Few cities boast such a rich and long Christmas market tradition as Austria’s beautiful capital, Vienna. Dating back to 1298, Vienna first played host to Christmas markets, or Krippenmarkt as they were known in 13th-century Austria, when Albrecht I granted the city’s residents freedom to hold a December market. Through the centuries this tradition has grown in size, grandeur and reputation – with more than 20 official advent markets now selling delightful gifts and delicious treats.
We invite you to join us in Vienna, with its grand architecture and elegant atmosphere, to peruse the wonders of the Christmas markets. There are recognizable Christmas treats such as gingerbread (lebkuchen) and roasted chestnuts (maroni) to enjoy, as well as traditional Austrian delicacies including kaiserschmarrn, delicious pulled-apart pancakes packed with raisins and drizzled with rum.
And, of course, the markets are the perfect place to find unique souvenirs and festive gifts for loved ones back home.
This extraordinary experience can be enjoyed on our Danube Christmas Markets itinerary.