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Vienna in Dec- 20th to 26th

Hello,
we have hotel booked in Vienna from the 20th evening - 26th noon. (2 adults + 1 (7yo) + 1 (6month). we are excited about the christmas market etc & while researching realized things will shut down from the 24th - 26th. Any family friendly recommendations? we are looking into taking atrain to Budapest or Bratislava.
any tips for making this a good trip will be much appreciated!

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May I ask which hotel? Looks like we will be there for 3 nights Dez 27th Thank you

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We split a trip between Budapest and Vienna from Dec. 24-Jan 1 a few years ago. The train is easy transportation between the two. In Budapest we especially enjoyed the Baths and seeing the Nutcracker. The Christmas Markets in Budapest were, we thought, even better than the ones in Vienna, though we enjoyed those too.

Family friendly - for sure the baths in Budapest, though getting to and from the locker room in the cold could be challenging for the little ones. In Vienna, the natural history museum could be good for kids if they have interest, and maybe also a carriage ride. I haven't been to the zoo, but I understand it exists. I haven't had a child younger than 11 in Vienna, so we did bike rides, etc...

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@susanne- we will be in Regina. Good luck with your trip! You should not have to worry about the shut down during Christmas break :)

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Thank you so much!! I have booked the 3d Vienna Pass for us... so will have 21-23rd sorted in Vienna.
Was thinking of taking the early train to Budapest on the 24th for the bath. But unfortunately they dont allow babies in the hot pool :( so not sure what we'll do with the 6mo old :0 and then im guessing things will be closed there as well for the rest of 24th? Would love to check out their C'mas market as well.
For the 25th, was thinking of taking a train to Bratislava & again, come back by evening. but agin, not sure if anything will be open on the 25th :/ aah fun times!

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It may not be worth taking a day trip to Budapest since the train is about 2.5 hours each way plus the time to get to and from the stations on either end. If you can rearrange to stay there though, we had a lovely Christmas Eve Dinner with live music (Aszu), loved our hotel (K&K Opera), had a fantastic breakfast on Christmas morning, visited the Christmas Markets and took an afternoon scenic cruise on the Danube (the schedule was limited, but we got on one and enjoyed it). We found a pizza place open near the hotel for dinner. Our room rate also included a gluhwein at the hotel bar. On the day after Christmas, we were able to do some more sightseeing, saw the nutcracker and went to the baths. I think at least one overnight would make a better visit for you.

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Thank you so much!!
So if we get there on the 25th early am (looks like the trains are running all day) - will we be able to see the christmas markets? or they close on the 24th itself?
We may look into staying in Budapest for a night but we have christmas eve dinner reserved at our hotel in vienna. .so staying in Budapest will be 25th however will have to get back early am of 26th as our flight back home is on that day. Gaah so much to do- such little time! :/

Thank you sharing though! we really apppreciate it :)

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As I recall, they closed early on the 24th, but were open on the 25th. There may be somewhere online that you can double check though, to be sure it's the same each year.

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Thank you so much!! :) we are planning on staying in budadpest for an overnight 24-25th & looking forward to it :) Thank you again for sharing !

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You're welcome. Have a great trip! I highly recommend a Christmas eve dinner at Aszu. You should make a reservation for that. It was very festive and busy and the musicians were fun. It's an easy walk from the K&K Opera if you stay there.