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Thoughts about the Christmas markets of Vienna

Christmas market at the city hall of Vienna, Austria

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?

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Adventmarkt at Lemoniberg, Vienna

Adventmarkt at Lemoniberg in Vienna, Austria

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.

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Wintermarkt at Riesenradplatz, Vienna

Wintermarkt at Riesenradplatz in Vienna, Austria

The Wintermarkt (Winter market) isn’t really a Christmas market and actually its name doesn’t claim to be one. Though I paid a visit on my Christmas market tour through Vienna as the location is very special. The market is located at the entrance area of the Wurstelprater, a fun mile of Vienna.

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Let’s talk about Pickwick’s

Oven by Pickwick's at Freyung, Vienna

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?

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Design-Weihnachtsmarkt at Looshaus, Vienna

Christmas market at Looshaus, Vienna

At this weekend I discovered an 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 graphic novel!

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Weihnachtsmarkt at Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna

Christmas market at Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria

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.

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Weihnachtsdorf at Schloss Belvedere, Vienna

Christmas market at Schloss Belvedere in Vienna, Austria

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.

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Adventmarkt at the Karlskirche, Vienna

Christmas market at Karlskirche in Vienna, Austria

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.

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Weihnachtsmarkt at Türkenschanzpark, Vienna

Christmas market at Türkenschanzpark in Vienna, Austria

One of the lesser known Christmas markets of Vienna is that one at the Türkenschanzpark. The specialty of this market is the history of the place and this fountain depicted above. During the siege of Vienna in 1683 there were a lot Ottoman entrenchments ([german] Türkische Schanzen) right at these place.

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Weihnachtsmarkt at Wilhelminenberg, Vienna

Christmas market at Wilhelminenberg in Vienna, Austria

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.

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Kunsthandwerksmarkt at Am Hof, Vienna

Kunsthandwerksmarkt at Am Hof in Vienna, Austria

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.

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Altwiener Christkindlmarkt in Vienna

Altwiener Christkindlmarkt at the Freyung, Vienna

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.