So when can you expect to see the Easter bunny set up stall in Vienna, hand out unfeasibly large amounts of chocolate, and try and persuade you that he/she really does bring the eggs, despite the biological questions that raises?
- See also: Easter markets
When do the markets start?
Traditionally, the Easter markets begin about two weeks before the Easter weekend and continue through until around Easter Monday.
So, in 2020, the main Easter markets in Vienna open on the weekend of March 27-29. Here the specific dates:
- Schönbrunn: March 28th to April 14th
- Am Hof: March 27th to April 13th
- Freyung: March 27th to April 13th
- Kalvarienbergfest: TBA (but usually opens a little earlier than the other, more formal, markets)
- Palais Niederösterreich: March 27th to March 28th (two-day market only – but very good!)
Dates for later years are, obviously, unconfirmed, but here’s my rough guess:
- March 20/21 to April 5 (in 2021)
- April 2/3 to April 18 (in 2022)
- March 25/26 to April 10 (in 2023)
Opening hours 2020
Most markets open up between 10am and 11am and carry on through to the early or late evening. Specific times are:
- 10am to 6pm
This one is a little away from the centre. To make good use of your trip, you might book an early tour of the palace and then pop into the market in the forecourt afterwards for a spot of brunch before heading back to the delights of Vienna’s old town.
- 11am to 9pm (Monday to Thursday)
- 10am to 9pm (Friday to Sunday, plus Easter Monday)
Stay a little later if you’re eating or drinking: the culinary booths remain open until 10pm.
- 10am to 7.30pm
The Freyung market is very close to the Am Hof equivalent, so you can wander along to the latter after dark if you want an Easter-flavoured snack later in the evening.
I don’t have times yet, but the daily programme of events typically begins around 10am. This is more of a local event, but one with a long tradition behind it.
- 10am to 9pm
Musical entertainment usually continues through each day at regular intervals, featuring brass bands, singers, and other musicians from the province of Lower Austria. This two-day event also offers a rare chance to see inside this centuries-old palais.