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Salzburg - 23,24,25 Dec - itinerary help

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Salzburg - 23,24,25 Dec - itinerary help


Hubby & wife planning to visit Salzburg for the very first time from 23 Dec - 26 Dec to experience the magical Austrian Christmas Markets :)

We would really love your thoughts/suggestions on our itinerary below:

23 Dec - Arrive in the morning, check out the Salzburg Christmas Markets. We're planning to squeeze in 4 in one day, is this crazy? Especially excited for the markets at Hellbrunn Palace & Cathedral Sq.

24 Dec - Day trip to St Gilgen Christmas/New Year Market, Ferry to St Wolfgang & Strobl - would public transport and ferry services run normally on this day?

25 Dec - From reading the forums, it seems everything in Salzburg is shut on Xmas day so we're considering a visit to Hallstatt maybe? Totally aware that Hallstatt will be very quiet and not many businesses will be open either, but we're just really keen to soak in some beautiful scenery. What is the most reliable way to get there on Xmas day without knowing what services/public transport will be available? If Hallstatt is a no go... any other suggestions as to what we could do on this day? Not into any excursions at all. Happy to jump on a bus or train and do our own thing.

26 Dec - Leave early morning for Innsbruck

Just wanting assurance that the above dates and the corresponding activities will be possible given that it is over the Christmas period.


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1. Re: Salzburg - 23,24,25 Dec - itinerary help

Austrians celebrate Christmas more on the 24 th, and as far as I can recollect, markets in st gilgen etc close down early on 24 th. you will also find nearly every eating establishment closed too!. markets use to continue into new year, but this year they didn't! very disappointing.

google "advent market wolfgangsee" to get opening times, and also "christkindl markt Salzburg" to find operating times there

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2. Re: Salzburg - 23,24,25 Dec - itinerary help

Be careful on the 24th. Outside of Salzburg in the little villages and towns by about 16:00 everything closes down.

Public transport will still be running. Bus timetables will not be uploaded for a few more weeks yet.

Boat timetable is currently not available on line but will tie in with the Advent markets.

Wolfgang Advent market always finishes on the last Sunday before Christmas, So this year closes Sunday 22nd.


To be honest if it was me I would stay in Salzburg on the 24th or go no further that say St Gilgen.

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3. Re: Salzburg - 23,24,25 Dec - itinerary help

We spent Xmas 2011 in Salzburg and much of it closed from the afternoon of Dec 24 and remained so for Dec 25 and 26. We did a sleigh ride tour with Panorama on Xmas day and although we normally avoid tours it was a good way to spend the day. We visited the salt mine at Hallein on the 24th.

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4. Re: Salzburg - 23,24,25 Dec - itinerary help

On Dec. 25, we did the Sound of Music tour, on the 26th we did the Hallein salt mines. On the 24th they have a special train out to the Silent Night villages. It was a rainy night so we didn't do that but we did see the train from our apartment window.

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