Austrian Christmas Markets are highly anticipated each year with the enticing sweet smell of cinnamon apples, the warm glowing lights and the merry sounds of Christmas. It’s certainly no wonder why just one or even a few Austrian Christmas Markets should be on your bucket list for this jolly season. As advent begins in Austria and the locals start to set up their Christmas stalls there’s obviously no better reason to visit these beautiful cities. Allow yourself to become immersed in everything that is festive, we have created a list of the top Austrian Christmas Markets. Each one making it feel as if you’ve stepped inside a storybook.
KITZBÜHEL CHRISTMAS MARKET
As the world-renowned ski resort sets up for the advent season it’s no wonder why it’s one of the most popular places in Austria. Kitzbühel Christmas market boasts festive charm, the sounds and smell of Christmas fill the air. As children run through the streets, they’ll find the petting zoo full of adorable animals or the storytelling put on by the museum. The Christmas market takes on the whole city, inviting people of all ages to become part of an incredible experience. Meanwhile there are activities to entertain the whole family. If you’re heading there as a couple, find yourself lost between the traditional stalls, eat traditional Gröstl and sip on the local wines. In addition, the surrounding towns host quaint Christmas events with the Reith bei Kitzbühel transformed into a uniquely, walkable advent calendar.
Where: Kitzbühel’s historic town centre
When: 27th of November – 26th of December 2019
Opening hours: Wed – Fri; 2pm/8pm; Saturday & Sundays 11am/8pm – times subject to change on Christmas eve, day and boxing day.
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INNSBRUCK CHRISTMAS MARKET
Innsbruck’s main Christmas Market is set in the idyllic old town. The medieval facades overlook the Christmas tree adorned with sparkling lights. The smell of vendors selling toasted almonds and freshly baked apples will make you want to follow where your nose leads. This market boasts romance and charm, it creates an atmosphere that brings everyone together. Children play among the snow, meanwhile adults sip on mulled wine. It specifically hosts a variety of stalls for all ages, from food stalls, workshops and even artisan decorations, it’s really leaves nothing to the imagination. In essence the Innsbruck Christmas Market will excite the senses, make the heart flutter and the smiles beam. There are four other markets around Innsbruck if you are looking for family fun, main street shopping and even catch a train to a Christmas market a top the mountain.
Where: In front of the Golden Roof, in Innsbruck’s historic city centre
When: 15th November until 23rd December 2019
Opening hours: Open daily from 11 am till 9 pm, trading until 8 pm
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SALZBURG CHRISTMAS MARKETS
With its origins dating back to the 1400’s, the most popular market in Salzburg bursts with festive season joy. Looking out upon the city’s snow-covered roof tops; this romantic market shouldn’t be skipped over for this year’s advent gathering. You’ll hear the carol singers’ sweet sounds of Christmas amid the twinkling lights. For instance, the famous Christmas song “Silent Night, Holy night” originates from Salzburg. It is evident why this song has been heard by millions around the world. The market in detail hosts over 90 events for all ages which varies between a social and cultural programme. Additionally, after you have explored the beautiful central market; Salzburg hosts another 9 markets across the city. Certainly enough to fill up your month of December with Christmas fun.
Where: On Cathedral and Residenz Square, in Salzburg’s historic city centre.
When: Takes place from the 22nd of November until to the 26th of December.
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 – 26th December 11am-6pm
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VIENNA CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Along with the bustling city and its incredible history, Vienna hosts one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. It’s grand scale and maze of different Christmas stalls means that you can get lost amongst the sparkling lights that stretch across the Rathausplatz. Known as the Christkindlmarkt, the market is Austria’s biggest and busiest. Hosting some of the most artistic handymen, delectable food connoisseurs and even an ice-skating rink.
The Rathausplatz market will offer a full night of Christmas fun for everyone but be sure to pick the right time to go! The market can get extremely busy around peak times on a weekend. The perfect time to head to this glorious market is early evening or late at night if you prefer. These times miss the rush of people, while allowing you to walk freely amongst the stalls. Additionally, with another 20 markets nearby you’ll be able to shop and eat to your heart’s content.
Where: On the Rathausplatz square; in front of the City Hall
When: 15th November until 26th December 2020
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 11am – 9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 10pm; 24th December 11am – 4pm; 25th – 26th 11am – 7pm
All in all Austria hosts some of the most magical Christmas markets across the Globe. If you’re looking to create memories that will be remembered forever, one of the Austrian Christmas Markets should be added to your list of must-do for the festive season. If you’ve not booked a flight, then there’s no time to lose! Book yourself and your loved ones in for an adventure through a Christmas wonderland.
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