Last Updated on December 15, 2023
In Vienna, street markets explode on the scene in early spring. As the flowers burst into color, cafés begin stationing tables and chairs outside. Grab a seat at one of them, nibble on pastries, sip Viennese coffee and watch the world go by.
While winter may feature balls and ice-skating on the grounds of the Rathaus, early spring gives way to Easter markets that spring up around the Old Town, Schönbrunn Palace, Prater amusement park and in upscale neighborhoods.
In Vienna in Spring colorful Easter eggs and marzipan bunnies take center-stage at the markets, as do a plethora of kids’ activities and entertainment.
Vienna: A Historical City in Spring or Anytime
The main boulevard, the Ring-strasse or Ring Road, embraces a multitude of monuments, palatial buildings, incredible architecture. The vast city parkland is the urban blueprint that encircles the Altstadt, Vienna’s Old Town. At approximately three miles long, the Ringstrasse anchors many of Vienna’s most important and storied buildings. And while Vienna’s Ringstrasse will include many special events, there are always special events on the fabled roadway, even in off years.
It anchors numerous notable buildings. They include Parlament (as it’s spelled in German), the Rathaus, and the Burgtheatre (Austria’s National Theatre). There’s also the 650-year-old University of Vienna, the State Opera House, Kurs Salon concert hall and the fine-art Kunsthistorische Museum. The latter faces the Naturhistorisches (Natural History Museum) across Maria-Theresien Platz.
No matter when I am in Vienna, during Spring or any time of year, I always make a trip or two to the Naschmarkt (6 Wienzeile) for hot international foods and pashminas. The Karlsplatz U-bahn station is closest to the Naschmarkt but if you are staying in the Rathaus area, you can make a leisurely walk of it. I do.
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