Austria’s majestic, refined and beautiful capital is a city of grand palaces, world-class art museums and elegant coffee houses. Former epicentre of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the Austrian capital exudes stateliness, importance and respectability, yet from mid-November onwards, Vienna’s prettiest squares are transformed into magical Christmas markets, and an aroma of bakery items and hot punch creates a festive atmosphere throughout the city. There are truly few places in Europe where the essence of the festive season is more alive than here. For Vienna Christmas World, the Rathausplatz becomes a twinkling fairytale land, with a 150+ booths selling Christmas gifts, tree decorations, sweets and warm drinks. Visitors can also skate a 3,000m² ice rink and numerous paths through the park. Close by at the Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, visitors can buy traditional handicrafts and cutesy gifts. Meanwhile the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, in the heart of the city, dates back to 1772.