This year I teamed up with a few Austrian bloggers and to share with you Christmas Markets from different States in Austria. I chose to write about the Volksgarten Christmas Market in Linz because it holds a special place in my heart. Keep on reading to find out why it is so important for me!
Don’t forget to check out the following posts of the Advent Market Blogparade as well:
Yellowgirl – Sonia shares with us the Advent Market on Türkenschanzpark in Vienna
Mary Jay – Jasmin is telling us all about the iconic Wintermarkt Prater, also in Vienna.
Travel Chamy – In Carmen’s travel blog she’s taking us through the Badener Adventmeile in Lower Austria.
Floralcars – the coolest Susanne is writing about the Christkindlmarkt Eisenstadt.
Zwoa Dahoam – Marlene is one half of the Zwoa Dahoam blog and writing about the Advent Markets in Pongau.
Pieces of Mara – Mara made Salzburg her home and is taking us through the Advent Markets in Salzburg.
Provinzkindchen – Hannah is telling us all about the Markets in beautiful Graz!
ADVENT MARKETS IN AUSTRIA
In Austria, Christmas Markets are called Christkindlmarkt and are a staple in the Christmas time. These street markets usually open in the second week of November and close between Christmas Day and New Year. Although many countries now have started opening these markets, they have been around in Germany since the fourteen hundred’s and even before that in Austria.
VOLKSGARTEN CHRISTKINDLMARKT IN LINZ
Although Linz has a few Christmas markets, the one at the Volksgarten is the most special to me. The reason for it is simple: Markus and I had our first date in December and I told him I had never gone to a Christmas Market in Austria. Next thing I know, he decided he absolutely had to take me to one. So, even though it wasn’t planned, we ended up stopping by the Volksgarten Christkindlmarkt on our first date. And ever since then we make it a point to visit it every year together! This year was particularly special, because it was the first time we took Benjamin to an Advent Market.
Most Christmas Markets offer the same things: Christmas Ornaments and decorations; different types of Würstel (Austrian Sausages); a variety of punch and a lot of sweets. I personally like the chocolate covered fruit. You can also buy toys and even clothes. From cheap acessories to warm lamb slippers, you can find it all! And if you’re not a baker yourself, but enjoy home-baked Christmas cookies, you can also buy them there.
There is something magical in visiting an Advent Market when it is cold and snowy, walking around with a cup of punch keeping you warm (and your hands from falling). In the evening the different booths seem even better with all the lights! It is a tradition for many families to visit them.
I personally love checking the ornaments and the Christmas decorations! You can also get candles and incense – there’s something for everyone.
WHAT I FIND SPECIAL ABOUT THE VOLKSGARTEN ADVENT MARKET
There are two other things, besides the personal aspect, that make the Volksgarten Advent Market in Linz one of my favorites in town. First one is the “Märchenrundweg“, in which you walk a trail and see scenes from different fairy tales showcased along the way. You can see nice different fairy tale scenesm amongsthem Frau Holle; Hänsel and Gretel and The Wishing Table. A huge highlight of this particular Advent Market is also the Nativity Scene, right in front of the Music Theater.
The second thing I find very cool about the Volksgarten Advent Market is that they have Christmas Trees which were decorated by school kids! Linz isn’t a small city and seeing something as simple as Christmas Trees decorated by the different scools of the city gives me a feeling of community.
If you are ever in Linz during the Advent time, I suggest you stop by the Volksgarten Advent Markt! It’s not only beautiful, but you also have more space to walk, compared to other Markets in Linz. Also, on the 19th of December “big and small children” can take a picture with Santa – starting at 16:00. I don’t know about you, but I consider myself a “big child”. And if they complain, I’ll just use Benjamin as the “small child” to get an excuse to have a picture.