Christmas markets are an old tradition in Austria. They can be traced back to the Middle Ages. In 1298 Albrecht I allowed the citizens of Vienna to hold a Krippenmarkt (December Market). Even if the market has changed over the years, traditions have been adapted to fit modern days but they still occupy a very special place in the heart of every Austrian and not only. Visitors from all over the world come to Austria every year to enjoy the festive season at some of the country’s most magical Christmas Markets.
The most famous Krippenmarkt of Vienna is held in front of the City Hall. You will come for the traditional Christmas market treats but the carol concerts will make you stay – the international choir will make you wish you had better singing abilities so you can join them on tour, but don’t worry, I think it is all right if you sing along from your seat. There is something for the little ones to do as well. On the ground floor of the City Hall there are special cooking and crafts workshops for kids. They will learn how to make biscuits and candles and that is all you need for a perfect evening. The market is open from 12 November to 24 December.
The Christmas markets in Innsbruck are said to be the most charming in the entire Alpine region but there is a particular one that got my attention: the Old Town Christmas Market. I promise that the Old Town Christmas Market is my favourite not only because I love historic places, even if the famous Golden Roof and the well preserved medieval facades definitely stole my heart but also because of the million dollars view over the Alps. Have some Kiachln (similar to donuts) and wash it down with Glühwein (mulled wine). The market is open from 15 November to 6 January.