The idyllic hillside city of Salzburg is one of Austria’s most impressive backdrops for celebrating the Christmas season. Visitors looking to create a true winter wonderland of an experience can spend the day touring the city's Christmas markets with an expert guide before sipping mulled wine as they peruse stalls selling traditional wares and taking in the traditional nativity scenes, complete with live animals.
A horse-drawn sleigh ride through a tiny village near Schladming offers visitors a chance to literally get off the beaten path and take in the beauty of the Bavarian countryside from inside a holiday sleigh.
The Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel rounds out any holiday visit to Salzburg. Travelers will wind through the foothills of the Autrain Alps along the Salzach river Valley to the town of Oberndorf before attending Christmas Mass at the Silent Night Chapel.