Enjoy the Beauty and Romance of the Austrian Christmas Markets!


From the middle of November until the end of the year, Austria is the place to find romantic Christmas markets. Glistening lights, seasonal treats and snow-covered roofs make for a magical experience in Austria's towns.

 

Innsbruck:      November 22-December 23, 2017

Salzburg:        November 25-December 26, 2017



Day 1:  Innsbruck

  

Arrival in Innsbruck and day at leisure.

 

Nowhere is the line between city and ountains so blurred as in Tirol’s capital. From outdoor sports to culture and back in one day: that’s Innsbruck. Innsbruck is the capital of the Alps. With the Nordkette Mountains in the background and historic buildings in town, Innsbruck is a unique destination for culture vultures and utdoor enthusiasts.

 

One of the city’s most popular postcard subjects is the Bergisel Ski Jump, venue of the Four Hills Tournament. The ski jump’s restaurant offers magnificent views. Another popular attraction is the cutting-edge Hungerburg Funicular, designed by Zaha Hadid. With its cobblestone lanes, shops, cafés and the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s makes for a great place to explore. The Alpenzoo is popular with families.


Day 2:   Innsbruck

  

Day at leisure in Innsbruck to discover the unique atmosphere of the Christmas Markets !

 

The most wonderful time of the year is even better in Innsbruck. Festive Christmas markets entice visitors with delicious punch and local specialities, such as Kiachl – freshly baked farmers’ donuts served with sweet or savoury toppings. The medieval streets are filled with the romantic glow of twinkling lights, traditional Austrian brass bands play out from the towers and Advent concerts get visitors in the Christmas spirit. Traditions, such as the Krampus parades (when demon-like creatures from Alpine folklore parade through the streets in elaborate costumes), nativity scene displays, visits from St. Nicholas and Advent concerts entertain guests of all ages. And traditional Christmas specialties, such as delicious fruit breads and Christmas stollen, are just waiting to be enjoyed.

 

Overnight in Innsbruck


Day 3: Innsbruck

   

Breakfast at the hotel.

Bus ride to Wattens to visit the Swarovski “Crystal World”.

 

Swarovski Crystal Worlds was opened in 1995 to mark the centennial anniversary of the company’s founding. Multimedia artist André Heller designed a unique and magical place. This beloved attraction has brought moments of wonder to over thirteen million visitors from all around the world. Visitors are surprised, touched, and perhaps even transformed by crystal in all its facets. 

 

In May 2015, Swarovski Crystal Worlds ushered in a new era of wonder. The Chambers of Wonder exude a new brilliance; five of them have been completely redesigned and expanded outwards to include an open space of crystalline nature: the garden. In this magical place, you will encounter modern art as well as ancient history. Visit the Giant and his garden and let yourself be enchanted by the beauty, inspiration and energy, the care, and esthetics. 

 

Return to Innsbruck and overnight.


DAY 4: Salzburg

  

Breakfast at the hotel. Individual journey by train to Salzburg. Arrival and check in at the hotel.

 

In the afternoon public city tour in Salzburg:

Salzburg is more than the City of Mozart and home of the Salzburg Festival. At the most important tourist attractions, not only are you able to experience Salzburg’s rich history, there are also countless fascinating insights and surprising moments around practically every corner.

 

Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Mozart museums, the Getreidegasse and Hellbrunn Palace are among Salzburg’s most popular locations. A visit the top 10 sights provides an ideal overview of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city...


DAY 5: SALZBURG

Beakfast at the hotel. 

Visit the Christmas Market.

 

The Salzburg Christkindlmarkt has deep historical roots and is one of the world’s oldest Advent markets. Its unique setting in the heart of Salzburg’s World Heritage-listed Old City, the traditional market stands and its long history make the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt a truly special occasion.

 

The origins of the famous Salzburg Christmas market go all the way back to the late 15th century. Back then, the so-called “Tandlmarkt” would be held on Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, offering a wide range of goods for the locals to buy. By the 17th century, this Advent market had been christened the “Nikolaimarkt” – that is to say, the “Saint Nicholas’ Market”. For two weeks before and two weeks after St. Nicholas’ Day (on 6 December), a variety of products were offered for sale on and close to Cathedral Square: from a delectable selection of foods, to dolls and all kinds of bric-a-brac. The "Nikolaimarkt" was one of the most famous Advent markets of its day, second only to the ones in Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam and Nuremberg. From 1903 until the early 1930s, the Christmas market was restricted to the area adjacent to the cathedral arches. The Salzburg Christkindlmarkt, as it is known today around the world, has existed since 1974.

 

Discove: Local folk customs and traditional decorations for the Christmas tree, gifts for big and small, incense to help conjure up a festive atmosphere in your own home, all kinds of delectable treats in the form of Austrian specialties, mulled wine and hot punch: At the Christmas market on Salzburg’s Cathedral Square, you will discover practically everything you could possibly wish for. 

 


Costs and Services included

Package Price per person in double room  

from EUR 369,--

 

Package Price per person in single room  

from EUR 498,--

 

Weekend supplement per person/night (THU-SUN)  EUR 45,--

  • 3 overnight  stay in a 3* hotel in Innsbruck 
  • 1 overnight stay in 3* hotel in Salzburg
  • 4 European breakfast buffet
  • entrance to Swarovski "Crystal World"
  • Public city tour in Salzburg with an English speaking guide

 Costs not included

    •Gratuities,

    • Drinks, Meals

  • Transportation to/from the mentioned cities