We were fortunate to visit Salzburg Christmas market on a crisp, sunny Christmas Eve afternoon!
The market is held in interlinking squares directly outside the cathedral and spills on to adjoining streets and avenues.
At this time of year Salzburg oozes festivity from every street corner, from the roast chestnut vendors, to the horse drawn cart rides, to baubles and stars hanging in every tree leading up to the fortress overlooking the city. A choir assembled on the cathedral steps sang caroles that filled the square and a giant Christmas tree towered over the the central space.
The range of market stalls is second to none, with beautiful crafts and gifts as well as Christmas decorations, ornaments and even these strange pig things (we have no idea what they are!)
Everything was of the highest quality and unique to the market, each stall held something different from the next. The only thing missing was 7 children dressed in curtains singing from stall to stall! (a sneaky Sound of Music reference for you non-devotees!)
Tucked away at the end of one of the side streets was a temporary ice rink and integrated bar area! Perfect for occupying the children and the adults in your party at the same time!
The food and drink on offer at Salzburg Christmas market are exactly as you’d expect, lots of German sausage, Glühwein and sweet pastries that Austria is famous for!
Salzburg Christmas market wasn’t the biggest that we’ve visited in a city centre, but it was certainly packed with good quality food, drink, gifts and a festive atmosphere despite the sunny weather! At night time this place will simply be magical!
Find out more about Salzburg Christmas market here