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Private Half-Day History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts
"Vienna is not just a city of one past but a city of many pasts. Delve into Vienna's past and present on an insightful 3-hour walking tour of its colorful history and architecture. Your tour begins at Michaelerplatz where the Hofburg the Habsburg’s imperial palace and seat of power since the thirteenth century dominates the square. Clockwise from the palace is the green and gray Loos House designed by Austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870 1933).From there the tour continues down Kohlmarkt and the Graben
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3-hour Small Group Vienna Wine Walk
"Vienna is buzzing with wine bars and vinotheks which offer fantastic arrays of Austrian wine (including home-grown Viennese wine). This tour will introduce you to both the wines of Austria and to some of our favorite neighborhood drinking holes. You’ll meet your guide (a certified sommelier and passionate enthusiast of Austrian wine) at a central location but the wine bars visited will be in residential neighborhood: places where locals meet after work to catch up with friends. You’ll also visit one bar at the buzzing Naschmarkt where people-watching is as much a part of the scene as the wine. You will taste a different Austrian wine at each location (as well as a selection of local cheese and charcuterie at one place) while you discuss the regions grape varieties styles
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Small-Group History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts
"Vienna is not just a city of one past but a city of many pasts. Delve into Vienna's past and present on an insightful 3-hour walking tour of its colorful history and architecture. Your tour begins at Michaelerplatz where the Hofburg the Habsburg’s imperial palace and seat of power since the thirteenth century dominates the square. Clockwise from the palace is the green and gray Loos House designed by Austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870 1933).From there the tour continues down Kohlmarkt and the Graben
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X-mas / Weihnachten Tips (28)

Markets Staying Through the Season

The days leading up to Christmas are alive with Christmas markets almost everywhere. Some are more tourist oriented, basically being a souviner market, but others are more traditional.

However on the namesake day for these markets, the evidence of Christmas markets was there, but the majority was broken down like clockwork as the bells rang 4pm on Christmas Day. Only those stalls in the area of Stephansplatz and Maria-Theresien-Platz showed any life after this point. Honestly, it was a bit sad to see these being broken down so fast and thorough before Christmas was even over because at least in most of the world, the cheer continues through the weekend at a minimum.

In comparison, some of the more busy markets in places like Prague will stay until New Years.

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Jan 20, 2015

Christmas Markets Overview Website

The website of Vienna Tourist Office lists a dozen Christmas markets: http://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/markets/christmas-markets

This page, which is updated each year so I hope the link will work in the future, lists all the practical information you need, like location and opening hours, and contains links to the individual websites for each market.

My experiences at those markets I visited are described here in separate tips. I have not seen them all, though. Since last year's information might not be valid any more for future years I am not including opening hours and such in these tips, please check the abovementioned website and the links in it for future reference. There you'll find the up-to-date info.And yes, it is in English, and it is available in a load of other languages, too.

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Jan 23, 2014

Christmas markets: Freyung

The Christmas market in Freyung, called “Altwiener Christkindlmarkt is the most traditional one. Already in the 1770s a Christmas market took place in this spot. It occupies an old-town square in the Inner City in romantic setting. The square is quite narrow so prepare for dense crowds.
Every afternoon at 4 p.m. live Christmas music will be performed.

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Kathrin_E
Jan 08, 2014

Christmas markets: Schönbrunn

Schönbrunn palace has its own Christmas market in the Cour d’honneur in front of the main palace. Its clientele consists, which is no surprise, of 99% tourists. The setting is beautiful, there is room to move, the assortment is quite upscale with some nice artisans’ products and a lot of kitsch, and prices are what you’d expect at a tourist hotspot. The food stalls are upscale, too, and there are some really tasty options for a snack or quick lunch!

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Jan 08, 2014
 
 
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Christmas markets: Stephansplatz

The market in Stephansplatz is small and mostly directed to tourists. It is more a ‘souvenir’ market than a real Christmas market. It occupies the lane along the southern side of the cathedral. Since you are likely to visit Stephansdom anyway you can just as well have a look along the market. It closes quite early in the evening, no Glühwein after something like 8 p.m.

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Jan 08, 2014

Christmas markets: Between the Museums

Just a few steps from Rathausplatz there is already the next market between Kunsthistorisches and Naturhistorisches Museum. The stalls offer roughly the same stuff as their colleagues by the city hall, but I liked the setting in the park-like square between the two large museum buildings. The statue of Maria Theresia on her throne in the middle is overlooking what’s going on on the market.

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Jan 08, 2014

Christmas markets: Altes AKH

This Christmas market in the courtyard of the old hospital is where locals go for their Punsch outing. It is a bit away from the centre and not in the focus of most tourists.

There is an ice rink for curling and some rides for kids. One Punsch stall had a live brass band playing. Merchandise involves both artisans’ products and cheap knickknack, but I did not see the usual tourist stuff. There are also lots of food stalls of all varieties.

It is a bit tricky to find. Take the U-Bahn to Schottentor, then the tram 43 or 44 to stop “Lange Gasse”. Then walk through the arched passages from either Alserstraße or Spitalgasse to reach the backyard with the market.

Many thanks to penelope4 for taking me!!!

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Jan 08, 2014

Christmas markets: Naschmarkt

Just for the record... The "Christmas market" in Naschmarkt consists of one short lane with a handful of stalls on the edge of the permanent grocery market. Not worth the detour unless you intend to visit the food market anyway.

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Jan 08, 2014
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Christmas markets: Belvedere

A small Christmas market occupies the front yard along Upper Belvedere Palace. The setting is beautiful, but the stalls are the usual ones selling about the same stuff as in Rathausplatz or at the museums. This market can easily be combined with a walk of Belvedere park and/or a visit to the palaces, so it will make a nice addition to tourists’ agenda.

The atmosphere on this market is highly weather dependent due to its exposed location. If the weather conditions invite for a walk in the park, the market will be busy and lively and enjoyable. On a sunny Sunday afternoon it will attract lots of visitors. In less favourable conditions, like clouds and icy wind, it will be almost deserted.

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Jan 08, 2014

Christmas markets: Rathaus

The market in front of the city hall is widely considered the busiest and touristiest of them all. It is nevertheless worth visiting, especially at night for the illuminations. The location is convenient and easy to reach and the opening hours are a bit longer than elsewhere (open until 10 p.m.). The stalls and goods on offer are the average stuff that you’ll find on most markets, though. Families will find some rides for children which will make a nice addition.

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Jan 08, 2014

Christmas markets: Karlsplatz

The market in Karlsplatz was my personal favourite. The setting in front of Karlskirche is pleasant and spacious; even if the market is busy there is no squeezing through narrow alleys but enough room to move freely.

In Karlsplatz the stalls are given to artisans who sell their hand-made produce. The selection of goods is far above the average of most other markets. Really nice, unique and beautiful things, but take into consideration that quality has its price.

For children, there is for example pony riding, a very funny eco merry-go-round built from garbage and operated by two cyclists (photos 4 and 5) and fairy-tale reading. They have theatre performances and artist shows every now and then so check what’s on.

For “emergencies”, of course they have public toilets on the market but next to the square there is the university building which has better, free ones…

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Jan 08, 2014

Christmas markets: Enjoy a Punsch

Apart from the famous Glühwein which we Germans consume on Christmas markets, the Austrians have another speciality in the field of seasonal hot alcoholic beverages which is known as Punsch. Punsch comes in countless varieties and is made from fruit juices with spices and honey and a shot of rum or amaretto. I found it even tastier than Glühwein!

Now here is my personal favourite: the apple and prune punsch (Apfel-Zwetschken-Punsch) as served by a certain stall where they make their own – I do not know the name of the stall, but it is easy to recognize because of staff “uniforms” which consists of striped sweaters and woollen hats in navy and white (photo 3). I found them at Altes AKH and also at Karlsplatz.

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Jan 08, 2014

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Karlskirche - St Charles Church

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Wien Museum Karlsplatz - Historical Museum of the City of Vienna

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Wiener Staatsoper - State Opera House

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