On many street corners and public spaces suddenly there are forests! Ah, I love the Christmas season. 🙂
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.
This market is new this year (I think) and it’s located just by the Ubahn station on Kettenbrückengasse. And it’s pink! I love it.
The decor is pink, the lights are pink, and some of the punsch stands are totally pink:
I had to shoot a few pictures of the deco:
Beautiful pink ribbons.
The market is very modest, but there are a few stand selling local food products, soaps, some hippie stuff and also christmas stuff (not surprisingly).
Some people may have been making fun of me taking photos.. hehe. Fair enough!
The atmosphere there was very nice, a little bit of a party atmosphere (sort of the ‘something awesome is going to happen’ kind of atmosphere). And of course if you hate pink you might struggle a little bit. But, the punsch was nice, and I for once felt safe walking around dangling my camera in my hand. Perhaps a bit too careless there… but I was very much at ease.
I would recommend the market for getting some punsch and feeling at ease in a tolerant group of people. 🙂
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. 🙂
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.
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!
I wanted to treat you guys to a little bit higher quality photography than what I normally have time for these days, so I went over to the christmas market at Belvedere yesterday, as it opened this Friday. As usual, I want to try and visit as many markets as possible. I’ll even try to get some quality shots at all of them with my Nikon! I’m still feeling quite under the weather, but I had to get out and walk a little, which helped. There is still some distortion in the picture, but as my laptop cannot handle photoshop, I had to use my old version of lightroom to touch it up. Click on the picture to see it in its full glory. Only one month left till Christmas!! 🙂
We’re staying here for Christmas this year, and I want to have a nice tree (of the kind that has pine needles, and not my birch fig as in the past). But, I don’t have much in the way of tree decorations, so today I went to Caritas on Mittersteig to check out what they had. They have a lot!! And pretty affordable too. The selection you see above is what I ended up bringing home with me, admittedly some of them came in bundle bags where I wasn’t all that sure what was inside, but I’m pretty happy with it. The above haul cost 13 Euro altogether. AND, as a bonus I’m also supporting Caritas by shopping there. I save money, I give to charity, everyone is happy. 😛 (Except my partner who is worried that I’m going to over decorate the flat). Five weeks to go people!! Are you ready yet? 😉
How many times haven’t I walked down my beloved Landstrasse, towards Wien Mitte, feeling like I really belong here? I can’t even count the times.. I’ve loved living in the 3rd. I’ve been here for 3 years now. I immediately felt at home when I moved into my little flat in January 2011, and now this is coming to an end. I’m moving to the 4th. A new chapter of my life is starting, being close to Belvedere, and afternoon walks in the gardens surrounding Prinz Eugene’s summer residence will be an everyday occurrence. I’m happy about the new neighbourhood, it’ll be nice to be able to take the D line all the way to 38A, perhaps a bit quieter then in the morning. It adds another 10 minutes to my commute, but I’ll be taken through the centre of town every morning. I won’t complain. 🙂
The 3rd will always be a favourite though! I’m happy about the years that I’ve spent here, and I’ll look back at this with fond memories. Now a new chapter of my life is starting..!
I like going to Musikverein before Christmas. If I were in Vienna during the holidays I might want to go during as well, but so far that hasn’t happened. There are many categories of seating… the most expensive ones are of course down in front of the orchestra (though not the front seats), but you can get really cheap reservations too. Like the standing places, that only cost 5 Euro each. If you’re in good shape that’s really a bargain to see the great pieces that are put on. 🙂
Sooo! I have been holding out for this one, and finally managed to go there yesterday. Finally! I like this little market, although it’s not so little anymore.. it’s one of the prettiest ones I think. For the occasion of the Christmas market they empty the lake and put carousels and pony rides there. How cute is that! 🙂
Even around the corner from where I live it’s possible to pick up a decent Christmas tree. It looks quite gloomy and dark after hours though, this was only at 6pm, so I guess they choose to close quite early during weekdays. This is truly the darkest month in Vienna… But luckily also one of the more exciting ones. 🙂
As some commenters have mentioned, there are many tourists at the most ‘famous’ Christmas markets. This shows a row of buses outside the Schönbrunn market. Buses come from Poland, Czech, Hungary, Slovenia.. All over the place! I suppose some people think it’s worth it to come here for a bit of pre-Christmas cheer. Vienna is really at its most picturesque during this season… it really knows how to do Christmas! So, I’ll continue to work my way down the list of markets. 🙂
Yesterday after work I met up with some friends for the third round of Christmas market punsch. Although it’s full of tourists, we decided to go visit the one at city hall. It’s most certainly one of the more picturesque ones. The punsch is a bit more expensive than the other markets we found, but only a bit. I can recommend this one during the week, when there are less people. 🙂