Christmas in Vienna

Christmas is a truly magical time of the year, and Vienna flourishes with seemingly endless traditional festivities. The smells, sounds and tastes of Christmas enchant as the whole city radiates in a sea of twinkling lights. We tour Vienna’s many “Christkindlmarkt” or Christmas Markets. Children delight in ‘Zukerwatte’ (fairy floss) while adults enjoy ‘Gluehwein’ or mulled wine and hot chestnuts from the decorated food stands. The main squares buzz with artisans selling handmade gifts. Our tour explores ancient sites from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city and later the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Itinerary Highlights
  • Visit the decadent and world famous Schönbrunn Palace for a Grand Tour.
  • Experience a musical theatre performance or go to the Kursalon to enjoy a Strauss concert where Johann Strauss himself performed 125 years ago.
  • Enjoy a horse drawn carriage tour in the charming old historic centre of Vienna.
  • Classical Christmas Concert in one of the most beautiful Baroque Churches: St Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • Shop local and artisan handicrafts at three charming outdoor Christmas Markets or ‘Christkindlmarkt’ at Schönbrunn, Rathaus & Karlskirche.
  • Enjoy a classic Opera or Musical Theatre performance (selection subject to annual availability).
  • Attend a mass at the Imperial Family's private chapel, complete with the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir singing during mass!
  • Visit the Imperial Vaults, where 12 emperors and 19 empresses are laid to rest in exquisitely carved sarcophagi.
  • Explore the gems of the Schatzkammer, Treasury of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Reflect on the colourful history of Austria at the Kaisergruft, Vaults of the Imperial Habsburg.
  • Attend a Spanish Riding School Performance!
  • Stroll through the old-city centre of Vienna, adorned with Christmas lights and artisan street vendors.

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  • Rejoice

  • Celebrate

  • Warmth

  • Wonder

  • Cherish

  • Eat

  • Give

  • Listen

  • Gaze

Praise for this Journey

“The balance between being a tourist and being a pilgrim is perfect. We get to see all the iconic landmarks, but also experience unique cultural performances, handicrafts and the real people who live here. It’s a perfect balance.”

Thomas, Zimbabwe

"I can’t think of any other place to get what I got from my week with Dancing Spirit Tours. From my heart with deep sincerity, I thank you for creating this experience. The memories, explorations and friends are truly priceless.”

Betsy, USA


Horst Prelog is a retired global executive leader in the automotive industry. His success and achievements are highly regarded by those who have had the benefit of working with him and are undisputed in the industry. After spending the last 30 years at the helm of a multi-billion dollar global company, Horst is now channeling his entrepreneurial spirit into a passion for travel and teaching history. A native to Austria, Horst’s local insight and extensive regional knowledge make him a charming and well-informed tour guide of his homeland.

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