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Christmas Markets in Salzburg

Salzburg is a romantic setting for Advent - the fortress on the hill in the centre of the old town; the historic palaces and cathedral surrounded by market stalls; and the snow-covered mountains as a backdrop on most sides of the city.

Weihnachtsmarkt Salzburg

The main markets with their own websites are listed below. The best-known is the one outside the Cathedral and Residence, but both of the historic palaces also have a market nearby.

Smaller ones are also located up at the fortress and on the Kapuzinerberg hill on the other side of the river.

Salzburger Christkindlmarkt

Christmas Market in the Old Town of SalzburgThis market is the most popular in the city, held outside the cathedral and the Salzburg Residence in the heart of the old town.
Dates: 23.11.17 – 26.12.17
Times: Monday - Thursday : 10.00 - 20.30
Friday : 10.00 - 21.00
Saturday : 09.00 - 21.00
Sunday : 09.00 - 20.30
(24.12 : 09.00 - 15.00; 25-26.12 : 11.00 - 18.00)
Location: In the square outside the cathedral
Website: www.christkindlmarkt.co.at

Schloss Mirabell Market

Schloss Mirabell Christmas Market, SalzburgThe Mirabell Palace is situated on the opposite bank of the river to the Residence and the Cathedral.

Dates: 23.11.17 - 24.12.17
Times: Sunday to Thursday : 10.00 – 20.00
Friday and Saturday : 10.00 - 21.00
(24.12 : 10.00 - 15.00)
Location: In the open area in front of the palace
Website: www.weihnachtsmarkt-salzburg.at

Advent Market at Schloss Hellbrunn

Christmas market at Hellbrunn Palace, SalzburgStrictly speaking, Hellbrunn Palace isn't in Salzburg, but it is a very historic and romantic location for an Advent market and very easy to get to from the city, with a shuttle service offered at weekends.

Dates: 23.11.17 - 24.12.17
Times : Monday to Friday : 13.00 - 20.00
Saturday and Sunday : 10.00 - 20.00
(24.12 : 10.00 - 14.00)
Location: In the grounds of Hellbrunn Palace to the south of Salzburg
Website: www.hellbrunneradventzauber.at

Salzburg Advent Concerts

In keeping with its cultural reputation, Salzburg also offers a range of specific Advent concerts - with paid entrance - in various venues around the city:

Salzburger Advent - St Andrä Church

Salzburger Advent Concert, St AndräThese popular concerts are held on weekend evenings in the St Andrä Church in Mirabellplatz. (Some days offer two performances.)

Tickets are available through a form on the website.

Dates : 02.12.17 - 17.12.17 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Location : St Andrä Church, Mirabellplatz
Website: www.salzburgeradvent.at

Salzburger Adventsingen - Large Festival Hall

Salzburger Adventsingen, FestspielhausThe Adventsingen concerts are also held at the weekend in the Large Festival Hall (the one that is used for the Salzburg Festival) at the foot of the Mönchsberg.

Ticket availability can be seen on the website.

Dates : 01.12.17 - 17.12.17 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Location : Grosses Festspielhaus, Hofstallgasse
Website: www.salzburgeradventsingen.at

Salzburger Advent Serenades - St Blaise's Church

Christmas market at Hellbrunn Palace, SalzburgThe concerts are held in the Gothic Hall at the St Blasius church near the Getreidegasse.

Tickets are available through a form on the website.

Dates : 02.12.17 - 23.12.17 mostly on either Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday
Location : St Blasius Church, Bürgerspitalgasse
Website: www.adventserenaden.at

Other Things To Do in Salzburg

Take in the culture. Salzburg is proud of its role as a city of music. The city can boast famous connections to Mozart as well as the slightly more lowbrow 'Sound of Music' locations. There are generally some worthwhile performances being given at any point in the city.

View of Salzburg Castle in Winter

Look at the history. The palaces are mentioned above as locations for a couple of the Christmas markets. There is another on the fortified hill above the town. The pedestrian area and neighbouring city centre will be a hit for those who enjoy historic walking tours.

Pack your sweet tooth. Sure, the coffee houses and tempting cakes can be found all over Austria. But Salzburg can boast two local specialities: the Mozartkugeln (those chocolate balls filled with pistachio marzipan and nougat) which were created by a local confectioner in the 19th century; and the Salzburger Nockerl (a dessert of whipped egg yolks, sugar, dough and milk) which was allegedly created by the mistress of one of the most famous Prince Bishops of Salzburg.

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Salzburg Airport is located in a suburb to the west of the main town centre. It is easily reach by bus and car and is not far from the main A1 motorway which links the city to the western and eastern parts of Austria, as well as to Munich in Germany.

Salzburg's main railway station is situated to the north of the city centre on the eastern side of the river. The station offers good national and international connections around Europe. The local train, tram and bus services in the area are run by the Salzburger Verkehrsverbund (SVG).

Travel Information
Salzburg Airport: www.salzburg-airport.com
National Railways: www.oebb.at
Local Public Transport: www.svv-info.at
Tourist Office: www.salzburg.info

(Zoom out for the Schloss Hellbrunn market.)

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