Place a pile of pig dung in the Schönbrunn Palace courtyard and it would soon acquire a certain imperial elegance, nostalgic charm, and it’s own souvenir range of pitchforks.
You simply cannot beat the setting for the Easter market here.
- Beautiful setting in the forecourt of the Habsburg summer palace
- Top quality wares and edibles, with plenty of seating
- 2019 dates: Apr 6 to Apr 23
- See also: Easter markets
The Schönbrunn Easter market already has an advantage over its colleagues elsewhere in Vienna. Then add in that it’s the biggest and you have – in my opinion – the clear number one.
I like, for example, the organic foods on the Freyung and the art of Am Hof, but there is something special about meandering past truffles and trinkets in the shadow of the great summer Habsburg palace. See for yourself in this (promotional) YouTube video from the organisers:
Two rows of market stands curve around one side of the giant square, with huge Easter eggs at each end.
Most of the stands are arts and crafts, offering jewellery, glassware, wooden toys, crockery, ceramics, textiles and more. But there are plenty of stands selling Easter decorations – including the inevitable painted eggs – to ensure the Easter feeling flows through the market.
And there are also wonderful assortments of regional meats (like game sausages), jams, chutneys, oils and vinegars, not to mention wine, schnapps and liqueur. I was very taken with the stand of Italian delicacies with its cheeses, salamis and basket of fresh truffles – a snip at 90 cents a gram (!).
Not all the food is to take away and enjoy later, either.
Who could say no to wild boar Leberkäse, some hot soup served in a crusty roll, sweet dumplings, fried potatoes with Easter ham, Kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancake), crepes, waffles or dark bread served with gherkins, horseradish and cold roast pork?
(Actually, I can say no to horseradish).
There are more seats than usual at a seasonal market, so you can relax with your food and wash it down with a traditional drink, like a white wine Spritzer, or a not-quite-so-traditional one, like a mango fruit punch (German: Bowle).
The market also makes an effort to keep the kids happy. For example, there’s an Osterhasen Werkstatt (Easter rabbit workshop) offering various activities for children and I spotted some poor fellow on stilts riding a giant chicken.
Of course, given the location, you’re unlikely to be alone. It was already quite full on the Good Friday afternoon I visited, though there was still enough space to get close to the wares and the only real queues were at the food stands.
Opening times 2019
2019 dates are:
- April 6 to April 23rd
- 10 am to 6 pm
How to get to the Schönbrunn market
Follow these directions, or:
Subway: U4 (either to the Schönbrunn or Hietzing stations, then a short walk).
Tram/bus: Take tram lines 10, 52, and 60, or bus line 10A, to the Schloss Schönbrunn stop.
Address: Schloss Schönbrunn, 1130 Vienna | Website