The Most Charming Christmas Markets in Salzburg

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year- especially in Bavaria! While living in Austria I fell in love with the country, it’s architecture and it’s traditions. But my favorite memories of Austria were during the Christmas season when Bavaria turned into a Christmas catalog from the 1950’s.

The Most Charming Christmas Markets in Salzburg
Photo Credit: my travel pal Jeanette Huldén.

Germany and Austria  start the Christmas cheer early by setting up Christmas markets in November all around their countries. In Salzburg, Austria alone there  were about eight Christmas markets spread throughout the city.

I loved going with a few close friends bundled up in our winter jackets and scarves while wandering around

The Most Charming Christmas Markets in Salzburg
My best friend and I enjoying our last cup of gluhwein together.

the magical markets listening to Christmas carols and bells- all the while drinking glühwein. To be honest, the glühwein is probably why I liked Christmas so much in Austria.  It is a hot spiced wine that is absolutely delicious! They sell it at stalls during the Christmas season and it comes in a cute little mug. When you buy glühwein you pay a deposit for the mug, so if you want to keep it as a souvenir you can.

Yes, there was nothing that I loved more than wandering around the christmas markets with a hot mug of freshly poured glühwein to warm up my belly. The Christmas markets also have tasty treats from roasted nuts to giant pretzels. My favorite were the sweet roasted almonds that added a sweet smell to the winter air.

The Most Charming Christmas Markets in Salzburg

 

The markets are wonderful place to purchase Christmas ornaments and handmade goods. I loved walking around and looking at all the stalls with their traditional items. The atmosphere and set-up of the markets is sure to get even the Grinch into the holiday spirit. I went to quite a few Christmas markets- and really you can’t go wrong- but two of my favorite in Salzburg are the following.

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