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Weihnachtsmarkt at Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna

Christmas market at Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria

The Kultur- und Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Schönbrunn is situated at the Ehrenhof (Cour d’honneur) of Schloss Schönbrunn (Schonbrunn Palace). I was especially impressed by the splendid setting, the lively concerts on a stage in the middle of the Christmas market and the offered goods which varied from Hungarian shadow theatres made of paper to incense smokers made at the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) of Germany.

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Weihnachtsdorf at Schloss Belvedere, Vienna

Christmas market at Schloss Belvedere in Vienna, Austria

The Weihnachtsdorf Schloss Belvedere is situated at the southern side of Schloss Belvedere (Belvedere Palace). I loved it for the great setting and the stars located at the pond in front of it. The offered goods were the general stuff. I’d recommend this Christmas market especially for enjoying this view in front of a Baroque palace which offers a great collection of Austrian paintings (e.g. Klimt, Schiele) at the State Gallery inside.

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Adventmarkt at the Karlskirche, Vienna

Christmas market at Karlskirche in Vienna, Austria

The Adventmarkt at the Karlskirche is a very special one. Nearly every hut offers products made by artists or craftsmen. It was much fun to walk along the stands listening to the shopkeepers hammering and polishing their items. Besides the Baroque Karlskirche (St. Charles’s Church) offers not only an amazing setting but also an elevator (!) inside for going up to the frescos at the cupola.

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Weihnachtsmarkt at Türkenschanzpark, Vienna

Christmas market at Türkenschanzpark in Vienna, Austria

One of the lesser known Christmas markets of Vienna is that one at the Türkenschanzpark. The specialty of this market is the history of the place and the fountain depicted above. During the siege of Vienna in 1683 there were a lot Ottoman entrenchments ([german] Türkische Schanzen) right at this place.

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Weihnachtsmarkt at Wilhelminenberg, Vienna

Christmas market at Wilhelminenberg in Vienna, Austria

At the rear of the Austria Trend Hotel Schloss Wilhelminenberg I discovered a small Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) with two details which made the place remarkable for me. The Christmas market located at one of the hills north-west of the city offers a fine view of Vienna’s outskirts. Besides that children have much fun skating on an ice rink situated at this place high over Vienna.

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Weihnachtsmarkt vs. Christmas market?

Christmas decoration at Habsburgergasse in Vienna, Austria

I need your help: These days I am writing about Christmas markets in Vienna. These markets have German names like Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market), Weihnachtsdorf (Christmas village), Christkindlmarkt (Kris kringle market?). Now I have a special question about the best way to translate their names:

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Kunsthandwerksmarkt at Am Hof, Vienna

Kunsthandwerksmarkt at Am Hof in Vienna, Austria

The Kunsthandwerksmarkt am Hof is located at a place in the centre of Vienna. Actually there is a mix of two Christmas markets there. One half is selling the general mix of food, artwork and toys. Another half is a compilation of craftspeople selling their specialized works.of art.

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Altwiener Christkindlmarkt in Vienna

Altwiener Christkindlmarkt at the Freyung, Vienna

The Altwiener Christkindlmarkt, a Christmas market next to an old abbey offers the longest crib of Austria. By the way one can combine the visit of this market with a Christmas market just opposite the street which offers products provided by organic farmers.

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Weihnachtsdorf at Maria-Theresien-Platz, Vienna

Christmas market at Maria-Theresien-Platz in Vienna, Austria

The Weihnachtsdorf (Christmas village) at the Maria-Theresien-Platz is situated right between the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) and the Naturhistorische Museum (Museum of Natural History) and is therefore a fine place for having a break between two museum visits.

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Weihnachtsmarkt at Spittelberg, Vienna

Christmas market at Spittelberg in Vienna, Austria

The Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) at Spittelberg is probably one of the most famous Christmas markets of Vienna. I like this market especially for its location which is in the middle of a quarter with smaller buildings dating back to the Biedermeier period (first half of 19th century)

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Weihnachtsdorf at Altes AKH, Vienna

Tower brass band at the Christmas market

This Weihnachtsdorf (Christmas village) is situated at the huge inner yard of a former hospital called AKH. The market offers besides the general stuff a small lane of stalls where one can watch craftsmen at their work. So I spoke with a lady about how to make candles made of honey.

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Christmas market at the city hall of Vienna

Christmas market at the city hall of Vienna, Austria

The largest Christmas market of Vienna named Christkindlmarkt is placed in front of the spectacular city hall of Vienna. Comparing to other markets it offers a lot of stuff for children. While walking inside the city hall I even discovered some workshops where children created beautiful things like bird houses or colourful candles.