The first question many people ask about Vienna’s Easter markets is “are they as good as the Christmas markets?”.
But how could they be?
The Christmas markets are embedded in a city bursting with a wide mix of seasonal scents, sounds, lights and colours. Easter means there are more eggs and chocolate rabbits in the shops. No competition.
Ask, though, whether it’s worth visiting an Easter market and the answer is yes. Just don’t compare them to the Christmas equivalents.
What to expect
Eggs. Lots of them.
Not tacky plastic ones or large chocolate ones wrapped in coloured foil, but decorative eggs – mostly hand-painted eggshells designed to hang on your Osterbaum (Easter tree).
Otherwise, the Easter markets are essentially good quality arts and crafts markets, with a tasty dose of regional cuisine thrown into the mix. Even without the wintry ambience and Christmas punch, it’s nice to browse the stalls, sip a glass of Austrian wine and sample a wild boar sausage or steaming bowl of goulash.
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The Easter markets tend to start around 2 ½ weeks before Easter and usually run through to Easter Monday.
Opening times vary, but are commonly from mid-morning to early and mid-evening (6-8 pm).
Saturdays, Sundays and the long Easter weekend, in particular, can get quite busy. I was at the Schönbrunn market, for example, on Good Friday, which was delightful, but very busy. It was still easy to view the craft stalls, but there were queues for food.