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.