When the days start to get shorter and darkness sets over Lakes in the late afternoon, one of the most beautiful times of the year begins in the World Heritage town: the days before the Christmas. Then numerous windows are festively decorated, a gingerbread scent hangs in the air and the world-famous salt mining town dons its pre-Christmas dress. Then the whole region of the Salzkammergut shine in the lights and numerous stars illuminate the night. And when the market square with the life-sized crib and the festive Christmas tree gets dressed up - then it's time for Christmas!
Hallstatt in bright lights
If you have had enough of the same old offers at Christmas markets, when you can’t bear to hear "Last Christmas" anymore and want to experience something completely different, then the world-famous Hallstatt is the place to be - because only here there is a Christmas barbecue with chesnut beer, a scarily beautiful Krampus exhibition, wood and schnapps in an unusual combination, homemade “Holzknechtnockn” (a fried dumpling eaten sweet or savoury) and a homely atmosphere for a contemplative, down to earth and nature-related Advent.
At a glance
There is much to see, feel and discover. Below we have put together the most beautiful highlights. Be enchanted by our small but fine offers. See you in pre-Christmas. Merry Christmas!
The most beautiful events in the run-up to Christmas
Romantic magic of Advent in the traditional open-air museum of Gosau. An experience for all the senses! A magic of variety in the heart of the World Heritage. The distinctive charm of the Alpine Christmas market will delight you!
Sat, Dec. 2, 202313:00 — 19:00Homeland museum Gosau,
The children of the little village of Obertraun eagerly await the arrival of St Nicholas one evening at the beginning of December. It is a very special moment when he is spotted on his traditional wooden boat. An event for the whole family. We wish you good.
On Saturday and Sunday (on the third advent weekend) craftsmen and women from the Salzkammergut will be hosting a festive Christmas Market. Over 20 of our most talented artists proudly present their products both inside and in the courtyard at the Neuwildenstein stately home.
An unforgettable musical experience after Christmas. Because Christmas in Austria is the best thing you can imagine. We invite you to an unforgettable Christmas concert. Unforgettable, unique and legendary. So enjoy the time.
Fri, Dec. 29, 202316:00Pilgrimage church "Maria im Schatten" Lauffen,
Marktstraße 49Bad Ischl
Accommodation at Christmas time
Hotels and accommodation providers in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun offer the ideal room or apartment for your holidays, no matter what your tastes. Aside from establishments rated according to the international "star" scale, you will also find around Lake Hallstatt in Austria businesses that have been awarded two to four "edelweiss". The more flowers, the greater comforts you can expect. Whether you eventually find your cozy nest in an elegant 5-star luxury hotel, at comfortable guesthouse, a family-friendly apartment, or on a traditional farm, the choice is always entirely up to you.
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