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Christmas Markets Tour from Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Soak up the holiday spirit of the Salzburg countryside on this 5-hour Christmas markets tour. Departing from Salzburg, travel with a local guide to the scenic landscape of Salzkammergut. Head to the St. Wolfgang to see the Pilgrimage Church and Christmas market. Afterward, follow your guide through the market of St. Gilgen to peruse handcrafted ornaments and toys. Your afternoon will conclude with transportation back to Salzburg.
  • Guided tour of the most festive Christmas markets of the Salzkammergut from Salzburg
  • Browse local crafts and foods at the St Gilgen Christmas market
  • Visit the Pilgrimage Church and Christmas market at St. Wolfgang
  • Take in the stunning views of the Austrian Alps in the Lake Area

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Multilingual guide
  • Wolfgangsee Christmas Punch
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Salzburg Panorama Tours – Bus Terminal and Ticket Office
    Hubert-Sattler-Gasse 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

    Meet your guide in front of St Andrew Church

Start time

01:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your tour will begin in central Salzburg, where you’ll meet up with your guide and journey by coach to the Salzkammergut. See the landscape change from Salzburg's city streets to scenic countryside, as you visit three Christmas markets in villages along the Wolfgangsee.

Arrive first in the charming village of St. Wolfgang. Walk among the beautiful Christmas markets and visit the Pilgrimage Church.

Continue to St. Gilgen, best known for its charming wedding church that appeared in The Sound of Music. Peruse the market’s seasonal offerings, such as ornaments, gingerbread, and handcrafted toys. Learn about the town’s connection to the Mozart family while you wander, with plenty of time to purchase gifts.

After a festive afternoon of exploring and shopping, your tour will conclude with transportation back to central Salzburg.

Lake Wolfgang (Pass By)

St Gilgen Mozartplatz

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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38 reviews
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Joe_S, Dec 2022
Really great guide, lovely setting and well worth doing. I would have played christmas songs on the bus as it was a silent on the way to the markets and I would have liked a little longer at the markets but otherwise a great trip that I would recommend
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review !!!
Well organised and approachable tour...
Patricia S, Jan 2018
Well organised and approachable tour leader. Commentary was interesting and the journey seamless. The three markets were all different and all were wonderful. Very pretty and not the least bit tacky. Disappointed that the Advent Candle was unavailable but these things happen a storm and everything else came up trumps.
Best tour ever, and we had snow...
Best tour ever, and we had snow! Three lovely markets around Wolfgansee we got around an hour at each one which was ample time to have a look around. The tour was in German and English adeptly handled by the guide, without any issue. No hard selling here either, just some recommendations on where to go to get maximum enjoyment from the day.
A great tour. Each of the three...
Alan G, Dec 2017
A great tour. Each of the three markets were different and all wonderful. Daniel did a great job!! A tour not to be missed.
I really enjoyed this tour, though...
Sara, Nov 2017
I really enjoyed this tour, though on the drive back into Salzburg, I couldn't really hear much of what the guide was telling us about the area. It would have helped to have a headset or a microphone. That being said, we met Thomas right on time, loaded into the van, and headed to our first stop, Strobl. It was about an hour a way because we stopped for photos along the way. It was mostly a food market, and we enjoyed trying all the different foods. There was a huge nativity scene at the end of the road along we some reindeer, so it would be a great market to visit with young kids. We had about 40 minutes in Strobl. Ten minutes from Strobl was St. Wolfgang. It was overlooking the lake with lots of hills and a church with beautiful views over the lakeside. The Christmas market was more traditional with lots of gift ideas, cold weather gear, and delicious gluwein. I really loved the views over the lake. We had a little over an hour in St. Wolfgang. The last stop was St. Gligen, and it was magical. Absolutely, positively magical. The sun was setting, the crowds were thinning, and it was everything I expected a small village Christmas market to be. There was a live band playing in the square, fires to keep warm, and fantastic punch. We had about 35 minutes in St. Gligen, which was enough to explore the market, but I would have stayed longer for the ambiance.
Hey. This is a fantastic tour. The...
Angela_C, Dec 2016
Hey. This is a fantastic tour. The guides are awesome. The tour takes in the mountain and lake district. Beautiful scenery. Markets are about Advent, food and wine. If you want to see a different style of Christmas Markets then I can recommend this tour...
The picture listed is one of the...
Mary S, Dec 2016
The picture listed is one of the markets in Salzburg, you do not go to this well known market. The trip takes you by coach to Wolfgangsee. It is a beautiful ride through the country. You visit three smaller markets on the lake, each has a unique thing to offer. The tour guide was knowledgeable. St. GIlda is the location of where the Vontraps where actually married, not the church in the Sound of Music, which is located in Mondsee. It will take the entire 1/2 day, but it is well worth it if you want to get out and see the countryside.
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Very thankful to have travelled on...
FIONA G, Dec 2016
Very thankful to have travelled on such an organised excursion to the different markets on the outskirts of Salzburg. Would highly recommend this tour. You are given approximately an hour at the different markets, with a small bonus gift and a free christmas drink.
The trip was well organised. The...
Robert B, Mar 2016
The trip was well organised. The only down point was that with so much included in one day, there is not a great amount of time at each market. On the plus, your left wanting more, not bored. :-
Could have been...
Linda B, Dec 2015
Could have been magical,unfortunately by the time we shuffled from here to there the longest time we had was 30 mins,hardly any time to get your bearings and see anything,would not recommend this if you want to see the markets,if you want o spend more time in the coach go for it.
Beautiful but to short a
MARY ANN C, Dec 2015
Beautiful but to short a should extend time! Because visiting three markets at a time you'll need the whole day!!
We enjoyed this tour as we spent...
Alison B, Mar 2015
We enjoyed this tour as we spent just the right amount of time in each market. Unfortunately the boat was a little delayed but the weather was not good so we didn't miss out too much on the final market. It was a shame that the area had not received any snow but the journey to the markets was still enjoyable especially seeing the Red Bull Offices. The small gifts we received were also nice souvenirs of the tour.
We enjoyed the Christmas markets...
Pauline B, Dec 2014
We enjoyed the Christmas markets very much - just a shame to have a rather short time in two of them but, nevertheless it was well organised and we enjoyed the short boat trip across the lake
Great Xmas tour, tour guide was a laugh...
Fiona H, Dec 2013
Great Xmas tour, tour guide was a laugh as well and very knowledgeable.
I enjoyed it very much...very...
Myrna B, Dec 2013
I enjoyed it very much...very refreshing experience...a different approach to a Christmas Markets trip...boat ride, time to explore each Christmas Market village, listen to Christmas Carols played by a brass band , even a small group...very Christmasy!!! Would love to do it again!
Very very nice, but needs more time in...
ramy_rafik, Dec 2013
Very very nice, but needs more time in each of the markets
Enjoyable way to see the sights of...
Joel C, Dec 2013
Enjoyable way to see the sights of Salzburg. Tour guide good.
This tour was one of the highlights...
Patricia, Mar 2013
This tour was one of the highlights of my 12-night stay in Salzburg in December 2012. You visit three different villages, with a boat ride in between, and the entire day is magical.
We loved this tour. We got to see...
Terry, Jan 2013
We loved this tour. We got to see the Christmas Markets and everything was so pretty. The boat ride was very enjoyable and the scenery on the lake was so beautiful.
Great tour for those interested in...
Andrew C, Dec 2012
Great tour for those interested in the christmas markets and seeing a little bit of the outskirts of Salzburg. The boat ride to St Wolfgang is especially nice as you get panoramic views of the snow capped alps.


Product code: 3595ADVENT