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Your local guide will reveal the secrets of Austria’s Christmas traditions on a walking tour through the historic town of Salzburg.

Meet your local guide at the information booth of the Christmas Market at Residenz Platz, and start your Christmas tour by walking along the Salzburg Christmas market. Your guide tells you what kind of traditions Austrians cherish and what historic facts influenced their way of celebrating Christmas. Be inspired by the handcrafted gifts and the smell of delicious food on the way to the Salzburger Dom. Almost every day local choirs sing in front of the cathedral.

Learn about Josef Mohr who was baptized in 1792 in this cathedral and wrote the lyrics of the Silent Night, Holy Night song in 1816. Visit the big Salzburg manger inside the cathedral, and find out the meaning of it and how it influenced Austria’s Christmas traditions until this day.

This tour continues across another Christmas market and a hidden Christmas courtyard to the St. Peter’s district. Your guide will tell you the story of the giant wreath in front of the church nearby and why every Austrian family keeps a wreath in their home during the Christmas season.

Walk to the Salzburg Festival hall that is the focus of the Christmas concerts during winter season, and learn how the locals celebrate the Christmas season with plays, poetry, and musical concerts.

At the Old Market Square, find more crafts and more food such as some of the best homemade cookies. Learn about when and why the Christmas tree tradition started in Salzburg.

Along the shopping street you will pass the Christmas in Salzburg Shop known for its hand-painted glass ornaments. The glass ornaments were invented out of necessity in the 19th century. At the end of the tour find the enchanting Christmas Museum of Salzburg.

Don’t forget to taste the best Glühwein or other hot drink and a local snack at the end of the tour before enjoying more Christmas spirit in Salzburg.                      

Locations visited
Residenzplatz Market
Salzburg Experience
Overview
Spend wintertime in Salzburg on this Christmas markets tour in Austria. Make your way through multiple festive markets decked out in holiday cheer, and shop for Christmas gifts (own expense). Along the way, hear stories about Austria’s Christmas traditions, and visit the cathedral where the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ was written, as well as the Christmas Museum of Salzburg.
Highlights
  • Tour of Salzburg’s Christmas markets
  • Stroll through multiple Christmas markets as you admire the holiday decorations
  • Look for gifts or buy a snack and a drink (own expense)
  • Hear stories about Austria’s Christmas traditions, such as why households started putting up Christmas trees
  • See the cathedral where Josef Mohr wrote the lyrics to ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Visit the Christmas Museum of Salzburg
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Reviewed 13 March 2018
Christmas tour to Salzberg 2017

A very beautiful and magical trip though the Christmas markets and churches horse and carriage rides going around the old city of Salzburg. Going there with my young three kids and I will always be in my mine each Christmas that comes. The locals help...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017
MICHELA IS THE BEST, HANDS DOWN!

We booked Michaela Muhr through 'Tours by Locals' and could not have been happier. She was patient, knowledgable, clear speaking and a general delight to be around. She had a measured and thoughtful answer for every questions that we asked, and never made us feel...More

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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile
Great tour of Salzburg old town

We had a lovely tour of the Christmas markets with Michaela. Learnt a lot about the history of Salzburg from a very friendly host. She made a point of taking us to a few spots where you could get some lovely framing of the fortress...More

Thank Matt J
Reviewed 22 November 2016
Great walking Christmas tour

Michaela led my husband and I (and our 5-month old daughter) on a tour of old town that included the Christmas market. We learned a lot from her about Salzburg history and Austrian culture. She was very friendly, and her English is excellent! We would...More

Thank Paige H
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile
A perfect day in beautiful Salzburg

Spending much of my time in Vienna alone while my husband had business meetings, I ventured down on my own to visit Salzburg. I emailed Michaela beforehand and she graciously met me at the train station. We walked all through the new city, Mirabelle gardens,...More

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