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  • Writer's pictureDavid Natale

A Hidden Gem in Vienna

Glühwein cups with golden images of Beethoven,a street direct out of the Baroque era, and Austrian delicacies and handicrafts unique to the local artisans who make them... this is the Christmas market adorning the cobbled streets of Spittelberg, a special area of Vienna. This fantastic Christmas market winds its way through narrow streets, alleyways and courtyards, flanked by lighted doorways that lead into galleries, craft shops, busy bars.

Anyone who has a heart for romantic moments is in good hands in Advent on Spittelberg. Nowhere else is there a Christmas market in the middle of a baroque Viennese suburb. In the cobbled streets, where Emperor Joseph II was once a guest, market stalls alternate with small craft shops and local restaurants and tourists mix with locals as they meander from stall to stall and store to store. The visitors to the market love this unique ambience and it is no wonder that people vote this market on Spittelberg the most popular in Vienna.

This is where tradition mixes with innovation: handicrafts are sold in a historical ambience, both Austrian specialities and international offerings. You'll find visiting fashion designers selling their wares next to local artisans from Vienna next to a stand where children can make their own candles. The Spittelberg offers a wide range of jewelry, wooden goods and warm items. Ideal gifts and suitable for the cold season.

All those with a curious palate will find a varied culinary offer in addition to the handicrafts. From traditionally old Austrian classics such as farmer's donuts or potato pancakes to exotic delights. The gourmet zone in the upper Gutenberggasse is brand new this year with, among other things, exquisite delicacies from Wagyu beef, Venetian Hallacas Navideñas or Feuerfleck from the Waldviertel.

Because of the current pandemic, special precautionary rules with a general mask requirement and the mandatory safety distance apply at Spittelberg this year, as at all Vienna Christmas markets. In addition, there is more space with fewer stands and many new standing tables for four people to gather together comfortably.


Dates for 2021 are November 12th to December 23rd. Opening times are:

2pm to 9pm (Mon-Thurs)

2pm to 9.30pm (Fri)

10am to 9.30pm (Sat)

10am to 9pm (Sun and public holidays)


You can reach Spittelberg easily via public transport (don’t take the car – street parking is scarce):

Tram 49 (get out at Stiftgasse)

Buses 2A (to Stiftgasse) and 48A (to Sankt Ulrichs Platz)

Subway: U3 (station Neubaugasse or Volkstheater)

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