Vienna Christmas markets

This item appears on page 92 of the November 2008 issue.

These are the locations of some of the Christmas markets operating in Vienna, Austria, in 2008.

• Vienna City Hall, Nov. 15-Dec. 24 — in the park facing City Hall. Held annually for 700 years.

• Schönbrunn Palace, Nov. 22-Dec. 26 — handicrafts and gifts. Choirs, brass bands and ensembles perform. On weekends, games for children plus decorating of cookies and gingerbread in the Imperial Bakery of Café Residenz Schönbrunn.

• Belvedere Palace, Nov. 21-Dec. 24 — Visit the two major art museums in the Belvedere plus the Christmas market with a carousel in front of the palace.

• Old General Hospital, Nov. 15-Dec. 24 — on the grounds of Vienna’s former General Hospital (Altes AKH). Includes a merry-go-round and a Christmas train for kids. 

• More Christmas markets at Maria Thereisienplatz, Spittelberg, Freyung and Karlsplatz.

Call the Austria National Tourist Office (New York, NY; 212/944-6880,

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