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: 23rd November - 26th December 2017
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8.30pm; Fridays and December 7th 10am-9pm; Saturdays and holidays 9am-9pm; Sundays 9am-8.30pm; 24th December 9am-3pm; 25th - 26thDecember 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: 23rd November - 24th December 2017
Opening times: Monday - Tuesday 1pm - 8pm; Wednesday - Friday 1pm - 8pm; Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10am - 8pm; 24th December 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: 23rd November - 24th December 2017
Opening hours: Sunday - Thursday 10am - 8pm; Friday - Saturday 10am - 9pm
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 2017
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
The Festungsadvent is not going to take place in 2017 due to construction work.
Stern Advent with Winter Market
When: 17th November 2017 - 6th January 2018;
Sunday – Thursday: 10.30am - 7pm, Friday - Saturday: 10.30am – 8.30pm;
24th and 31st December 10.30am - 3pm
Advent at Stiegl Brewery
When: 23rd November - 17th December 2017; Thursday - Saturday at 4pm
Advent market at the Franziskischlössl/Courtyard
When: 25th November - 17th December 2017
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: 1st-3rd December; 8th-10th December; 15th-17th December 2017
on Fridays at 7.30pm, on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm and 5pm
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: 23rd November - 23rd December 2017, detailed programme shown on their website
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 2017 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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