The Easter market on the huge Am Hof square is like a modified version of the Christmas market at the same location (with fewer lights, steamy drinks, and panicking gift buyers).
- Home to a high-quality art and craft market
- Top place to eat regional specialties
- Close to the Freyung for a double dose of Easter market goodness
- 2022 dates: TBA
- See also: Easter markets
Ostermarkt am Hof
Many of the stands at the Am Hof Easter market are similar to the Advent version on this square, but without the Christmas flavours and themes that make the December event so magical. There wasn’t too much explicitly “Easter” about it when I last visited, despite its seasonal billing and the occasional decorated egg for sale.
If that sounds negative, it’s not meant to be. This is a high-quality craft market. So you’ll find the usual mix of clothes, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, leatherware, handmade soaps, and similar. We buy rose and lavender bath salts here each year to send to my mum.
Be sure to browse the Kunsthandwerkmarkt double line of stands on the northeast side of the market. These are arts and crafts booths with the stress on the word art: great for novel or unusual gifts, whether Klimt-inspired candle holders, beer-bottle clocks, or simply some unique items of clothing.
The market offers plenty of space to enjoy a glass of wine and a snack, too. Try some local favourites, like apple strudel, Baumkuchen (spit cakes) or Langos.
The Speckstandl stand, in particular, carries echoes of medieval farmer markets with its house beer, pickles, and great strings of sausages hanging down from the rafters. All of which is rather apt, given Am Hof did actually host markets back in the late middle ages.
Conveniently, the Am Hof market is just a tiny walk from the Freyung, home to another Easter market with a greater emphasis on egg decorations. So you can do both very easily.
Take the time, too, to enjoy your surroundings. The Am Hof square dates back to at least the 12th century, when the first Duke of Austria, Henry II Jasomirgott, set up home here.
At one end, for example, is Palais Collalto, site of Mozart’s first public performance in Vienna. And a neighbouring insurance office has a golden ball hanging outside the front, which turns out to be a cannonball from the 1683 siege of Vienna.
Don’t you love history?
Opening times 2022
Obviously the next market is a while off, but I’ll post 2022 dates here as soon as I get them. Expect something like early to mid-April. Opening times are usually something like:
- 11am to 9pm (Monday to Thursday)
- 10am to 9pm (Friday to Sunday, plus Easter Monday)
- Food stalls stay open an hour longer
How to get to Am Hof
The market is right in the centre of town and a short walk from several major subway stations:
Subway: U1/U3 (Stephansplatz – 5 mins walk), U3 (Herrengasse – 4 mins walk) or U2 (Schottentor – 7 mins walk).
Bus: Take the 1A to Teinfaltstraße, Herrengasse or Schwertgasse, the 2A to Herrengasse or the 3A to Schwertgasse.
Address: Ostermarkt Am Hof, Am Hof, 1010 Vienna | Website