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Christmas Market (Christkindlmarkt)

Vienna, Austria (Innere Stadt)
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Ranked #1 of 55 shopping in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: The market in front of the Rathaus is the largest and most famous, but is also the most commercial Christkindlmarkt in Vienna. Most of the things on... more »
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Asini, Greece
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

All you can imagine when you think of Christmas is there. Souvenirs, gifts, christmas candy, christmas music and beautiful decorations!

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Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

If you love Christmas then you cannot miss out on this experience. Especially when it is nighttime and snowing. Grab yourself a mug of hot spiced wine and just wander around taking in the lights, the atmosphere given off by the many stalls selling all manner of Christmas items, the music and of course the sounds and smiles of people... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went to the Vienna Christmas Markets over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. To truly get in the holiday spirit a trip to the markets is a must. Vienna has some of the most beautiful markets, both large and small. We stayed at the Hilton Vienna Plaza on the Schottenring and it was the perfect location for seeing the many markets.... More

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Spent two nights in Vienna in December for the markets. Had an excellent time, experiencing as much Austrian culture as we could at the markets. Particularly enjoyed the Gluhwein and sausages! Excellent Christmas workshops in the Rathaus for our daughter to attend, and the atmosphere was vibrant and warming. Extremely busy at night time to the point where it's difficult... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We saw the market during the day and night. A must see at night. The variety was ok. Lots of food choices. We had good chocolates. The ornaments were kind of expensive. A must see for the lights.

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Durban, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Our main reason for going to Vienna was to see the Christmas markets. The one at the Rathaus was really our favourite in terms of having a bit of everything. Firstly the lights were stunning, the colourful guitar tree, and the snowman tree were my daughter's favourites. There were also rides for her, including an old fashioned carousel that she... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

What a beautiful & charming Christmas market! Located in the square in front of the cathedral, the sounds, aromas, lights, & friendly people made for a memorable experience. We dressed for the weather so that was not a problem

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Sugar Land, Texas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Very festive and beautiful lights! Well organized. The City Hall Christmas market is the biggest, but there are more markets around town, near plazas and palaces. They are quite accessible by trams (Ring Tram) and metro.

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Miller Place, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The main Christmas market outside the city hall is good but there are better around the city including the one at Schonbrunn palace.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Very "Christmasy!" The Gluhwein mug is very cute with music notes and Christmas trees on it. I was surprised that this market wasn't more commercial after reading other reviews. I did hear there is a trend to move back to more local vendors and it seems to be working. There are many pastry vendors here and the pastries were outstanding.... More

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