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The Yearly Markets of Old


Did you visit the Christmas markets in the past weeks? Vienna is of course well-known for them, and people come from all over the world at this particular time of year to visit them. But way before these markets established themselves as an annual winter tradition, there were other ‘yearly’ (as opposed to daily or…

The Brunnnenmarkt


In the 16th district of Vienna – between Thaliastraße and Ottakringerstraße – you will find the longest street market in Vienna, which is at the same time one of the last pure street markets in town: the Brunnnenmarkt. Originated in 1786 in the former Viennese suburb of Neulerchenfeld, the street received the official name “Brunnengasse”…

The Remains of Vienna’s Central Livestock Market


Historically there were many different markets in Vienna, and many of today’s street names reflect this: Kohlmarkt, Heumarkt, Hoher Markt, and Bauernmarkt to name a few. Aside from the names that harken back to these earlier times, however, there is little other evidence that would clue you in to the fact that these areas used…

The military history of the Yppenviertel


As the days get warmer and people look for a spot in the sun, a popular place to go is Yppenplatz, which has become a hipster heaven of sorts. But the Yppenplatz makes up only part of what is known as the Yppenviertel, which stretches over a distance of 13 blocks. The name itself, which…

The story of the Meiselmarkt


If you have been in the metro station Johnstrasse, it is likely that you also know the market that is connected to it, namely the Meiselmarkt. These two locations were inaugurated almost at the same time with the metro station opening its doors in 1994 and the market in 1995. They also share a common…

Bunny chow and Bulgarian cheese at a market that doesn’t know how to spell its name

victor adler markt 2

Vienna has many great markets, but one of the least touristy has to be the Viktor-Adler-Markt in the 10th district. The market was founded all the way back in 1877 before being expanded in 1910, and maintains a vibrant and authentic flare. It consists of some 80 stands connected by small alleyways filled with friendly…