A romantic winter in Vienna

Winter wonder in the city of the waltz

Wintertime brings an incredible range of cultural offerings and advent activities to the Austrian capital.
From mid-November until Christmas, the whole city takes on a magical, romantic, festive atmosphere. Strolling through the quaintly lit narrow streets of the old town, you’ll catch the sweet scent of Christmas baking, hot punch and roasted almonds, and truly feel the romance in the air. The weeks leading up to Christmas are made for spending time with loved ones. Whether you fancy wandering through Vienna’s traditional Christmas markets, eating dinner around an open fire, relaxing into a wellness break or skating around at the Vienna Ice Dream, there really is something for everyone.
Wrapped up nice and warm in a cosy pair of Högl winter boots, we’ll take you on a romantic winter tour through Vienna that will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas markets
The most famous Christmas market in Vienna is the Weihnachtstraum at Rathausplatz (the town hall square). It attracts thousands of visitors each year. An impressive candle-lit archway greets visitors at the entrance, and as you wander through, there are around 150 stalls selling Christmas gifts, tree ornaments, handicrafts and gastronomic treats. Not far away, between the Art History and Natural History museums, is the Weihnachtsdorf (Christmas village) at Maria-Theresien-Platz. There is also a romantic Christmas village on the Vienna University campus, which is only a short walk away.
© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper
The Weihnachtstraum at Rathausplatz is open daily between 15th November and 26th December 2019: Sunday to Thursday 10:00 - 21:30; Friday and Saturday 10:00 - 22:00.

Close to the Graben and Högl’s flagship store, you’ll find the city’s oldest and most traditional Christmas market: the Altwiener Christkindlmarkt on the Freyung. First held in 1772, today the market offers handicrafts, glass decorations, traditional cribs and ceramics.
©WienTourismus / Christian Stemper
The Altwiener Christkindlmarkt is open daily from 16th November to 23rd December, 10:00 - 21:00.

The Christmas market at the Spittelberg is particularly idyllic. Nestled in the narrow streets of the Biedermeier quarter, it has many stalls selling handicrafts as well as countless delicious gift ideas.
© WienTourismus / Manfred Horvath
The Christmas market at the Spittelberg is open daily from 14th November to 23rd December 2019:
Monday to Thursday 14:00 - 21:00; Fridays 14:00 - 21:30; Saturdays 10:00 - 21:30; Sundays and public holidays 10:00 - 21:00.

For an Christmassy excursion a little further afield from the city, why not visit Schloss Hof just east of Vienna? The baroque palace offers visitors an attractive advent programme and its own large-scale market.
Schloss Hof Christmas market is open every weekend in Advent, 10:00 - 19:00.
Fancy a winter grill by the Danube canal? The Feuerdorf (Fire Village) is a set of 13 wooden huts near the Danube canal, each with an open fire pit inside. In a group of 12, you can enjoy a cosy evening with delicious grilled delicacies. On cold winter days, the atmosphere is especially snug and romantic - perfect for a relaxed evening with friends and family.
© Philipp Lipiarski
The Feuerdorf welcomes you by the Danube canal in the heart of Vienna.

©Philipp Lipiarski
The rustic fire huts are decked out for extra warmth and cosiness.
Ball Night
What would winter be without festive celebrations? Viennese ball season is in full swing and offers countless lavish events that are perfect for that fairy tale entrance. On New Year’s Eve, the events reach their climax with a sumptuous ball at the exquisite Vienna Hofburg. The Hofburg New Year’s Eve Ball is the perfect way to bring in the new year with glitz, glamour, pomp and, of course, a loved one at your side. The dress code for the New Year’s Eve Ball ensures an extra hint of romance: floor-length dresses and tuxedos, tailcoats or full dress uniform.
© HOFBURG Vienna
On 31/12/2019 the HOFBURG New Years Eve Ball has its 50th anniversary. The slogan “Time to Celebrate” promises a first-rate events programme with countless highlights.
Many of us crave a little time out in the winter months, dreaming of escaping the hustle and bustle of the city in the run-up to Christmas. Nothing could be more fitting than a fully personalised beauty break. Many of Vienna’s day spas offer relaxation for body and mind - like little oases of calm in the heart of the city. The most beautiful ports of call are the luxury hotels in Vienna, which also welcome day visitors: Sacher Boutique Spa, So SPA, Sans Souci Spa, and Kempinski The Spa.
© Gregor Titze
Harmony and relaxation await you in the 5 star hotel Sans Souci in Vienna.
Vienna Ice Dream (Wiener Eistraum)
Whether you’re a pro or an amateur, the ice rink at the Vienna Rathausplatz is an absolute winter highlight. From January to March, when the Christmas markets are over, the heart of Vienna transforms into a fairytale ice landscape spanning over 9000 m2. Light shows and music make for magical winter entertainment for skating fans of all ages.
© PID / David Bohmann
The great Vienna Ice Dream opens from 22/01/2020 to 01/03/2020 every day, 19:00 - 22:00.

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