Christmas 2019 in Vienna - christmas markets and gift tips
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Christmas 2019 in Vienna

Tips for your visit to Vienna in the Christmas season

The best time of the year is coming up again: Christmas time. And where could you spend it better than in Vienna with its imperial scenery and festive lighting? Whether you are in the mood for a winter sightseeing tour, pre-Christmas shopping or romantic strolling on the Christmas markets - the possibilities are varied and promising. Get inspired by our tips for the pre-Christmas season in Vienna!

Viennese Christmas markets

The Viennese Christmas markets open on 16 November 2019. Then it's once again time for punch, chestnuts and sweet treats. Certainly you will also find some special Christmas presents for your loved ones.

Christmas market at Spittelberg © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Our Top 3 Christmas Market recommendations

Wiener Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz: A five minutes walk from our hotel, in the splendid scenery between the Vienna City Hall and the Burgtheater, one of the most popular Christmas markets opens its gates every year. Here you will find a great variety of mulled wine, hot punch and culinary delights, as well as typical Viennese souvenirs.

Christmas market on Spittelberg: Experience Vienna's historical ambiance in the narrow streets of the Spittelberg, surrounded by well-preserved, beautifully renovated Biedermeier houses. Accordingly, you will find here numerous stalls and small shops that offer typical handicrafts from jewelry to knitwear and home decor.

Winter at MuseumsQuartier: Located between the temples of (modern) art in Vienna's museums district, this Christmas market also creates an artful Christmas atmosphere. Designed with modern architectural elements and light installations, it especially attracts a young and urban audience with its international design market, concerts and unusual gift ideas.

Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace © WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

More beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna

  • Christmas market am Hof: 15 November to 23 December 2019
  • Christmas market at Stephansplatz: 15 November to 26 December 2019
  • Winter market at the Riesenradplatz near Prater: 16 November 2019 to 6 January 2020
  • Old Viennese Christmas Market at Freyung: 23 November - 23 December 2019
  • Christmas Village/New Year's Village at Kunsthistorisches Museum: 20 November 2019 to 6 January 2020
  • Christmas Village at Schloss Belvedere: 22 November - 31 December 2019
  • Culture and Christmas Market/New Year's Market at Schönbrunn Palace: 23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020
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JOE'S TIPP: Early bird rates at Hotel Josefshof am Rathaus

From our centrally located hotel, you can easily discover Vienna's Christmas markets and the cities most famous sights by foot. Book at least 20 days prior to arrival directly via our website and benefit from our early bird rates for stays of two nights and more. Book rooms & suites online

Special gifts from Vienna

Vienna in its wonderful diversity also has a lot to offer in terms of souvenirs and gifts. Pastries and treats, traditional handicraft or Viennese designer fashion - the choice is not easy. That's why, we asked our employees about their personal tips for typical Viennese Christmas presents. Et voila!

Christmas market at Rathausplatz © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Original Viennese Snow Globes: For 116 years, the Original Wiener Schneekugel Manufaktur has been producing magical miniatures in the snow. Whether with a Viennese or Christmas motif or according to individual wishes, this is a very special little treasure to give away!

The original Viennese snow globes can be found e.g. in the Imperial Shop in the Hofburg or directly in the manufactory in the 17th district.

Augarten porcelain and Wien Gin gift set: Fine porcelain from the traditional manufacturer Augarten and a young gin creation from an ambitious Viennese company. United in Art Nouveau design and a beautiful gift box, they make the perfect present for fans of Vienna and lovers of gin.

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