Countdown to Christmas: Highlights of Austrian markets

Vienna Christmas market
Vienna Christmas market
Vienna Christmas market
Vienna Christmas market

Countdown to Christmas: Highlights of Austrian markets

by: Genevieve Northup | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: December 03, 2016

Today's Countdown to Christmas is sponsored by Karl + Co.

Here are a few markets you won't want to miss in Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck. 


Vienna's market dates back more than 700 years, and today there are several worth seeing. The stunning Neo-Gothic city hall is the backdrop for the main attraction, a market with more than 150 booths, ice skating, curling, choir performance, trumpet parades and a children's workshop. Dates: Nov. 11-Dec. 26, 2016; Location: Rathausplatz

At Belvedere Palace, you'll find a small market with exquisite decor and six vendors offering high-quality food for lunch and dinner. Dates: Nov. 18-Dec. 23, 2016; Location: Belvedere Palace (Prinz Eugen-Straße)

The parade grounds of the 1,400-room Schönbrunn Palace are the setting for Christmas and New Year's markets with daily jazz concerts. Dates: Nov. 19, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017; Location: Schönbrunn Palace (Schönbrunner Schloßstraße)

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Salzburg isn't known only for Mozart and "The Sound of Music" — the city hosts a famous Christmas market in front of the cathedral and adjoining Salzburg Residenz (palace). Download a market map to plot your stops among the 95 booths. Dates: Nov. 17-Dec. 26, 2016; Location: Residenzplatz and Domplatz

Hellbrunn Palace's market is sometimes called a fairy-tale forest because of the 400 Christmas trees dotting the castle grounds. Warm up and enjoy the view while sipping coffee in the conservatory. Be sure to bring little ones here for the petting zoo, train, campfire, pony rides and baking workshop. Dates: Nov. 17-Dec. 24, 2016; Location: Fürstenweg 37


The Family Market has a petting zoo, live nativity scene, puppet shows and a storyteller to amuse little ones, as well as food, cocktails and shopping for parents. Continue your adventure with a ski trip to the nearby Stubai Glacier. Dates: Nov. 15-Dec. 23, 2016; Location: Marktplatz 

The architecture, traditional Christmas decorations and snow-capped mountains make the Old Town market of Innsbruck a romantic Alpine experience. Dates: Nov. 15-Dec. 23, 2016; Location: Altstadt

To reach Innsbruck’s Hungerburg market requires a steep ascent aboard a funicular. At the summit, you’ll be greeted by wonderful food and fantastic mountain views. Dates: Nov. 19-Dec. 23, 2016; Location: Hungerburg

Find out about other markets in Innsbruck on the official website

Check back tomorrow to find out which European Christmas markets will be featured next as we continue our Countdown to Christmas!

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Read more about Europe's holiday season in the Stripes European Christmas Markets & Shopping Guide.

Tags: Christmas market, Vienna, Austria, Salzburg, Innsbruck
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