Advent in Salzburg

Christmas Markets and Shopping during Christmas Season

Salzburg and advent are a real dream-team. 70 years ago the archetype of advent singing was born here and has from then on been multiply copied in the whole German-speaking region. The Salzburg Christmas Market around the cathedral has even risen to world fame. The magic that is exuded by the traditional advent events and the different Christmas markets fascinates Salzburg’s visitors every year anew.

The original: Salzburg Christmas Market

Christmas Market in front of the cathedral in Salzburg
Christmas Marketing in Salzburg

Dozens of huts with home-made delicacies, traditional craftsmanship and various Christmas tree decorations, accompanied by visits from St. Nicholas, the Krampus and the “Christkind”, and all of this in front of the cathedral’s and castle’s scenery: this is the Salzburg Christmas Market. The traditional market opens every year on the weekend around 20 November and is open daily until 26 December. Special tip for families: on the Salzburg Christmas Market, the “Christkind” itself shows up with its angels and mingles with the visitors. A highlight is the “Turmblasen”, the brass concerts that can be listened to on Residence Square every Saturday.

The Christmas Market on Mirabellplatz

Christmas Market near the Hellbrunn Castle in Salzburg
Enjoy the romantic atmosphere

Not quite as big but equally charming is the Christmas Market in front of Mirabell Palace. Here you can shop extraordinary and delicious things and experience a diverse programme of events: Almost every evening, regional musicians frame the Christmas Market’s atmosphere. The Christmas Market in front of Mirabell Palace also opens around 20 November. Für Romantiker: Hellbrunner Adventzauber

For Romantics: „Adventzauber“ in Hellbrunn

For more than 10 years, Hellbrunn Castle has been lending its facade to a dreamy Christmas market. Specialties are the hundreds of decorated Christmas trees, the big Christmas calendar in the castle’s windows and the children’s world with a petting zoo and funny interactive programmes.

Advent of a Different Sort: Waldklang in Anif

Christmas Market Waldklang in Anif near Salzburg
Fantastic light installations at Waldklang in Anif

A refreshingly modern counterpart to the traditional Christmas markets in the old town is the Waldklang in Anif. Just outside the city in the South, the market enchants with fantastic light installations in natural surroundings, handicrafts, culture and culinary. The event programme includes a wide diversity and offers a platform for many young musicians and artists. Children can look forward to exciting activities from fairy tale readings to pony riding. The Waldklang Anif is open always from Friday to Sunday in the weeks before Christmas. 

Christmas Shopping apart from the Classic Shops

Beside the discoveries one can make on Salzburg’s Christmas markets, the city’s streets house many interesting stores off the beaten track. There you can find extraordinary gift ideas. Try your luck in the following stores for your Christmas shopping:

  • PurPur (Kaigasse 27)
  • Erdbär, fair clothing (Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 10)
  • Musikladen, also vinyls (Linzergasse 58)
  • The Living Store (Kaigasse 36-38)
  • Salzburger Seifenideen (Kaigasse 18)
  • Red Bull World (Getreidegasse 34)
  • Die Papeterie, paper and gifts (Linzer Gasse 35)

We can also recommend the helpful Salzburg Adventkalender by Altstadt Salzburg. During Christmas time you can find many creative and useful tips for presents in this calendar (only in German).
Do you want to experience Salzburg during Christmas season? Then why not take a look at the offers at Kolping Hostel Salzburg right away!

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