Advent Calendar Day 24 – Merry Christmas from the heart of Europe

Christmas lights vienna graben

Vienna during Christmas season. Ahhh. For me that’s one of the most beautiful times to visit Vienna. In the city center almost every main street will have its own christmas lighting, from chandeliers to crowns to a simple star carpet. Christmas markets are set up at different locations throughout the city.

Christmas market spittelberg, vienna

Christmas market freyung, vienna

Vienna christmas market freyung, christmas lights rotenturmstrasse

My visit to Vienna this year was during the first weekend of December – for me the perfect time: the city already buzzes with Christmas spirit and you can still move around the Christmas markets without being stuck in a mass of locals and tourists (This holds probably true for almost all Christmas markets except the famous Christkindlmarkt in front of the Viennese Rathaus (city hall), which – in my eyes – is the most commercial market in Vienna. Still a nice experience, but I prefer other markets).

Vienna Christmas Museumsquartier

Vienna Christmas Museumsquartier

vienna christmas lights stephansplatz

My favourite christmas market is the Christmas market at Spittelberg, just behind the Museums Quarter which offers some winter activities as well. The christmas village in front of Schloss Belvedere was really nice the last time I visited. Generally there is a plethora of Christmas markets in Vienna and something for every gusto. This page gives a good overview.

vienna christmas lights kaerntner strasse habsburgergasse

Christmas lights at kohlmarkt, vienna


  1. Merry Christmas to you too Alexandra:) And Happy new year!

  2. Danke fuer diesen wunderschoenen und spannenden Adventkalender.

    Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes und gesundes Neues Jahr fuer Dich liebe

    Christina und Franz

    • Liebe Christina, lieber Franz.

      Vielen Dank fuer Eure lieben Wuensche. Ich wuensche Euch einen schoenen 24. und erholsame Festtage… und alles Gute fuer 2013.


  3. So beautiful. I would love to go back to Europe again, even just to see the Christmas markets and lights. It is always so cosy there and everyone is so happy with their Gluehwein. Unfortunately we have nothing like this in Australia:(