Today I made the season’s first visit to the Christmas market at Karlsplatz. The market here has a lot of art stuff and jewellery.
It also has some quirky stuff, like this home made, bicycle powered carousel. It’s really quite charming. 🙂
I was quite mesmerised by these lovely creatures of light that danced and moved around the market. They were so incredibly soothing.
I stalked them for quite a while. 😀
Today is the opening night for many Christmas markets in the city, I accidentally stumbled upon the one at Wien Mitte as I had an errand there. Hurrah! This is the nicest time of the year!! 😀
All over Vienna, the markets are getting ready for the opening of the season. With this weather it almost seems too early!
This wee market on Mariahilferstrasse is still open for business. Today was the big shopping day. 🙂
The market is surrounding the statue of Haydn in front of the church.
There are a few nice stalls. This is definitely not the biggest market, but it’s got some character anyhow.
If you’re out shopping in the madness of Christmas deals, you can take a break here. 🙂 it’s good for Punsch, not so much for getting other stuff.
I always find it a real shame that the Christmas markets are cosed between Christmas and New Years. Apparently the market at Schönbrunn is still open, but now it’s a “New year’s market.” This picture is from am Hof, where they took down everything on the 24th. I miss them already!!
One weekend in December there is the artisan’s Christmas market at Schloss Neugebäude out in the 11th by Simmering. It is actually not that hard to get to, it’s a short bus ride away from the end of the U3 line. Last weekend I brought my friend there to see what it was all about.
The Rennaisance castle makes for a very nice atmosphere, but at first sight we were rather puzzled that this could be called the artisan’s market… we didn’t see any crafts anywhere! In fact, all we saw were some punsch stands, food places, and one guy making wooden ornaments on the spot. Peculiar!
The explanation was that most of the castle cannot be seen from the outside. We went down under the big tower, and found huge halls filled with christmas ornaments, crafts, pieces of art… a whole lot of stuff! Some of it was more impressive than other stuff.
I wasn’t sure how happy the people were for me to be snapping pictures, so I tried to keep my distance.
I now know what to do with my old light bulbs!! What an amazing idea. I’ll be making hot air balloons for the tree… when I get enough light bulbs to make it worthwhile. 🙂
This was my absolute favourite stand. Glass art – so pretty!! I asked if I was allowed to take this picture. The artist(s?) doesn’t have a shop (sadly!) but can be found online, on http://www.cybilldesigns.blogspot.co.at.
I did fail on the Perchtenlauf though. There were way too many people! I had no idea such hordes of people would congregate for the perchtenlauf… but it’s apparently a super popular event in Vienna. So, this was the best shot I got of the Krampus. Oh well, there’s always next year. 🙂
I thought the market had a lot of stuff that could be nice if you’re looking for a Christmas present. There’s not much in the way of food and drink though, and the lines are really long around the Perchtenlauf, but I thought it was worth it!
This is one of the heavy-weight contenders among the Viennese Christmas markets. Located in front of the Schönbrunn castle, they’ve built a little ring of booths enclosing some more Punsch and food stands, and there are concerts almost daily from choirs and brass bands. On the weekend there are even more things happening there.
The booths all contain really nice stuff here, so you don’t get many of the ‘hippie’ stands selling dream catchers and incense, here it’s more about traditional crafts, ceramics, glass art and so on. I usually come here to get a Christmas present for one of mine.
the Punsch is very good here, but it is a bit more expensive than the other markets. That’s to do with the location, but probably also the popularity of the market – it can get insanely crowded. It’s not crazy expensive though, the punsch is up to 1€ more expensive, so it’s possible to deal with it.
They also have the famous Sisi Punsch here. I came here yesterday (a Thursday) so it was relatively liveable there. Previously I’ve only been on the weekend, and you literally have to penguin walk around as there are so many people. They offer bus tours from surrounding countries to this (and other I presume) Christmas markets, so on the weekend it’s not uncommon for 30-50 buses to be parked side by side on the parking lot, and they even have ‘slots’ for when they can offload their passengers to go to the market.
So, like I said more traditional stuff is sold here. And it looks sooo unbelievably nice. I love these Christmas ornaments. I couldn’t afford to dress my tree in these though… maybe I can afford one glass ball a year? hmmm…
I really love these pieces by Sandra Gasque ceramics. This stall is here every year, and I’m equally tempted every year.
This year I also found this booth belonging to Mathias Graebner, whose pieces are absolutely stunning. I told myself that I will go back there if I cannot help myself.. but I managed to get away without a piece… this time! I just love those fish-patterned pieces. I almost thought this booth alone was worth the visit. 😀
The final picture is from the entrance, where they have decorated the two columns with the eagles (?) on top. They look like two giant shiny light-rods from afar.. If you’re in doubt where to enter, look for these! ^_^
Why go here? The atmosphere, and to get some truly unique pieces from talented artist. Just being there, looking at the castle and listening to live music is magical and appeals to the little prince and princess in every one of us. But my advice is, don’t go on the weekend.
I feel very bad for the quality of pictures on this post, but I forgot my camera!! My phone had to do its best, and I suppose it does also give you a feel for the atmosphere at the market. Altes AKH is now part of the Univeristy of Vienna, and it is set up inside the old hospital grounds. So, it is completely enclosed in a large courtyard, which makes it a bit sheltered from the wind and cold.
The little Ferris wheel that they have there is very charming. It’s certainly not for grownups though, as the cars are really small. But it adds to the atmosphere 🙂
One of my favourite things about this market is the variety of Punsch. They have all kinds of fruity punsch, much based on liquors (apricot, orange, but also kaluha, baileys, jägermeister and you name it they have it!).
I had a great time sampling these guys’ punsch yesterday. The Marille (apricot) was the best! I think.
I was also very curious about the kokos punsch, but I didn’t end up trying it… next time!
Apart from Punsch they also have a little market, of course. I find that this market is not that great for shopping, but there are of course a few really great stalls at every market. But I would more come here for the atmosphere, and if it’s windy it’s also got some shelter so it’s more bearable.
There is variety! I like the sausage dog. The things people put on their tree these days… tut tut!
So, if you’re in the 8th/9th district and you feel like Punsch, this would be a good place! That’s my tag-line for this market. 🙂
Makes you wonder what the chairs are for… xD
This is not one of my favourite markets, but if the need for Punsch is dire then you will also be able to satisfy your thirst at this market. It is located on either side of the bus lane between the Mall and the Village Cinema and Shopping Centre in the third district. As you can see, the middle of it is kept clear so that the buses may drive through.
Christmas decorations are also available here. The range of crafts is limited, as the market itself is really small.
There are also snacks and nice foods on sale.
So, there you have it, some impressions from Landstrasse. If you are somehow in a super hurry through town, and you’re only stopping at Wien Mitte on your way through, I would recommend this market to get some Christmas cheer. Well, otherwise I would recommend this as a passing through on the way home and wanting Punsch (when I lived there last year I found it excellent for this purpose). Otherwise, check out one of the other markets in town!
Today I went to the opening of Spittelberg. In a way it’s too warm to fully enjoy hot punch and mulled wine already now, but oh well! I’m wondering when winter will come for real…
Today they opened the Christmas market in Spittelberg, with a Norwegian band!!
Whoa, today has been a very intense day. I have been all over town, showing my friends who are here visiting from NZ around. We’ve managed to catch most of the outside of what’s in the first district, and even Schönbrunn castle, we’ve been to three christmas markets(!) and we’ve even been inside the national library. Which was pretty nice.
I took this picture at the market outside the museum of natural history. Just anotherone in the series of great Christmas markets! 😀
I hope you’re not sick of pictures from Christmasmarkets! At Karlsplatz, in front of Karlskirche they have the best crepes I’ve has this year! One of the prettiest xmasmarkets in town. 🙂 a few more pictures from it in the facebookpage.
I just had the best hot chocolate ever, from the market at Freyung: Zotter nuts and nougat hot choc. Yuuuuum!
One of the prettier Christmas markets can be found at Schönbrunn Castle. It’s also one of the more pricier Christmas markets. And crowdier. And more touristy. I came here hoping to find a present for my dad, and managed to get away with a nice gift. I also had a Kaiserpunch (as you would do, when you’re in front of the summer-residence of the Hapsburgs), and a crepe. All in all, quite successful. 🙂
Some pictures from inside the market can be seen on the facebook page… 😉
People at the Spittelberg Christmas market making potato cakes. These guys were kept really busy! It’s basically just grated potato, stuck together with flour, and deep fried. You eat it with garlic that you smear on it.. oh ya! Now that it’s December at last, it’s good time to show you Vienna at it’s awesomest season. Christmas is the absolute best here!
Pictures are from the Christmas market in Altes AKH, 8th district.
Already last week the Christmas markets opened here in Vienna. There is just about one Christmas market in every district, all with their own little flair. Mostly though the stands sell the same sort of things: Soaps, candles, christmas ornaments (of course), tribal decoration, purses…. and the fooood! That’s like the best part of it. Lebkuchen (<3), roasted nuts in many varieties, ham, potato wedges, sausages… more cookies, Brezen… so many things.. In December I’ll upload more shots from the markets, but this is the startup: Lebkuchen! yummy, delicious, Lebkuchen.
We were also completely overwhelmed by the choice in Punsch that we were faced with.. I had no idea that they could come up with so many various combos! Very happy friends in front of the Punsch Stadl (one of which has a very beautiful smile, but refuses to have pictures of her put online): The Punsch-Stadl is a pretty hilarious place. If you’ve ever gone skiing in Austria, you’ll know their after-ski party traditions: Terrible music, alcohol and traditional and/or terrible music. This place was just like an Apres-Ski party. Amusing!!