Here’s my guide to the 10 Best Christmas Villages in Wien:
1. Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz
I have to start with the best one in the city! It is considered to be one of the liveliest Christmas markets in Vienna, and I couldn’t agree more! It helped me get into the perfect Christmas-y mood. Quite obviously it’s going to be a little more crowded than the rest of them, but it felt so lively and energetic that it hardly mattered. I mean, the whole point of Christmas is to celebrate together, right? From the decorations to the traditional Viennese cuisine, I loved everything about it, and so will you!
2. Cultural Christmas & New Year’s Market, Schloss Schöbrunn Palace
If you are looking for an elegant Christmas market, then this one has the perfect setting. With the Schönbrunn Palace as the backdrop, this market makes for the most beautiful and magical scene. In addition to that, there is a spectacular Christmas tree that will completely mesmerize you. The market offers the perfect holiday atmosphere, with handmade Christmas decorations, and gifts that are made using natural materials.
3. Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz
I would say that this market was one of the most expensive ones, owing to its prime location, and the fact that it draws the most crowds from all over the city with its imperial setting. The Christmas Village sits between two impressive buildings, the Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. In the centre of the square is the imposing statue of the former Austrian monarch. This Christmas Village is a splendid market that offers tons of decorated stalls, a variety of foods, warm drinks, and a great deal of fun!
4. Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace
This Christmas market is massive! It’s so huge that I couldn’t cover all of it, but whatever I did amazed me. It has a unique baroque atmosphere and vibe. I had the best hot alcoholic fruit punch and some yummy hot chestnuts. It was as festive and authentic as could be!
5. Traditional Austrian Christmas Village on the University Campus
I didn’t get to spend much time here since it’s a little far away from the old town, but I could see a lot of families and groups of relatives eating and drinking the evening away. It’s the perfect market for a family outing with children, parents and grandparents!
6. Weihnachtsmarkt Karlplatz (Art Advent – Art & Crafts)
This one’s my personal favourite Christmas market! It offers more than seventy booths from local craftsmen and artisans, which are lined up right in front of the baroque Church of Saint Charles Borromeo. So, you can enjoy beautiful ceramics, glass beads, pottery, and Tiffany glass. It features many live concerts on a regular basis so you can enjoy anything from electronic pop music to harp solos. You can also get a glimpse of some crazy fire shows, and other showcases of local talent. I ate the best Erdapfelpuffer (deep fried cakes made of mashed potatoes, zucchini/pumpkin – may sound unappetising, tastes like heaven) and Speck with Kase (bacon & cheese on bread). The market is located at the Karlsplatz in Resselpark. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
7. Altwiener Christkindlmarkt - Freyung (Old Viennese Christmas Market)
This market is located in the heart of the city, and maintains a traditional approach to a Christmas market. This way, you can thoroughly enjoy the Christmas atmosphere without being stuck in a commercial web.
8. Christmas Magic in the Heart of Vienna on Stephansplatz – St. Stephen’s Square
Also one of the most expensive Christmas markets in Wien since it’s right in the center of the city, and at the main station where all the lines meet. It has a gorgeous backdrop of the St. Stephen’s Church, and roads lit up with beautiful lights and reflective décor. Oh, and they have the cutest little red mugs in the shape of a shoe for hot drinks. Loved it!
9. Winter Market on Riesenradplatz
Under the motto, “Prater Rocks!” the Winter Market at Riesenradplatz, in the famous Prater gardens, offers an exciting entertainment program throughout the winter season. Hot punch and hotter live acts will keep you nice and toasty at this winter market. Every evening, you can catch live music performances from gospel to pop to soul! Delicious hot drinks and culinary treats make for the perfect winter atmosphere at Prater.
10. Spittelberg Christmas Market
Although a bit commercial, it still remains one of the best markets in Vienna, and offers a variety of local arts and crafts. It is also very kid-friendly, so you can take your kids along and rest assured they will have a ball!