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5 Sparkling Christmas Markets in Vienna

They take Yuletide very seriously in Austria, particularly in Vienna. For the four weeks duration of Advent, which starts four Sundays before Christmas Eve, the capital of Austria sparkles with Christmas cheer, decked out as it is in pretty ornaments and lights and with its popular Christmas markets on display. Pay no attention to the cold and snow so commonplace at this time in Vienna, as this is when its inhabitants so deftly bring out the warmth of it all. And, by the way, you can always beat the low temperatures by resorting to two classics at any Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) worth its salt –glühwein (mulled wine) and punsch (punch).

The selection of markets you will encounter on your tour of Vienna is broad and varied. Items on sale range from the classic handmade wares inspired by tradition to more modern options geared to the times and new tastes, in addition to the ubiquitous souvenirs. Tourists fairly throng to these markets to experience them first-hand. With so much on offer, you are bound to find your niche and come away with a number of Christmas decorations, gifts or souvenirs.

Christkindlmarkt. From 11 November to 26 December you can delight in this spectacular Christmas market, the largest and most important of its kind in Vienna. For centuries it has been erected against the stunning backdrop of the Rathausplatz or City Hall square. Be warned though that, being so popular, it is also very crowded, so try to avoid peak hours. Apart from the usual stalls, the atmosphere is fired up by live music and children’s choirs from inside the City Hall.

Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market. Another classic in the city, which is also set against a striking backdrop – that of Schloss Schönbrunn. Awaiting you there are some 80 stalls with craft wares, as well as activities for the young ones. From 19 November to 26 December it is themed around Christmas, but from 27 December to 1 January the decoration changes and the items on sale are related to seeing in the New Year, in addition to a programme of jazz concerts.

Belvedere Palace Christmas Village. Another of Vienna’s tourist draws is the spectacular Schloss Belvedere, which also boasts its own Christmas market. The setting is sumptuous and visitors can also have a walk around the Belvedere gardens.

Spittelberg Christmas Market. Sited just behind the Museum District, in a much quieter area, far less frequented by tourists. The Christmas market is brimming with arts and crafts and, above all, a tasty punch. From 12 November to 23 December.

Maria-Theresien-Platz Christmas Village. Located in the heart of the Museum District, in addition to featuring Christmas craft objects, it is noteworthy for its assortment of stalls where visitors can taste local culinary delights. From 18 November to 26 December.

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Text by Los Viajes de ISABELYLUIS

Images by Cha già José