December is without a doubt one of the best times of the year to visit Austria. The country’s vibrant and beautiful capital city simply comes to life with festive events and activities for all the family. If you are currently planning your Austrian adventure you will be able to book your accommodation in Vienna on the Venere website. With this in mind, here is my quick guide to visiting Austria in the festive season.
Vienna is home to a simply staggering number of delightful Christmas markets held throughout the festive period. Obviously you won’t have time to visit them all but the heavenly scent of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts drifting from the city’s Alt Wiener Weihnachtsmarkt will surely attract your attention. This charming market also boasts splendid ceramics, children’s toys and festive decorations, which are all perfect Christmas gifts.
Throughout the festive period open-air ice rinks begin to appear all over Austria’s towns and cities. In fact, each year Vienna’s largest ice-skating rink attracts thousands of visitors, spreading across 6,000 square metres from the city’s stunning concert hall to Stadtpark. Ice-skate rental is incredible reasonable making this not only fabulously fun but also rather economical.
The magnificent and majestic Weikersdoft Castle is a wonderful place to visit at Christmas time. If you are lucky enough to be in the vicinity on Christmas Eve, you will have the unique opportunity to celebrate a traditional Austrian Christmas with divine Viennese cuisine, music and dancing. The nearby Church of St. Christopher makes for the perfect location to celebrate midnight mass in the suggestive candlelit chapel.
This festive event is held in the heart of Vienna and offers visitors the chance to admire the architecturally impressive ice pavilions, enjoy colourful street art performances and take part in fun curling competitions. As of dusk, the Museumsquarter features magical light displays that are sure to get you into the festive spirit as Christmas day approaches.
The “Christmas in Vienna Concert”
This unforgettable classical music concert takes place at Vienna’s breathtaking Wiener Konzerthaus. All those fortunate to have tickets will be able to sit back and relax in opulent surroundings to the sound of traditional Austrian music. St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the picturesque baroque Church of St. Anna also host wonderful seasonal concerts during the festive period. For the New Year’s Concert, book early to avoid disappointment!
There is so much to see and do in Austria throughout the month of December that you and your friends and family will be spoiled for choice during your visit. Remember to do a little further research online before departure in order to really make the most out of your festive break.