History

History

Christmas has changed significantly over the centuries. Just the same, the Christmas markets in Vienna also assumed new forms.

Behind each title on this page, there are entertaining, fascinating insights into the history of the Viennese Christmas and the markets at that time. Interested readers will even find historical recipes from Sisi’s Court Kitchen!    

In the change of the centuries

Lebkuchen maker, Thomas, has long known the Christkindlmarkt at the Rathausplatz, which back then, he called neither Christkindlmarkt or Rathausplatz! The friendly vendor tells stories of that time.

 

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Christmas traditions

When it is Christmas, every nation, each region, yes, each family has its own traditions, which are celebrated during this period. Here are a few traditions collected from the old Vienna.

 

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Christmas in the 1st World War

Even in the most difficult periods, the festivities were celebrated even with just a few resources. As proven by this personal testimony, the joy of these festivities must in no way be diminished.

 

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Imperial-royal Christmas

Regardless of whether middle class or gentry, everyone looked forward to the Christmas feast and card games. A few recipes from this period are to describe the special treat for the taste buds.

 

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