Christmas markets in Austria
Think of Advent Markets, and many people will think of Germany. However, Christmas markets are a well-established and a typically Austrian tradition. From around mid-November until the end of December, Christmas markets can be found in every major city and town in Austria.
The ‘December Market’ in Vienna, the capital of Austria, dates back to 1298 and is regarded by some as the forerunner to the Christmas Market. Vienna now hosts around 25 markets. Graz , Austria’s second city, offers about 14 markets. Innsbruck‘s markets enjoy a Tyrolean mountain backdrop whilst Salzburg, a city acclaimed for its culture and music, offers some of the most romantic Christmas markets in Austria. Don’t just restrict yourself to the major cities – many alpine towns and villages, such as Kitzbuhel, Hall-in-Tirol and Linz, will host markets, which although not that large, ooze character and atmosphere.
If you’re not sure what market or city to visit, take a look at the Austrian Christmas markets on our site for full information including locations and maps, opening times and hours and reviews on the most popular markets.
Christmas Market and Festive Breaks to Austria
We also have a wide choice of Christmas market coach tours available, taking in the Austrian Lake District and cities such as Linz, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna, along with seasonal breaks by air and rail and fabulous hotel offers – see our Christmas breaks section.
Dates and times
Please note the information and dates on the markets are subject to change.
Yuletide in the City of Mozart is when Salzburg’s Christmas market opens its gates. The exhibitors’ traditional huts all gather together at the foot of the Hohensalzburg Fortress and around the cathedral.
The Innsbruck Christmas Market in the Old Town on Landhausplatz is full of Advent tradition and atmosphere, as is the market located on Maria-Theresien Street.
Enjoy the pre-Christmas period in Graz, discovering the highlights of Graz Advent: the romantic lights, the gleaming ice crib in the Landhaus Courtyard, the giant Rathaus Advent calendar, the spectacular Advent markets in the old town of Graz, the Advent train and a lot of other attractions.