Lesser Known Christmas Markets in Vienna

The beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna are famous all around the world, but most only get to hear about the biggest of them – the Christkindlmarkt in front of the Rathaus, the town hall. 

While its festive decor can hardly be rivalled, sometimes being trampled by a crowd of tipsy tourists ruins the moment a little. That is why I have taken it upon myself to introduce you to some of the lesser known Christmas markets in Vienna, which deserve your attention.

Are you ready to get to know the best of them? Check out the video below for a cheerful tour through the Austrian capital’s festive landscape!

Would you like to know a little more about these lovely Christmas markets in Vienna? Here is an overview of my five top picks!


Photo courtesy of Katharina Maimer Bordet.

Set in a lovely park tucked away in a picturesque suburb, the market in Türkenschanzpark combines Christmas cheer with a lovely natural backdrop. What could be more festive than a stroll with a gluhwein in one hand and a dog leash/Ryan Gosling’s hand/another gluhwein in the other? Exactly.


spittelberg christmas market
Photo courtesy of Peter Rigaud.

The market in Spittelberg lies close to Mariahilfestrasse, Vienna’s longer shopping street. Once you’re sick of doing your Christmas shopping, just pop over for a steaming mug of punch or search for unique handmade presents. Keep your eyes peeled for a little stall selling a wide range of tasty liqueurs – anything from molten marzipan to a violet-based schnapps inspired by Princess Sissi.


Photo courtesy of Julia Spicker.
Photo courtesy of Julia Spicker.

All year round, MuseumsQuartier is the place to be for the young and hip. It retains its indie spirit around Christmas, with futuristic stalls selling delightful treats to the beat of fun tunes. Put your Santa hat on, polish your dancing shoes and dive headfirst into the crowds!


Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

This lovely traditional market is right next door to the hipster heaven near MuseumsQuartier – so hop over the former leaves you craving a little traditional decor. With stalls selling beautiful handcrafted trinkets, this is the perfect place to buy one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

Ringstrassen Gallerien

ringstrassen galleries christmas market
Photo courtesy of Vienna Walks.

Located next to the world famous Sacher Hotel and Vienna State Opera, this market is a great pick-me-up during any inner city explorations. With architectural wonders right next door, the setting of this market can hardly be rivalled. When you’re feeling a little feeble, hop over to one of the stalls and order a Käsekrainer – a traditional Viennese sausage made with little chunks of cheese.

Have you ever been to Vienna during wintertime? Which market were your favourite Christmas markets in Vienna? 

  • Very cool. I’ve never been to Vienna, but I suddenly feel inspired to visit in the winter 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment Marie! Vienna is a beautiful city, especially in the winter 🙂 You should totally visit!

  • Hi Sabina,

    Awesome shots and beautiful scenes indeed. Added to my travel list 😉

    Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family!


    • Thanks so much Ryan! Vienna should definitely be on your list – it’s incredibly beautiful 🙂

  • Marusa Krajnc

    Hi! I was actually in Vienna this year (2 days before Christmas) – was my first time in Vienna in this part of year and I LOVED it (Christkindlmarkt included, haha). Many cheers to you Sabina, love your blog! http://www.mauriciusblog.wordpress.com

    • So glad you loved Vienna & that you’ve been enjoying my blog!! 🙂 All the best in 2015 <3

  • Visited Vienna for Christmas Eve this year, and fell in love with the Christmas Markets! Great post, thanks for sharing! http://nomoneywilltravel.com

    • Glad you enjoyed Vienna – I grew up here & think the Christmas Markets are incredible 😀

  • Hi Sabina…..Beautiful blog and Thanks for Sharing….added u in my fav bloggers….

    Hope you will visit incredible India