During advent Salzburg offers its guests an idyllic scene with its snow-covered roofs, festively lit streets and the smell of mulled wine to accompany visitors at each step. The romantic and festive atmosphere that arises out from this Austrian city cannot be avoided. At Christmas time and advent Salzburg provides great shopping opportunities at its wide range of pre-Christmas events and Christmas fairs.
Salzburg's Christmas markets are among the most beautiful in Austria. The wait for Christmas is made sweeter by the tasty treats as well as the traditional handicrafts and Christmas decorations offered to visitors of the many smaller and larger markets. The oldest Christmas market in Salzburg is located at the Cathedral Square. Its origins date back to the 15th Century where travelling merchants sold their goods on the square. Over the centuries it evolved into a Christmas market, which has now gained in size and already extends beyond Residence Square. The Christmas market at the Mirabell Gardens offers an alluring and atmospheric advent scene. This small Christmas market has parking facilities close by as well as excellent public transport connections. Take away some new ideas for Christmas gifts from the Christmas market or take a break from shopping and just relax in Salzburg with a warming cup of mulled wine. An absolute must is the Christmas market at the Hohensalzburg Fortress. You can reach the fortress which is located above the rooftops of the city, either on foot or by the funicular railway. Handicrafts are offered in this historic ambience and children have the opportunity to create something themselves for Christmas.
Music and Tradition
Advent in Salzburg is enriched by numerous musical events. Almost every Christmas market offers a musical programme. Music and singing create a peaceful and romantic atmosphere at Christmas time. A varied programme is on offer particularly at the weekends, which many use as the perfect end to a day shopping in the city and on the Christmas market. Atmospheric songs are sung at Christmas time by groups of singers or are offered as an instrumental performance at the Hohensalzburg Fortress for example. Advent in the Alpine region is particularly characterised by traditional events. Before the "Christkind" comes at Christmas, Santa Clause makes his rounds of the various Christmas markets on December 6th, bringing small presents for the children. Also in Austria during advent and shortly after the Christmas season Perchten groups can be found who are meant to bring happiness and luck despite their terrifying appearance.
Small Highlights during Advent
A veil of festive lights and atmospheric impressions falls over a picturesque Salzburg during advent and the Christmas period when this Austrian city offers plenty of highlights for the visitor to enjoy. The little shop "Christmas in Salzburg" in Judengasse is an absolute must for Christmas shopping. The shop is open all year and is dominated by Christmas. Whether you are looking for Christmas ornaments or new Christmas decorating ideas, you will most certainly find it here. If you pay a visit to the Christmas market in front of the cathedral, take the opportunity to go into the cathedral and view the nativity scene. In the city in Austria you will find numerous exhibitions with a wide variety of nativity scenes - some of which can be purchased and make a beautiful souvenir of your shopping trip during the advent season.