A dazzling display of holiday charm
Visiting Vienna is a feast for the senses no matter what time of year you visit, from its opulent palaces, incomparable classical music, expansive gardens and gourmet dining. But visit during the holidays, and your cup will runneth over with world-famous outdoor festivals and markets.
Where to begin? With an AutoVenture private car and personal guide, you’ll not only see the best of Vienna, you’ll gain after-hours access to some of the city’s more popular attractions.
Begin with the city’s Christmas markets: Starting mid-November through the holidays, the city’s most prestigious, historic plazas get dressed up to entertain millions of visitors. For example, the Rathauspark town hall is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, known as the Wiener Adventzauber (Magic of Advent). The air is filled with the sweet aroma of baked goods, glorious sausages and spiced, hot punch. There are holiday workshops, artisan demonstrations, souvenirs galore and even a figure-skating show.
It’s only one example of the transformation that takes place throughout the city, and your AutoVenture guide can shepherd you to the must-see locations. There are markets specializing in ceramics, Christmas decorations, glass artwork, cradles, with music always filling the air.
A memorable stop is the upscale market in front of Schönbrunn Palace, which provides a regal, romantic backdrop to the celebration. Plus, as an AutoVenture guest, you’ll be privy to a special, after-hours tour of the palace itself, which is one of Austria’s most important cultural monuments. Originally commissioned to be built as a hunting lodge by Emperor Leopold I in the 17th century, over the next century it was expanded into a grand, Baroque summer palace, surrounded by gardens, a park, statues and even a zoo.
With so many sights, sounds and tastes, you’ll be glad you have AutoVenture to help ensure that you experience the best of Vienna during the holidays.
The beloved candy PEZ was invented in Vienna in 1927, exclusively in peppermint flavor.
Over 200 balls take place in Vienna every year between January-March.