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Christmas Market (Christkindlmarkt)

Vienna, Austria (Innere Stadt)
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Ranked #1 of 71 shopping in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Went here with my wife and young child, very crowded as expected. I expected it to be larger but it seemed to be just the same thing over and over again. make sure you wear layers and enjoy a traditional sausage. Hopefully I can make it next year!

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St. Louis, MO
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179 reviews 179 reviews
67 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Call me a grinch, but the Christkindlmarkt at Rathaus is the Christmas market equivalent of U.S. network television. The setting is beautiful, to be sure, and some of the goods are very nice and of good quality. But the market is so big that you wonder if it isn't run by a big eastern syndicate (Charlie Brown Christmas reference). We... More

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Asini, Greece
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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