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    Innsbruck’s Magical Christmas Markets

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Innsbruck's stunning Christmas markets set the scene for the most festive time of the year. Experience the cozy 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. Six traditional Christmas markets open on November 15th and serve steaming mulled wine and Austrian Christmas treats in this picture-book setting. 

The centerpiece 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 donut, 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.

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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 makes 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 six 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.

1. Panorama Christmas Market on the Hungerburg

November 16 to December 23, 2019
The highest Christmas market in Innsbruck may be small but, with its stunning panoramic views over the city, it’s quite magnificent. With the Hungerburgbahn funicular it’s just a 10-minute ride up from the city centre straight to the viewing point. If you fancy a bit of exercise, instead of returning on the Hungerburgbahn you can walk back down, but make sure you’re wearing sturdy shoes. The lovely walk takes you past the Alpine Zoo, and in about an hour you’ll find yourself at the St. Nikolaus Christmas market.

 

2. St. Nikolaus Christmas Market

November 22 to December 23, 2019
This small market in St. Nikolaus, Innsbruck's oldest district, is located on the north side of the River Inn and is just a few minutes from the Hungerburgbahn’s Löwenhaus station. The Christmas market is characterised by its atmospheric music, home-baked biscuits and a peaceful, homely atmosphere set against the backdrop of the colourful buildings along the River Inn.

 

3. Christmas Market on the Market Place

November 15 to December 23, 2019
This market brings a real sparkle to the eyes of the youngest visitors. Families appreciate the large range of attractions for children – from the puppet theatre, carousel and story time to the traditional Jaufenthal crib. The 15-metre high, sparkling Swarovski Christmas tree with the giant star on top shines out over the colourful market.


4. Christmas Market in the Old Town

November 15 to December 23, 2019
The city's oldest and largest Christmas market under the impressive, atmospherically lit Christmas tree in front of the Golden Roof has an irresistible nostalgic appeal. Beneath the ‘Milky Way’ people meet up to enjoy a mulled wine and cheese noodles. More than 70 stalls offer arts and crafts and Christmas tree decorations.

 

5. Christmas Market in Maria-Theresien-Strasse

November 25, 2019 to January 6, 2020
A sparkling avenue of crystal trees from the world leader in Christmas lights, with its headquarters in Innsbruck, frames the market in Maria-Theresien-Strasse where, as you would expect, you’ll find exceptional Christmas products from all over the world.

 

6. Wilten Christmas Magic

November 25 to December 21, 2019
This market offers a dazzling array of cultural items and regional food with an unmistakable Tyrolean flair. The delightful atmosphere of the Wiltener Platzl bathed in lantern light, with small independent shops and market stalls, makes the market a popular place to meet up after work for lots of Innsbruckers.

And if you walk on a little further to the foot of the Bergisel ski jump, you’ll come to the “Kaiser Christmas”, Innsbruck's most recent Christmas market. Traditional arts and crafts, creative children's programmes, local musicians and Christmas delicacies make this the perfect place to enjoy yourself at your leisure.

 

Must See: Light Show in the Imperial Palace

November 29, 2019 – January 20, 2020
A very special highlight enhances the pre-Christmas programme in Innsbruck when the inner courtyard of Innsbruck’s Imperial Palace provides a unique backdrop for audiovisual 3D light projections. Last year the Lightshow Max500 brought Emperor Maximilian I back to life, and this year it’s the mountains and the forces of nature which are to be the protagonists in a brilliant light spectacle. Impressive XXL-format effects allow visitors to immerse themselves in worlds of imagination. But if you’ve missed the Lightshow Max500, you can catch it this year because the new programme is being offered twice a day at 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm, and the end of the Maximilian anniversary year is being celebrated again with the lightshow Max500 at 7.30 pm.
 

Practical Information:

A total of 191 m (308 km) of snow-sure pistes and 111 lifts welcome all ability levels. The 13 ski resorts include Stubai Glacier, Axamer Lizum, Schlick 2000, Kühtai, Hochötz, Muttereralm, Bergeralm, Nordkette, Serlesbahnen, Elferbahnen, Patscherkofel, Rangger Köpfl, Glungezer.

Ski season:
  • Stubaier Glacier: 5 Oktober 2019 - 07 June 2020
  • Kühtai: 29 November 2019 - 26 April 2020
  • Season dates of other ski resorts vary
  • Validity of the SKI plus CITY pass: 01.10.2019 to 10.05.2020
 SKI plus CITY Pass
  • 1 pass
  • 13 ski resorts
  • 22 cultural and sightseeing attractions
  • Acess to three indoor pools
  • Free ski bus to all ski resorts
  • Free hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus in Innsbruck
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Further Information

Innsbruck Tourismus

Innsbruck Tourismus

Burggraben 3
6020 Innsbruck

Telephone: +43 512 53560

Innsbruck Tourismus

Burggraben 3
6020 Innsbruck

Telephone: +43 512 53560

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