Innsbruck’s Altstadt Christmas market
counts among the most beautiful and romantic locations in the entire Alpine region. From 15 November until 23 December a wealth of traditional Christmas ornaments, Tyrolean handicrafts, candles and Christmas pastries will be on sale from lovingly adorned stalls around the huge Christmas tree. The historical Old Town then becomes the perfect spot to stroll and enjoy the festive sights, or for a get-together with friends over mulled wine and ‘Kiachln’ (piping hot doughnuts laced with Sauerkraut or jam). Every day spectators gather around the special theatre wagon stage, to enjoy magical fairy tales and enchanting tunes performed by young students from the Innsbruck music school.
In the narrow medieval alleys, adults and children alike marvel at life-sized characters of giants, princesses and mythical creatures making a wonderland of tales and legends come alive. Also Maria Theresien Stree
t, Innsbruck’s vibrant main boulevard, will once more turn into a magical ‘Christmas zone’ lined by glittering crystal trees that illuminate the seasonally adorned market stalls. This bustling market in downtown Innsbruck is open from 24 November until 6 January and has a giant, sparkling rock crystal as its symbol.
Just a few steps away a little Yuletide paradise awaits children as well as grown-ups at the Innsbruck Marktplatz
by the Inn River. Every day from 15 November until 23 December, Punch and Judy, storytellers and the animals at the petting zoo - together with a host of other attractions – do their best to help kids shorten the wait until Christmas Eve. At the Innsbruck market square revellers big and small have a merry time under the 15-m high Swarovski Christmas tree, a dazzling marvel adorned with thousands of glittering crystals.
Located just above town
at Hungerburg, the Panorama Christkindlmarkt
, represents yet another popular pre-festive meeting point. Besides being highly romantic it offers exceptional views, as the crisp winter air mingles with the delicious aromas of Advent. Open from 25 November until 21 December, the market stalls near the Hungerburg stations of the Nordkettenbahnen cable railways beckon from Friday till Sunday with mulled wine and panoramic vistas. Getting there on the Hungerburg funicular is quite a fascinating experience in itself: Starting at the centre of town, it whisks you up to Innsbruck’s most ‘panoramic’ Christmas market in less than 10 minutes. Christmas magic
awaits you also at the nearby Wiltener Platzl, a mere five minute stroll away from Maria Theresien Street. Framed by historic town houses, the stalls in the quirky little square surprise with a variety special pre-christmassy treats. Here you get to sample culinary delicacies from Sardinia, watch Punch and Judy, warm up with organic mulled wine and enjoy a ‘mini concert’. Focusing on creativity and cultural variety, this market is open Monday to Saturday from 20 November until 20 December. If small venues and intimate settings are just your thing, you should also head to St. Nikolaus
on the northern bank of the Inn River. Tucked away in the most historic part of town, just a few minutes walking distance away from Innsbruck’s bustling city centre, you will encounter a different world - with a festive ambiance reflective of the season. Open daily from 28 November until 23 December, this romantic Christmas market provides the ideal setting to get into the real Christmas spirit with contemplative tunes and tradiitonal Christmas biscuits.
The best option to thoroughly enjoy the festive pre-Christmas mood
is definitely a two-night Advent package
, offering 4-star hotel accommodation
and a 48-hour Innsbruck Card pass – your ticket to the most interesting sights in Innsbruck and its surrounding area. Starting from € 159
per person, the Advent package not only includes a copious buffet breakfast but also a small welcome present and a voucher for a mug of tasty mulled wine.
Information: Innsbruck Tourismus, tel. +43 512 59 850, email@example.com, www.innsbruck.info
To book an Advent city break: Innsbruck Reservierung, tel. +43 512 56 20 00, firstname.lastname@example.org