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5 Must visit Salzburg Christmas markets

I remember there was a saying about every country/ city deserves two visits—once in the summer and another during the winter. After my 3rd visit to Salzburg, I couldn’t agree more. In winter, Salzburg transforms into a nostalgia wonderland which every street and building sparkles with magic, and Salzburg Christmas markets just add that extra touch to this magical atmosphere. If you haven’t experienced Salzburg in winter, I promise you this is a once in a lifetime experience, even Vienna Christmas markets couldn’t beat this…(and I am the biggest fan of Vienna).

You might be interested:
Vienna Christmas Markets-a complete guide
Austria culture- Krampus
Salzburg card
Free admission to more than 30 attractions(including Salzburg christmas museum) + public transport around Salzburg free of charge.

Salzburg monthly weather forecast

This is my 3rd time visiting Salzburg, with snow and the Christmas atmosphere made me fall in love with this city again. To absorb all the Christmas vibes, I went to 4 Christmas markets which I would say is totally visit worthy.

Reasons to visit Salzburg Christmas market

If you are planning to experience a white christmas this year, Salzburg should be one of your best choices. It will snow in December in Salzburg. And what makes it different is that the snow would be “dry” which is very enjoyable and romantic (unlike in Vienna, you became somewhat messy after their wet snow ). Salzburg is a nostalgia city, and Christmas market just adds this magical touch to it.

While in Salzburg, you can also grab the chance and visit the famous Hallstatt during winter. Whats more, besides experiencing Austrian Christmas, Salzburg is just 1.5 hour train ride from Munich. Are you ready to make the most out of this Christmas?!

Salzburg to Vienna transport(starts from €28)
Salzburg to Munich transport (starts from €26)
Salzburg to Hallstatt tour

Salzburg Christmas markets

Mirabellplatz Christmas market

This Christmas market is small and cozy just right next to the Mirabellgarten. Close to the city center which is a good place to warm up for your Christmas market Spirit.

Weihnachtsmarkt Mirabell
  • Where: Mirabellplatz | 📍Google map
  • When: November 23 – December 24, 2023
    Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m
    December 24th 10 a.m.- 3 p.m
  • Website: 🔗Link

Stern advent market salzburg

sternadvent salzburg
  • Where: Getreidegasse 34 / Griesgasse 23 | 📍Google map
  • When: November 23, 2023 – January 6, 2024
    Sunday-Thursday 11.00 am-7 pm
    Friday-Saturday 11.00 am-8.30 pm
    24+31 December, 2024 10.00 am–3 pm
    1-6 January, 2024 11 am-6 pm 
  • Website: 🔗Link

Nestled between Getreidegasse and Griesgasse, the Stern Advent and Winter Market unfolds in the courtyard of Sternbräu. Another highlight of this cozy salzburg Christmas market is its extension beyond Christmas, evolving into a ‘winter market’ until the beginning of January. Suitable for those who can’t make it before Christmas.

Stern advent market by day

Stern advent market by night

Funny quotes I saw at one of the christmas stands.

“Your wife has a funny accent. Where is she from?

From GlühweinStand

Salzburg Christkindlmarkt at the Dom and Residenzplatz

If you are looking for the best Christmas market in Austria, this Salzburger Christmas market  should definitely be on your candidate list.

salzburg cathedral christmas market
  • Where: Altstadt Salzburg | 📍Google map
  • When: November 23, 2023 – January 1, 2024
    Monday-Thursday 10 am-8:30 pm
    Friday 10 am-9pm
    Saturday 9 am-9 pm
    Sunday+holidays 9 am-8:30 pm
    Special dates
    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 
  • Website: 🔗Link

This Christmas market standing in the center of the Salzburg old town stands out as one of the finest Christmas market out there indeed! During my three-days stay in Salzburg, I couldn’t resist going there every single day.

Christmas lights surrounded by those ancient buildings and the Dom of Salzburg, it was like taking a stroll back in time. In fact, this is one of the world’s oldest Advent markets that goes all the way back to the late 15th century.

salzburg cathedral christmas market
salzburg cathedral christmas market

What you can enjoy here range from Christmas chores(every Tuesday 6 – 8 p.m.), regional food to Traditional hand crafted products. Imagine an evening, wandering through the stalls with mulled wine in hand, picking souvenirs to bring back home.

salzburg cathedral christmas market

Hellbrunn palace Christmas market (Hellbrunner Adventzauber)

  • Where: Fürstenweg 37 | 📍
  • When: 23 November – 24 December 2023
    Tuesday-Friday 1 pm-8 pm
    Saturday, Sunday, public holidays 10 am-8 pm
    24 December 10 am- 2 pm
  • Website: 🔗Link
  • 🎫Price: € 7.00/ person
    (includes a hot drink)
    Children under 6 are free
    Free of charge with Salzburg card

If you got an extra day in Salzburg, I highly recommend you to grab a taxi, take the bus and head to Hellbrunn palace winter wonderland (especially if you are with kid, they got a section dedicated for kids!).

Though it costs to enter, but I guarantee that it worths every penny! The venue is big which you can spend at least half a day here with your family. You will experience a cozy, warm ambiance created by more than 700 conifers decked out with 10,000 red baubles. You will also find the Palace façade transforms into a gigantic Advent calendar, its 24 windows revealing delightful surprises. It’s like stepping into a festive fairy tale where every corner holds a touch of magic and joy.

Children’s Christmas World

The section dedicated to kids is big, featuring children-sized cottages where they can try their hand at baking cookies. The fun continues with face-painting, festive Christmas train, and the opportunity to grill sausages at the campfire. Plus, there’s a special Christmas post office where the little ones can write a letter to the “Christkind” (aka baby Jesus).

Do you know that there is no Santa in Austria?
Know more about Austrian Christmas culture here
Hellbrunn palace salzburg

Except for the cozy kid’s playground, you can never miss this dark hairy creature in Austrian custom…Krampus. Hellbrunn palace make sure you get the full Austrian Christmas experience here

Krampus

What is Krampus? Long story short , Krampus is the scary guy who will punish kids if they don’t behave well (with birch branch in hand ready to swat kids).

Get to know more about Krampus

Things to buy in Christmas market

How to get to Hellbrunn palace: Bus No. 25
(with Salzburg card, the ride would be free)

Salzburg Fortress Christmas market

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  • Where: Salzburg fortress | 📍Google map
  • When: November 24 – December 23, 2023
    Advent weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 11 am – 7 pm
  • Website: 🔗Link

To wrap it up, what’s better than having a cup of mulled wine in hand, soaking in the Christmas ambience, all while taking in the magnificent view of Salzburg’s Old Town from above. Remember not to miss don’t miss the fresh tarte flambée from the historic Fortress bakery. Baked in centuries-old wood-burning ovens with a modern touch, definitely an experience you shouldn’t miss.

Tips: With Salzburg card, you can save yourself from going all the way up, because the funicular ride would be free, also the visit inside the Hohensalzburg Fortress would be free of charge!

Hope you will enjoy Salzburg as much as I do:)) comment and let me know:)

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