Vienna, European capital of Christmas
Immerse yourself in Christmas traditions in the Austrian capital booking your hotel in Vienna with Meliá near the most spectacular Christmas markets
Rathausplatz Christmas Market
Aromas of cinnamon and hot punch
Christmas traditions and cuisine meet in the main Christmas market in Vienna, the Rathausplatz Christmas market, located in the town hall square and known as Christkindlmarkt. A fusion of Christmas traditions and modernity, flavoured with hot punch and the sweet smell of cinnamon. The square hosts more than 150 stalls with all kinds of local Christmas delicacies, decorations and gifts, attractions such as a merry-go-round and a 3000 m2 ice rink. Kids will love the beautiful fairy-tale landscapes created in the square. Inside the town hall, there are craft workshops for kids and international choirs singing Christmas carols. Opposite the town hall, the trees in the Rathauspark are decorated with hundreds of coloured lights creating the most beautiful sight.
Art Advent Market
Roast chestnuts and local crafts
In the former Habsburg residence, the Schönbrunn Palace, a Christmas and New Year's Eve market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made jewellery and Christmas decorations. If you love handicrafts, make sure you visit the Art Advent market in the beautiful Karlsplatz Square, where you can listen to groups play live music. A Christmas market with its own special style with hand-made crafts and organic food. Try some roast chestnuts, delicious apple strudel and a glass of weihnachtspunsch, the typical spicy Christmas punch. Enjoy everything under the lights that extend from the baroque Karlskirche church to all the other corners of Karlplatz. Other Christmas markets you must not miss include the Maria-Theresien-Platz Christmas market, the Spittelberg Christmas market, known as the artists' district, and the Belvedere Palace Christmas market located in the former residence of the Prince of Savoy, one of the main attractions of the city and home to Kiss, the famous painting by Gustav Klimt.