It is the season for a romantic walk across the city's hilltops, affording a breathtaking view of the city. After descending back down to town, the merry bustle of the Salzburg Christmas Market touches all. The smell of punch and toasted almonds, hot roasted chestnuts and freshly baked apples envelopes your nose, and the vendors' gingerbread hearts, nativity figures, Christmas tree ornaments, toys and snug knitwear are irresistible.
Salzburg's Christmas Market, mentioned as far back as the 15th century, is located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress and around the venerable Cathedral of Salzburg. An extensive programme of events such as choral singing in front of the cathedral, "Turmblasen" (wind instruments) on Residenz Square and nativity exhibits in the Residenz courtyard await you.
Where: On Cathedral and Residenz Square, in Salzburg's historic city centre.
When: Thursday 17th November - 26th December 2016
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8.30pm; Fridays and December 7th 10am-9pm; Saturdays and holidays 9am-9pm; Sundays 9am-8.30pm; December 24th 9am-3pm; December 25th & 26th 11am-6pm.
A courtyard, a path lined by torches and an oversized Advent calendar are part of the Hellbrunner Adventzauber. Romantic booths, tempting treats and pre-Christmas gift ideas add to the charming atmosphere. Children can enjoy a sledge ride drawn by real reindeer, and an exciting entertainment programme between the orangery and the park will assure festive Advent afternoons at Hellbrunn Palace for all.
Where: In Hellbrunn Courtyard
When: November 17th - December 24th
Opening times: November: Wednesdays-Fridays 1-8pm; Saturdays, Sundays, holidays - 10am-8pm; December: Mondays-Fridays 1-8pm; Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10am-8pm; Christmas Eve 10am-2pm
How To Get There: 20 minutes on Bus 25 from Salzburg city centre, included in the Salzburg Card.
The Christmas Market on Mirabell Square has become a centre of attraction for young and old over the last few years. Culinary delicacies, mulled wine and lovingly decorated stalls invite visitors to stop and browse. This centrally located market is easily accessed opposite the bus stop and car park and just a few minutes' walk from the train station.
Where: Mirabell Square, Goethestraße
When: 17th November - 24th December 2016
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday, Saturday 10am-9pm; Christmas Eve 10am-3pm
The Advent Market St. Leonhard is located near the pilgrimage church. Try out the traditional gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, punch and children's bakery, and be inspired by the array of tasteful gifts on display. There is also an entertainment programme with brass bands and Advent events.
Where: Next to St. Leonhard Pilgrimage Church
When: Every weekend during advent until 20th December
Opening hours: Saturdays 2pm-7pm; Sundays and Thursday 8th December 11am-7pm
Featuring local arts and crafts, charming gifts, Christmas treats and a lively social programme. With the Salzburg Card you have free entrance to the fortress, from where you will enjoy great views of the city.
Where: Fortress Hohensalzburg
When: 25th November - 18th December 2016
Opening hours: Friday; Saturdays and Sundays and 8th December 2016 from 10am until 7pm.
Year after year, nearly 200 participants on stage and behind the scenes of the Large Festival Hall make sure that the Salzburg Advent Festival lives up to its outstanding reputation. An intimate, unforgettable event that has become a fixture of Salzburg's Christmas line-up.
Where: Scenic oratorio at the Great Festival Hall, Residenzplatz
When: 25th-27th November; 2nd-4th December; 8th-11th December 2016
The programme of the Salzburger Advent at St. Andrew's Church will take you on a contemplative journey back to the Christmas of your childhood. A memorable Advent experience for every generation with over one hundred performers. Lovingly staged and presented.
Where: St. Andrew's Church on Mirabell Square
When: 26th November - 11th December 2016
Not far from the city of Salzburg you will find the beautiful Lake Wolfgang. The peaceful glow of lanterns across the water draws guests from near and far to the Wolfgangseer Advent. There is a joyful anticipation of Christmas and visitors are able to experience fascinating customs still in practice today. Take, for example, the Advent candles that light up St. Gilgen from 4pm onwards, or the special festive boat trips that take you to St. Wolfgang.
Where: St. Gilgen, Strobl and St. Wolfgang
How To Get There: Bus 150 departing from in front of Salzburg's main railway station takes you to the town of St. Gilgen more or less every 50 minutes.
Not only the unique ambience, but also the craftwork fascinates visitors at the Christmas Market in front of the world famous Silent Night Chapel where the Christmas carol was born. Admire the wood carvings and hand-made decorations while listening to Christmas music with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.
Where: Silent Night Chapel
When: 24th December 2016 at 5pm
How To Get There: The regional train S1 or S11 from Salzburg takes you to Oberndorf in 25 minutes.
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