The month before Christmas brings the traditional markets in German and Austrian cities. One of the largest Christmas market takes place each year in Salzburg. Located in and around the Cathedral Square, it attracts visitors with traditional food, mulled wine and a lot of handcrafted products.
There is no bad time to visit the market. It is superb in bright sun and covered by snow, it looks amazing at day time and magic at night.
The food and drinks are probably the main attraction. There is a large variety of traditional baked goods and sweets. Almost every visitor enjoys a cup of mulled wine, but you can also try other varieties in which the wine is combined with another beverage. This is also a good place to buy house and tree decorations, and even gifts for your family and friends.
The Christmas market in Salzburg has its origins in the 15th to 17th centuries. It probably looked different, but its purpose was the same: offer traditional sweets and toys. The period when it took place was also similar, at the end of the year before Christmas. The market in its today’s setup started in 1974.
If you visit Salzburg, take your time to see the whole city, not only the Christmas market. You will find some nice attractions here, like Mozart’s house or the Hellbrun Palace. Salzburg has two shopping streets, with lots of brands you can choose from. Last but not least, there are smaller Christmas markets scattered around the city besides the big one at Cathedral Square, so you can always enjoy a short stop there.
The market is open every day from morning to evening, but the exact opening hours depend by day. It stays open until December 26th, while most other markets close on the 24th. You can find the exact program and more information on the official website.