Vienna during the Christmas season is one of the most romantic cities we know. That's why we particularly enjoy the cold season here and count the days until Christmas arrives. We would like to show you our favourite activities at this time of year so that you too can spend a wonderful winter weekend in Vienna.
And best of all, no matter which of our three Ruby Hotels in Vienna you choose, you don't have to go far to get to our Christmas spots.
Our favourite Christmas market is the one on Karlsplatz in a particularly beautiful setting in front of Karlskirche. In addition to the beautiful location, it is the range of stalls that makes us so enthusiastic. Here you can get 100% organic culinary delights. The organiser has always attached great importance to sustainability, regionality and quality. Therefore the market is also the only one in Austria with completely bio-certified catering trade.
Every year we look forward to the Christmas lights at the shop Popp&Kretschmer. As early as November, we hope every time we pass by that the lights are already hung up and when they are really there, we are all the happier. Especially in the evening the lighting is magical.
Vienna and its traditional ice skating club simply belong together and are an unbeatable team in the winter months. Open from October to March, this romantic open-air location has been attracting tourists and locals to the ice for over 150 years. In the unique scenery it can be turned together with its loved ones rounds and warmed up afterwards with a hot punch or mulled wine again.
Belvedere Castle has a wonderful castle garden that is beautifully planted in summer, but is also worth seeing in winter. For a relaxing walk downhill, you should start at the Upper Belvedere and walk down towards the town. And if you want to warm up in the meantime, go inside the castle and visit one of Austria's most famous art museums.
And if you don't have enough of the Christmas and winter atmosphere after Christmas, then visit the Vienna Ice Dream. Until March you can ice skate at the Vienna Town Hall, shoot curling and then enjoy Christmas gastronomy such as mulled wine and other delicous dishes. This is a much better way to bridge the cold winter days after Christmas.