When in Europe during the holiday season, it's almost a sin to miss out on the various Christmas markets you will find throughout the continent. Many will argue that these Christmas markets perfectly capture the spirit of the holidays.
So if you happen to find yourself in Austria this December, make sure to drop by what is known as the Wiener Christkindlmarkt or the Vienna Christmas Market.
The Vienna Christmas Market has been running since November 10, and it will stay open until December 26. The Christmas market will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
However, the opening hours will different for December 24. While it will still open at 10 a.m., it will close at 6:30 p.m. on that day only.
There is an Ice Skating Rink
A must-visit when in the Vienna Christmas Market is the Ice Dream, especially for those who enjoy ice skating. Expect to be delighted by Christmas lights as you enjoy the sights of the Burgtheater on one side and the Vienna City Hall on the other.
There is a rental service available for those without their own skates. There is also another rink that is best for children. For ticket prices, those interested can check here.
Stalls in the Christmas Market
Shopping and eating are a must at the Vienna Christmas Market because of the dozens of stalls present with a wide range of products available. Vistors can expect stalls offering toys, handmade mosaic lamps, ceramic goods, Christmas decor, and even handknit accessories.
As for food, there are stalls that offer freshly-made waffles, schnitzel, different types of tea, and different variation of gingerbread, baked apples, and other confectionery.
You can find the full list of stalls here.
The Christmas Tree
No Christmas market will ever be complete without a picture-perfect Christmas Tree. At the Vienna Christmas Market, there is a tradition that a different province in Austria or the South Tyrol province in Italy donates the tree to be used each year.
This year, the tree will be coming from the South Tyrol municipality of Enneberg.
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