48 Hours in Salzburg: Four Magical Christmas Markets
Christmas in Europe is a truly special time. So to explore the European Christmas vibes, I travelled to Salzburg in Austria to explore their Christmas markets. The whole place seems to just light up, literally and figuratively, with festive cheer.I'd heard that the Christmas Markets in Salzburg are magical. Now having been, I can agree. Click To Tweet
Why Salzburg and not Berlin, Vienna or somewhere in France? Simple. I’ve been to Berlin and Vienna and wanted to explore somewhere new. I’d also heard that the Christmas Markets in Salzburg are magical. Now having been, I can agree.
In my 48 hours or so in Salzburg, I visited four of their Christmas markets (interspaced with some Sound of Music Tour and some other touristy things). I will note however, that spoken English and English signage at all four markets was lacking, which surprised me a bit. But when once I’d checked my English-speaking-only privilege at the door, I realised it was dumb of me to expect anything in English. One thing that I absolutely loved about all of the markets is that you pay a deposit on the mugs/cups that you get any of your drinks in, and then when you return the cup, you get your money back. Eliminating single-use plastic one market at a time!
Salzburg Christmas Markets on Domplatz and Residenplatz
The most famous markets are the Salzburg Christmas Markets. These were the first markets that I explored, and my head nearly exploded with the Big Christmas Energy. Be prepared for it to be absolutely packed with people going from stall to stall getting food, drinks and trinkets. This market is set up in a circular layout with a few spokes that come out of the main circle. The mulled wine, hot chocolate and cinnamon sugar chimney cakes are all delicious and I couldn’t recommend them more. It is really overwhelming so I’d recommend doing a loop first and then going slowly from stall to stall so that you can really take in how much there is to see and do.
Christmas Market at Mirrabellplatz
The smallest Christmas market is without a doubt the market by Mirrabell Palace (Schloss Mirabell), called in English Christmas Market at Mirrabellplatz. These markets are a collection of shops between the main road and the gates of the Mirrabell Palace. The markets are lovely, offering up mulled wines and ciders with a small selection of shops. If you’re short on time and want a quick fix of Christmas spirit, check this place out.
The market that I accidentally ended up at, the one in Mondsee, is so super cute. If you explore out of Salzburg, definitely check out this little town. It’s super cute. And the café right next to the market does delish coffee and apple strudel. Fun fact: the main church here is where they shot the wedding interior for Sound of Music.
Hellbrunner Adventzauber was the final market that I went and explored. Sound of Music fans can hit four birds with one stone out here! There’s the pavillion from ’16 going on 17′, the tree alley where Maria sings ‘Confidence’ and the house that was used as the exterior shots of the front of the Von Trapp villa. This market was probably my favourite. Maybe because I knew what to expect? Maybe it had something to do with the wholesome country vibe that I felt. Who knows. Either way this one was awesome.
I accidentally stumbled into the Salzburg Zoo which is next door. I think saying ‘zoo’ is a stretch as the most dangerous animal there is possibly a tie between the turkey and the geese. But regardless, it was so super cute. To top that you could buy marshmallows and sausages and roast them on the fire. It was all so very very Europe in Winter vibes.
Salzburg is a bit of a hidden gem. Most people tend to go to Vienna; it’s where all the glitz and the glamour is. But Salzburg is just unapologetic in its small population and its immense beauty. Don’t by pass this one – you’ll regret it.
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