1. VOLKERTMARKT. Genuine Vienna
Vienna offers 27 markets, mainly consisting of stalls selling meats, fruits and vegetables. The mixture and variety of the places where they are to be found make them unique. Some offer in addition clothes, toys and stuff like that and are worth seeing because they are old fashioned in a quaint way nobody can imagine if they've not seen it. The Volkertmarkt in the second district seems to have been lost and forgotten in municipal plans of renovation and expansion. Therefore it is a good place to take a look to genuine Vienna, its multicultural inhabitants and their way of life. 

Address: Volkertplatz Wien A-1020
Opening hours: 6am-6pm Mon-Fri, 6am-12am Sat
Telephone: None available
Neighbourhood: 2nd district - Leopoldstadt
Nearest train: Am Tabor (Tram 5, N)

2. KUNSTMARKT SPITTELBERG. Handiwork in a beautiful quarter
The small houses along here were built in the 18th century and with its cobbled pavement and narrow-streets, this is the perfect neighbourhood for artists. Here, you can find small shops with antiques and hand-made silver goods, dolls, leather goods, or simply old, beautifully decorated electric light bulbs. The opening hours of the different shops can vary. During the festive season there is always a lovely Adventmarkt. 

Address: Spittelberggasse Wien 1070
Neighbourhood: 7th district - Neubau
Nearest train: Volkstheater (U2)

During the week this is a fruit and vegetable market, but at weekends the fleamarket takes over. Early arrival definitely recommended for bargain hunting. 

Address: Naschmarkt, Wienzeile.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 06.00-18.30, Sat 04.00-14.00.


1. HUMANA. Cheap as cheap can
You do need some time to find a good piece here, but sometimes it's really worth it! The shop offers clothes for women, men and kids, piled up in numerous shelves. Apart from the usual stuff, you can get bikinis, rompers, dirndls or trousers from the 70s. There is an easy explanation for that huge amount of clothes: Many people get rid of their old dresses by putting them into one of the "Humana"-containers which are put up all around town. Prices are unbeatable, starting at EUR1.5. The firm is supposed to support humanitarian projects in the developing countries with parts of the returns. A branch is at Mariahilfer Straße.

Address: Wiedner Hauptstraße 23-25 Wien 1040
Opening hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm Sat
Telephone: +43 1 504 30 56
Neighbourhood: 4th district - Wieden
Nearest train: Karlsplatz (U1, U2, U4)

2. GLASFABRIK. Antiques and furniture
The Glasfabrik is another alternative to all those big chains of furniture stores. What you get at this place (displayed over two floors) ranges from old wooden theater chairs to really romantic sofas (often in pink...). It's not exactly cheap to furnish one's home with all this old furniture, but it is definitely worth dropping by now and then. Glasfabrik also carries antique pieces, although most of it needs to be restored. It's a good idea to bring your car!

Address: Lorenz-Mandl-Gasse 25 Wien A-1160
Opening hours: 10am-7pm Tue; 2pm-8pm Thu; 10am-2pm Sat
Telephone: +43 1 494 34 90
Neighbourhood: 16th district - Ottakring
Nearest train: Wernhardtstrasse (10)

3. EDUARD BRANDL ANTIQUITÄTEN AND KUNST. Where antiques shine like new
Beautiful antique furniture, jewelry, silver, paintings, sculpture and porcelain can been seen at this store along the exquisite Freyung Passage in Vienna's first district. The marbled walkway provides the perfect ambiance for this exclusive antique shop—so perfect, in fact, that there are actually two separated rooms along the hallway which house Hr. Brandl's acquisitions. His personal expertise in buying and selling for the shop lie in the area of bronzes, and most especially, Viennese bronzes.

Address: Freyung 2/Herrengasse 14 (Freyung Passage/Palais Ferstel) Vienna A-1010
Opening hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-1pm Sat
Telephone: +43 1 533 84 14
Neighbourhood: 1st district - Inner City
Nearest train: (U-Bahn) Herrengasse (U3)

4. INTERIEUR. Antiques, modern, conservative
This store has a wide assortment of colorful object'd art including Tiffany lamps, paintings, vases, knickknacks, Indian artifacts, busts, etc. It also houses a terrific selection of furniture mostly antique and classic in style. Browse through the store and you'll find small unexpected treasures like old-fashioned lace baby booties, some antique jewelry and a hand-painted umbrellastand. The merchandise is a qualified 'expensive', but come in anyway—this beautiful collection is almost as fun to look at as to own!

Address: Wiedner Haupstraße 44 Wien A-1040
Opening hours: 10am-6pm Tue-Fri; 9:30am-12:30pm Sat
Telephone: +43 1 585 46 78
Neighbourhood: 4th district - Wieden
Nearest train: (U-Bahn) Taubstummengasse (U1)

5. BUCH AM STEIN. Tip for buying books for cheap
Buch am Stein is the book-shop for people without the big money for all these expensive hard covers. The motto of the store is offering exquisite books for the best price and a little more. You might be irritated by the weird mixture of the range offered but the place itself is an open, bright and friendly location. Notice also exhibitions, book presentations and lectures.

open hours: 9am-7:30pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat
Address: Währinger Straÿe 2-4, Wien AT, A-1090
neighborhood: 9th district - Alsergrund
tel: +43 1 315 38 39
nearest train: Schottentor (U2, 1, 2, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43)

6. BUCH UND WEIN. A good book and a glass of wine
Buch & Wein (book & wine) is a unique kind of bookshop where you can enjoy a good book and a bottle of wine in front of an open fire. There is a wide range of 20th century literature and some excellent Austrian wines to choose from. So while browsing for your favourite book you can also sample some of Austria's finest tipples. For those who like being read to, Buch & Wein also has an extensive range of talking books in stock.

open hours: 1pm-9pm Mon-Fri; 5pm-11pm Sat
tel: +43 1 533 08 86
address: Judengasse 1, Wien, Wien AT, 1010
nearest train: Stephansplatz: U3
neighborhood: 1st district - Inner City


1. Christkindlmarkt
Markets in Salzburg have a long tradition. The oldest was mentioned before 1500. In the City Chronicle there is a so-called Christmas market selling dolls, sweets, and old and second hand goods. Nowadays this pre-Christmas market is situated on the Cathedral Square. There are wax objects, wooden toys, glassware, pewter dishes, ceramics etc. Don´t forget to put on warm clothes and enjoy tea, punch or mulled wine if you don't want to buy anything. 

address: Universtitätsplatz, Salzburg, A-5020
Neighborhood: Altstadt (old town)
Herbert v. Karajan-Platz (Bus 2,15,29)
9am-8pm Mon-Son Dec

2. Various locations
10.00-19.00 throughout December: Christmas markets in many of the city squares, selling Gluhwein, decorations, gifts and crafts


Dorotheum Salzburg
In 1747, Prince Archbishop Count of Liechtenstein opened a pawn shop that became part of the Dorotheum in 1948. Today, the renovated house is as a modern enterprise that sells antiques, paintings or jewellery at fixed prices. Auctions are also held on Tuesdays on a fortnightly basis and if you're lucky, you may end up with a good deal. If you would like to sell something yourself then you can also get one of the in-house experts to value your goods free of charge. Special auctions are also held here three times a year and special catalogs are printed to accompany them. 

address: Schrannengasse 7, Salzburg, 5020
Neighborhood: Andräviertel
Mirabellplatz (2, 5, 6, 51)
+43 662 871671
Fax: +43 662 87167113
9am-6pm Mon-Fri; 9am-noon Sat


Inaugurated some 30 years ago, the Tyrol Antique and Art Fair is held every autumn at Innsbruck's wonderful Congress Centre. The event is a must for any serious collector, although the high price of many items should be enough to put all but the most wealthy off from going on a serious shopping spree. There may not be that many bargains to be had, but the fair is still well worth a visit for anyone interested in art and antiques. Admission to the event is EUR8. 

Address: Rennweg 3 (Congress Innsbruck) Innsbruck Tirol 6020
Opening hours: 10am-7pm
Telephone: +1 43 512 59360
Neighbourhood: Inner City
URL: http://www.congress-innsbruck.at
Email: Congress.Innsbruck@Congress-Innsbruck.at

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