Austria is famous for it’s Christmas markets. It is not just the festive music, the festive lights, and stalls selling glittering Christmas products that draws people to them. It is also the ambiance, the smells of the local food on sale for takeaway in the stalls, the Glühwein with friends, and of course the carol singing.
And Salzburg is an amazing backdrop for Christmas markets, with it’s wintery, snowy scenes. You will of course have to wrap up warm as most of the markets are all outdoors.
There are a number of Christmas markets in and around Salzburg, here are a few of the favourites for 2023!
Salzburg Christkindl Market
The Christkindl market in the old town in Salzburg is one of the oldest Christmas markets in the world, with origins going back to the 15th century.
It takes place at the Dom and Residenzplatz, where 100 traditional huts and stalls offer traditional decorations for the Christmas tree and home, gifts for all, local delicacies, and mulled wine.
Don’t miss the choral singing in front of the cathedral Mon – Fri 5pm. and Saturday and Sunday 3pm and 5pm
You can also take part in the Christmas guided tour at 4pm every day, Click here to see more information.
From 23 November – 1st Jan 2024
Monday-Thusday 10 am-8:30 pm
Friday 10 am-9pm
Saturday 9 am-9 pm
Sunday+holidays 9 am-8:30 pm
24 December 9 am–3 pm
25+26 December 11 am–6 pm
27-30 December 10 am-8:30 pm
31 December 10 am-1 am
1 January 10 am- 6 pm
Hohensalzburg Fortress Christmas Market
The Hohensalzburg Fortress towers over the old town of Salzburg, and can be reached via a short steep walk up the hill, or a funicular ride. Entry is free with the Salzburg card, and you will see magnificent views of the city of Salzburg,
With local arts and craftmanship, delicious Christmas goodies, music performed by wind musicians and choirs, and over a hundred traditional “Hernhuter stars”, the atmosphere is set alight
From 1 December – 18 December 2023
Opening times: Fri – Sun 11 am – 7 pm
Entrance from €10 per person, or free with the Salzburg Card
Mirabellplatz Christmas Market
If you are arriving to Salzburg by train, this is the most centrally located Christmas market to access, just a few minutes walk from the train station.
It is a smaller, yet atmospheric market, and tends to be less busy than the main Christkindl market in the old town. With local culinary delicacies, mulled wine, traditional stalls with decorations galore! A nice warm up before you head over to the main Christmas Market in the old town!
23 November – 24 December 2022 Opening times:
Sunday – Thursday 10 am – 8 pm;
Friday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm;
24 December 10 am – 3 pm
Hellbrunn Christmas Market
A magical event at Hellbrunn Palace, located in the south of the city of Salzburg.
The Hellbrunn Avdent magic starts mid November, and is one of the most beautiful and romantic Christmas markets in Salzburg, with over 700 conifers decorated in thousands of lights and Christmas decorations.
It is perfect for families, with a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s bakery, and the Christmas post office where you can send off your Christmas wish list to Santa! You can also visit the zoo next door.
You can visit the wintery trick fountains at the same time, and be amazed at the giant Christmas angel!
From November 23 – December 24, 2023
Wednesday-Friday 1-8 pm
Saturday, Sunday, Holiday 10 am-8 pm
24th December 10am – 2pm
Closed: Monday & Tuesday
How to get there: 20 minutes by bus no. 25 from Salzburg city centre,
- Wednesday-Sunday € 7.00 per person
(this entrance price includes a hot drink)
- Children under 6 are free
Hohenwerfen Castle Christmas Market
The medieval castle is a fantastic backdrop for a Christmas Market, and it is surrounded by snow topped mountains!
Only 20 minutes from Haus Schneeberg, this is not to be missed!
With traditional local customs, local delicacies, folk music, nativity, Christmas stalls, and a wonderal atmosphere!
There is a supervised children’s art program of arts and crafts with cookie baking amongst other activities!
The advent market at Hohenwerfen adventure castle opens on Saturday 2nd December, Sunday 3rd- December, Friday 8th December, Saturday 9th December, Sunday 10th December 2023, from 1.00 pm. to 7.00 pm.
The Advent market can be reached on foot or with the inclined elevator for 4.- Euro (ascent & descent).
Hallein Christmas Market
The Christmas market is open on weekends from November 10th to Sunday, December 17th.
Fri. 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sat./Sun. and on December 8th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission free!
• Over 60 exhibitors • Completely roofed • Secret Santa’s room with supervision • Culinary delicacies • Festively decorated ambience • Independent of wind and weather • Alpaca hikes • Atmospheric supporting program
All stands are under cover; This means the entire market is weatherproof. Let yourself be surprised, enjoy the entertaining supporting program or take advantage of the rare opportunity to take a tour of the salt pans and visit the unique brewing pan.
Wolfgangsee Christmas Market
The setting with the lake, 4m tall angels, decorated fir trees, and huge floated peace lantern, give a very romantic feel to this Christmas market.
Local delicacies such as benedictine soap, Wolfgangsee gin, natural salt and chestnuts are offered in the numerous stalls and shops in the town centre.
Take a horsedrawn carriage around the town to take the beauty of the Christmas market in!
17 November – 23 December 2023
New Year’s Market: 26 – 31 December 2023
Haus Schneeberg is a great place to base yourselves to visit these Christmas Markets. There are more in the local area as well! Why not take a visit to the Salt mines as well when you are here, or go skiing for a day or 2?
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