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Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market

Listed under Christmas Markets in Vienna, Austria.

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This market will see you right for charming hand made gifts and decorations, keep you warm with mulled wine or punch and set your sense of smell into a Christmas feast frenzy, the air heavy with the scent of spiced cakes, gingerbread and roasting chestnuts, all surrounding a lit tree to the accompaniment of a brass band and carol singers. What’s different about this market over others is that you can do all this in the suitably magical setting of Schönbrunn Palace

If your kids aren’t up to appreciating the architectural magnificence of their surrounds no matter, the museum runs children’s programs where they’re taught to make gifts, to bake Christmas cookies by the chefs at the Schönbrunn Imperial Bakery and taken on a walking tour where they’ll be told about past Christmases at the palace from the Habsburg era. Because of these added charms this is one of Vienna’s most popular Christmas markets, despite having ONLY 60 or so stalls. Their products are of a caliber to match the surrounds though – and they don’t just have to live up to the architecture, but the trees and decorations are provided by the Austrian Federal Forests, who will explain to your little ones the origin of the ‘Christmas Tree’ – whatever that may be – you may want to listen in as well.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market 2011 Dates”

The dates for the 2011 Schonbrunn Palace Christmas Market are from 19 November-1 January, 2012. Read more...

Written by  Sarah Perkins.

“More a stagger than a waltz”

By Kevin Gould for The Guardian. First published Saturday 1st November, 2008. You thought it was all waltzes and wiener schnitzels? But Vienna is also about wine. More than that, Vienna is the only world capital with a serious wine industry. Within th… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Guardian, 1st November 2008

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Other Viennese Christmas Markets

Mulled wine and hot chestnuts seem to be the trademark of Christmas Markets worldwide, and Vienna’s are no exception. What began in the 13th century as a simple marketplace for Viennese vendors has grown and developed into a much-anticipated and magical tradition. There are four main Christmas market locales – Rasthauplatz, Schönbrunn (24 Nov – 26 Dec), Spittelberg (16 Nov – 23 Dec), Baroque Belevedere Palace (23 Nov – 24 Dec), and Maria Theresien Place (21 Nov – 24 Dec). Each exudes history and holiday spirit, with the beautiful architecture of Vienna serving as a backdrop for the festivities in the streets below. With the entire city adorning itself in Christmas decorations, it’s impossible to feel less than merry.

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