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Dec 15, 2009 04:24 PM

Viennese Heurigen in winter

Hey all,

Im mostly a silent reader of the forum but this time i have been forced to make a post because i simply cannot find the information i need!

I will be going to Vienna for christmas and new year's and I was wondering if anyone knows if any of the heurigen outside the city will be open, if so, which one should i go to? Im a pretty casual tourist and I dont really care if a place is too "touristy" as long as the food is decent and has good value.

Also, what kind of food is usually served in the kiosks for the silvesterpfad???

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  1. I have visited the Mayer am Pfarrplatz heurigen near the Beethovenhaus many times at this time. Open the 25th and 26th only.

    1. Heurigen for Xmas:
      There is a database which offers opening hours of all Viennese Heurigen:

      Choose a district ("Bezirk") and enter a date and you will get a lot of addresses, especially for Decmeber 27 and later !

      I would not visit the Silvesterpfad. Not because of the food, which is OK as far as I know, but because of the deafening fireworks. We always rather leave town on new years eve...

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      1. re: Sturmi

        Wow, thanks for that site Sturmi and the recommendation Klaus! What other heurigen would you recommend that I search for there, like your favourites?

        We do like fireworks so that is actually an appealing aspect of the silvesterpfad (i guess i will find out when i get there where I can buy fireworks hehehehe) :) I was just concerned about starving on an important food eating night of the year.

        Another random question while im at it, when do shopping stores usually open in vienna in between christmas and new year (for example, here in canada Boxing Day is an important shopping holiday) ? I was on the mariahilferstrasse business association website and other commercial sites but couldnt really find any info on the post christmas shopping hours.

        1. re: ngmatthe

          We prefer the Heurigen in the Stammersdorf area. This is a very authentic setup, where the Heurigen are located right on top of the wine cellars, and there are so many, you always can choose right on the spot. Look up the Heurigen in the Bezirk Floridsdorf.

          Shopping hours will be:
          December 26 all are closed for St.Stephens Day.
          December 28 and 29 usually all shops open between 9 and 10 a.m. and close between 6 and 7 p.m., some at 7:30.
          December 31: shops will close between noon and 3 p.m.
          January 1st: all shops will be closed

          And yes, all shops will be crowded when open !!

          1. re: ngmatthe

            Using the search function from the above site I find only a few heurigen open, none of which I can personally comment on. Mayer has a nice atmosphere if a little touristy and acceptable wine. However, if you really want to try the best wine Austria has to offer, these are the best places downtown to do it.




            1. re: Trip Klaus

              Thanks for the tips guys! I have made a reservation for Mayer and will see how it goes

              1. re: ngmatthe

                We ended up going to Mayer for Christmas Day dinner, and it was great! Thanks for the tips!

                Silvesterpfad was great! (We didnt care too much about the food as we ended up having the Meierei at Steirereck's NYE tasting menu for only 55 Euros pp!)