Located in the second district, on the southern side of Taborstraße is the Volkertmarkt. It’s tiny but very cozy, and not quite as crowded as the Karmelitermarkt. I had some refreshing drinks there in the sun on Friday. Life is good when summer is near. 🙂
This morning I made a detour to pick up some flower box mounts that I was gifted through the Facebook group “Wien Share and Care” (a handy exchange market where people give away things they don’t need or search for things they do need), so I made a detour through Handelskai. There is a daily market there, and although they were still setting up I managed to get two apples and an orange for today. For 80 cents. 🙂
This market is located right smack in the park between Kunsthistorische and Naturhistorische Museum in Vienna, around the large statue of Maria Theresia.
It’s also extremely close to MQ and their winter village, so the view of the MQ from the market is really nice. 🙂
We came here for the Punsch a few evenings ago, to meet up with people before they disappear for Christmas. The Punsch and Glühwein at this market comes in these really cute boot-like cups, so it looks smaller than the other markets but I reckon it’s about the same amount once you get down into the boot. No complaints about the blood orange Punsch or the apricot Punsch!
The backdrop of the market is really impressive, with the two beautiful museums at each side.
Not to talk about Heldenplatz on the back end of the market!
As far as shopping goes, I think this market has some really nice stuff. I got a cable for my advent star here two years ago, from a stall that sold the same type of stars as I had got at the spittelberg market. And they have some really nice stuff for the tree, as you can see.
With an unlimited bank account I could do some serious shopping here for the tree. Oh well.. some day! 🙂
They also have some nice natural decorations around the place. I like that because it’s a little bit different to what I have seen so far. This place had lots of very nice smelling decorations, with cinnamon, cloves and whatnot. It smelled really nice to walk past. 🙂
And Alex came away with a little hedge hog from this booth. The guy makes everything from wood that he glues together, and the animals really look cute! They are quite light, so I suspect there is styrofoam inside that he pins things to and then glues the wood together around it, but hey, they look really good. So why on earth not!
I was thinking this girl will probably get snow-blind from working in this booth… lol.
Food options are also good here, with varied alternatives. although I’m not sure I would trust this cook. 😛
To sum up: A nice all-rounder, good shopping and good Punsch. It’s not extremely large, but that just makes it more manageable. What they have is nice, so if you need to get some Christmas shopping done in a hurry and want to grab a Punsch while you are at it, this is a nice place to go, where most of the booths have really nice stuff.
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!
So, the time of Easter Markets has started. Last year I posted about the egg market at Freyung, and that is there this year as well. I’ll be popping in there next week sometime, when my dad comes to visit. 🙂
The market am Hof is nice, it’s small and has a section with tables in the middle where you can rest and eat some delicious local specialties. Local brews, wines, hams, cakes… the lot!
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! 🙂
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. 🙂
today I went to Naschmarkt to get a fresh load of MEAT and hummus. I’ve become a bit fed up with the semi-crappy hummus at Spar, and the one that you get from Neni at Spar is the most overrated hummus in Vienna. I prefer the one from Dr. Falafel at Naschmarkt; it’s cheap (€1.30 per 100g), always good, keeps for a long time and what more can you really want. Lots of variety too. And it’s a lot cheaper to get halal ground beef and lamb than it is to get it from the supermarket, so when I have time and can be bothered I go to the market. But mostly in the summer… it’s too cold and gross during winter time 😛
It’s also a really good place to go if you want some ingredients that are a bit special.
The last market I visited before Christmas! Granted, this time I didn’t go to have punsch… There is a saturation point for punsch, and this year I’ve managed to reach it before christmas. 😛 Now I’m looking forward to going home to Norway tomorrow. Fingers crossed that there won’t be any chaos due to the wintery weather!! I’ve scheduled all days already with new pictures, so fear not! There will still be a picture a day. 🙂
Naschmarkt is the biggest fruit/veg/food/clothes/everything market in town. It’s not far from Mariahilfer Strasse, in the 6th District. I love coming here every now and then to check out the colours of spice, candy, see all the cheese and sometimes to buy hummus and halal lamb mince. Even just peoplewatching is awesome.. This dude is in the candybusiness, so his stall is just bursting with colour. Love it! To check out opening hours, go here.
Brunnenmarkt! This is a market in the 16th district, that’s relatively big, and cheaper than Naschmarkt. Same as all the other markets around town, they sell everything from groceries to clothes to antiques.. This picture was taken just as they were closing up today. It’s pretty close to Alser Strasse on the subway.