Advent in Salzburg

Christmas tree balls with frost - Salzburg Christmas

Salzburg on a winter walk in Advent


How beautiful Salzburg is in Advent can not only be seen on the Christmas markets of the city experience. Salzburg at Christmas is so lavishly decorated that a simple stroll through the old town or a visit to the restaurant is enough to get you into the Christmas mood. We were in for several days this time Salzburg in winterTo see the city at this time of the year, we have discovered many corners where lights, Christmas music that can be heard from any window, or aromatic delights of bakeries or kitchen windows in the city center make such a city stroll a very special experience. One Shopping stroll through the Christmas Salzburg is a lot of fun. What we have discovered on our city tour, we introduce you here:

 

Pedestrian zone in Dreifaltigkeitsgasse - Salzburg in Advent
Pedestrian zone in Dreifaltigkeitsgasse - Salzburg in Advent

Linzer Gasse in Salzburg during Advent

The fact that Salzburg's old town does not only extend to the Getreidegasse and the Domplatz can be seen on a walk through the Linzer Gasse on the opposite bank of the Salzach. The pedestrian zone reveals itself to the visitor in Christmas lights, which gives this street a very special magic. Of course, this is particularly nice in the evenings, when the lights illuminate the night. Then, the showcases of the historic craft shops in the Dreifaltigkeitsgasse are also particularly effective, such as the handcrafted bags of the tannery or the belt maker, whose business has been here since the 15. Century stands.

 

 

Joseph Mohr in Steingasse
Joseph Mohr in Steingasse

What does "Silent Night, Holy Night" have to do with Salzburg Steingasse?

On a wall in the inconspicuous Steingasse, a side street of the Linzer Gasse, this sign is on the wall. According to our companion Inez, the statement is not true, but Joseph Mohr, the author of the lyrics of the most famous Christmas carols in the world has not been baptized here, but in the cathedral on the other side of the Salzach. According to their statement, the children were baptized shortly after birth to ensure their entry into heaven in the high infant mortality of the time. Joseph Mohr's baptism is recorded in the baptismal register of the cathedral, and it is unlikely that the mother would walk through half the city with the newborn. What is certain, however, is that he lived a few years in this alley, which at the time of his childhood had a rather disreputable character, in the midst of a neighborhood made up mainly of thieves, crooks and whores. Mohr's career as an assistant pastor is therefore all the more surprising.

Even today, the Steingasse, which lies hidden behind the banks of the Salzach and at the foot of the Kapuzinerberg and branches off from the splendidly decorated Linzer Gasse, makes a rather modest impression.

 

Santa Clauses in Café Habakuk in Linzer Gasse - Salzburg during Advent
Santa Clauses in Café Habakuk in Linzer Gasse - Salzburg during Advent

On a hot cup of chocolate in the Café Habakuk in Linzer Gasse

In Salzburg in Advent it is already quite cold, and so the Santa Clauses in the shop window of Café Habakuk in Linzer Gasse lure us into this coffee house, which is especially appreciated by Salzburg residents, as it is not as crowded as Café Tomaselli in the old town on the other bank of the Salzach. Here you can sit comfortably at your coffee table, read your newspaper, have a few Mozart balls and a hot cup of coffee or chocolate brought to you and warm yourself up again from the cold weather that is at work outside the doors of the coffee house.

 

The snow-covered mountains rise above Salzburg in Advent
The snow-covered mountains rise above Salzburg in Advent

Snow-covered mountains over the Salzach in Salzburg in Advent

Salzburg's location on the northern edge of the Alps ensures that wintry conditions prevail here early on. The first snow will remain in the higher regions of the surrounding mountains, while in the city even milder temperatures will quickly melt the snow. So we can enjoy the view of the snow mountains in the sunshine while we stroll through the city at tolerable temperatures. A perfect combination for a pre-Christmas city stroll through Salzburg.

 

Carriages and horse-drawn carts in front of the residence for Christmas in Salzburg
Carriages and horse-drawn carts in front of the residence for Christmas in Salzburg

Fiakers wait for customers in Salzburg in Advent

In front of the residence in the old town of Salzburg, fiakers wait for customers who want to see the streets of the city on a carriage ride. The horse and carts wait patiently at this point. They are protected against the cold with blankets. So they wait to pull their passengers through the cobblestone streets of the city center. We ask one of the coachmen which season he likes best and he says: “Spring and autumn are the most beautiful. Summer is too hot and winter too cold. ”Understandable, isn't it?

 

 

 

This is where brioches are made
This is where brioches are made

Brioches from St. Peter's Abbey Bakery

The further we move from the Christmas market at the cathedral in the direction of Hohensalzberg, the more intense the scent of yeast pastries becomes. Inez, our companion, asks mischievously: “Do you smell that?” Then she leads us to St. Peter's Abbey Bakery, where we can watch in the bakery how brioches are made. In the anteroom of the bakery there is a wooden mill that is still used to grind flour. As it was over a hundred years ago, the energy comes from a water wheel that drives the water in the Berchtesgadener Ache. This flows into the Salzach just a few meters from here. The yeast pastries are as good as they smell, because there is a long line of customers waiting for their bread or yeast particles at the checkout.

 

Lavender stand at the Salzburger weekly market
Lavender stand at the Salzburger weekly market

Sausage, bread and lavender at the weekly market in Salzburg in Advent

We continue our walk through Salzburg and go through the cemetery of St. Peter. This is located directly at the foot of the Hohensalzberg. The early Christians of the region even dug their graves into the mountainside. We continue towards the Franciscan Church and the Festival Hall. From there our way leads to the weekly market, which takes place all year round. In addition to a few baked goods such as gingerbread or fruit bread, specialties from the region are on offer here. Chamois ham or wild boar salami are just a few of them. In addition to Proteas from South Africa, the flower stands already have the first tulips alongside flower arrangements and Advent wreaths. The scent of lavender flows towards us even in spite of the cold. A mishmash of goods that is not exclusively Christmassy like at the city's Christmas markets, but just as seductive.

 

 

Fruit bread from the weekly market in Salzburg
Fruit bread from the weekly market in Salzburg

Mozartkugeln, dessert and pies from the pastry treasure

We continue our way towards Getreidegasse through an alley that brings us into the inner courtyard of a house from the 14th century. Under the arcades is the Schatz pastry shop, where Salzburg residents like to get their cakes, pies and delicacies. Now at Christmas time the windows are decorated, but we don't have time for a cup of coffee.

 

The pastry sweetheart in a house from the 14. century
The pastry sweetheart in a house from the 14. century

 

It's a shame, because we loved the Mozart balls, pies and cakes and the Christmas decorations in the shop windows. Well, maybe on your next visit to Salzburg?

Christmas hustle and bustle in Getreidegasse

Visitors cavort in the Getreidegasse. Therefore, we give ourselves the hustle and bustle and after a photo of the Christmas lights and the crowds run away. But not without first listening to the song of a street musician who set up his pickguard in front of Mozart's birthplace. His bell bag is regularly filled by passers-by, who like his game as much as we do.

 

The Makartsteg at Christmas in Salzburg
The Makartsteg at Christmas in Salzburg

 

Instead, we cross the Salzach on the Makartsteg and enjoy the Christmas decorations at the Hotel Bristol and the lighting at the Salzburg State Theater in the twilight, before we head back into the Hotel Gablerbräu, where we stay very centrally *.

 

The Hotel Bristol at Christmas in Salzburg
The Hotel Bristol at Christmas in Salzburg

The perfect end to our Advent in Salzburg: the Winter Festival on the Salzach

We will continue our stroll at Christmas in Salzburg later with a visit to the Winter Festival, which is held every year from the end of November to the beginning of January in the Volksgarten an der Salzach. A tent city is being built there, in which circus artists from all over the world perform circus numbers. We are lucky enough to see David Dimitri. He entertains his audience in a hilarious way in a one-man show. He is a ringmaster, rope acrobat, musician, cannonball and "animal tamer" at the same time. He creates a magical atmosphere in his big top in which he puts on his show. We are particularly impressed by his tightrope act at the end of the performance, which marks the end of this day in Salzburg.

 

 


Not enough of Advent in  Salzburg? Then have a look at this link in Anita's Gailtal on Tour blog. There are some more impressions from Advent in Salzburg.


Travel Arrangements:

Arrival by plane, train and bus

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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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