese’) doesn’t mean that it goes back a long way – it dates from the 1980s – but that it tries to stand out against commercialisation and for a traditional market.
  • Dates: 20.11.21 – 23.12.21 Times: 10.00 – 21.00 Location: In the historic Freyung square near the Schottenkirche Website: www.altwiener-markt.at Christmas Village at the Belvedere Palace One of the most popular and most visited palaces in Vienna plays host to this Advent village, located in the palace grounds to the south of the city centre.
  • Dates: 19.11.21 – 26.12.21 Times: 11.00 – 21.00 Saturday, Sunday: 10.00 – 21.00 24.12: 11.00 – 16.00 Location: At Schloss Belvedere Website: www.weihnachtsmarkt.at Culture and Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace This is another market at one of Vienna’s famous palaces – this time a little way out of the centre of the city at Schloss Schönbrunn.
  • Dates:12.11.21 – 23.12.21 Times: Monday to Wednesday : 14.00 – 22.00 Thursday and Friday : 14.00 – 23.00 Saturday : 11.00 – 23.00 Sunday : 11.00 – 21.00 Location: In the 9th district buildings known as the Altes AKH Website: www.weihnachtsmarkt.at Other Things To Do in Vienna Follow your own track through the city history.
  • You can follow the traces of the battles against the Turkish invaders which left the legacy of coffee house culture; the scientific and cultural legacy of the Austro-Hungarian emperors; or track the important locations and persons in the development of pyschotherapy!
  • Sample the Blue Danube.
  • Well, not literally – for a start it’s probably too cold at this time of year.
  • But there are a number of interesting sites along Vienna’s main river, from the Donauinsel (the island between the two channels of the river) to the river traffic connections to Bratislava over the border in neighbouring Slovakia, to the evocative Cemetery of the Nameless (for those unknown who are found drowned in the river).
  • Experience Vienna’s contribution to food and drink.
  • There are two types of rail service into the city centre, the City Airport Transfer (CAT) trains or the local S-Bahn regional train service.
  • Bratislava Airport, just over the border in Slovakia, is sometimes termed Vienna (Bratislava) Airport by the more ingenious of cheaper airlines – it is in fact an hour’s drive over the border 90km away.
  • Up until that point visitors planning on using the rail network should check which rail terminal is in use for their journey to the city (currently the Westbahnhof, Südbahnhof and Vienna Meidling with the new main railway station being slowly integrated).
  • Travel Information Vienna Airport: www.viennaairport.com National Railways: www.oebb.at Vienna Railway Station: www.hauptbahnhof-wien.at Local Public Transport: www.wienerlinien.at Tourist Office: www.wien.info Other Vienna Information: www.viennadirect.com
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Vienna Christmas Market Guide and Map 2021

  • Each year Vienna and various local associations fit more than a dozen Vienna Christmas markets with Christmas trees, mulled wine, traditional food, and arts and crafts stalls.
  • Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz Officially one of Europe’s most spectacular Christmas markets, the Wiener Weihnachtstraum (Vienna Christmas Dream) spreads loads of charms.
  • Find out more in Christkindlmarkt Rathausplatz.
  • Framed by elegant town palaces like Palais Harrach and Palais Daun-Kinsky and baroque Church of the Scottish Order, the atmospheric market buzzes with beautiful crafts stalls, mulled wine and punch in various flavors, regular crafts shows, and traditional live music.
  • Dates: 1st to 23rd December 2021 Opening Times: daily 10.00 am to 9.00 pm Location: Freyung square, 1010 Vienna Christmas Village and New Year’s Market at Belvedere Palace What a backdrop: Even though not blessed with a massive Christmas tree, the illuminated baroque façade of Belvedere Vienna Palace provides a majestic flair to Weihnachtsdorf Schloss Belvedere.
  • First and foremost, expect arts and crafts stalls offering great quality products, from glass and ceramics to fine leather ware.
  • Dates: early December to 31st December 2021 (TBC) Opening Times: Monday to Friday 11.00 am to 9.00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am to 9.00 pm; 24th December: 11.00 am to 4.00 pm; 25th to 30th December 11.00 am to 7.00 pm; 31st December 11.00 am to 6.00 pm Location: Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna Christmas Village at Altes AKH By all means make sure you visit this Vienna Christmas market.
  • On top of dozens of stalls offering artisan Christmas decoration, mulled wine, punch, chestnuts and other snacks, you can do ice curling and warm yourself up at spacious Alpine log cabin Josefinenalm.
  • Compared to other Vienna Christmas markets it also scores high on live music.
  • If Schönbrunn Palace is on your sightseeing list and you love advent concerts, visit in the afternoon on weekdays, as the live music and gospels start at 6.00 pm.
  • On weekends music events take place from 2.00 pm.
  • During the New Year’s Market from 27th December to 1st January expect live jazz bands performing at 4.00 pm.
  • Much like at Belvedere Palace, the wooden stalls follow a simple elegant design concept with beautiful lighting.
  • Most of the arts and crafts offered, from organic scented candles to ceramic angels, are made or enhanced in Austria.
  • Going beyond the usual mulled wine and inexpensive decorative gifts this market offers regional arts and crafts, and live acts such as fire dances, street theater and a fashion event.
  • Dates: 1st to 23rd December 2021 (TBC) Opening Times: daily, 12 noon to 8.00 pm; arts and crafts childcare program at the large yurt daily from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm at the Sternenwerkstatt Location: Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna With a dozen top Christmas markets how to make sure you cover your favorites during your stay?
  • Dates: early December 2021 to 6th January 2022 (TBC) Opening Times: Sunday to Thursday 11.00 am to 9.00 pm; Friday and Saturday 11.00 am to 10.00 pm; 24th December 11.00 am to 4.00 pm; 25th to 30th December 11.00 am to 7.00 pm; 31st December 11.00 am to 6.00 pm; 1st to 6th January 11.00 am to 7.00 pm Location: Maria-Theresien-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna Funky Christmas at MQ Welcome to the contemporary side of Vienna’s outdoor winter parties.
  • Location: Museumsquartier (opposite Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Natural History) Dates: Until further notice, most events will be cancelled in 2020, and food and drink stalls closed.
  • Besides, the tour groups are quite small and the local guide loves sharing Austrian Christmas traditions.
  • Vienna Christmas Market Map View Christmas Markets in Vienna Austria in a larger map More Things to Do in Vienna December Visit Vienna Tourism Calendar back to Vienna Unwrapped homepage
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Christmas Markets in Vienna ➣ When & Where to Find Them

  • Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, cancellations and/or changes may occur at short notice.
  • We therefore kindly ask you to also check the websites of the respective region or to contact the local tourism association directly.
  • Find more information about additional measures in the Austrian provinces here.
  • Please be aware that you will need to show proof of vaccination/past infection to attend Christmas markets.
  • A negative Covid test is no longer sufficient.
  • Find more information here.

Best Vienna Christmas Markets (Map + Dates 2021)

  • A complete guide to the best Vienna Christmas markets for 2021 (+ opening times, a map with all the locations, must-eat foods and the best hotels to stay).
  • The Christmas markets in Vienna are a centuries-old tradition.
  • Best Christmas markets in Vienna 2021 There are 12 main Christmas markets in Vienna.
  • The best Vienna Christmas markets 2021 Christmas World at Vienna City Hall Stephansplatz Christmas Market Belvedere Palace Christmas Village Art Advent Karlsplatz Maria-Theresien Platz Christmas Village Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market Am Hof Advent Market Old Viennese Christmas Market Christmas Village Altes AKH Christmas Market Spittelberg Winter Market Riesenradplatz Winter at Museumsquartier (MQ) Find a map of all the markets at the end of the article.
  • Check out the best hotel deals (winter 2021) When do the Christmas markets start in Vienna?
  • To be sure that all the markets will be open during your visit, plan your trip after 20th November.
  • If you’re visiting the city after Christmas, there will be a few Weihnachtsmärkte that are still open (see below).
  • The beautiful Rathaus all lit up and the giant Christmas tree create a magical atmosphere.
  • More than 150 stalls offer tempting foods, warm drinks and beautiful decorations.
  • Wiener Weihnachtstraum Opening times From 13 November to 26 December Open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM 24th December – only until 07:00 PM Address: Rathausplatz, 1010 Wien, Austria www.wienerweihnachtstraum.at Christmas Market Stephansplatz Located at the foot of St. Stephen’s Cathedral right in the heart of the city, this market is hard to miss.
  • As the Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz, it also stays open after Christmas.
  • They are smaller and offer an alternative experience in comparison to the popular Christmas villages.
  • It’s located in the Prater, a huge amusement park famous for its Giant Ferris Wheel.
  • Winter im MQ Opening times From 8 November to 23 December Monday – Friday – from 04:00 PM to 11:00 PM Saturday and Sunday – from 02:00 PM to 11:00 PM Address: MuseumsQuartier Wien, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria Must buy tickets in advance Always book tours or skip the lines tickets with Tiqets, Civitatis or GetYourGuide (you get a mobile ticket voucher + free cancellation).
  • Best hotels near Vienna Christmas markets Where to stay in Vienna for Christmas markets?
  • If you’re visiting the city in December, stay near Karlsplatz.
  • Karlsplatz metro station and 3 Christmas villages are less than a 5min walk.
  • Why book – central location, big rooms, great restaurant on site Living Hotel an der Oper – Best for families A very convenient location, next to Karlsplatz metro station and 2 Christmas villages.
  • It’s a soft dough stuffed with poppy seeds filling.
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Christmas Markets Prepare to Open amid Rising Covid-19 Cases

  • Austria’s famed Christmas markets are preparing to open their doors for the first time in two years, with strict rules in place amid rising Covid-19 cases in the Alpine country.
  • Neighbouring Germany, meanwhile, is cancelling many of its markets as new Covid infections also rise to record levels.
  • Christmas markets in Austria will open from November 12, beginning with the Viennese Dream Christmas Market in front of the capital’s town hall and followed by others such as Christmas Village Belvedere Palace and the Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace.
  • All visitors will be required to show either proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19.
  • Austria this week moved to tighten up its Covid-19 measures amid rising case numbers, with negative tests no longer sufficient to access restaurants, bars and hotels.
  • Cancellations Germany is also tightening controls around its Christmas markets, with many planning to require visitors to be double vaccinated or recovered from Covid.
  • Some, like Nuremberg’s Christkindl Market, are tweaking their normal programme, replacing its usual traditional opening ceremony with an online one on November 26.
  • Others, such as Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace Christmas market, have been cancelled altogether.
  • Political decision-makers once again failed to put in place clear, realistic rules ahead of time, Deutsche Welle quoted market operator Tommy Erbe as saying.
  • Christmas markets in Europe are not only beloved but are a big business.
  • Deutsche Welle reported some 3,000 markets were held across Germany in 2018, attracting 160 million visitors, and generating €2.9 billion / $3.4 billion in revenue.
  • Good to know: Austrian Christmas markets: Locations and rules

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