On November 18th, I started a series of blog posts featuring the Christmas markets of Vienna. In the last six weeks I tried to visit a lot of markets situated in this big city. Well, its time to put down a final blog post answering the question: Which Christmas markets are worth a visit?
Right behind the main entrance of the hospital Otto-Wagner-Spital there is a small Christmas market located. As the hospital is built in the style of Art Nouveau this market is a gem for people who are interested in this special period of architecture.
On my walks along the Christmas markets of Vienna I came across ovens labeled with the company sign Pickwick’s for several times. I love the style of the ovens and the sound of the company’s name. Does anyone know where this company is from and did you see this kind of ovens at the Christmas market of your place as well?
This weekend I discovered a Christmas market in the basement of an amazing building in the middle of Vienna. The building was designed by Adolph Loos and is a gem for all people interested in architecture. The market (which is opened on weekends only) is focused on design and surprised me with two products: Phone covers made of water-resistant paper and travel reports as a graphic novel!
The Kultur- und Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Schönbrunn is situated at the Ehrenhof (Cour d’honneur) of Schloss Schönbrunn (Schonbrunn Palace). I was especially impressed by the splendid setting, the lively concerts on a stage in the middle of the Christmas market and the offered goods which varied from Hungarian shadow theatres made of paper to incense smokers made at the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) of Germany.
The Weihnachtsdorf Schloss Belvedere is situated at the southern side of Schloss Belvedere (Belvedere Palace). I loved it for the great setting and the stars located at the pond in front of it. The offered goods were the general stuff. I’d recommend this Christmas market especially for enjoying this view in front of a Baroque palace which offers a great collection of Austrian paintings (e.g. Klimt, Schiele) at the State Gallery inside.
The Adventmarkt at the Karlskirche is a very special one. Nearly every hut offers products made by artists or craftsmen. It was much fun to walk along the stands listening to the shopkeepers hammering and polishing their items.
At the rear of the Austria Trend Hotel Schloss Wilhelminenberg I discovered a small Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) with two details which made the place remarkable for me. The Christmas market located at one of the hills north-west of the city offers a fine view of Vienna’s outskirts. Besides that children have much fun skating on an ice rink situated at this place high over Vienna.
The Kunsthandwerksmarkt am Hof is located at a place in the centre of Vienna. Actually there is a mix of two Christmas markets there. One half is selling the general mix of food, artwork and toys. Another half is a compilation of craftspeople selling their specialized works.of art.
The Altwiener Christkindlmarkt, a Christmas market next to an old abbey offers the longest crib of Austria. By the way one can combine the visit of this market with a Christmas market just opposite the street which offers products provided by organic farmers.
The Weihnachtsdorf (Christmas village) at the Maria-Theresien-Platz is situated right between the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) and the Naturhistorische Museum (Museum of Natural History) and is therefore a fine place for having a break between two museum visits.
The Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) at Spittelberg is probably one of the most famous Christmas markets of Vienna. I like this market especially for its location which is in the middle of a quarter with smaller buildings dating back to the Biedermeier period (first half of 19th century)