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Christmas Markets in Austria

By Viator, October 2016

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Borrowing many of its festive traditions from its German neighbors, Austria is now known for its atmospheric Christmas markets, where travelers can indulge in seasonal treats such as Orgelwaffel (roasted chestnuts) and spiced Glühwein (mulled wine) while browsing stalls full of handmade gifts, glittering tree ornaments, and traditional handicrafts. Most markets begin toward the end of November and run until December 23 or 24, with many of the bigger options featuring open-air ice rinks, fairground rides, and live entertainment.

Austria’s oldest, largest, and most popular market is Vienna's December Market, which dates back to the 14th century. There's also the Christmas market at Graz City Hall, which is transformed into a gigantic Advent calendar to serve as the backdrop for the festivities. If you're heading to Innsbruck, visit the Old Town to experience the sprawling Christmas market there, and if you're in Linz, try your hand at crafting your own gifts and ornaments at the city's own market. Set before the snow-blanketed Alps, Salzburg comes alive during the holidays with its Adventmarkt of St Jakob am Thurn in the Old Town, St Leonhard Christmas Market, and Hellbrunn Market, situated in front of the breathtaking Hellbrunn Palace. A guided tour is a stress-free way to experience the magic of Austria'a Christmas markets while also learning about the timeless tradition.

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Christmas Markets Tour from Salzburg, Salzburg, null
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Christmas Markets Tour from Salzburg

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Spend a festive afternoon visiting three of the most traditional and atmospheric Christmas markets around the Salzkammergut, the picturesque countryside of ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.29
Christmas Vintage Winter Photo Tour With a Polaroid Camera in Vienna, Vienna, Half-day Tours
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Christmas Vintage Winter Photo Tour With a Polaroid Camera in Vienna

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Explore Vienna with a vintage Polaroid camera on this 2.5-hour photo and city walking tour. Capture Vienna's lively Christmas markets, most famous sights and ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.72
4-Night Christmas Package in Salzburg Including Mozarteum Concert and Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride, ... 
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4-Night Christmas Package in Salzburg Including Mozarteum Concert and Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

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Soak up the wintry romance of Salzburg at Christmas with this multi-day package that includes four nights of 4-star hotel accommodation from December 23 to 26. ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $515.76
Private Tour: Salzburg Christmas Markets, Salzburg, Multi-day Tours
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Private Tour: Salzburg Christmas Markets

Experience the magic of Austria at Christmastime on a private tour of Salzburg's Christmas markets. Your guide will help you get the most from your visits to ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.58

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