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Frohe Ostern! (Happy Easter!) In Austria, Easter is full of rich symbolism, customs and traditions. There are many rituals associated with Easter, for example painting easter eggs, the easter bonfire or the "Osterjause" (the Festive Easter Meal). Children are delighted to find hidden Easter nests full of chocolate and other little treats in their gardens that are hid by the Easter Bunny (Osterhase) on Easter Sunday. Another beautiful tradition are the Easter markets, which take place annually in the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday in March and April. These markets are a celebration of spring where you can find a range of seasonal goods, hand-painted eggs, traditional food and family-friendly activities. Vienna’s Easter markets are held in several locations across the city - here are all markets you definitely have to visit:

Easter Market Schönbrunn

Viennese Easter Market at Schönbrunn

One of the most beautiful Easter markets takes place in front of Schönbrunn Palace. It is one of the largest in the city, attracting many visitors each year. It features over 70 stalls selling a range of Easter-themed goods, including hand painted eggs, handmade arts and crafts and traditional Austrian delicacies. The guests are spoilt with sweet classics such as Easter pastries and traditional Kaiserschmarrn and savoury delicacies like Easter ham gröstl and beef goulash. There are also vegetarian and vegan dishes and a wide variety of bowls and spritzers.

The highlights of Schönbrunn Palace Easter Market include a courtyard carousel, running all day long, live music concerts at 11 am and interactive games from 1 to 5 pm. Every weekend and on Easter Monday, the cheerful sounds of jazz and swing live concerts accompany the lively hustle and bustle of the market.

📍Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna

🗓️ March 16th - April 2nd

🕖 10am - 6pm

🎟️ Free admission

Old Viennese Easter Market Freyung

Old Viennese Easter Market at Freyung

Another popular market is the Freyung Easter Market, located in the city center. The organizers launched the first "Old Viennese Easter Market" on the Freyung in 1990. This springtime counterpart to the "Old Viennese Christmas market" continues the market tradition on this beautiful historic market square.

This market features a variety of artisanal products, including handmade jewelry, pottery, and clothing. In the middle of the Old Viennese Easter Market you will find "Europe's largest egg mountain" which consists of hundreds of hand-painted colorful easter eggs (that cost between 4€ - 15€) and has become legendary in Vienna. The lovingly painted rotating "giant egg" is a popular meeting point for taking photos and lingering. You can also sample traditional Easter treats such as Kaiserschmarrn, roast lamb and much more.

📍Freyung, 1010 Vienna

🗓️ March 15th - April 1st

🕖 10am - 8pm

🎟️ Free admission

Easter Market Am Hof

Easter Market Am Hof

For those looking for a more intimate experience, the Am Hof Easter Market is a smaller market held on a historic square in the very center of Vienna next to the Easter Market at Freyung. This traditional event for the whole family has around 50 exhibitors where you can shop decorated eggs, floral arrangements and unique handmade decor. There you can also discover hearty Viennese meals, hot wine and roasted chestnuts.

📍Am Hof, 1010 Vienna

🗓️ March 15th - April 1st

🕖 Mon - Thurs: 11am - 8pm

Fri - Son & Holidays: 10am - 8pm 🎟️ Free admission

Easter Market Schloss Hof

Easter Market Schloss Hof

The Easter Market at Schloss Hof takes place every Saturday, Sunday and on Holidays before Easter. Schloss Hof, formerly the country residence of Prince Eugen of Savoy and Maria Theresa, is located in Marchfeld in Lower Austria and is only about 45 minutes from Vienna by car. And it is definitely worth a visit!

The blossoming estate invites you to stroll around and enjoy. You can also expect traditional arts and crafts, regional culinary delights, a spring-like atmosphere and a colorful supporting program for the whole family like an Easter bunny craft workshop, a Pony meeting, games like "Search for the golden egg", a Magic show or guided tours of the castle and a special exhibition.

📍Schloss Hof, 2294 Schloßhof

🗓️ March 9th - April 1st, Every Sat, Sun & Holiday

🕖 10am - 6pm 🎟️ Adults € 9.50 | Children (age 6 – 18) € 4.50

 Fam. (2 adults + max. 3 children) € 23.50

Easter in Vienna

4 mins reading time
Mar 1, 2024
Yvonne Heigl

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