It is just around the corner, the contemplative season. It is getting colder and colder outside, gingerbread and Advent calendars are waiting to be bought in the shops already, and “Last Christmas” will soon be played in a continuous loop in the radio again. So, what could be better than getting in the mood for Christmas with a hot wine punch and delicious treats? We will reveal the most beautiful Christmas markets in Salzburg here:
One of the oldest and at the same time also most beautiful Christmas Markets in the world is probably the Salzburg Christmas Market, situated in the middle of Salzburg’s old town which is even part of the World Cultural Heritage. This unique location, paired with a long history and traditional stalls make this Christmas Market something really special. The Salzburg Christmas Market has already been existing since the 15th century, but back then it has still been called “Tandlmarkt”. In the 17th century, it has become known as “Nikolaimarkt”. Today, you can still feel something of the ancient flair when strolling along the more than 100 booths which exhibit traditional decoration and local customs as well as Austrian delicacies. The festive opening ceremony will take place on the 23rd of November at 6pm and until the 26th of December, you can still saunter under the atmospheric lights of the starry sky. From a choir, via traditional brass music from the tower, through to a visit from the Salzburg Christ children and an own reading for kids, much will be offered there! Moreover, the Salzburg Christmas Market supports the children’s hospital Sterntalerhof with a charity campaign. So, stop by!
Also particularly atmospheric is the Hellbrunner Adventzauber in the castle Hellbrunn. With a fairytale forest consisting of more than 400 conifers which are lavishly decorated with altogether 13.000 red Christmas tree balls and chains of lights, the chateau ablazes with festive glance. Aside from that, the 24 windows of the castle frontage have been turned into a giant Advent calendar. On the Christmas Market, you will find culinary delicacies and fondly worked art handicrafts as well as a versatile and colourful programme, especially for families with children. A petting zoo, pony riding, a bakehouse, sausage grilling at the bonfire, a Punch-and-Judy theatre and a wizard will enchant the little ones. Moreover, you can submit your wish list at the Christmas post office and learn more about the mystical customs at the Krampus station. Enamored couples can meanwhile approach each other at a romantic carriage ride through the castle grounds. In addition to that, this year also the Hellbrunn trick fountains will ablaze with atmospheric light which will illuminate the way past the baroque grottos up to the star pond.
So, what are you waiting for? Visit Salzburg to experience the atmospheric Christmas magic in our beautiful city. We still have spare and cosy spaces in our Green Bio-Hotel zur Post for you! We look forward to welcoming you at our house!