Vienna at Easter

March 13, 2013 by

Festivals & Events, Free Things To Do, Sightseeing, Things To Do

The Easter Market at the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna.

The Easter Market at the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna. Picture courtesy of Su_May on Flickr.

Lying at the very heart of Europe, Austria’s elegant capital city of Vienna offers frothy Baroque architecture, fabulous art galleries and museums, opera performances, a river to explore, and plenty of historic castles and parks. Much of March is given over to a frenzy of Easter markets that appear annually throughout the city. The stalls feature traditional Easter baubles, hand-painted eggs, chocolate treats, and entertainment for kids. Here are the best markets to visit in Vienna at Easter.

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1. Schönbrunn Palace Easter Market

Add 60 intriguing stalls to the splendid backdrop of the Baroque Schönbrunn for Vienna’s favourite Easter market. Running from March 16 to April 1, attractions include jewellery and glassware from all over Austria as enticing hordes of chocolate eggs, appearances by the Easter bunny, and Easter egg hunts. For adults there are daily jazz performances.

2. Kalvarienberg Market

Here there is plenty to keep kids entranced from pony rides to a mini train and carousel, plus lots of little wooden chalets from which kiddies’ clothes, hot dogs, all manner of chocolate, and hand-painted eggs can be bought. It’s the longest-running of the markets, kicking off February 13 until April 1.

3. Freyung Old Vienna Easter Market

Sprawled over a beautiful cobbled square for two weeks between March 15 to April, offering vary from giant painted Easter eggs to candles and palm fronds as well as life-size painted wooden animals and stuffed toys. There’s even a little stage for puppet performances, dancers in national costume, and jazz recitals.

4. Am Hof Arts and Crafts Market

With a sophisticated array of crafts, ranging from elaborate glassware to hand-dyed textiles and delicate jewellery, the market on Ostermarkt, one of Vienna’s oldest squares, attracts visitors seeking unusual gifts and runs from March 15 to April 1.

Sasha Heseltine

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