Christmas in Bavaria and Austria

How It Differs from the United States. Check our Photos Too

Author: The Traveling Professor/Tuesday, December 18, 2018/Categories: Germany & Austria

Rate this article:
4.5

When we have traveled with our small groups to Europe during the holidays seasons, we have done trips to the Austrian and Bavarian Christmas markets.  Our trips usually include a trip to Vienna.  On our way to Salzburg we do a short stop in Steyr.  Our last stop in Austria is Innsbruck then we finish up in Munich.

Of course there are shopping malls and lots of gift-giving in Austria and Bavaria.  However, each city and village has a Christmas market with local vendors selling local foods, goods and crafts.  It is a time for socializing with a cup of mulled wine (gluhwhein) and a sausage with neighbors and good friends.  The smaller cities and neighborhoods in large cities have local shops where unique and intimate gifts can be purchased.  It's almost like going back to the Christmas you knew as a kid 50 or 60 years ago.

Here is an overview:

Vienna:  This is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world.  There are over 40 Christmas Markets in Vienna set up in various neighborhoods.  Each neighborhood features local vendors and foods unique to that neighborhood. The larger markets have ice skating set up.  The whole city of Vienna, including the trams, are beautifully decorated.

Steyr:  This is a special place with it's old town Christmas Market.  We visit on our way to Salzburg. There are brass concerts, a blacksmith, and story telling.  But the highlight is a visit to the Christkindl Post office where travelers can have their special Christmas greeting stamped with a special postmark.  

Salzburg:  Nothing says Christmas more than Salzburg.  This centuries old city is the where the song Silent Night was written and first performed.  Trumpeters play from church tops on Thursday nights. The Christmas trees are spectacular. We enjoyed dinner and traditional Christmas music at restaurant Stiftskeller St. Peter (founded in 803 A.D.), getting reservations weeks in advance. 

Innsbruck:  A few hours by scenic train from Salzburg is the Tyrolian city of Innsbruck.  Just near the Italian border is is surrounded by snow-covered mountains.  Other than Steyr, which is really only a village, Innsbruck is the smallest city we visit. Perhaps because it is so small and compact, there is more of a religious theme of Christmas more than Vienna or Salzburg demonstrates.  The river runs through the city, horse drawn carriages clip-clop down the street, and the markets are full of wonderful foods and crafts.

Munich:  We try to go on a weekday where there are less crowds and we enjoy it more.  Munich is definitely a big city with larger stores and restaurants.  However, it is divided up into smaller markets that give it a personal touch.

Here are photos form The Traveling Professor's small group tour to the Christmas Markets of Bavaria and Austria.

Number of views (116)/Comments ()

«January 2019»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
311

5 Worst Mistakes an International Traveler Can Make

Travel MistakesWith well over a million and a half miles of international air travel under his belt and over 20 years on the road, The Traveling Professor has learned a thing or two about travel and how to travel smart. There are a few things every international travel should do, but there a few critical mistakes an international traveler should avoid. All of the travel mistakes The Professor points out are easy to avoid too and The Professor tells you how. Check out today's international blog post to see the 5 worst mistakes an international traveler can make.  We welcome your comments too.

Read more
23

3 Luxury Places to Stay in Florence, Italy

Tours to FlorenceMy co-author for my upcoming book, "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence" loves luxury and Melanie Wilson has come up with some excellent choices for travelers to pamper themselves on their next tour to Florence.  The nice thing about luxury hotels in Florence is that they have an uncanny ability to mix the old and the new.  Check out this selection of luxury hotels in Florence, Italy.

Read more
45

5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

Best Small Cities EuropeOne of the advantages of running small group tours to Europe, is that we get to visit a variety of different places.  Sometimes we do it with our small group tours, sometimes we visit these small cities when doing research for a tour. In today's blog post The Traveling Professor tells you about his favorite small cities in Europe, one each in France, Italy, and Norway and two in Austria.

Read more
6

Protect Your Valuables While Traveling

Travel Product of the MonthEvery now and then we get the opportunity to review a product that we think will be of good use to our travelers.  A few months ago we were sent the 130 Degrees® Anti-Theft Purse and Linda used while we were on a small group tour to Paris. Take a look at the review and we think this might be a good product for your consideration.

Read more
78

4 Favorite Small Towns in Europe

small group tours to NorwayOf course we do small group tours to places like Paris, Rome, Dublin and Oslo. Those are big, bustling cities with mass transit systems, big hotels, lots of museums and restaurants. However, on The Traveling Professor's travels, we have found places that are tiny, off the beaten path places, that we just love to visit. Check out our favorite small towns in Italy, Iceland, Norway, that you have not heard of, but would like to.

Read more
910

3 GREAT Things to Know When Booking International Airfare

Tips for Booking International AirfaresThere is little rhyme or reason on why airlines price airfares the way they do.  I'm not sure if anyone can figure it out. However, there are some things that can be counted on. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor goes over some very basic pointers to take into consideration when purchasing international airfares.  These tips will help the traveler save time, save money and relieve some of the confusing issues surrounding the purchase of international airfares.

Read more
111213
14151617181920
2122

Tips for Flying Smart in the Winter

sleep in airportBad weather, especially in the winter, is a primary cause of flights being cancelled or delayed.  This weekend we saw a good percentage of flights get cancelled due to snow and cold weather. If you flight is cancelled or delayed, don't count on the airlines to help out. They might provide some food vouchers or they might provide a hotel, but don't count on it.  However, there are some steps you can take to minimize the chance you will be on a cancelled flight and there are steps to be taken in case a flight is cancelled or delayed.

Read more
2324252627
28293031123
45678910