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    Innsbruck’s Magical Christmas Markets

    Innsbruck's seven stunning Christmas markets set the scene for the most festive time of the year. Experience the cosy holiday atmosphere in Innsbruck's picturesque Old Town with its fairy tale mountain backdrop.

    When Christmas carols drift from under of the Golden Roof in Innsbruck’s Old Town and echo against the 6,500 ft snow-dusted Nordkette range, city, and mountain melt into one. Innsbruck is a place made for holiday cheer: Its old-world charm and Alpine setting create a magical atmosphere for the elaborate holiday festivities. Seven traditional Christmas markets open on November 15th and serve steaming mulled wine and Austrian Christmas treats in this picture-book setting. 

    The centrepiece is the opulent Altstadt Christmas market in the heart of Old Town, where locals sell ornaments, Tirolean handicrafts, candles, and pastries. Students from the Innsbruck music school serenade the huddled visitors, while they unwind with a cup of punch and a “Kiachln,” a piping hot doughnut, laced with Sauerkraut or jam. Look up at the city’s Christmas tree that towers the Golden Roof - it’s lit up by hundreds of twinkling lights.

    For a festive tour of Innsbruck, hop on the free Christmas Tram, an old-timey trolley tram decorated with fir. It chugs through the Baroque streets and stops near some of the city’s most famous landmarks. Get off at the iconic Maria Theresien Strasse for some Christmas shopping, and another open-air Christmas market that is open until January 6. The Maria-Theresien-Street Christmas Market is more modern and sprawling and features lots of sparkling illuminated trees.

    Maybe the most breathtaking of Innsbruck’s seven Christmas markets is high above the snow-covered roofs. The Hungerburg’s colony of wooden stalls is perched on the Nordkette mountain range, and easily accessible by cable car from Old Town. Enjoy some hot chocolate with whipped cream after dark, and watch the stars come out above an Alpine winter wonderland. It doesn’t get any more festive than this.

    LUMAGICA is a dazzling new highlight on display from Nov 5, 2021, until Jan 9, 2022, set in the Imperial Gardens. 300 light sculptures surprise in a circular path of about 0.6 miles.

    And Don't Forget to Go Skiing

    A total of 186 m (300 km) of snow-sure pistes and 111 lifts welcome all ability levels. The 13 ski resorts include Nordkette, Patscherkofel, Axamer Lizum, Muttereralm, Rangger Köpfl, Glungezer, Schlick 2000, Bergeralm, Serlesbahn, Elferbahnen Neustift, Hochoetz, the Stubai Glacier and Kühtai, Austria’s highest ski village. 22 sights and free transport are included as well in the SKI plus CITY pass.

    Ski season:

    • Stubaier Glacier: mid September 2021 - beginning May 2022
    • Kühtai: 27 November 2021 - mid-April 2022
    • Season dates of other ski resorts vary

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    Explore the Christmas Markets in Innsbruck Austria