VIENNA, December 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Want to make the most of your Christmas visit to Vienna? Plan in advance to combine the best of the city's festive markets and top attractions. The experts at Vienna PASS (http://www.viennapass.com) recommend four great markets which have many favourite sights within easy walking distance.
The Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz
(Open until 26th December 2016, access via the Volkstheater or MuseumsQuarter U-bahn)
Explore a range of 72 festive stalls nestled in the heart of the imperial grandeur of Vienna's Museum district. This market is famous for its gospel choirs and live music creating a lively Christmas experience. Goods on offer range from local handicrafts, to high-end artistry and paintings. The Christmas Village transforms into New Year's Eve Village from 27th December.
Perfectly located for exploring Vienna's historic Museum Quarter with the Kunsthistorisches Museum and Museum of Natural History just two minutes' walk away. Maria-Theresien-Platz is the perfect Christmas destination from which to explore some of the best museums Austria has to offer.
Also close by: The Spanish Riding School (6 minutes), The Leopold Museum (6 minutes), the Theatre Museum (10 minutes). For visiting families, Vienna's Time-Travel Magic History Tour is also just 14 minutes away.
Art Advent at Karlsplatz
(Open until 23rd December 2016, 12pm-8pm, access via the Karlsplatz U-bahn)
An enchanting unique Christmas atmosphere, Art Advent brings the truly artisan to the centre of Vienna. Search for high quality artisan goods and sample gourmet and regional delicacies. Get into the Christmas spirit with the live acts and fire-dancing on the Kunstinsel stage.
Karlsplatz is perfectly located to see the whole city by jumping on Vienna's Hop on Hop off Bus Tour, departing from the State Opera House, just five minutes' walk from Art Advent. Alternatively, delve into Vienna's musical history by combining your visit with the Haus of Music and Mozarthaus, all within 10 minutes' walk.
Also close by: The Otto Wagner Pavilion, The Beethoven Pasqualati Hous (11 minutes' walk), Schubert's Place of Death (15 minutes), and the WinterPalais of Prince Eugene of Savoy (12 minutes).
Christmas and New Year's Market at Schönbrunn Palace
(Open until 1st January, 10am-6pm, access via the Schönbrunn U-bahn)
In the glow of the magically illuminated Schönbrunn Palace, more than 80 local and regional stalls sell handicrafts, unique gifts, Christmas decorations and freshly baked pastries. Attended by more than one million visitors, the Schönbrunn Palace Market boasts a limited edition of products that can be found nowhere else in Vienna.
All shopped out? Then join the Grand Tour of Schönbrunn and take in the beautiful sights of Schönbrunn Palace, Orangery, Privy Garden and Maze, and the Imperial Carriage Museum. The market is located within 10 minutes' walk of the Schönbrunn Palm House and Schönbrunn Zoo.
Also of note: from 27th December to 1st January there will be daily Jazz Concerts in the grounds.
'Prater Rocks' Prater Gardens Winter Market at Riesenradplatz
(Open until 1thJanuary 2017, access via Praterstern U-bahn, 6 minutes' walk)
'Prater Rocks' has a packed roster of live music and events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm, and this energetic Winter Market is fun for all the family.
The Winter Market in Prater Gardens is perfectly located to explore some of Vienna's most iconic sights. From the Giant Ferris Wheel to the renowned Madame Tussauds Museum, Prater Gardens can be toured on foot or by PraterZug on Prater's 'Winter Trail'.
Also Close By: Liliputbahn (3 minutes), Johann Strauss Apartment (10 minutes), Kunst Haus (15 minutes). Alternatively jump on the 'Danube' Blue Line Hop on Hop off Bus Tour from Praterstern U-bahn to see the famous 252-metre Danube Tower.
If you are looking to explore a little more of historic Vienna, head to one of the oldest markets in the city. Dating from 1772 and tucked away in Freyung, The Old Viennese Christmas Market is close to several major attractions such as the Museum of the Abbey of the Scots, the Globe and Esperanto Museum, and the Albertina Museum. This market is notable for its festive music and 46-metre Nativity Scene painted on the back of the stalls, based on an 1830s painting by Josef Von Führich.
All of the attractions and tours named are included with the Vienna PASS, which provides entry to more than 60 of Vienna's top attractions and experiences, as well as a free guide book. A 2-day Vienna PASS is priced at 74 Euros per person; 1-day, 3-day and 6-day options are available.
To book visit http://www.viennapass.com.
SOURCE Vienna PASS