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There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than a trip to Vienna’s Christmas markets.
Often called the Christkinelsmarkt, Christmas Markets are a beloved tradition of the Advent Season in parts of Europe including Frankfurt, Germany and Toulouse, France.
Certainly the most spectacular — dating back to 1294 — are found in Vienna, the capital of Austria.
Vienna’s main Christmas market is at the Rathausplatz, or city hall, offering gifts, decorations, and warming drinks. But other “Christmas villages,” including those geared toward children, can be found just a short walk away on Maria-Theresien-Platz, Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz, and Belvedere Palace. Pop over to Schönbrunn Palace for a culture and Christmas Market. New this year is the Imperial and Royal Christmas Market at Michaelerplatz, featuring Austrian producers, some even the direct descendants of Imperial and Royal Court suppliers.
For accommodations that will make you feel like the reincarnation of Empress Maria Theresa, we recommend the Imperial Hotel or the classic Hotel Sacher, home to the famous Sacher Torte. You won’t be able to leave without trying a slice of the decadent chocolate cake with a healthy helping of schlag.