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During Advent there’s nothing like a mug of hot punch with the smell of Christmas biscuits in the air! Atmospheric markets, with their pretty illuminations and seasonal music playing in the background, ensure that you can finally relax and enjoy the pre-Christmas period far away from the hectic shopping stress on the streets.
Whether it's a Christmas spectacle in Vienna, the kitschy Advent atmosphere in Salzburg, enchanting art in Graz or age-old traditions in front of the Innsbruck mountain landscape: the selection of markets that open their doors across the country from mid-November to Christmas is huge.
Rathausplatz, Spittelberg, Schönbrunn Palace: Vienna’s Advent markets are undisputed pre-Christmas hotspots that magically attract tourists and locals alike. Mulled wine and punch in trendy flavours? Check! Lovingly designed wooden toys and gaudy Santa Claus hats side by side? For sure! Fun and traditional atmosphere? Definitely! The undisputed No. 1 is and remains the Christkindlmarkt in front of the City Hall - right next to the Austria Trend Hotel Rathauspark.
Salzburg goes into Christmas overdrive: during Advent the festively decorated city shines even brighter than usual. Instead of Mozart, the focus is now on the scary but fascinating “Perchten” processions with their costumed figures, the young trumpeters playing their fanfares from the towers and the Salzburg “Christkind” (Christ Child) with its four angels. Mulled wine and hot chestnuts will keep you warm while you discover traditional craftsmanship, Salzburg delicacies and unique handmade pieces at the wooden stalls of the Advent markets.
You just have to experience Graz at Christmas. There is plenty to see: Styrian Advent huts in Alpine style, illuminated glass gables and oversized ice sculptures. Those who have had enough of shopping can stroll through the enchantingly designed fairytale forest on Schlossbergplatz and relax on comfortable pallet furniture.
If you are fed up with the hustle and bustle of the Advent markets which you find in the large cities, you should go to Innsbruck as soon as possible. Because local traditions and a sense of home are still very important here! The Tyrolean markets in particular are characterised by their regional and traditional flair. You can sample punch and mulled wine to the sounds of the fanfares from the “Little Golden Roof”, smell the seductive scent of almonds and admire the Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts and woollen goods.
When you hear the sound of the wooden xylophone and the crank drill is put into use, then you know that Advent in Linz has arrived. The wooden experience area or the wooden nativity scene are just as unique here as the arrangement of the market stalls on the main square, where you will surely want to spend some time. A visit is always worthwhile.
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