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Vienna: 3 Hour Afternoon Christmas Markets Tour

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    What to Expect
    We’ll start our tour by meeting directly in front of Vienna’s famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral and heading to our first destination by foot. Our route is a beautifully decorated extravaganza of holiday decorations and festive lights that’s sure to put you in the Christmas spirit! 

    As we walk we will pass Karls Church, which is known for its elongated ellipsoid dome (Google it and impress all your friends with your new, in-depth architectural knowledge!). Since the Karlsplatz area was restored back in the ‘80s, the church has gained a place on the city’s must-do list. 

    Karlsplatz will be our first stop, where a bustling Chrismtas market temporarily replaces the beautifully designed central fountain with hay, wooden houses and pony rides! 

    From pretty lights above, to small, fairy tale-like wooden houses that sell freshly made gingerbread, you’ll see just how festive Vienna’s famous Christmas markets can get. As we walk, we’ll try baked potatoes, hot wine and more! 

    From there, we’ll be taking the metro to our next Christmas market, located on the site of the old Viennese general hospital, which dates all the way back to 1686 after the end of the second Turkish siege. This market is beloved by locals and is particularly popular with Viennese families. We’ll enjoy the scenery and decorated market stalls, learning a little about Austrian Christmas traditions as we taste hearty punch and sweet treats along the way. 

    Our last stop will take us off the tourist trail and bring us to a Christmas market that’s located on the outskirts of the city. As of today this area is a good example of urban regeneration. As we walk we’ll admire well-preserved Biedermeier houses and narrow streets that paint a picture of what the original village here might have been like. The market itself winds its way through the streets and alleyways and there’s something to make you feel festive at nearly every turn. You’ll feel as if you’ve gone back in time to Christmas past. 

    Full of punch and holiday spirit, our tour ends where it began. If you need some suggestions for what else to see and do in Vienna during the holiday season, your local guide will be happy to offer some tips.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
    Departure Time
    4:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Hot wine
    • Baked potato
    • Punch
    • Sweet treats
    • Additional food and drink
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
    • Tickets for the Metro
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This was a fabulous tour which I would recommend. Your guises Partick and Wolfgang were kind, generous with their information about Vienna, great fun and knowledgeable. They ensured everyone on the tour had a good time. We saw several markets, sampled great food and got some
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    This is a must-do tour for the Christmas season. Patrick was my guide (I was the only one on the tour) and he made sure to specifically avoid the touristy/overcrowded Christmas markets and instead go for the markets where locals would go and have very few tourists. Because it
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    Definitely recommend this tour Verena brought us to markets we would have never found by ourselves. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her
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    Signed up for this tour before a solo weekend in Vienna. The Christmas markets were one of my most looked forward to sights. This tour didn't disappoint! It was a small group, so much more personal. The guide was so friendly, warm and knowledgeable. She took us to some of
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    This was my second tour of my “Best Day Ever!” with Urban Adventures and every part of it lived up to the name. It was just me, one other lady, and our incredible guide Lena. It felt like a VIP private tour and she even turned on the weather for us so it felt mystical and
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    Incredible food and fantastic guide
    My husband and I took a private food tour with Patrick and had a truly wonderful time. We started with the most
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    This was an amazing tour. Kirsten and Daniel did a great job of showing us the locals side of Vienna. Their
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    Thank you so much :) we learned so much and he defo went the extra Mile- really authentic, fun and good experience
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    Everything about this was perfect!
    Oh Vienna! We had done an Urban Adventures tour in Prague and did one in Vienna as well, as we had such a great
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    Minna J
    Mountain View, California
    Wonderful way to learn about Vienna
    We did this tour on a morning with miserable weather—cold, driving rain—but we still had a wonderful time on this
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    Dunedin, New Zealand
    Fabulous Tour
    We did this tour on our visit to Vienna. It was outstanding. The two guides, Kerstin and Daniel, were such lovely
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    Lovely food tour of Vienna
    We had a fantastic morning of walking, touring, eating, and drinking. We had two tour guides Wolfy, a local, and
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    A wonderful walk n Grazing in Vienna
    Lena is a student but had spent a decade in Idaho which suited us just fine because she’s charming and
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    Must do
    This was a fabulous tour which I would recommend. Your guises Partick and Wolfgang were kind, generous with their
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    • Duration: 3h
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