Salzburg Christmas markets are among the best European Christmas markets. Christmas in Salzburg is really magical. The City of Mozart offers its travellers amazing scenery and you can really get into the spirit of Christmas. Salzburg Christmas markets remind me of the charm of Bavarian Christmas markets which also have stunning scenery. While London Christmas markets or Munich Christmas markets are the expression of a changing city, Salzburg Christmas markets are more traditional. Snow-covered roofs, scents of sweets and mulled wine in the streets, city lights that decorate shop windows, houses and palaces. Salzburg is a city of art, culture and the birthplace of Mozart.
Here are my favourite Salzburg Christmas markets not to miss.1. Christkindlmarkt. It is Child Jesus’ Christmas market. This Salzburg Christmas market takes place in the historical center of Salzburg, on Domplatz and Residenzplatz. Every year there are about 97 wooden houses where you can buy decorative objects, local crafts, candles, jewelry, wooden toys, traditional food and sweets like lebkuchen, pretzels, roasted sausages, candied fruit, bacon, donuts, gingerbread, ofenkartoffel, cookies, mulled wine and Jagatee (taste it! It is a tea with rum and it is amazing!). From the Carillon Tower musicians sing and play Christmas carols on Saturday.
TIP: Right next to Mozarplatz Square there is a public ice skating rink and also a Christmas museum.
2. Weihnachtsmarkt on Mirabellplatz. It is a very small Christmas market but quaint. It is located right in front of the Mirabell Palace and overlooks its beautiful gardens. Here you can buy dolls, clothes, terracotta objects, Christmas decorations and sweets. And as always, do not miss the mulled wine, roasted sausages and baked potatoes, orange punch and caramelized apples.
Check out Weihnachtsmarkt opening times.
3. Stern Advent Market at Sterngarten. It is a small market where you can buy blown glass objects, pashminas, jewelery, chandeliers, frames and ceramics and also taste Christmas cookies, punch, mulled wine.
Check out opening times. Photo courtesy sternadvent.at.4. Christmas market at Hohensalzburg fortress. This is another charming Salzburg Christmas market held on the courtyard of this beautiful fortress. You can buy mainly local crafts, taste typical drinks and Christmas delicacies. The location is lovely. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Salzburg from here, just because the market is located on top of a hill. Concerts are held in the medieval halls of Hohensalzburg fortress. The firing of cannons on Christmas’ Eve bring you back in past times and a mass is celebrated in the Chapel of St. George. You can get to the fortress on foot (15 minutes walking) or by cable car at a cost of about €9.40 round trip. Photo courtesy salzburg-burgen.at.Check out Fortress opening times. More info about this Christmas market here.
5. Adventzauber at Hellbrunn Palace. This Salzburg Christmas market is something you don’t have to miss! It is held right on the courtyard of the castle and is very impressive. Wooden stalls are very decorated and you can find beautiful craft objects, cribs and Christmas decorations. It is just outside the city but it is worth.
Amusing events for children, just like it happens in London, make this Christmas market more special: fairy tales around the fire, cooking classes where children learn to bake Austrians cookies, roast sausages over a camp , reindeer sleigh rides. There is also a Christmas train and a Christmas post office. Torches are everywhere and an Advent calendar is visible on the shutters of the Hellbrunn palace. There is also an area dedicated to our friends animals from the Zoo Hellbrunn: rabbits, pigs, etc… The performance of players of alpin choirs and Christmas carols will let you live a different Christmas.
You can get to Hellbrunn Christmas market by direct bus line 25 from Salzburg or taking a romantic walk along the Hellbrunn Alley. More info. Photo courtesy hellbrunneradventzauber.at.
6. Salzburg Christmas market at Salzkammergut. Great location and very romantic! This Christmas market is only 45 minutes away from Salzburg but I fell in love with its scenery. To me, this is one of the best European Christmas markets for its location right on the lake Salzkammergut. A floating red lantern, which is a sign of peace, is turned on right in front of Romantik Hotel.Actually it is not only a market but there are different Christmas markets because there are 3 little villages (St. Gilgen, Strobl and St. Wolfgang) connected by a ferry service. The ferries operate daily, from November 18 to December 18 2016 and from December 25 to January 1, 2017. A single ride is between €5.50 and €9.80. You can also buy a day ticket at a price of €19.60. Christmas markets offer local crafts and delicacies and there are also many events to enjoy travellers. More info. Photo courtesy wolfgangseer-advent.at.As you can see Salzburg Christmas markets have some in common: beautiful scenery, lights and magic.
Have you ever visited one of them? If not, which Salzburg Christmas market would you like to visit?