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.