There are nearly as many Easter markets in Vienna as there are during Christmas Advent. Enjoy the warmer weather, an atmosphere with (almost) as much kitsch, handmade crafts, delicious treats and fun for the whole family at these locations (eggs mark the spot)!
The Easter market in front of Schönbrunn Palace is at the top of most people’s list. The baroque backdrop if the Hapsburg palace provides a stunning setting for some 60 exhibitors of Austrian handicrafts and culinary treats. There are workshops for kids and an Easter nest hunt, as well as live music for all.
Closer to the city center are the Easter markets on the Freyung and am Hof, both featuring plenty of handicrafts. A mountain of 40,000 painted eggs of all variations and sizes can be seen at Old Vienna Easter Market on the Freyung, which also offers puppet shows and workshops for the kiddies (10:30-16:00). Make your own clay pitch pipe with ceramicist Fabiano Sportelli on Apr 7 (12:00–14:00) or on Apr 14 (10:00–12:00). On Good Friday, Apr 14 at 16:30, one of the strangest Austrian Holy Week traditions – Ratschengehen (a loud parade featuring wooden ratchet noisemakers) – is on the bill. If you don’t have your own, you can borrow one there!
The focus is on contemporary and traditional hand work at the Easter Market am Hof, where over 20 arts and crafts exhibitors display their techniques and wares made of wood, bamboo, glass, ceramics, silver and silk, to name just a few. Curated and juried by the association Kunst+Handwerk vom Künstler.
Also in the 1st district is the Easter Experience Market at the Palais Niederösterreich, featuring regional crafts and specialties from our neighbor province. After its winter hibernation, the palace opens its doors for free tours at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00.
Under the motto, “In the Prater, the bunnies are on the loose,” the Easter Party at the Prater promises lots of fun for the kids, including numerous activities, attractions and interactive stations for all ages. The popular “Sammelpass” ticket (available at the Riesenrad ticket office and the Manner Bar) offers a free ride each at the Prater Marina, the Super Autodrom, the Liliputbahn, all-day entry to the trampoline and bouncing castles of the Praterfee, and a show at the original Viennese Kasperltheater. This year’s festival will debut a giant green rabbit designed by the artist Ottmar Hörl based on Dürer’s hare – take a selfie!
Markets further out…
Donaustadt: The Second Vegan Eastermarket
A vegan alternative with exhibitors and supporting programs.
Apr 8 10:00–19:00; Apr 9 10:00–18:00
22., Wagramer Straße 8
Donaustadt: Easter Market at the Hirschstetten Flower Garden
Here you’ll find a small farm with a small-animal petting zoo. Cute live lambs and bunnies, a “natural” Easter market, fruit smoothies with wild herbs, crafts workshops, are offered, as well as decorations and ingredients for your Easter celebration at home.
Apr 15–17, 10:00-18:00
22., Quadenstraße 15 (south entry)
22., Oberfeldgasse across Object No. 41 (north entry)
Simmering: Easter Market at Schloss Neugebäude
The Renaissance castle setting is right up there with Schönbrunn and decidedly less touristy. Musical performances every evening at 18:00, face painting and entertainment for kids, too.
Apr 6–8, 14:00-20:00; Sun Apr 9, 10:00-19:00
11., Otmar-Brix-Gasse 1
Hernals: Kalvarienberg Fest
In the increasingly hip 17th district, this local market features music, arts, crafts, dance and kids’ programs.
March 29–Apr 16
17., Kalvarienberggasse / St. Bartholomäus-Platz
Floridsdorf: Easter Market on Franz-Jonas-Platz
Through Apr 17th, 09:00-20:00
21., Franz-Jonas-Platz (across from Floridsdorf S-Bahn station)
Alsergrund: Easter Market at the Altes AKH
Sorry, not this year!