Christmas Markets
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Christmas Markets...

Fed up with Christmas being commercialised? Then why not book a stay at Landhaus Osborne, in the run-up to Christmas and enjoy some of the traditional customs (Brauchtum) which this wonderful area of Austria has to offer - you are sure to leave here in a Christmas mood.

Situated in Obertraun, within the famous beautiful Salzkammergut region of Austria and within a UNESCO World Heritage protected area, which is only around an hours drive from Salzburg airport - which is cheap to fly to using Ryanair, easyJet, BA, FlyBe and many more...

The Salzkammergut is one of the most beautiful regions in the heart of Austria - Especially in winter the breathtaking scenery appears in all its splendour. The mountains and lakes turn into a stunning white paradise.

The "silent time" is, in the Salzkammergut, a commitment to one of the most beautiful customs in the Alps. Everyone here is waiting for Christus Child with old established traditions. Each region in the Salzkammergut has its own charm and celebrate advent with its own understanding - lovely Christmas markets, regional delicacies, nativity mangers exhibitions, scary Krampusläufe and advent theatrics.

Popular attractions at the market include the Nativity Scene (a crèche or crib), Zwetschgamännla (figures made of decorated dried plums), Nussknacker (carved Nutcrackers), Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds), traditional Christmas cookies such as Lebkuchen and Magenbrot (both forms of soft gingerbread), Christstollen (Stollen), a sort of egg bread with candied fruit, Bratwurst. For many visitors, the highlights of the market are Glühwein, (hot mulled wine, with or without a shot of brandy), or Eierpunsch (an egg-based warm alcoholic drink). Both help stave off the cold winter air which sometimes dips below freezing. Many handmade items, toys, books, Christmas tree decorations and ornaments can be found at a Christkindlmarkt.

The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe. A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during advent, mainly the four weeks preceding Christmas Day.

Here are some of the Christmas Markets within our area:


When:  8th December 2018

The romantic Christmas Market on the market square in Hallstatt, a world Heritage Site, is the highlight of Advent. From 8th December 2018 you can come and experience local custom and tradition for yourself.

In keeping with tradition, the Christmas Crib (Nativity scene) will be displayed in the market square again this year. The 3-dimensional, life-size crib scene was made by the HTBLA Hallstatt sculpting class. Lanterns made by school children from Obertraun will light up the market square!

Opening times:
from 11 a.m. 



When: 01-02 & 08-09 December 2018

TIP! One of our favourite and most traditional markets in the Salzkammergut!! Wander amongst the lovely stalls and enjoy a hot mulled wine as you listen to performances by local musicians. There are activities especially for children, including the Children's Cinema. A highlight for the whole family is a horse-drawn sledge ride to the Onara farm and the torch-lit stroll to the Primeval Forest!


Dates 2018:

1st December   13:00 - 19:00
2nd December   11:00 - 19:00
8th December   13:00 - 19:00
9th December   13:00 - 19:00

Further information can be found here




When: 22nd November - 26th December 2018 - Open daily

Welcome to Salzburg’s Christmas market – Advent in the city of Mozart!

It's very Christmassy in Salzburg

The tradition and ambiance of Salzburg's Christmas market make an ideal setting to start off the Christmas season. Every year visitors are enchanted by the charm of Cathedral Square, the traditional booths, the strings of light and the quality of the diversified items on sale. Come and enjoy some of the magic this year: from traditional handicrafts, fine baked goods, aromatic tree ornaments and various objet d'art for the Christmas season. Salzburg's Christmas market is a feast for all the senses: the delicious scent of mulled wine wafts around booths adorned with precious, decorative, old and new items. Performances by traditional Salzburg choirs and children's school groups lure a crowd of visitors year after year. The market will be opened by the archbishop on the 1st Saturday in Advent right after the blessing of the Advent wreaths.

Opening times:

Monday - Thursday   10:00 - 20:30
Friday   10:00 - 21:00
Saturday   09:00 - 21:00
Sunday, bank holidays   09:00 - 20:30
24. December   09:00 - 15:00
25. December   11:00 - 18:00
26. December   11:00 - 18:00


Further information can be found here


Salzburg - Hellbrunner Adventzauber


When: 22nd November - 24th December 2018 - Open daily

This is personally one of our favourite Advent markets! We recommend you combine a visit with the adjacent Zoo.


A romantic courtyard, a path lined by torches and an oversized Advent calendar are part of the Magic of Advent. Romantic booths, tempting treats and pre-Christmas gift ideas add to the charming atmosphere. Children will enjoy a ride in a sled drawn by real reindeer. An exciting entertainment program between the orangery and the park will assure that Advent afternoons at Hellbrunn Palace are convivial.


Opening times:

Monday - Friday


13:00 - 20:00

Saturday, Sunday & bank Holidays


10:00 - 20:00

24th December


10:00 - 14:00

Children's Christmas World:



13:00 - 18:00

Saturday, Sunday & bank Holidays


11:00 - 18:00

24th December


10:00 - 13:00


Further information can be found here



When: 23rd November 2018 - 31st December 2018

Advent Market

St. Wolfgang

23rd November - 23rd December 2018 - OPEN DAILY


Opening hours weekdays: 12:00 - 19:30
Opening hours Weekends and Holidays: 10:00 - 19:30


St. Gilgen & Strobl

Opening weekend:   23rd November - 25th November
1. Weekend:   29th November - 2nd December
2. Weekend:   6th December - 9th December
3. Weekend:   13th December - 16th December
4. Weekend:   20th December - 23rd December


Opening hours weekdays: 10:00 - 19:30
Opening hours Weekends and Holidays, incl. 09.12: 10:00 - 19:30


New Year Market:

Small but choice selection of booth. The Christmas and New Year Markets are open daily from 26th - 31st December, 2018

St. Gilgen:   13:00 - 18:00
Strobl:   13:00 - 18:00
St. Wolfgang:   13:00 - 18:00

The Friedenslicht Laterne (Lantern of Peace) shines across the Wolfgangsee, lighting the way on dark winter nights, for local people and guests from far and wide, inviting them to come to marvel at and rejoice in the Wolfgangsee Advent.

In St. Wolfgang, candles and burning torches create a cosy atmosphere as one strolls from the robustly timbered and rustically decorated market stalls of the Postplatz to the Uferplatz , while visitors to St. Gilgen are met by a baroque Advent representation. The love of life and anticipation of Christmas are impressively depicted on the market stalls by the artist Raja Schwahn-Reichmann.  

As a perfect complement to the other two communities of the Wolfgangsee, the idyllic Strobl presents itself as a village with unique Nativity scenes displayed throughout. The oversize scenery on the shores of the lake, with many live animals to marvel at and touch and numerous nativity displays, Strobl is a special experience in particular for families with young children.

All three villages are illuminated for the pre-Christmas season, the lights shine and sparkle throughout. The three atmospheric and sparkling Christmas Markets are linked by the quiet, dark lake. Regular boat trips pass by the gigantic floating lantern, the huge shining comet in the Strobler Bucht (Strobel Bay) and the Falkensteinwand, from where the sound of the horn players can be heard, their music echoing across the entire lake.


Further information can be found here


Bad Ischl

 When: 23rd November - 20th December 2018

Every year the Ischler craftsmen invite visitors to the historic drinking-hall to enjoy their traditional Christmas market. Look forward to original "hand g'machtes" (hand-made) products from the Kaiserstadt, to typical culinary delicacies as well as to a varied supporting programme that is full of atmosphere.

Far beyond the borders of the Salzkammergut, the artisans of Bad Ischl are well-known for their mastership in blending use with ornament. This is precisely what is considered craftsmanship in Ischl: an art that is preserved in all its glory here and presented in the festively adorned and elegant Trinkhalle (pump room) at Christmas time. The artisans of Ischl view this as much more than simply showcasing their work. Awaiting you at the Christmas Market is in fact an experience to delight all the senses: sights, smells, flavours and sounds.


Opening Times

Monday - Thursday:   11:00 - 18:00

Friday - Sunday:


09:00 - 18:00


Bad Ausseee

When: 30 November - 23rd December 2018

The Bad Aussee Christmas market is held in the Kur Park every Advent weekend. Various stalls selling small gifts, teas or mulled wines, etc., along with Christmas music create a Christmas atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a Christmas gift for your loved one or just looking for a cosy get together, you'll find it at this market.


Further information can be found here


Gmunden - Castle Advent in Gmunden

When: 23rd November - 16th December 2018

Look forward to Christmas like in former times at the unique lake castle ... with the fascination of sparkling stars and glowing candles, the smell of cookies and baked apples.

You can expect traditional arts and crafts, toys and extraordinary gift ideas, advent calendars, advent wreath, Christmas decoration and special things which you would not find anywhere else.

Exceptional Highlight this year is the first ceramics-christmas market where the Gmundner Keramik presents its new designs and Christmas adornments.

For the first time we can also welcome Austria's unique ginger bread village

The Christmas market will be framed by Christmassy sounds, which are the most beautiful ones when you hear them the first time. Listen to the musicians while they are performing and do not forget to taste the culinary delicacies and yummy nibblings which are the sweetest at this time of the year!


Opening hours

Friday from  13:00 to 19:00

Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00

Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00


Entry prices:
Adults: €4,50
Children till 16 years for free


Further information can be found here



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