Christmas markets in Graz
My favorite Christmas markets in Graz – addresses of places
My favorite Christmas market in Graz is definitely the one at the main square in the city center: Christkindlmarkt am Hauptplatz (open daily from 10-20). You can try there the best punch with the flavor of gingerbreads with whipped cream, hot cakes (Baumkuchen) and smelly, although supposedly tasty raclette cheese (served on bread), which I have not dared to order and the favorite of most people: red punch with a mix of forest fruits .
Another is the market at Glockenspielplatz, to which you can easily walk from the main square.
Market on the Schlossberg hill in Graz is a place you simply can not miss! You can go there on foot (although the stairs can be temporarily closed, you can enter from the other side on a flat surface), by a cable car or a lift in the middle of the mountain. At the top you will not only have a beautiful view of the city, the famous clock tower, but also the best restaurants in Graz and a little market with alpaca wool products (alpacas also appear during the day). (Opened from 10-20).
Kinder-Adventmarkt Kleine Neutorgasse, although the name suggests that it is for children only, adults certainly enjoy the attractions out there as well. You can get there also various sweets and fruits in chocolate. However, you will not buy alcohol here. Similar market can be also found at Mariahilferplatz The last of the favorites is Christkindlmarkt im Franziskanerviertel where you can buy huge pretzels in different flavors. (Market open from 11-19, gastronomy from 12-21: 45).
A list of all Christmas markets in Graz along with opening hours can be found at: graztourismus.at (in German and English)
Exemplary prices at the Christmas market in Austria
If you want to order mulled wine, mulled beer or punch, you have to pay a bail for the cup, which will be returned to you when you give it back. Each city has different designs and types of cups – some more beautiful and worth keeping as souvenirs, others are ordinary. I own two metal mugs from last year’s market on the Schlossberg hill. The deposit price is usually between 2,5EUR and 5EUR depending on the cup.
And here are the other prices you can expect during a visit among supermarkets (prices may vary from places):
– Red mulled wine: 2.5 – 3.5 EUR
– Punch (standard or non-alcoholic): 3-5 EUR
– Baked kołacz (Baumkuchen): 4- 4.5 EUR
Christmas markets in other countries
I saw a few small stands in major Polish cities, but they are not as popular as Austrian or German. The fairs can also be found in Slovenia – I visited Maribor with my friends, but I still remain faithful to those in Graz and Vienna.
Have you ever been to any Christmas market? Which was your favorite?