Picture This: The Christmas Market of Vienna, Austria

Thanks to Viking River Cruises for inviting us along and providing this adventure! As always, all opinions are our own.

The Christmas Market in front of Town Hall in Vienna Austria

Hand blown glass ornaments at the Christmas Market in Vienna

Vienna, Austria can make a claim to having the original Christkindlmarkt.

Their December Market was the forerunner of the modern version and dates back to 1294.

The Wiener Christkindlmarkt in the Rathausplatz, the plaza in front of the town hall, is the city’s premier advent market.

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The Christmas Market in Vienna Austria

The Christmas Market in Vienna Austria

The Christmas Market in Vienna Austria

The Christmas Market in Vienna Austria

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Selling gluhwien at Vienna's Christmas Market

As with all of the Christmas markets we’ve seen, food is a huge component.

This is Vienna, so we must have a sausage, or two. And, of course, a steaming mug of glühwein to ward off the chill.

We must say, these Vienna sausages are much better than their namesake in the United States that come in a can!

Sausages in Vienna's Christmas marke

Sweets in Vienna's Christmas marke

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Thanks to Viking River Cruises for inviting us along and providing this adventure! As always, all opinions are our own. See our entire Christmas cruise along The Danube with stops in Budapest, Bratislavia, Vienna, Durnstein & Melk, Salzburg, and Passau.


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1 thought on “Picture This: The Christmas Market of Vienna, Austria”

  1. Christmas markets, a very authentic and old tradition of Central Europe

    Christmas markets are one of the most visible tradition of the central European region , created in the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Central Europe. The Vienna “December market” which dates back to 1294, was one of the earliest recorded examples of such a market.
    Most market open up with the beginning of Advent, 4 weeks before Christmas, and usher in the Christmas season.

    The focal point of these markets are the traditional Nativity Scene with their depiction of the birth of Jesus in the manger, surrounded by stall that sell things rustic hand made Christmas decorations , dried fruit and mulled wine to cast off the cold.

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